(Unwanted) Season Ending

27 June 2019
5 High Schools - 5 Theatres Gala at the Odeon Theatre 10 December 2019
On Tuesday, December 10th, 2019, starting at 6:00 pm, the Majestic Hall of the Odeon Theatre will host the 5 High Schools - 5 Theatres Gala, this year at the 9th edition. Further five high school drama groups will go on stage at Odeon, to present the performances prepared during the project, in collaboration with five theatresof the capital. ECDL Romania, together with UNITER, PMB, ISMB and CCD Bucharest and the partner theatres, the IL Caragiale National Theatre of Bucharest, the Small Theatre, the Ion Creangă Theatre, the Jewish State Theatre and the Nottara Theatre, invite you to applaud the young artists. 5 High Schools - 5 Theatres is an established educational project, which supports the involvement of high school students in cultural activities, through their access to institutions and to plays, challenging them at the same time to a drama competition. Since October, five theatres have reopened their season for further 150 students from five high schools in the capital, including members of school dramagroups. They watched free plays from the programme of each of the partner theatres within the project 5  High Schools - 5 Theatres 2019: IL Caragiale National Theatre of Bucharest, Jewish State Theatre, Ion Creanga Theatre, Nottara and Small Theatre. The new schools participating in this edition of 5 High Schools - 5 Theatres are: Nicolae Toniza High School of Fine Arts, CA Rosetti Theoretical High School, Mircea Vulcanescu Technological High School, Stefan Odobleja Theoretical High School and Gheorghe Asachi Technical College. The high school groups were coordinated by the theatres in the staging of a short play, on the theme of the Theatre as a mirror of the contemporary world. Their endeavor will be completed with the performances, the judging and the awarding of the five shows performed by high school students, within the 5 High Schools - 5 Theatres Gala. Young people will have the opportunity to get on the stage of a major theatre in Romania, to perform in front of a jury made up of professionals and to be applauded by a wide audience. Since the first edition launched in 2011 at the initiative of ECDL Romania, 1350 students from 40 different high schools in Bucharest have participated in 5 High Schools - 5 Theatres. Alternative education is of vital significance for the development of young people, who must continue to be directed towards real and fair values, including cultural values. ECDL initiatives promote the balanced development of young people, who pursue international IT&C careers and certifications, but also understand the act of culture, as a complement to the knowledge and skills accumulated in the school. You are most welcome on Tuesday, December 10th, 2019, from 6:00 pm, at the Majestic Hall of the Odeon Theatre in Bucharest.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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Encounter with Shakespeare, Chekhov and David Doiashvili at NTB 10 December 2019
Two of the most appraised performances of the National Theatre of Bucharest, King Lear and The Cherry Orchard, both bearing the signature of Georgian director David Doiashvili, return to the stage at the end of this year, bringing some major changes.      In the first performance of the current season with King Lear, scheduled for December 19th, 2019, from 7pm, on the Grand Hall stage, two of the drama actors will meet for the first time with Shakespeare's characters seen by this amazing Georgian director. The role of Cordelia, played so far by Crina Semciuc, will be performed from now on also by Alexandra Salceanu, the two actresses standing out and evolving, since student days, into a harmonious artistic complementarity. The role of the King of France allows Mihai Muntenita, recently co-opted into the NTB troupe, the encounter with a new score and a new directorial vision. They join the cast in which you will find Mihai Constantin, Marius Manole, Ioan Andrei Ionescu, Gavril Patru, Istvan Teglas, Monica Davidescu, Raluca Aprodu, Tudor Aron Istodor, Lari Giorgescu, Silviu Mircescu, Rares Andrici, Pavel Ulici.     The Cherry Orchard, a show whose international premiere surpassed the national one, being invited at that time, in October 2017, to the Tbilisi International Festival, is a successful enactment, applauded both at the headquarters and abroad. At NTB, since the premiere until now, the audience was able to attend the surprising staging in the midst of the plot, on the very stage, seated on the steps. Starting from this season, the show gains 250 spectators per evening, by moving the show from the grand stage to the Studio Hall, in the "Italian" formula, which is also most familiar forthe majority of spectators. The show staged by David Doiashvili is one in which the actor's performance is perfectly molded onto the directorial proposal, the result being a one-of-a-kindOrchard, which you either read differently, or have seen in classical enactments, or you are only discovering it now. In this show as well, we note some changes of cast. The role Anya will also be performed by Alexandra Salceanu and Lari Giorgescu will impersonate Yepikhodov, where as Ionut Toader will be Trofimov. The Orchard is performed on December 21st and 22nd, 2019 (with Monica Davidescu and respectively, Irina Movila in Ranevskaya, the female lead). Both performances start at 7.00 p.m. So, as of this season, at Studio Hall! Tickets can be purchased from the NTB Box Office, from the Grand Hall lobby, as well as online, on Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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"Titanic Orchestra" - Grand Prize in Brasov 26 November 2019
