New rules for the audience - october 2021

03 October 2021

From October 3rd, 2021, public access to NTB performances will be based only on the EU's digital COVID certificate (the one containing a QR code) that will be scanned at the entrance via the mobile verification app, which is proof of vaccination or proof of passing through the disease. People with only proof of a negative test of any type (antigen or RT-PCR)- do not have access to the shows. Wearing a mask from the entrance to the NTB building until leaving the performance remains compulsory, including throughout the performance. On Saturday, October 2nd, 2021, the Government adopted a GD on the new regulations and prohibitions decided on 30 September by the National Committee for Emergency Situations. The decision was published in the Official Gazette no. 943/2021. According to the Government Decision for amending the annexes no. 2 and 3 to the Government Decision no. 932/2021 on the extension of the alert status on the Romanian territory starting with September 10th, 2021, as well as the establishment of the measures applied during it to prevent and combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, considering the fact that the incidence accumulated at 14 days in Bucharest amounts to more than 6/1000 inhabitants, starting with October 3rd, 2021, the "IL Caragiale" National Theatre of Bucharest, Public Institution of Culture subordinated to the Ministry of Culture, will apply the following measures: - Organizing and carrying out the activity within cinemas, performance institutions and / or concerts are allowed with the participation of the public up to 50% of the maximum capacity of the space and by wearing a protective mask, if the cumulative incidence at 14 days in the county / town is higher than 6 / 1,000 inhabitants. Participation is only allowed for persons who are vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 virus and for whom 10 days have elapsed since the completion of the complete vaccination scheme, respectively persons who are in the period between the 15th day and the 180th day following the confirmation of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, under the conditions established by the joint order of the Minister of Culture and the Minister of Health, issued pursuant to art. 44 and of art. 71 para. (2) of Law no. 55/2020, with subsequent amendments and completions; - The organization and development of the activity of public or private cultural institutions that manage spaces specifically intended for outdoor cultural-artistic activities are allowed with the participation of the audience up to 50% of the maximum capacity of the space,- ensuring a minimum distance of 1 meter between people and- wearing a protective mask, if the cumulative incidence at 14 days in the county / townshipexceeds 6 / 1,000 inhabitants. Participation is only allowed for persons who are vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus and for whom 10 days have elapsed since the completion of the complete vaccination scheme, respectively persons who are in the period between the 15th and the 180th day following the confirmation of the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, under the conditions established by the joint order of the Minister of Culture and the Minister of Health, issued pursuant to art. 44 and of art. 71 para. (2) of Law no. 55/2020, with subsequent amendments and completions;- It is allowed to organize conferences with the participation of people up to 50% of the maximum capacity of the indoor or outdoor space, ensuring an area of ​​at least 2 sqm for each person, wearing a protective mask and complying with public health rules established by the order of the Minister of Health, if the cumulative incidence at 14 days in the county / locality exceeds 6 / 1,000 inhabitants. Participation is only allowed for- persons who are vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus and- persons for whom 10 days have elapsed since the completion of the complete vaccination scheme, respectively persons who are in the period between the 15th day and 180 days after confirmation of SARS-CoV-2 virus infection; How to prove vaccination or illness Theproof of vaccination or illness for EU citizens is made through the EU digital certificate on COVID which will be scanned by the economic operator / organizer through the mobile verification application, and in the case of foreign nationals and stateless persons defined according to Government Emergency Ordinance no. 194/2002 on the regime of foreigners in Romania, republished, with subsequent amendments and completions, through the vaccination document issued by the health unit outside Romania where the vaccine was administered or, as the case may be, the document certifying the transition to the disease presented in the respective country's language, and in English. Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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The Grand Hall of the National Theatre of Bucharest became the "Ion Caramitru" Hall

