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20 July 2021

The “Lucian Pintilie” award for Best Direction at the 29th UNITER Gala went to director Carmen Lidia Vidu for her extraordinary multimedia show Romanian Diary.1989, premiered in the summer of 2020, at the height of the pandemic, at the NTB Amphitheatre. ”… I was waiting for the moment to come at UNITER to see women nominated for best directing and best show. It is a fantastic moment, and I am glad I am living it. I applaud the entire team of the showRomanian Diary. 1989”- stated Carmen Lidia Vidu when she found out that she was among the directors nominated for the Best Direction Award, in the context in which, in the 30 years since the Revolution, only Cătălina Buzoianu and Anca Bradu were awarded. Here is the long-awaited award for the one who not only explores and opens new ways of stage expression, but pleads, whenever she has the opportunity, for the social and community involvement of theatre and artists. "I always thought that theatre is about others, about Russians, about Americans, about those who know better. Nobody told me theatre could be about me. No one told me that my story matters, that my family matters, that my city is important. Romanian Diary is about us, the "insignificant". Romanian Diary. 1989 is about a moment of collective power. To deny the Revolution, to deny the courage of a people, this is the form in which the crimes against humanity take courage. Our ignorance of the past, cultural illiteracy make us an easily manipulated society. I went to the theatre and I wanted to be just Catalina Buzoianu's student. This award is for you, teacher, and for all the female voices in Romanian theatre. You are my strength. You are my revolution. My prize is your prize. ” - said Carmen Lidia Vidu on the stage of the Gala, at the awarding of the Prize for the Best Direction. After enjoying the applause of numerous Bucharest spectators, the NTB show Romanian Diary.1989 will be presented thisfall at the Theatre Festival in Piatra Neamt (September 12th), at the National Theatre Festival in Kishinev (September 25th) and the International Theatre Festival for Young Audiences from Iași (October 2). We warmly congratulate Carmen Lidia Vidu and we invite you to see the show for which she was awarded,in the season that begins on August 26th, 2021, Romanian Diary.1989, a diary that "makes us transcend theatre". Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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Young Directors and Playwrights

13 July 2021

"Theatre Networking Talents x „New Stages South-East" The 2021 edition of the International Festival dedicated to Young Directors - Theatre Networking Talents (TNT), organized by the "Marin Sorescu" National Theatre of Craiova and coordinated by director Bobi Pricop, will unfold in partnership with the Goethe Institute through the "New Stages South-East" programme. This year's edition will bring together 5 graduate directors in 2020 and 2021 who will work with 5 young playwrights through October 19th and 22nd, 2021, under the guidance of mentors Theodor Cristian Popescu (director) & Rebekka Kricheldorf (playwright). The workshops will be conducted entirely in English, both offline (at the Port Cultural Cetate) and through online work sessions.  The 5 projects that will result from the workshop will be presented in an online showcase, which will be attended by theatre managers, directors of cultural institutions, festival selectors, theatre critics, thus fulfilling TNT's mission to become a showcase platform of young directors and theatre creators. Each project will be adopted by a partner theatre ("Marin Sorescu" National Theatre of Craiova, "IL Caragiale" National Theatre of Bucharest, "Radu Stanca" National Theatre of Sibiu - German Department, Teatrelli, Piatra-Neamț Youth Theatre), whereas in 2022 the 5 director-playwright teams will develop the plays resulting from working sessions together with the actors of the partner theatres, in view of a reading show / work-in-progress presentation. Subsequently, the projects can be developed into performances that enter the repertoire of producing theatres, and the best performative readings / resulting performances will be presented in Berlin in the final stage of the project "New Stages South-East" in 2023. New Stages South-East is a regional project of the Goethe Institute, addressed to playwrights and professionals in the field, involving artists from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Greece (Athens / Thessaloniki), Croatia, Romania / Moldova, Serbia, Cyprus.  Proposed topics: Starting from topics such as migration, pandemics, regional conflicts and populist / nationalist regimes, etc., developed or adapted according to the specific area of ​​interest of each creator, we want to discover the ways in which political and social topical events influence contemporary theatre. Conditions for participation:To register for the selection process, directors must: - be graduates of theatre directing in the academic years 2020 and 2021 // Bachelor's or Master's degree;- be good English speakers;- send a portfolio / CV and a cover letter (max. 2 pages), in which to talk about possible topics / ideas they want to develop within the project and the expectations related to such a work process. To enroll in the selection process, playwrights must: - be fluent in English;- send a portfolio / CV and a cover letter describing the topics / ideas they want to develop in the workshops, and / or a sketch / draft for a possible scene to write in the project.  Deadline:All materials must be sent to tntxnewstages2021@gmail.com, by August 15th, 2021. The selection of participants will be announced by August 24th, 2021, and the director / playwright teams will be composed of the festival coordinators depending on the proposed themes. Important:Theorganizers will reimburse the accommodation, meals and transportation expenses of all participants in this project phase.  Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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HOP Gala - Young Actor’s Gala, 2021 edition

26 April 2021

Motto: "Caragiale - a world in motion"What a world! What a world! What a world!(A Lost Letter, Act IV, Scene 4) UNITER announces the organization of the pre-selection for the HOP! Young Actor’s Gala, 24th edition.The 2021 HOP Young Actor’s Gala continues with the theme: Choreographic Theatre. The DanceActor as a Phenomenon of Contemporary Theatre and will also take place under the wand of the well-known choreographer and dancer Gigi Căciuleanu.This year as well, the pre-selection will take place based on the video recordings sent by the competitors. We address all the actors who graduated from college (bachelor's degree), up to 33 years old. For both sections, Individual and Group, the pre-selection will be carried out as follows:- Presentation of a moment of movement and text prepared by the competitor (maximum 10 minutes in the Individual section and maximum 15 minutes in the Group section).In the construction of the moment, the competitors will treat the text by means of choreographic theatre, in a mixed form - free combination of verbal and non-verbal forms.Maximum composition of a group - 7 people.In the construction of the presented moments, we will follow the original treatment through text and movement (in equal ratio, 50/50 between words and movement) of some pages of free choice from the work of Ion Luca Caragiale: Plays, Sketches, various texts (articles, poems etc. ). Guidelines:• Monologues and / or Dialogues set in motion (Verb - Word / Verb - Action)• Verbal and situational humour taken towards the Danced Act ...• Dynamic relationships between characters (Why not reinvented? Why not even coming from different texts?)Refinement of gestures that populate both the actual texts of the plays, moments and sketches, as well as very precise captions or indications of attitudes and play appearing as filigree, between the lines, with the same “choreographic force” as the text itself.A revisited Caragiale, over space and time, now that Ionescu's absurdity is not only familiar to us, but has even become a classic.Moments of humour or humour about love and hate, about stupidity and intelligence sketched not only in word or gesture, but also in elaborate movement.Those admitted will present the moment prepared, live, at the 2021 HOP Gala.Candidates must send to the email address doina@uniter.ro the video recording of the prepared moment (landscape format), a resume, a copy of the graduation diploma (or certificate issued by the faculty), a photo (portrait, 300 dpi resolution), the title and the logistical and technical information for the presented exercise. The deadline for submitting registration materials is July 15th, 2021.UNITER 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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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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