UNITER 2020 Awards Gala - 28th Edition

02 July 2020
The National Theatre launches NTB-TV 20 July 2020
The NTB YouTube Channel - the online video interface of the “I.L. Caragiale” National Theatre of Bucharest - hosted between March and June 2020, live streaming broadcasts of the NTB Conferences (pre-recorded materials over the years) and of some of the performances fixed on video and kept in the Theatre archive. Loyal viewers, older or new subscribers of the NTB YouTube Channel (today, 9150 and not only from Romania) were able to watch online titles from the current repertoire: "The Tempest", "Allegro, ma non troppo", "Lottery Tickets”,“ God dresses from the Thrift”, “Light, at the End of the Tunnel”. However, older shows that can no longer be seen on stage were broadcast, such as "Scourge", "Breaking News", "Take, Ianke and Cadir", "A Midsummer Night’s Dream". In recent years, the "I.L. Caragiale'' National Theatre of Bucharest has made recordings of performances and famous NTB Conferences through the NTB Media Studio, its own multimedia studio, especially developed to create photo-video productions necessary to promote NTB, but also to preserve the theatre’s video archive. For our viewers not to feel so much the distance imposed by the circumstances, NTBlaunched a new challenge this month: NTB-TV. This is, since July, the new name of the YouTube channel of the Bucharest National Theatre. On NTB-TV, you will be able to see, starting with July 20th, 2020, the first live online broadcasts from the heart of the Bucharest National Theatre (both literally and figuratively). NTB-TV will broadcast live, video materials produced by the NTB communication team, with the aid of the NTB Media Studio team, which will ensure the footage and live broadcast of video materials made especially for the theatre-loving audience. NTB-TV online is a first step towards an online television dedicated to real stars, as we like to say, in the context in which the term “star” seems to be used, lately, too often and too carelessly. On NTB-TV, you will be able to see interviews with actors, directors, scenographers, show technicians, in short theatre people, especially from the National Theatre team, but also with those who join our team during the projects carried out here. NTB-TV will start the series of live broadcasts, on Monday, July 20th, 2020, with an interview on the premiere of the documentary theatre show, Romanian Diary.1989, directed by Carmen Lidia Vidu. We will learn from the artists who participated in the creation of the show, thoughts, hopes, ideas and maybe ... secrets during the work. The broadcast being live, you will be able to intervene in the discussion through the messages, you will be able to ask questions to the guests and you will have at least a chance to find out the answers, on the spot. We hope you will join us in large numbers, on NTB-TV, a video channel that you can access at any time onţionalILCaragialeBucharest  The first live broadcast of NTB-TV will start on Monday, July 20th, at 5:00 p.m., just a few days before the premiere date of the show “Romanian Diary. 1989 ". The show will be presented for the first time, on July 24th, 25th and 26th, 2020, at the NTB Amphitheatre, one of the few theatrical spaces open to the public during this period. Here, the programme “Summer Nights, Up, on the Theatre” takes place again this year, in the open air, on the roof of the Bucharest National Theatre. We are waiting for you, every night, to shows and, more recently, online, on NTB-TV!   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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At NTB, Premiere in Mid Crisis: Romanian Diary.1989 08 July 2020
In an extremely difficult period that the artistic world is going through, the I.L. Caragiale National Theatre of Bucharest announces the first premiere in the midst of a pandemic period: Romanian Diary. 1989, a show conceived and directed by Carmen Lidia Vidu, will have the first three performances on July 24th, 25th and 26th, 2020, from 9.30 pm. On the evening of July 25th, 2020, there will be a post-show dialogue between the audience and the directors. Special guest: Mădălin Hodor, historic. The performances will take place under the conditions imposed by the authorities, in the NTB Amphitheater, the open-air performance hall on the theatre rooftop.On the 30th anniversary of the Revolution that violently removed communist President Nicolae Ceausescu, four actors of the National tell the personal experiences of that period, how they lived those bloody events and how their lives changed (or not) ever since.Carmen Lidia Vidu, the director who led the Romanian theatre in the area of ​​multimedia documentary, chose four of the most famous Romanian actors to shed light on their stories: Ion Caramitru, Oana Pellea, Florentina Ţilea and Daniel Badale play their own parts. Concerning Ion Caramitru, details about the way in which he actively participated in the Revolution are known, the live broadcast expression - "Brothers, we have won!" remaining legendary. In 1989, Daniel Badale was a soldier in the Army and it is interesting the confession of the one who, "theoretically", was against the revolutionaries.Florentina Țilea was Nicolae Ceaușescu's reciter during his official visits to Iași, and Oana Pellea was mistaken for the wife of terrorist Vlase when she appeared on Romanian Television to defend it following the "Call for Artists".The four actors will be joined, through video appearances, by Germina Nagâț, member of the College of the National Council for the Study of the Securitate Archives (CNSAS), former military prosecutor Dan Voinea, who initially investigated the "Revolution File" and the well-known British historian Dennis Deletant, an expert on Romanian communism.Along with this show, the National Theatre takes to the stage another premiere and also marks a record in the history of the Romanian theatre, with the largest video projection, on a huge wall, 33 meters long and 21 meters high.The multimedia show will give viewers the opportunity to compose a powerful and very humane puzzle. History is seen through the prism of personal biographies. Research, image and sound make up the multimedia universe that completes the actors’ stories.The most appreciated project of director Carmen Lidia Vidu, in the country and abroad, Romanian Diary includes so far 3 theatre performances (Jurnal