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22 November 2019
The National Theatre launches NTB-TV 20 July 2020
The NTB YouTube Channel - the online video interface of the “I.L. Caragiale” National Theatre of Bucharest - hosted between March and June 2020, live streaming broadcasts of the NTB Conferences (pre-recorded materials over the years) and of some of the performances fixed on video and kept in the Theatre archive. Loyal viewers, older or new subscribers of the NTB YouTube Channel (today, 9150 and not only from Romania) were able to watch online titles from the current repertoire: "The Tempest", "Allegro, ma non troppo", "Lottery Tickets”,“ God dresses from the Thrift”, “Light, at the End of the Tunnel”. However, older shows that can no longer be seen on stage were broadcast, such as "Scourge", "Breaking News", "Take, Ianke and Cadir", "A Midsummer Night’s Dream". In recent years, the "I.L. Caragiale'' National Theatre of Bucharest has made recordings of performances and famous NTB Conferences through the NTB Media Studio, its own multimedia studio, especially developed to create photo-video productions necessary to promote NTB, but also to preserve the theatre’s video archive. For our viewers not to feel so much the distance imposed by the circumstances, NTBlaunched a new challenge this month: NTB-TV. This is, since July, the new name of the YouTube channel of the Bucharest National Theatre. On NTB-TV, you will be able to see, starting with July 20th, 2020, the first live online broadcasts from the heart of the Bucharest National Theatre (both literally and figuratively). NTB-TV will broadcast live, video materials produced by the NTB communication team, with the aid of the NTB Media Studio team, which will ensure the footage and live broadcast of video materials made especially for the theatre-loving audience. NTB-TV online is a first step towards an online television dedicated to real stars, as we like to say, in the context in which the term “star” seems to be used, lately, too often and too carelessly. On NTB-TV, you will be able to see interviews with actors, directors, scenographers, show technicians, in short theatre people, especially from the National Theatre team, but also with those who join our team during the projects carried out here. NTB-TV will start the series of live broadcasts, on Monday, July 20th, 2020, with an interview on the premiere of the documentary theatre show, Romanian Diary.1989, directed by Carmen Lidia Vidu. We will learn from the artists who participated in the creation of the show, thoughts, hopes, ideas and maybe ... secrets during the work. The broadcast being live, you will be able to intervene in the discussion through the messages, you will be able to ask questions to the guests and you will have at least a chance to find out the answers, on the spot. We hope you will join us in large numbers, on NTB-TV, a video channel that you can access at any time onţionalILCaragialeBucharest  The first live broadcast of NTB-TV will start on Monday, July 20th, at 5:00 p.m., just a few days before the premiere date of the show “Romanian Diary. 1989 ". The show will be presented for the first time, on July 24th, 25th and 26th, 2020, at the NTB Amphitheatre, one of the few theatrical spaces open to the public during this period. Here, the programme “Summer Nights, Up, on the Theatre” takes place again this year, in the open air, on the roof of the Bucharest National Theatre. We are waiting for you, every night, to shows and, more recently, online, on NTB-TV!   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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At NTB, Premiere in Mid Crisis: Romanian Diary.1989 08 July 2020
In an extremely difficult period that the artistic world is going through, the I.L. Caragiale National Theatre of Bucharest announces the first premiere in the midst of a pandemic period: Romanian Diary. 1989, a show conceived and directed by Carmen Lidia Vidu, will have the first three performances on July 24th, 25th and 26th, 2020, from 9.30 pm. On the evening of July 25th, 2020, there will be a post-show dialogue between the audience and the directors. Special guest: Mădălin Hodor, historic. The performances will take place under the conditions imposed by the authorities, in the NTB Amphitheater, the open-air performance hall on the theatre rooftop.On the 30th anniversary of the Revolution that violently removed communist President Nicolae Ceausescu, four actors of the National tell the personal experiences of that period, how they lived those bloody events and how their lives changed (or not) ever since.Carmen Lidia Vidu, the director who led the Romanian theatre in the area of ​​multimedia documentary, chose four of the most famous Romanian actors to shed light on their stories: Ion Caramitru, Oana Pellea, Florentina Ţilea and Daniel Badale play their own parts. Concerning Ion Caramitru, details about the way in which he actively participated in the Revolution are known, the live broadcast expression - "Brothers, we have won!" remaining legendary. In 1989, Daniel Badale was