16 September 2021

On Thursday, 16 September 2021, in the presence of Prime Minister Florin Cîțu, Minister of Culture Bogdan Gheorghiu, interim manager Ioan Onisei, the sons of actor Ion Caramitru and several guests from the cultural field, the new name of NTB’s Grand Hall was officially unveiled, which has become the Ion Caramitru Hall.On this occasion, actor Mircea Rusu, artistic director of the National Theatre of Bucharest stated:"It will take us a long time to understand what Ion Caramitru has done for the Romanian theatre and especially for the National Theatre of Bucharest. The initiative of the Minister of Culture, Mr Bogdan Gheorghiu, seems to me to be salutary: Ion Caramitru's image must be preserved, maintained and cultivated. He is the founder of the current National Theatre of Bucharest, unique in Romania's theatrical sphere. I will not enumerate the areas in which he excelled. The theatre is called Caragiale, and the Grand Hall will be called Caramitru. Both have the sap of a branch of Romanian spirit: sap full of talent, ambition, book knowledge, artistic sensitivity. And all these qualities were in Pino's personality. Pino, we promise not to bring shame to your name, a name you have built with much grace and toil."The Minister of Culture, Bogdan Gheorghiu, who proposed changing the name of the Grand Hall to "Ion Caramitru" Hall, said on this occasion: "It is the way we ensure today that the cultural legacy left by his majesty will reach future generations. Whether in his position as Minister of Culture, manager of the I.L. Caragiale National Theatre of Bucharest or as an actor, he has put himself at the service of excellence and changed the known reality. His name is closely linked to Romanian heritage and the way we relate to its preservation and capitalization today, to UNITER, whose president he was elected in 1990 when this theatrical union was founded, and to the Gala he presented every year and, last but not least, to the 1989 Revolution. But this name is also linked to his extraordinary ability to bring people together, to create ideals, to generate memories. I am convinced that all of us here have looked at Caramitru with admiration and I hope that all those who will step into the Ion Caramitru Hall will honour his memory with an appreciation of the theatre and applause, as the master himself would have wished".The Prime Minister of Romania, Florin Cîțu, asked those present to hold a moment of silence in memory of Ion Caramitru and said in front of the hall that from today will bear the name of the actor: "We all knew the master Ion Caramitru, as an actor in films, or on the stage of the National Theatre. As Minister of Finance, I also knew him as a manager and I would like to say that he was as talented as an actor. A lot of nice words were used during this period. Anything and everything I could say could not illustrate what Ion Caramitru meant to us, Romanians. I know that naming the Grand Hall as Ion Caramitru Hall is a small gesture, but a symbol by which we show our gratitude for all that Ion Caramitru did in his cultural activity. From now on, the plays performed in this hall of the National Theatre will have a special meaning and thus, the legacy left by him will never be lost. Thank you, Ion Caramitru!"Ion Caramitru was the general manager of NTB for 16 years, from 2005 to 2021, being the one who restored the "I.L. Caragiale" National Theatre in Bucharest to its original architectural form, transforming it into a modern performance building, with a record number of halls, serving the desire of the general public for real theatre. A "New Theatre" that it has served with devotion since 2005.Since 1990, he has led the Romanian Theatre Union (UNITER), to which events such as the National Theatre Festival and the UNITER Awards Gala - true annual celebrations of the profession - are linked.As an actor, he has capitalized the work of Eminescu, telling it like no other throughout Romania and the world and, as Minister of Culture, he has contributed to its survival through both classical means, on paper, and through digital means.He was one of the most brilliant performers of Shakespeare's theatre, producing memorable creations, and was acknowledged as one of the ten best actors in the world to play Hamlet.He was born in 1942 in Bucharest. He graduated from the "I.L. Caragiale" Institute of Theatre and Cinema, class of Prof. Beate Fredanov, in 1964, when he also made his debut on the stage of the National Theatre in Bucharest, in "Eminescu" by Mircea Ștefănescu. His most recent roles were also here, in the shows Eduard III - the main role (2008), Prospero in The Tempest (2014), Shylock in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (2019), the mega-successful Dinner with Fools by Francis Veber (from 2012), as well as in Ufo by Ivan Vyrypaev (2017) or in the documentary theatre show "Romanian Diary.1989" (2020).For all his artistic activity related to the work of one of the greatest playwrights of all times, in 2016, Ion Caramitru was appointed Shakespeare Cultural Ambassador in Romania, on the occasion of Shakespeare Year - 400.Exceptional career rewarded with numerous awards, including: acting awards in the Romanian Theatre (1975, 1979, 1981, 1985), Cinema Magazine Award for acting (1976), Filmmakers’ Association Award, 1980, Special Jury Award for the main role in the film "Luchian", at the National Film Festival, Costinești, "Academic Merit" awarded by the Romanian Academy, 2012, Aristizza Romanescu Award of the Romanian Academy, 2013.In 1995, he received the title of Officer of Honour of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), for his Romanian-British cultural activity and was decorated by Queen Elizabeth II, and in 1997, the title of Knight of the Order of Letters and Arts of France. In 2000, he was awarded the Order of Merit of Romania with the rank of Grand Cross. He has received 5 honorary doctor degrees, from: the University of Arts in Iasi (2008), Ovidius University in Constanta (2012), ESRA University of Audiovisual Arts in Skopje (2016), "Constantin Brâncuși" University in Târgu-Jiu, December 2017 and the Academy of Music, Theatre and Fine Arts in Kishinev (2018).In 2017, he received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Ribbon, the most important Japanese order for foreign citizens, awarded in the name of His Majesty, the Emperor of Japan. National Order of the Star of Romania to the rank of Knight, 2017. The latest public recognition was the Award for the Promotion of Eminescu's works, presented by the Ipotești Memorial in June 2021. Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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Special measures in all NTB halls

01 February 2021

We inform you that at the beginning of each week, the building of the I.L. Caragiale National Theatre will undergo a disinfection of performance halls, booths, rehearsal rooms and actor regrouping halls, an action that is performed with a specific device, cold mist generator, which uses for treatment Bionet A 15, a substance with bactericidal, fungicidal and virucidal action, approved by the Ministry of Health and registered in the Biocides Register. We mention that this disinfection action is done according to Order no. 3142/1495/2020 of August 31st, 2020 on measures to prevent contamination with the new Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and to ensure safe activities in the field of culture. 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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