NTF 30 / NTF Otherwise

06 November 2020

The 30th edition of the National Theatre Festival will take place in multimedia format (online, TV, radio) from November 22nd to 29th, 2020, under the slogan NTF 30 / NTF OTHERWISE. The artistic direction and the selection of the programme belong to the theatre critics Ludmila Patlanjoglu, Maria Zărnescu and Călin Ciobotari. Sections The current edition of the National Theatre Festival is built on the intention to put in dialogue the past with the theatrical present, the aesthetics of the creators of yesterday with the new forms of a present that is still looking for its identity. NTF 30 / NTF Otherwise provides premises for a deep meditation on the future. The structure below reflects this principle and puts it into practice. NotforgettingTF aims to highlight part of the spectacular Romanian heritage established in recent decades. It is a section that involves revisiting and recovering the past, but also redefining the archive as a living space of memory. The ten selected shows are exemplary by the force of creation, by the depth and ability to articulate stage discourses about man and humanity. There are shows that impose a mandatory quotation in any type of history of the Romanian show after 1990. UnrestTF refers to young people whose voices have been heard distinctly and constantly in recent years, certain bets of the present, increasingly well-formed figures in what could be called the new wave of Romanian theatre creators. The art of the great ACTOR celebrates grace, virtuosity and fulfilment in the profession, qualities that have proven over time the leading artists of our theatre. The proposed recitals represent as many memorable art lessons of the actor. They stimulate and inspire, rejoice, and uplift spiritually. At the same time, they prove the strength of a creative triangle: actor - playwright (with an emphasis, in this section on Romanian drama) - director. Premiere in NTF, continuing a tradition of the festival, presents for the first time a show of the TVR Production House, Caligula by Albert Camus. The Hidden Show, a formula that borrows the title of a book by director Alexa Visarion, shifts the focus of interest from the finished stage product to the dynamics of the work process. It contains testimonials of creation, portraits and self-portraits of major creators, glances thrown inside the laboratory, revelations of the hidden show that always doubles the visible show. Invited performances continue a successful tradition of the National Theatre Festival, highlighting the opening to the international artistic discourse and enabling the encounter of the public with great performances of the world. "Words, words, words ..." is the discursive component of the current edition of the Festival. It proposes a series of colloquia and theatrical dialogues meant, on the one hand, to discuss major issues of the present, and on the other hand, to mediate the meeting with contemporary theatrical personalities. The aesthetics of the pandemic represents shows born amid a crisis as a reaction of art to nothingness and as an effort of several creators to identify new aesthetic solutions, exits from deadlock. They are argument-shows, pleas for a lofty idea: no matter what happens, theatre must continue to exist. NTF ON AIR is produced in partnership with Radio Romania Cultural and Radio Romania News. It contains a focus on Cristian Munteanu, the emblematic director who decisively influenced the Romanian radio theatre, revealed through seven shows and a play that bears his signature. The theatre man Emil Boroghină enjoys special attention, a unique voice in the Romanian theatre, founding director of the "Shakespeare" International Festival of Craiova and initiator of the only poetry theatre in Romania, the Poesis Theatre. The well-known show Vorba de cultura will host a series of exciting dialogues with young artists present in NTF. Further seven radio theatre performances validated by multiple international awards will complete this consistent ON AIR section. Producers: UNITER - Romanian Theatre Union and Romanian TelevisionCultural project financed by the Ministry of CultureProject created in partnership with Bucharest City Hall through the Expo Arte Cultural CentrePartner: Romanian Cultural InstituteSponsor: „PROCULTURA” Foundation of Magdalena and Ovidiu BulucMain partner: MOL RomaniaWith the support of: Dedeman Find out the latest news about NTF 2020 on the website, on the Facebook page and on the Festival’s Instagram account.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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The NTB Amphitheatre - A Summer in 78 Performances

29 September 2020

This summer, the NTB Amphitheatre, the only stage in Romania built in the open air and within the premises of a theatre, counted 78 performances performed up on the building, in this unique space. The actors of the National Theatre showed their professionalism and responsibility in adapting the performances, their effort and talent being appreciated by the audience every night. From June 15th to September 27th, the NTB Amphitheatre was a place of art, of actors, of culture-loving audiences. The turbulent reality imposed by the pandemic that we have been living for half a year, made this summer season at the Amphitheatre represent - both concretely and symbolically - the return of artists on stage and spectators to the hall. When the live theatre seemed that it could not return soon and that online is the only option of the moment, the National Theatre of Bucharest brought to the audience, at the Amphitheatre, two successful premieres: Romanian Diary. 1989 (a multimedia documentary theatre show, directed by Carmen Lidia Vidu, with Oana Pellea, Ion Caramitru, Florentina Țilea and Daniel Badale) andM from Murphy (a drama-dance show with independent artists, performed by Andrea Gavriliu within the 9G Programme the NTB). Also, two major cultural events took place at the NTB Amphitheatre: the HOP 2020 Young Actor’s Gala (September 3-6) and the White Night of Romanian Film (September 18th). The season Summer nights, up, on the theatregivesevidence that, by strictly following the protection rules against Covid-19, we can safely return to the theatre. Now, our invitation is moving to the theatre halls. The summer premieres at the Amphitheatre can be witnessed inside, in the same safe conditions for the spectators and for the National Theatre team. The show Romanian Diary. 1989 can be seen on October 1st at the Grand Hall, and M from Murphy is scheduled for October 11th at the Small Hall. Watch the complete schedule of the theatre on and You are most welcome to the theatre!   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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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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