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21 Sep 2021 Photography exhibition and special screening In Memoriam Ion Caramitru in Kishinev
Photography exhibition and special screening In Memoriam Ion Caramitru in Kishinev

This year's 6th edition of the Reunion of National Theaters in Kishinev is dedicated to the memory of actor and director Ion Caramitru, former director of the "I.L. Caragiale" National Theatre of Bucharest, who passed away earlier this month. On this occasion, in Kishinev, several events take place during the event dedicated to the one who led for 16 years the first theatrical stage of Romania and UNITER since its establishment.  On Sunday, September 19th, 2021, at the Roman Catholic Cathedral, the radio show Pope John Paul II was presented, with the actor Ion Caramitru as the lead performer, whose voice resonated in a touching manner under the vaults of the impressive cathedral.    On Friday evening, September 24th, 2021, in the foyer of the Mihai Eminescu National Theatre, the photography exhibition Shylock- the Last Role will be opened, presented by Florin Ghioca, the official photographer of the National Theatreof Bucharest. The event will be attended by actors Oana Pellea and Mircea Rusu who will perform the same evening, immediately after the opening, the show  The Beauty of Venice in September, directed by Mariana Cămărăşan, a show that represents the "I.L. Caragiale" National Theatre at the current edition of the Theatrical Reunion from Kishinev.   On Saturday, September 26th, 2021, at the Mihai Eminescu National Theatre, there will be a special screening of the recording of the show The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, directed by Alexander Morfov, in which Ion Caramitru performs his last Shakespearean role, Shylock ... The recording is a production of NTB's Media Studio, filmed in special conditions.  The encounter of the National Theatresof Kishinev had as a starting point the project Romanian Theatre in Bucharest and Kishinev, an exchange of tours between the "IL Caragiale" National Theatre of Bucharest and the "Mihai Eminescu" National Theatre of Kishinev, a common idea of ​​the two managers of partner institutions, Ion Caramitru and Petru Hadârcă.  "This year's meeting is under the spiritual aura of Ion Caramitru, the artist who carries the legend and, in turn, the creator of the legend - human and artistic. We have prepared the event of the Reunion of the Romanian National Theatres, the 6th edition (it should have been the seventh, if the pandemic had not prevented us) as a celebration of the Mihai Eminescu National Theatre, which has regained, throughout the 100 for years of creation and turmoil, despite barbaric political intrusions, it regained, through the energies of the Romanian language and the efforts of its artists, the right to freedom of creation and ideas, and contributed to the spiritual survival of several generations of spectators” stated Petru Hadârcă, manager of the National Theatreof Kishinev, on this occasion. The photography exhibition "Shylock - the Last Role" will remain open and can be visited by spectators in the foyer of the Mihai Eminescu National Theatre in Kishinev throughout September. Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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13 Sep 2021 Premiere at NTB: a modern author in dialogue with the great Chekhovian themes from The Seagull
Premiere at NTB: a modern author in dialogue with the great Chekhovian themes from The Seagull

On Thursday 16 and Friday 17 September 2021, at 7.30 p.m., the official premiere of Stupid Fucking Bird by Aaron Posner, directed by Răzvan Oprea, is scheduled at the Painting Hall of the National Theatre of Bucharest. The play with the deliberately irreverent title of the American playwright Aaron Posner, winner of a Helen Hayes Prize for dramaturgy, keeps the Chekhov themes in The Seagull, such as unrequited love, shattered dreams or the search for new forms of theatrical art, but places them against the background of the twentieth century. The author is a playwright, associate professor of acting and directing at the American University in Washington DC, co-founder of the Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia and, between 2006-2010 - artistic director of Two River Theatre, but also an exciting director who has won several editions of the Helen Hayes Awards for Best Director. With this adaptation, he "transforms a classic writer, often treated with formal respect, into a mirror that shows in clear detail everything that is new in the unhappiness of today's people," writes The New York Times, appreciating the play as "a Chekhov for the 21st century ". "It brings a fine and modern tuning to The Seagull. We could say that it takes a famous work of art and resizes it, adding many pixels to it. He does not venture far from the base plot of Seagull, and whether you remember the play or not, you can enjoy Stupid Fucking Bird as a completely new play”, appreciates Newsworks. "The Seagull of A. P. Chekhov explores the complexity of human relationships, especially the cruelty of love, while at the same time being a foray into the nature of theatrical art. With a text that is intelligent and insightful without being pretentious, Stupid Fucking Bird is an entertaining, witty, occasionally pejorative and often dark work of art. A fast-paced, funny, clever and often profound piece," writes Talkin' BROADWAY. "Moreover his own response to Chekhov rather than a classic adaptation," state other commentators. The play was first staged in 2013 at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, DC, and in 2016 at the Arden Theatre Company's, the direction being signed by the author himself. In 2015, it became one of the most frequently staged ten plays; it was produced on 150 other stages outside the United States. With the new staging at the National Theatre of Bucharest, Răzvan Oprea, NTB actor and graduate of a Master’s in Theatre Directing, proposes on the stage of the Painting Hall a modern, provocative, explosive show, a fresh approach to a classic of universal drama. This premiere is part of the NTB - Open Doors for All programme.  With talent and artistic versatility, the cast that includes well-known names of the Bucharest National - Cecilia Bârbora and Marius Bodochi, along with their younger colleagues Eduard Adam, Cosmina Olariu, Vitalie Bichir, Alexandra Sălceanu, Emilian Mârnea - simultaneously populates two worlds - that of Chekhov's heroes and that of Aaron Posner's characters. The show is not recommended for minors aged under 16. Contains nudity scenes. You are expected at NTB to encounter a different Chekhov, a Seagull closer to the sensitivity of the audience of these times. We wish you a pleasant viewing! The next performance will take place on September 24th, at 7.30 pm. Tickets can be found at the NTB Ticket Office and online, on   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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08 Jun 2021 Retroversible Exhibition
Retroversible Exhibition

