For the first time at NTB, Tania Popa is the Extra

03 November 2019

Solar and impetuous since the very debut, since the student years, when she was already performing in three professional theatres in Bucharest, when Horea Popescu, well-known director, had entrusted her the main role in the show "Ondine", having Adrian Pintea as stage partner, Tania Popa never knew what failure or expectation of the lucky occasion meant. She provoked and was challenged to become a popular audience name. Employed immediately after college at the National Theatre of Bucharest, the chance surged with every role entrusted to her, for two and a half decades, by top directors. This autumn, Tania Popa has the ambition to surprise her viewers in the directorial posture. And not anyway, but through a double directorial debut. One of the shows will premiere at NTB on November 3rd, 2019, and is called The Extra. The play belongs to an old friend, himself an actor, Andreas Petrescu, and was written especially for Tania, in a key different from his other texts, of which we will mention: I move to my mother, I move to my father - Small Theatre , I love you but not you - show hosted by the Metropolis Theatre, Marriage in 3 - Teatrelli, Today No! Maybe tomorrow! - show hosted by the National Theatre of Bucharest and, in preparation at the Playwrights’ Theater, The Butler. The Extra is a puzzle of states and situations that take one by surprise, at the border between laughter and tears, at an alert pace, and is recommended as a generous offer for the character of the actress and for the new trial in her career. "Andreas' texts are like a well-crafted glove, perfect even," says Tania. They serve you and challenge you, the actor, in the most fantastic way possible. As I enjoy  professional challenges, I decided that now is the time to test myself as a director. Those who know me know that I can be at the same time not only on stage, behind the scenes, in the room, but also in the skin of the spectator”. She is Tania Popa, one of the most valued actresses of the National Theatre and she expects to tell you naturally the story of the Extra, using only a few elements of play and her exuberant and persuasive energy. “Tania Popa is a ticking bomb. A luxury ticking bomb. You never know when it will explode and when it does, the reaction is strong, sweeping everything around. But not with violence, but with delicacy. With much heat, "states the author of the play. If you have seen her in "The Girl from the Rainbow" ... what can we add? So, remember, on November 3rd, 2019, at 8 pm, in the Painting Hall of the National Theatreof Bucharest, the premiere will take place: The Extra, a new one woman show with Tania Popa!   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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High school students go to the theatre again. 5 high schools - 5 theatres 2019 is starting

09 October 2019

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019, marks the beginning of the 9th edition of 5 High Schools - 5 Theatres, a project dedicated to students. The launch will take place at the Nicolae Toniza High School of Fine Arts, starting from 11:00. All the participants of this year - high school students and teachers from Bucharest, organizers and partner theatres are waiting for the launch event. ECDL Romania, together with its partners, UNITER, Bucharest City Hall, School Inspectorate of Bucharest Municipality, House of the Academics and Small Theatre, IL Caragiale National Theatre of Bucharest, Jewish State Theatre, Ion Creangă Theatre, Nottara Theatre invites you to meet the young artists and theatre spectators. 5 High Schools - 5 Theatres is an educational project that encourages high school students to be involved in cultural activities, through their access to institutions and to plays, challenging them at the same time to a show competition. The theatres reopen their season for another 150 students, including members of the theatreensembles, from 5 other high schools in the capital. Everyone will watch free shows from the season of each of the 5 partner theatres in the project dedicated to young people, 5 high schools - 5 theatres: the Small Theatre, the IL Caragiale National Theatre of Bucharest, the Jewish State theatre, the Ion Creangă theatre and the Nottara Theatre. The new schools in the capital participating in this edition are: Nicolae Tonitza High School of Fine Arts, CA Rosetti Theoretical High School, Mircea Vulcănescu Technological High School, Stefan Odobleja Theoretical High School and Gheorghe Asachi Technical College. The project will run between October - December 2019 and will end with the 5 High Schools - 5 Theatres Gala, when the representations, the judging and the awarding of the five plays performed by the high school students will take place. High school students will then have the chance to get on a major stage in Bucharest, to perform in front of a jury of theatre professionals and to be applauded by a large audience. On Wednesday, at the launch event of 5 High Schools - 5 Theatres, we intend to find out what are the stages of this edition and we will draw the working groups at short shows.  Since the first edition started in 2011 at the initiative of ECDL Romania, 1,200 students from 35 different high schools in Bucharest have participated in this project. They will be joined by the 150 students from the new 5 high schools selected for the 9th edition. Alternative education is of crucial importance for the development of young people, who must continue to be directed towards real and fair values, including cultural values. ECDL initiatives promote the balanced development of young people, who pursue international IT&C careers and certifications, but also understand the act of culture, as a complement to the knowledge and skills accumulated in school. You can find more information about the project 5 High Schools - 5 Theatres on or on  ECDL - the international standard for digital skills certification.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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Virtual Tour of a Unique Project

05 April 2016

  Starting with the month of April 2016, on the website of the ”I.L. Caragiale” National Theatre, a totally exceptional virtual tour can be accessed, in the form of an interactive documentary film, consisting of 310 panoramas, enabling the navigation of the NTB building, inside and outside, before, during and at the end of the restyling works of the theatre building. The material published on the website further includes the virtual presentation of the sceneries of six performances from the NTB production of the last years: Scourge, The Avalanche, Master Leonida Facing the Reactionaries, Lottery Tickets, The Cherry Orchard, The Visit. The time frame for the creation of the 310 published panoramas (accomplished in the period 2010-2016) has been estimated to over 1500 hours and approximately 30.000 separate photographs have been used. The high-resolution images enable the study of the spaces in detail and from a bird’s eye view, presenting the users even areas inaccessible to the audience (workshops, dressing rooms, the costume stock, the off-stage area etc). The application is accompanied by a brief ”visualisation guideline” in Romanian and English. Not lastly, the publishing of this complex virtual tour also aims at promoting the « new » National Theatre as an institution open to a new audience, interested in theatre, but also in the latest technologies. The material used for the creation of the virtual tour is part of an extensive documentary archive compiled over 7 years, in the time frame 2008-2016. Completed at the end of 2015 (except for some photographs taken in 2016), the archive comprises video and photo materials, panorama images, architecture layouts, interviews and media coverage, following the National Theatre evolution and of its former and current employees throughout the entire duration of the building site for the building restyling. Through the spatial and temporal deployment, the archive has been first and foremost gathered as a study material on the topic of the architecture project, of the habitation of areas and the place occupied by NTB in the public space, aimed at both the audience and theatre professionals or those wishing to pursue a training in this field. The project has been entirely produced, in his capacity as author, by Mihai Bodea-Tatulea, graduate of the National University of Theatrical Arts and Cinematography, who even from the launch of his initiative, had the theatre’s consent to film and shoot all key moments in connection with the evolution of the institution. The entire documentary archive is subject to a potential publishing, and the author is seeking financial aid for supporting this effort. The National Theatre encourages the affiliation of other people, institutions or companies for supporting the project continuation.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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