de România. Timișoara; Romanian Diary. Constanța and Romanian Diary. Sfântu Gheorghe), two short films (My Romanian Diary and Romanian Diary. Muslim Diary) as well as an exhibition.Romanian Diary is a multidisciplinary project that merges film, photography and theatre, which aims to be, through a series of uncensored and direct confessions, an honest mirror of interpersonal relations, decisively influenced by the urban environment, but also a call for social and community involvement.We mention some international awards and participations that crown the international extension of the project: "My Romanian Diary", Independent Days International Film Festival, Germany, European Cinematography AWARDS (ECA), Netherlands and FILMFEST DRESDEN - in 2020. In 2019, for "Romanian Diary. Timișoara ”- Award of Excellence offered by the Timișoara City Hall and Voice of Europe, Jena, Germany. In the same year, participation with “Romanian Diary. Constanța” in EUROPALIA, Belgium. Numerous participations with “Romanian Diary. Timișoara ”, including: National Theatre Festival and FEST-FDR, 2019. With Romanian Diary. Muslim Diary ”, in 2018: Best Women Short - Independent Shorts Awards, Los Angeles, Best Documentary based on Women (Non-Fiction) - JIFF 16 International Film Festivals in Jaipur, India, Award Winner - Changing Face International Film Festival, Sydney and Finalist - Eurasia International Monthly Film Festival, Moscow. And in 2017, the Schauspielhaus in Vienna presented “Romanian Diary. Sfântu Gheorghe” and “Romanian Diary. Constanta"."The theatre risks becoming irrelevant to the community," says the director. "The danger of vanity lurks and leads us to isolation. We only listen to the opinions that confirm ours. Romanian Diary. 1989 is my way of saying that "you make history, your attitude matters", says Carmen Lidia Vidu.You are most welcome to the theatre! The following performances will take place on: 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th August 2020. All performances start at 9.30 pm.Here, you will find the rules imposed by the pandemic period regarding access to the theatre and participation in the show. We invite you to read them.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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The NTB Amphitheatre Reopens 15 June 2020
  As of June 15th, 2020, the performances return to the NTB Amphitheatre, a unique place in Bucharest, located above the National Theatre. At this point, the Amphitheatre is the only stage in Romania built in the open air, located inside a theatre, provided with modern professional equipment and which meets the safety conditions of spectators and artists in order to carry out their activity safely, according to the rules to prevent the spread of Covid 19. In this first stage of resumption of performances, in order to strictly comply with the recommendations of social distancing, out of the 300 seats of the Amphitheatre, only 60 are offered for sale to the audience. The actors of the National Theatre will be the main characters of the outdoor amphitheatre this summer, but the programme we have prepared will include independent productions, concerts, film screenings and many other cultural events. The summer season will open in June with performances from the NTB repertoire, tickets will be on sale starting with Saturday, June 6th, 2020, simultaneously, at the theatre’s box office and through the platform. For the July show schedule, tickets will go on sale on Saturday, June 12th, 2020. Spectators' obligations regarding measures to prevent SARS-CoV2 contamination: -      Wearing a mask (medical / non-medical) throughout the event. To provide effective protection, the mask should cover the mouth and nose. Caution! The theatre reserves the right to perform an observational screening and not allow access to people with symptoms of respiratory infection (cough, sneezing, rhinorrhea). - Disinfect hands with approved alcohol-based disinfectant to be provided at the entrance. - Thermo-scanning by theatre staff. People who refuse to have their temperature checked will not have access to the theatre. - Observance of the distance of at least 1.5 m between people - from the entrance to the theatre to the Amphitheatre hall, to the toilets and to the exit from the hall. Caution! Within the Amphitheatre, please observe the 2-meter distance indicated by the place assigned to each spectator. Important announcement regarding the Amphitheatre performances: *Being an outdoor space, in case of rain, the following rule will apply: - if the rain starts before the show time, the performance is rescheduled, the tickets remaining valid. Spectators can also opt for a ticket refund, or to exchange them for another show from the Amphitheatre schedule. - if the rain starts during the performance, the show can be interrupted and resumed, depending on the weather conditions. If the resumption is not possible and the show is suspended, it is not rescheduled, and the ticket cost is not refunded.   Schedule June 15th - 30th, 2020 Monday, June 15th & Tuesday, June 16th, 9:30 pm The Beauty of Venice in September By Teodor Mazilu Director: Mariana Cămărășan Stage design: Vladimir Turturică With: Oana Pellea and Mircea Rusu   Thursday, June 18th & Friday, June 19th, 9:30 pm ActOrchestra Director: Horia Suru With: Emilian Mârnea, Florin Călbăos, Petre Ancuța   Saturday, June 20th, 9:00 pm Vivien Leigh: The Last Press Conference By Marcy Lafferty Director: Liana Ceterchi With Lamia Beligan   Sunday, June 21st, 9:30 pm After Hours Text & direction: Radu Iacoban With: Anghel Damian and Cătălin Babliuc   Wednesday, June 24th & Thursday, June 25th, 9:00 pm Matilda and the Grave-Makers By Stela Giurgeanu Director: Mircea Rusu Stage design: Gabi Albu With: Amalia Ciolan, Cesonia Postelnicu, Erika Băieșu, Fulvia Folosea, Lari Giorgescu   Friday, June 26th, 9:00 pm Once Upon a Time in Romania Directed by: Dragoș Huluba With: Ileana Olteanu, Violeta Huluba, Eduard Adam, Dragoș Huluba   Saturday, June 27th, 9:30 pm Twenty Years in Siberia After Anița Nandriș-Cudla Directed by: Sorin Misirianțu With: Amalia Ciolan   Sunday, June 28th, 9:00 pm Anonymous Venetian After Giuseppe Berto Director: Ion Caramitru Stage design: Florilena Popescu Fărcășanu With: Ilinca Goia and Ioan Andrei Ionescu   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu
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