An exceptional exhibition opens for visits in the Rotunda and in the Foyer of the NTB Small Hall. On Tuesday, June 8th, 2021, starting at 6.30 pm, we invite you to  the Rotonda and in the Foyer of the NTB Small Hall to the opening of the Retroversible exhibition of the UNArte Fashion Department. A superb tribute exhibition, dedicated to the memory of an exceptional personality, art historian and critic Adina Nanu, an exhibition - demonstration of exemplary artistic pedagogy, created by the UNArte Fashion Department on the 50th anniversary of its founding. "The Retroversible exhibition is, first of all, a desperate cry to find a space for Adina Nanu's costume collection. It is, then, an opportunity to show the connection between this collection of old clothes with the most topical productions of future fashion designers in Romania. The partnership between the Collection and UNArte is, in fact, an old relationship, since the establishment of the Fashion Department, which has always functioned in all the 50 years that UnArte celebrates this year (1971-2021) ”. Presented by the historian Georgeta Filitti PhD and Univ. Prof. Unda Popp PhD, Fashion Department, UNArte (curator of the exhibition). The opening will take place in the presence of the UNArte rector, Univ. Prof. Cătălin Bălescu PhD and Ion Caramitru, NTB manager. Unda Popp, some explanations about the exhibition: The exhibitiondeparts from the costumes of the collection, only 20 outfits, chosen from three distinct moments (1900s, 1920s and 1960s) and reaches the current unconventional experiments made by students. In the twentieth century, democratization attenuated differences in image between people. Gradually, the clothes no longer signaled the nationality, religion and occupation, the social status was no longer communicated through the costume image and the fortune was no longer displayed (the display of expensive jewelry and fur clothes are now considered in bad taste), then the clothes erased as much as possible, age differences. Today, the last barrier is being raised, the one between the masculine and the feminine gender. The disappearance of the gender marking by the costume was the starting point of the workshop themes (of MA students and PhD students coordinated by Unda Popp) exhibited in the second room (the foyer of the NTB Small Hall). SOS (Sexi Office Suits) and Hermes and Aphrodite. It started from the fact that from the middle of the 19th century, men entered the uniform of the respectable man, which has remained largely unchanged even today. The frock coat / tuxedo / tailcoat are mandatory pieces in the men's wardrobe. (In Romania, communism broke the tradition and brutally imposed the workers' overalls). Then, the fashion of the last years of the twentieth century underlined the rise of women in the professional world still dominated by men. Women's clothes try to copy men's clothes, reminiscent of the story of St. George, who, in order to defeat the dragon, wore a shirt with scales (like the skin of a dragon). Women's suits for office work are still made of the same garments as those of men in large corporations, copying both the shape and colour of these garments. For the SOS theme, students cut on the back of a used men's jacket a neckline as provocative as possible, using inserts with unconventional materials. Recycling and reuse of clothes were considered. For the theme Hermes and Aphrodite, the students had to create an outfit half masculine, half feminine, observing the current convention (the man wears a suit with pants and the woman a dress). The geometric shape of the silhouettes was established (he triangle with the base up - she triangle with the base down), thus marking the differences still allowed today between the two constitutional types, he with broad shoulders and she with a thin waist. Conclusion: What is left for the garment to communicate is the personality and fantasy of the individual and possibly the mood. This requires minimal cultural landmarks, an educated taste and mastery of the means to transpose into the image the desired ideas and, last but not least, the sense of humour. P.S. Also in the second room are exhibited the works of PhD student Mihaela Grădinaru, who adapts the same men's clothes for the stage. In the gallery on the foyer floor, works from the PhD researches of the young teachers are exhibited: Oana Roșca, Alina Gurguță and Antoaneta Tică. Short films will be displayed in both spaces. Public access is made from Carol Blvd., daily between 11.00 - 18.00. Wearing a mask inside the exhibition space is mandatory. Translated by Simona Nichiteanu

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