HOP Gala - Young Actor’s Gala, 2021 edition

26 April 2021
My prize is your prize! 20 July 2021
The “Lucian Pintilie” award for Best Direction at the 29th UNITER Gala went to director Carmen Lidia Vidu for her extraordinary multimedia show Romanian Diary.1989, premiered in the summer of 2020, at the height of the pandemic, at the NTB Amphitheatre. ”… I was waiting for the moment to come at UNITER to see women nominated for best directing and best show. It is a fantastic moment, and I am glad I am living it. I applaud the entire team of the showRomanian Diary. 1989”- stated Carmen Lidia Vidu when she found out that she was among the directors nominated for the Best Direction Award, in the context in which, in the 30 years since the Revolution, only Cătălina Buzoianu and Anca Bradu were awarded. Here is the long-awaited award for the one who not only explores and opens new ways of stage expression, but pleads, whenever she has the opportunity, for the social and community involvement of theatre and artists. "I always thought that theatre is about others, about Russians, about Americans, about those who know better. Nobody told me theatre could be about me. No one told me that my story matters, that my family matters, that my city is important. Romanian Diary is about us, the "insignificant". Romanian Diary. 1989 is about a moment of collective power. To deny the Revolution, to deny the courage of a people, this is the form in which the crimes against humanity take courage. Our ignorance of the past, cultural illiteracy make us an easily manipulated society. I went to the theatre and I wanted to be just Catalina Buzoianu's student. This award is for you, teacher, and for all the female voices in Romanian theatre. You are my strength. You are my revolution. My prize is your prize. ” - said Carmen Lidia Vidu on the stage of the Gala, at the awarding of the Prize for the Best Direction. After enjoying the applause of numerous Bucharest spectators, the NTB show Romanian Diary.1989 will be presented thisfall at the Theatre Festival in Piatra Neamt (September 12th), at the National Theatre Festival in Kishinev (September 25th) and the International Theatre Festival for Young Audiences from Iași (October 2). We warmly congratulate Carmen Lidia Vidu and we invite you to see the show for which she was awarded,in the season that begins on August 26th, 2021, Romanian Diary.1989, a diary that "makes us transcend theatre". Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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Young Directors and Playwrights 13 July 2021
"Theatre Networking Talents x „New Stages South-East" The 2021 edition of the International Festival dedicated to Young Directors - Theatre Networking Talents (TNT), organized by the "Marin Sorescu" National Theatre of Craiova and coordinated by director Bobi Pricop, will unfold in partnership with the Goethe Institute through the "New Stages South-East" programme. This year's edition will bring together 5 graduate directors in 2020 and 2021 who will work with 5 young playwrights through October 19th and 22nd, 2021, under the guidance of mentors Theodor Cristian Popescu (director) & Rebekka Kricheldorf (playwright). The workshops will be conducted entirely in English, both offline (at the Port Cultural Cetate) and through online work sessions.  The 5 projects that will result from the workshop will be presented in an online showcase, which will be attended by theatre managers, directors of cultural institutions, festival selectors, theatre critics, thus fulfilling TNT's mission to become a showcase platform of young directors and theatre creators. Each project will be adopted by a partner theatre ("Marin Sorescu" National Theatre of Craiova, "IL Caragiale" National Theatre of Bucharest, "Radu Stanca" National Theatre of Sibiu - German Department, Teatrelli, Piatra-Neamț Youth Theatre), whereas in 2022 the 5 director-playwright teams will develop the plays resulting from working sessions together with the actors of the partner theatres, in view of a reading show / work-in-progress presentation. Subsequently, the projects can be developed into performances that enter the repertoire of producing theatres, and the best performative readings / resulting performances will be presented in Berlin in the final stage of the project "New Stages South-East" in 2023. New Stages South-East is a regional project of the Goethe Institute, addressed to playwrights and professionals in the field, involving artists from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Greece (Athens / Thessaloniki), Croatia, Romania / Moldova, Serbia, Cyprus.  Proposed topics: Starting from topics such as migration, pandemics, regional conflicts and populist / nationalist regimes, etc., developed or adapted according to the specific area of ​​interest of each creator, we want to discover the ways in which political and social topical events influence contemporary theatre. Conditions for participation:To register for the selection process, directors must: - be graduates of theatre directing in the academic years 2020 and 2021 // Bachelor's or Master's degree;- be good English speakers;- send a portfolio / CV and a cover letter (max. 2 pages), in which to talk about possible topics / ideas they want to develop within the project and the expectations related to such a work process. To enroll in the selection process, playwrights must: - be fluent in English;- send a portfolio / CV and a cover letter describing the topics / ideas they want to develop in the workshops, and / or a sketch / draft for a possible scene to write in the project.  Deadline:All materials must be sent to, by August 15th, 2021. The selection of participants will be announced by August 24th, 2021, and the director / playwright teams will be composed of the festival coordinators depending on the proposed themes. Important:Theorganizers will reimburse the accommodation, meals and transportation expenses of all participants in this project phase.  Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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Special measures in all NTB halls 01 February 2021
We inform you that at the beginning of each week, the building of the I.L. Caragiale National Theatre will undergo a disinfection of performance halls, booths, rehearsal rooms and actor regrouping halls, an action that is performed with a specific device, cold mist generator, which uses for treatment Bionet A 15, a substance with bactericidal, fungicidal and virucidal action, approved by the Ministry of Health and registered in the Biocides Register. We mention that this disinfection action is done according to Order no. 3142/1495/2020 of August 31st, 2020 on measures to prevent contamination with the new Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and to ensure safe activities in the field of culture. Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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New rules for the audience 03 September 2020
The obligations of the audience regarding measures to prevent contamination with SAR-CoV2: Ensuring the health of employees and the audience are the priority objective of these measures. - wearing the mask (medical / non-medical) throughout the event, from the entrance into the lobby and throughout the show, until leaving the building. To provide effective protection, the mask must cover the mouth and nose. Attention! The theatre reserves the right to perform an observation screening at the entrance and to prevent access by persons with symptoms of respiratory infection (cough, sneeze, rhinorrhoea, general altered state) and temperature exceeding 37,3 °C. - The thermal scanning will be carried out by the theatre staff. People who refuse to have their temperature checked will not have access to the theatre. - Disinfecting hands with alcohol-based disinfectant to be made available on entry. - Observance of a minimum distance of 1,5 m between persons - from the entrance to the theatre, the showrooms, the toilets, and the exit from the hall. - The performances will take place without breaks to avoid crowding in the lobby areas; - The distance between the stage and the spectators must be at least 3 m; - As regards the distribution of seats in the hall (both online and at the box offices): An empty seat will be allocated between spectators; - Viewing the show is only allowed by keeping the individual seat in the hall and wearing of protective masks; Staff will make sure that social distance is observed during the show; - Spectators shall not consume food and drink within the premises of performing establishments and/or concerts, except for pre-packaged liquids. Ticket sales will be made as much as possible online, so that physical contact is minimized at locations. In the case of ticket purchases at the ticket office, the use of contactless card or telephone payment is encouraged. Thank you for your understanding and you are most welcome to the theatre!   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu
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