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02 Feb 2020 Marius Oprea: In search of the lost people. The archeology of the victims of communism in Romania
Marius Oprea: In search of the lost people. The archeology of the victims of communism in Romania

On Sunday, February 2nd, 2020, from 11.00 am, at the NTB Black Box Hall, Marius Oprea will hold a conference on the topic In search of the lost people. The archeology of the victims of communism in Romania. About the Conference The conference presents, starting from the illustration of particular cases, the activity of searching and finding the remains of those killed without trial by the Securitate in brief executions, as well as of those who died after starvation and torture in the prisons and work camps of the communist regime. This pioneering activity, started by Marius Oprea and his team of archaeologists at the Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes in Romania, created by him in 2005, has led to the burial of over one hundred victims of the regime, some of whom have been returned to families, and others are still waiting for their identification, through DNA tests. Beyond the scientific character or the historical investigation, there is a profound human and Christian meaning, by finding the dead thrown into the common graves, where they were thrown unknowingly and without a cross, and their reburialaccording to ritual. In his lecture, Marius Oprea presents the most impressive moments of the 42 archaeological campaigns carried out during the last 14 years, to identify these people, our lost people, who rise from their graves to show us the true image of communism - the one of death. Marius Oprea About Marius OpreaMarius Oprea (b. 1964 in Târgoviște) studied history at the Bucharest University and is the author of a PhD thesis on the Role and Evolution of the Securitate (1948-1964). He was an advisor to Senator Constantin Ticu Dumitrescu, being involved in the elaboration of the SecuritateUncovering Law, and then he was part of the team of advisers of President Emil Constantinescu and Prime Minister Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, on political analysis issues, fighting against corruption and national security. He worked as a journalist for the Cuvântul magazine and was a correspondent for the Free Europe radio station in Bucharest. He created, in December 2005, the Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes, which he led until 2010 and where, at present, he works as the head of the Special Investigation Department.He is the author of numerous articles on the history of the Securitate, but he began by publishing a history of the old Romanian books (Walking on Typography Street, 1996). His articles on the political police in Romania, published in the press, broadcast on the Free Europe radio station, included in the collections of studies and academic publications, were followed by the volume The Platitude of Evil. A History of the Securitate in Documents, 1949-1989 (Polirom, 2002), awarded by the Romanian Publishers Association as the best history book of the year. In the same year, at the same publishing house, he coordinated the volume of The Party's Securitate Members. The PCR Staff as Political Police and published (in collaboration with Stejărel Olaru) A Day That Cannot Be Forgotten. 15 November, Braşov. In 2006, he published at the Humanitas Publishing House the volume of essays Zorba and the Cathedral. 59 Stories from the Border, followed, in the same year, at Polirom Publishing House, by The Face of Death: a Dialogue with Vladimir Bukovsky about the Nature of Communism. In 2008, Humanitas Publishing House released under his signature Zahei's True Journey. V. Voiculescu and the Mystery of the Burning Pyre, and Polirom Publishing House, the monograph The Bastion of Cruelty. A History of Securitate(1948-1964). In 2009, the volume of stories Six Ways of Dying follows, and in 2012, in the National Journal, the True Face of Traian Basescu. He has written four poetry volumes, Trampoline Solo (1999, Paralela 45 Publishing House), America! America! (2008, the Cartea Românească Publishing House), Encounter with the Apostle and Recipe for Happiness (published in 2012 and 2015 at the Grinta Publishing House). He also published TheArab Mafia in Romania. From Ceaușescu to Iliescu (2016, Corint Publishing House), Heirs to the Securitate (2018, second editionrevised and enlarged, Polirom Publishing House) and the novels The Herd of the Silent Shepherd (2016, Polirom Publishing House) and TheUnmatched History of the Romanian Eastern Empire (2017, Polirom Publishing House).He produced, together with Nicolae Mărgineanu, two documentary films, Execution and Four Ways of Dying, reflecting his concern for identifying the remains of those killed by the Security. He made himself known to the wide audience by the actions of unveiling the repressive communist apparatus and his work has been widely shown, the protagonist of the documentary Le chasseur from Securitate, directed by Mirel Bran and Jonas Mercier, and the book La tortura del silenzio. Storia di Marius Oprea, cacciatore dei criminali di regime, written by Guido Barella (2014, Edizioni San Paolo), published in translation in Spain and Romania (at Corint Publishing House). Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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03 Feb 2020 Alina Ciolca & Band - Darkness and Light
Alina Ciolca & Band - Darkness and Light

