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18 May 2020
NTB - Review between the Pandemic and Prospects for a Better Year 13 January 2021
  The National Theatre of Bucharest welcomes the National Culture Day with a balance sheet and a look back at the complicated recent year, which hosted, despite the conditions imposed by the pandemic, various events (several premieres, exhibitions, online broadcasts, but also shows at the headquarters), as well as oriented on the projects of the new year 2021. At their intersection, like an arch over time, an exquisite Eminescu recital, which we invite you to watch online this weekend, on the occasion of celebrating the National Culture Day on January 15th. The "IL Caragiale" National Theatre offers for viewing the filmed recording of one of the most beautiful recitals dedicated to Eminescu, Gone Are the Years…, recital held on January 15th, 2008 by the great artists of the Romanian stage, Ion Caramitru, Valeria Seciu and Ovidiu Iuliu Moldovan (in his last stage appearance!), accompanied by clarinetist Aurelian Octav Popa. On NTB's YouTube channel and on the theatre's Facebook page, starting with Friday, January 15th, 2021, from 6.00 p.m., until Sunday, January 17th, 2021, at 10.00 p.m., you will be able to watch this page from the golden anthology of Romanian poetry.    The balance of the year that has just ended shows us an atypical season, marked by an unprecedented attempt in the history of theatre, dominated by a pandemic with unpredictable manifestations, such as this triggered by the new SARS Cov-2 virus, and the measures imposed by this situation. Scheduled and cancelled shows. Rescheduled, and canceled again. Called-off tours, in the country and abroad.    From last year's premieres, only two could traditionally take place in one of the established halls, the Black Box hall: in February 2020, the official premiere with  Matilda and the Grave-makers by Stela Giurgeanu, a show on a text awarded by UNITER at the annual drama competition and directed by Mircea Rusu, with the first performances in 2019, and in March, a few days before the suspension of all shows and the decree of the state of emergency, the play Beginners by Tim Crouch, directed by Bobi Pricop was released. At the headquarters, in the first weeks of last year, 4 new conferences could be attended. Also during this period took place the lecture show The Island, the unfinished play by Mihail Sebastian (with act 3 written by Ruxandra Țuchel - the author being chosen after a contest), directed by Răzvan Popa (under the auspices of the Ion Sava Centre for Research and Theatrical Creation).    In the summer, taking advantage of the opportunity of the only stage in Romania built in the open air and located inside a theatre, the NTB Amphitheatre, two premieres took place here - Romanian Diary. 1989, a multimedia documentary show, successfully continuing an already notorious project of the director Carmen Lidia Vidu and M from Murphy - production within the 9G programme at NTB, a choreographic show signed by Andrea Gavriliu. From June 15th to September 27th, during this season entitled "Summer Nights, Up on the Theatre", 78 shows from the NTB repertoire were performed, adapted to this space. The turbulent reality imposed by the pandemic made the summer season at the Amphitheatre represent - both concretely and symbolically - the return of artists on stage and spectators to the hall. A number of other projects have come to life during these special months and await the encounter with the general public. Among these, the most advanced are  Incognito by Nick Payne, directed by Zsuzsanna Kovacs (within the "Open Doors for All" Programme), which already had a preview, and a poetry masterclass led by Ion Caramitru, entitled Poetic Copyright, in which a large part of the actors of the National Theatre participate. Honoring its mission, the National Theatre of Bucharest presented, season after season, starting with 2005, cycles of conferences held by personalities of the cultural, scientific, medical and economic life under the generic National Theatre Conferences. Between March 23rd and June 18th, 2020, 70 of these branded exhibits could be seen for the first time online! 9 shows were added from the repertoire of previous seasons, recorded by NTB, with 29 broadcasts in live streaming system, between April 24th and June 21st. Broadcasts of conferences and shows on the NTB YouTube channel totaled between March 23rd and June 21st: 182,875 views; 49,200 hours (watch time). Compared to the 8,500 existing subscribers, further 9,000 (subscribers) were initially gained. We note that 2020 also meant a new possibility of expression and communication with the audience, especially with the Romanian speakers, regardless of the meridian, by launching not only the NTB Youtube channel, but also the first television operating in a theatre - NTB TV (launched on July 20, 2020) dedicated exclusively to NTB directors and shows, with news, interviews and medallions reminiscent of great actors. Another interesting premiere of 2020 was the feature film 1989. The Diary of a Revolution, an extension based on the show Romanian Diary.1989, both directed by Carmen Lidia Vidu. The online premiere took place on December 16th on NTB's Youtube channel, the film being later taken over and broadcast in full by Digi 24 televisions (on December 19th) and TVR3 on December 22nd, significantly marking the commemoration of the 31st anniversary of the Revolution. For 2021, looking hopefully towards the prospects of the new year, there are several other repertoire projects, among which we mention Carnival Stuff by I.L. Caragiale, a show that will be staged by the esteemed director Alexandru Dabija and the play Farewell, Mr. Haffmann by Jean-Philippe Daguerre, rewarded in 2018 with 4 Molière Awards, which will be staged by another well-known director, Felix Alexa. There are discussions with other directors, including Radu Afrim, Alexandra Badea, Alexander Morfov. The projects are numerous. However, the way of resuming the work in conditions of maximum safety for the health of the playwrights remains, for the time being, uncertain. We are waiting for the return of theatres and actors on stage. And because we want a short wait, we invite you to follow us on our online communication channels, on the NTB website (www.tnb.ro) and on the Facebook page of the theatre (https: // www .facebook.com / TNB.Ro /) where we will announce all the news of the next period. Translated by Simon Nichiteanu 
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