a soldier in the Army and it is interesting the confession of the one who, "theoretically", was against the revolutionaries.Florentina Țilea was Nicolae Ceaușescu's reciter during his official visits to Iași, and Oana Pellea was mistaken for the wife of terrorist Vlase when she appeared on Romanian Television to defend it following the "Call for Artists".The four actors will be joined, through video appearances, by Germina Nagâț, member of the College of the National Council for the Study of the Securitate Archives (CNSAS), former military prosecutor Dan Voinea, who initially investigated the "Revolution File" and the well-known British historian Dennis Deletant, an expert on Romanian communism.Along with this show, the National Theatre takes to the stage another premiere and also marks a record in the history of the Romanian theatre, with the largest video projection, on a huge wall, 33 meters long and 21 meters high.The multimedia show will give viewers the opportunity to compose a powerful and very humane puzzle. History is seen through the prism of personal biographies. Research, image and sound make up the multimedia universe that completes the actors’ stories.The most appreciated project of director Carmen Lidia Vidu, in the country and abroad, Romanian Diary includes so far 3 theatre performances (Jurnal de România. Timișoara; Romanian Diary. Constanța and Romanian Diary. Sfântu Gheorghe), two short films (My Romanian Diary and Romanian Diary. Muslim Diary) as well as an exhibition.Romanian Diary is a multidisciplinary project that merges film, photography and theatre, which aims to be, through a series of uncensored and direct confessions, an honest mirror of interpersonal relations, decisively influenced by the urban environment, but also a call for social and community involvement.We mention some international awards and participations that crown the international extension of the project: "My Romanian Diary", Independent Days International Film Festival, Germany, European Cinematography AWARDS (ECA), Netherlands and FILMFEST DRESDEN - in 2020. In 2019, for "Romanian Diary. Timișoara ”- Award of Excellence offered by the Timișoara City Hall and Voice of Europe, Jena, Germany. In the same year, participation with “Romanian Diary. Constanța” in EUROPALIA, Belgium. Numerous participations with “Romanian Diary. Timișoara ”, including: National Theatre Festival and FEST-FDR, 2019. With Romanian Diary. Muslim Diary ”, in 2018: Best Women Short - Independent Shorts Awards, Los Angeles, Best Documentary based on Women (Non-Fiction) - JIFF 16 International Film Festivals in Jaipur, India, Award Winner - Changing Face International Film Festival, Sydney and Finalist - Eurasia International Monthly Film Festival, Moscow. And in 2017, the Schauspielhaus in Vienna presented “Romanian Diary. Sfântu Gheorghe” and “Romanian Diary. Constanta"."The theatre risks becoming irrelevant to the community," says the director. "The danger of vanity lurks and leads us to isolation. We only listen to the opinions that confirm ours. Romanian Diary. 1989 is my way of saying that "you make history, your attitude matters", says Carmen Lidia Vidu.You are most welcome to the theatre! The following performances will take place on: 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th August 2020. All performances start at 9.30 pm.Here, you will find the rules imposed by the pandemic period regarding access to the theatre and participation in the show. We invite you to read them.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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UNITER 2020 Awards Gala - 28th Edition 02 July 2020
Considering the exceptional situation that all sectors of society are undergoing during this period, the Romanian Theatre Union was forced to reconsider the organization of the UNITER 2020 Awards Gala. Initially, the Gala was bound to take place on May 11th at the "Marin Sorescu" National Theatre of Craiova, on the occasion of the 170th anniversary of the founding of the Craiova theatre. Taking into account the regulations regarding the organization of cultural events, the Romanian Theatre Union has decided that this year's edition of the UNITER Awards Gala will take place on the day of the autumn equinox, September 21st, 2020. The final jury of the UNITER 2020 Awards Gala formed by Radu Apostol - director, Cosmin Ardeleanu - set designer, Doru Mareș - theatre critic, Crina Mureșan - actress, Cristina Rusiecki - theatre critic watched in digital format (online, DVD) the nominated shows and will decide the winners of the 11 award categories. We will return with details about the location of the Gala and we hope to organize in the best conditions this award ceremony of the Romanian theatrical creation and its artists. We remind you which are the nominations for 2019 and the UNITER Senate Awards already decided in February: UNITER Senate AwardsExcellence Award: National theatre Festival for the exceptional quality of the last six editionsAward for Lifelong Achievement - actress: Rodica MandacheAward for Lifelong Achievement - actor: Mircea