At the recently concluded edition of the International Contemporary Drama Festival of Brasov, Titanic Orchestra by Hristo Boicev, under the direction of Felix Alexa, won the Grand Prize. The show of the "IL Caragiale" National Theatre of Bucharest had its premiere in January 2018 and ever since it has been performed to full halls, both at the headquarters and on tour, conquering the audience and theatre chroniclers alike. At the same edition of the Brasov Festival, the 30th, the award for Best Actor was bestowed upon Richard Bovnoczki, the performer of Doko - the one who "was born with a nameless pain", as his refrain goes "and his refrain miraculously fits the others, too" notices Andreea Nanu (22 Magazine).  "Titanic Orchestra" by Hristo Boicev is a philosophical and absurd comedy about the desire to escape into illusion. The Bulgarian author probes the phenomenon of migration through the stories of four poor individuals, assaulted by the great illusion of another, more benevolent world. "Is life an illusion? Many philosophers have tackled this question. A fatal illusion, says the Bulgarian author. But Doko's swan song, the bear tamer, the only one left on stage, is impregnated by so much humanity that it makes us think that he did not dream, that he was there with the others, that their dream was collective," wrote Evelyne Tran, on the occasion of the Parisian enactment of the text. "My show talks about theatre and life, states director Felix Alexa, about how we can save ourselves, at least in part, from a frustrating and annoying existence, hoping for another dimension created by illusion. An illusion that we each create in intimacy, as a saving alternative ”. The prizes were awarded on Saturday night, by a jury consisting of the actress Olga Delia Mateescu - president of the jury, Ruxandra Sararu, producer of radio - TV shows, and Alexandru Nagy, director. These awards add up to those received a year ago, at the International Festival of Studio Theatre and New Forms, where the NTB show was rewarded with: Prize for best performance, Award for best director (Felix Alexa), for the best stage design (Andrada Chiriac) and the Award for best actors (ex-aequo - Claudiu Bleont, for the role of Harry, respectively Richard Bovnoczki, for the role of Doko).   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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In December, a New Show by Radu Afrim at NTB! 22 November 2019
In early December, this year, on the stage of the National Theatre of Bucharest, Chekhov - the most original playwright of his time - meets the vision of one of the most unconventional and talented theatre directors in Romania, Radu Afrim. After five other shows created on the theatre stages, including the exceptional enactment with "The Forest of the Hanged" from the end of last year, Radu Afrim is preparing a new show, "Three Sisters" - an un(naturally) free script after Chekhov. The preview will take place on December 3rd and 4th, 2019, and the official premiere on December 5th, 2019, from 7.30 pm, in the Studio Hall. It is well known that Afrim rarely stages classical dramaturgy, preferring contemporary texts or original scripts. However, when he does, he proposes extremely personal and exciting upgrades, with a strong impact on viewers. The worlds recreated by him after classical texts aroused controversy, even disturbed, but his shows did not leave anyone indifferent. Radu Afrim challenges the audience again, offering a remix of a classical play, hallucinating and extremely topical revival of a story told hundreds of times, a powerful, original and shocking show that, like all Afrim brand creations, will draw viewers out of their comfort zone. Far from the settings in which the spirit of Russia is rendered through clichés, "Three Sisters" by Radu Afrim proposes a surrealist vision, a mixture of absurd, humour, grotesque, but also of deep sensitivity, which places the story of the three sisters in contemporary Romania. In his new show from NTB, Afrim creates a universe that is molded on the receptivity of the contemporary audience, with obvious references to the present, but which integrates so well into the world imagined by Chekhov over 100 years ago.   "I took the liberty to read the thoughts of the three sisters. And Andrei's. And to transcribe them word for word. I mean, I scribbled over the silence between their old words for over a hundred years. My people reflectincessantly. They are sick with thoughts. No spleen. And it would be ideal for them to act. They are already beginning to take action. I took several liberties. I would call them interventions in (almost) still life. Or a little adrenaline in the vivarium. And yet I could not change their destiny. Should I perceive this detail as a failure of mine? ”, Radu Afrim. The show boasts a cast comprising some of the most famous actors of the moment: Raluca Aprodu, Natalia Calin, Flavia Giurgiu, Marius Manole, Emilian Oprea, Irina Movila, Istvan Teglas, Ada Gales, Ciprian Nicula, Florin Calbajos, and is performed in collaboration with a team of innovative artists, with whom Afrim constantly collaborates: Irina Moscu - stage design, Andrei Cozlac - video design, Calin Topa - sound design. The following performances are scheduled for December 28th and 29th, 2019, from 7.30 pm.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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