Private event hosted by the National Theatre of Bucharest. The organiser is exclusively liable for the quality and content of this event! Dusty Ride Cultural AssociationA Vlach folklore concert reinterpreted with Alina Ciolca and her guestsGrigore Lese, Altona Ensemble, Cristian Chiriac, Anca Constantin at the NTB Painting Hall."Darkness and light: incursions into the Vlach song from the northern and southern Danube bank" - a conceptual folklore concert reinterpreted "otherwise", scheduled for February 3rd, 2020 at the Painting Hall of the National Theatre of Bucharest.Alina Ciolca (voice), accompanied by Adrian Chepa (percussion, bass, drum) and Bogdan Binga (electric guitar), (re) interprets traditional songs not only in different Romanian Northern-Danube tongues, but also in Aromanian, Meglenoromanian and Istroromanian, highlighting a musical heritage of the reunited and reconstituted oriental Romanianhood, historically rendered under the generic concept of "Vlach". A unity in diversity, relatively unknown to the general audience, beyond any commercial approaches.Alina Ciolcă will have as guests: the well-known artist and researcher Grigore Leșe, the ensemble of dances and traditional Meglenoromanian songs "Altona", Cristian Chiriac (the voice of the ethno-rock band Iarba Fiarelor), actress Anca Constantin.The show will also include the launch of a video of a traditional meglenoromanian love song entitled "Chitu Mila" ("Dear Chitu" in Daco-Romanian), filmed in the commune of Cerna (Tulcea County), where the only compact community of Meglenoromanians in the country lives.The repertoire and the staging will illustrate, with variations of intensities and frequencies, antitheses and thematic tensions revealed in the Vlach folklore of the northern and southern Danube bank, probing, in fact, nothing but luminous or darker, yet always complementary, transfigurations of the human soul, ranging from love to jealousy, from longing to alienation, from rebellion to reconciliation. The unique accompaniment and a vocal performance that keeps the elements of traditional song unaltered will tell the stories of these songs in all their regional colour.Beyond the cultural purposes of this show, it does not aim to be and is not an elitist one. At the entrance to the concert hall there is no need for theoretical initiation, but only for feeling and opening to a stirring of the soul ... Media partners: Radio Seven, Radio Romania Cultural, Sunete, The Romanian Journal, "Remix" (TVR3), Days and Nights Translated by Simona Nichiteanu  Trailer

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09 Feb 2020 Mixed Media Mood exhibition
Mixed Media Mood exhibition

The Mixed Media Mood exhibition signed by Daniela Voicila Dragulescu, painter, set designer, costume designer - inaugurates a new exhibition season at the "I.L. Caragiale" National Theatre.Daniela Vocila Dragulescu studied from 1983 - 1988 at the Academy of Fine Arts Nicolae Grigorescu, Bucharest, the painting and scenography department. Member of UAP, UCIN, IWS Romania.Since 1982, she has been participating in collective painting and scenography exhibitions, signing numerous sets (some awarded with prizes) in theatre - especially for puppet and marionette theaters, film and television, and was present with solo exhibitions in Romania and France. About the exhibition at the National Theatre, the artist confesses:“Every exhibition means a story.A story always begins with: once upon a time ... In my case, once upon a time ... in the beginning, the aquatint, the quick technique I fell in love with before entering the Faculty of Arts and to which I remained faithful as to first love. Then followed the oil, a sumptuous and vast technique such as the endless colours of the rainbow. Finally, I recently leaned on mixed media art, a newer technique (new to me, because otherwise what's new in fine art today ?!), an interfering technique in which I think I can carry and extend my stories on new lands, not yet explored by me.Three love stories, three hypostases, a curve over time and, why not, a new reverent wonder at the privilege of telling with the brush old or more recent stories, lived or dreamed.” The exhibition will be hosted by the Media Foyer (Intercontinental wing) and can be visited from February 4th to 28th, 2020. The opening is scheduled for Sunday, February 9th, 2020, at 5.30 pm  Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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