RusuAward for Lifelong Achievement - direction: Dragoș GalgoțiuAward for Lifelong Achievement - scenography: Constantin CiubotariuAward for lifelong critical activity and theatrical history: Mya Liontescu Special Awards Special award for promoting theatre-dance: Linotip - Independent Choreographic CentreSpecial award for puppet theatre and puppets: “Puppets Occupy Street” Festival, 2019 edition with the theme “Evolution through Revolution” organized by the Colibri Craiova theatre for Children and YouthSpecial award for video mapping: Andrei CozlacSpecial award for a six-decade activity in editing theatre book: Viorica MateiSpecial prize for stage make-up: Minela PopaPresident's Prize: „Marin Sorescu” National Theatre of Craiova for 170 years of history in Romanian theatre                   Nominations for the UNITER 2020 Gala AwardsFor the 28th edition of the UNITER Awards Gala, the jury of nominations was composed by theatre critics Ludmila Patlanjoglu, Maria Zărnescu, Călin Ciobotari.Performances that have caught the attention of the jury are those that premiered between January 1st to December 31st, 2019.  Nominations for the theatrical year 2019 are as follows: Debut:Andrei Chifu for his role He in the show "House on the Border" by Sławomir Mrožek, a show by Ada Lupu Hausvater at the “Mihai Eminescu” National Theatre of TimişoaraTamás Jakab, for the role of George Gibbs in the show “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder, directed by Vladimir Anton at the “Tomcsa Sándor” Theatre Odorheiu SecuiescConstantin Radu Tudosie, for directing the show "Twelfth Night" at the "Ion D. Sirbu" Dramatic Theatre of Petrosani Best Radio Theatre Show:"Hamlet" by William Shakespeare, radio adaptation and art direction by Mihai Lungeanu, production of the Romanian Broadcasting Society"Down with Communism - Computer Strategy Game and RPG” by Ema Stere, artistic director Attila Vizauer, production of the Romanian Broadcasting Company“Sleeping and Awakened Beauty” by Alexandra Ares, artistic director Diana Mihailopol, production of the Romanian Broadcasting Society  Best TV Theatre Show:“The Tempest” by William Shakespeare, directed by Alexandru Lustig, production of the Romanian Television Society and the theatre Foundation Contemporary„Manifesto. Letter to a Friend and Back to the Country” by Ruxandra Cesereanu, directed by Cornel Mihalache, production of the Romanian Television Society (TVR Production House) Award for Theatre Criticism:Oana Cristea GrigorescuRaluca RădulescuIrina Zlotea  Best Scenography:Carmencita Brojboiu and András Rancz, for the scenography of the show "Nora" by Henrik Ibsen, directed by Botond Nagy at the Hungarian State Theatre of ClujCristina Milea, for the scenography of the show "Dangerous Liaisons" by Christopher Hampton, after the novel by Choderlos de Laclos, directed Cristi Juncu at the Small Theatre BucharestIrina Moscu, for the scenography of the show "Meerkats House" by David Drábek, directed by Radu Afrim at the "Marin Sorescu" National Theatre of Craiova  Best Actress in a Supporting Part:Puşa Darie, for the role of Mother in the show "Delhi Dance" by Ivan Vîrîpaev, directed by Radu Afrim at the "Vasile Alecsandri" National Theatre of IaşiElena Popa, for the roles in the show "The Golden Dragon” by Roland Schimmelfenning, directed by Catinca Drăgănescu at the “Andrei Mureşanu” Theatre of Sfântu GheorgheAlina Rotaru, for the role of Madame de Tourvel in the show “Dangerous Liaisons” by Christopher Hampton, after the novel by Choderlos de Laclos, directed by Cristi Juncu at the Small Theatre of Bucharest  Best Actor in a Supporting Part:Andrei Cătălin, for the roles in the show "On Air: Titanic Waltz", after Tudor Mușatescu, directed by Matei Lucaci-Grunberg at the "Anton Pann" Theatre of Râmnicu VâlceaCristian Grosu, for the role of Caliban in the show "The Tempest" by William Shakespeare, directed by Gábor Tompa at the Cluj-Napoca National Theatre Răzvan Vicoveanu, for the role of Joshua in the show "The Christians" by Lucas Hnath, directed by Radu Iacoban at the "Regina Maria" Theatre of Oradea  Best Actress in a Leading Part:Anca Hanu, for the role of Chiritza Bârzoi in the show “Chiritza in Concert”, after Vasile Alecsandri and Matei Millo, a concert-show by Ada Milea at the Cluj-Napoca National TheatreOfelia Popii, for the role of Martha in the show "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" by Edward Albee, directed by Andrei and Andreea Grosu at the “Radu Stanca” National Theatre of SibiuOana Predescu, for the role of Morticia Addams in the show “The Addams Family”, directed, choreographed and costumes by Răzvan Mazilu at the Excelsior Theatre of Bucharest Best Actor in a Leading Part:Lucian Ionescu, for the role of Gomez Addams in the show “The Addams Family”, directed, choreographed and costumes by Răzvan Mazilu at the Excelsior Theatre of BucharestSorin Leoveanu, for the role of Barry Champlain in the show “Radio” by Eric Bogosian, directed by Bobi Pricop at the „Marin Sorescu” National Theatre of CraiovaMarius Turdeanu, for the role of George in the show „Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” by Edward Albee, directed by Andrei and Andreea Grosu at the „Radu Stanca” National Theatre of Sibiu  Best Director:Eugen Jebeleanu, for the direction of the show „Itineraries. One Day the World Will Change” at ARCUB - Bucharest Cultural Centre and Compagnie des OgresAlexandru Mâzgăreanu, for the direction of the show “Nameless Star” at the Piatra Neamţ Youth TheatreBotond Nagy, for the direction of the show “Nora” at the Hungarian State Theatre of Cluj  Best Show:"Chiritza in Concert", after Vasile Alecsandri and Matei Millo, a concert-show by Ada Milea at the Cluj-Napoca National Theatre"The Addams Family", directed, choreographed and costumes by Răzvan Mazilu at the Excelsior Theatre Bucharest"Our Town" by Thornton Wilder, directed by Vladimir Anton at the "Tomcsa Sándor" Theatre of Odorheiu Secuiesc UNITERJuly 2nd, 2020   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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The NTB Amphitheatre Reopens 15 June 2020
  As of June 15th, 2020, the performances return to the NTB Amphitheatre, a unique place in Bucharest, located above the National Theatre. At this point, the Amphitheatre is the only stage in Romania built in the open air, located inside a theatre, provided with modern professional equipment and which meets the safety conditions of spectators and artists in order to carry out their activity safely, according to the rules to prevent the spread of Covid 19. In this first stage of resumption of performances, in order to strictly comply with the recommendations of social distancing, out of the 300 seats of the Amphitheatre, only 60 are offered for sale to the audience. The actors of the National Theatre will be the main characters of the outdoor amphitheatre this summer, but the programme we have prepared will include independent productions, concerts, film screenings and many other cultural events. The summer season will open in June with performances from the NTB repertoire, tickets will be on sale starting with Saturday, June 6th, 2020, simultaneously, at the theatre’s box office and through the platform. For the July show schedule, tickets will go on sale on Saturday, June 12th, 2020. Spectators' obligations regarding measures to prevent SARS-CoV2 contamination: -      Wearing a mask (medical / non-medical) throughout the event. To provide effective protection, the mask should cover the mouth and nose. Caution! The theatre reserves the right to perform an observational screening and not allow access to people with symptoms of respiratory infection (cough, sneezing, rhinorrhea). - Disinfect hands with approved alcohol-based disinfectant to be provided at the entrance. - Thermo-scanning by theatre staff. People who refuse to have their temperature checked will not have access to the theatre. - Observance of the distance of at least 1.5 m between people - from the entrance to the theatre to the Amphitheatre hall, to the toilets and to the exit from the hall. Caution! Within the Amphitheatre, please observe the 2-meter distance indicated by the place assigned to each spectator. Important announcement regarding the Amphitheatre performances: *Being an outdoor space, in case of rain, the following rule will apply: - if the rain starts before the show time, the performance is rescheduled, the tickets remaining valid. Spectators can also opt for a ticket refund, or to exchange them for another show from the Amphitheatre schedule. - if the rain starts during the performance, the show can be interrupted and resumed, depending on the weather conditions. If the resumption is not possible and the show is suspended, it is not rescheduled, and the ticket cost is not refunded.   Schedule June 15th - 30th, 2020 Monday, June 15th & Tuesday, June 16th, 9:30 pm The Beauty of Venice in September By Teodor Mazilu Director: Mariana Cămărășan Stage design: Vladimir Turturică With: Oana Pellea and Mircea Rusu   Thursday, June 18th & Friday, June 19th, 9:30 pm ActOrchestra Director: Horia Suru With: Emilian Mârnea, Florin Călbăos, Petre Ancuța   Saturday, June 20th, 9:00 pm Vivien Leigh: The Last Press Conference By Marcy Lafferty Director: Liana Ceterchi With Lamia Beligan   Sunday, June 21st, 9:30 pm After Hours Text & direction: Radu Iacoban With: Anghel Damian and Cătălin Babliuc   Wednesday, June 24th & Thursday, June 25th, 9:00 pm Matilda and the Grave-Makers By Stela Giurgeanu Director: Mircea Rusu Stage design: Gabi Albu With: Amalia Ciolan, Cesonia Postelnicu, Erika Băieșu, Fulvia Folosea, Lari Giorgescu   Friday, June 26th, 9:00 pm Once Upon a Time in Romania Directed by: Dragoș Huluba With: Ileana Olteanu, Violeta Huluba, Eduard Adam, Dragoș Huluba   Saturday, June 27th, 9:30 pm Twenty Years in Siberia After Anița Nandriș-Cudla Directed by: Sorin Misirianțu With: Amalia Ciolan   Sunday, June 28th, 9:00 pm Anonymous Venetian After Giuseppe Berto Director: Ion Caramitru Stage design: Florilena Popescu Fărcășanu With: Ilinca Goia and Ioan Andrei Ionescu   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu
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