Visual Reflections

18 June 2019

Intrare liberă / Free entrance

The exhibition "George Motoi - Under the Actor’s Mask", reopened to be accessible to the public 05 August 2020
On March 4th, 2020, the I.L. Caragiale National Theatre of Bucharest opened the photography exhibition dedicated to the great actor George Motoi, entitled Under the Actor’s Mask. Exactly five years have elapsed since he had left the theatre and life stage for good. Unfortunately, a few days later, the theatre would close its doors to the audience, constrained by measures taken by the authorities to limit the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. Thus, all those who wanted to visit this exhibition were prevented, not having access to the building. We would wear masks, some medical ones, just as we would be isolated, away from the shows that have delighted tens and hundreds of thousands of people in recent years. And yet, in its effort to be as close as possible to the loyal audience, lovers of performing arts and actors, the National Theatre of Bucharest decided, in addition to the performances adapted to the outdoor space at the NTB Amphitheatre, to move the exhibition dedicated to George Motoi from the Arghezi Foyer to be accessible to the audience further. Thus, since the beginning of August, all those who pass by the National Theatre - on the side with the Intercontinental Hotel - will have the opportunity to see the 20 photos exhibited in such a way that the distance and protection measures imposed by the authorities are observed. On this occasion, the National Theatre keeps its promise to stay with the spectators in difficult times, while honoring the memory of its great actors, now gone. George Motoi was born in the winter of 1936, in Caliacra. Shortly afterwards, the Quadrilateral was ceded to Bulgaria, and his father, a gendarme, was transferred with his family to a commune in Bărăgan, remarkably close to Brăila. The father would have wanted a military career for his son. In 1954, he started studying at the Institute of Theatre and Cinematography in Bucharest, in the class of Prof. Irina Răchițeanu. He was then assigned to Piatra-Neamț where, in 1959, he founded what we call today, the Youth Theatre. He was the director of the "Maria Filotti" Theatreof Brăila, between 1991-1995. He played at the theatre in Bacău, at the National Theatreof Cluj (where he stands out in the role of Caligula, in the eponymous play by Albert Camus, under the direction of Vlad Mugur). Radu Beligan, director of the “I.L. Caragiale” National Theatre in Bucharest, brings him to the capital and, from 1972 to 2007, he could be seen on stage in shows such as “Danton” (1974), “Richard III” ( 1976), „Vlaicu Vodă” (1982), „One Flew over theCuckoo's Nest” (1983), „The Dance of the Fairies” (1986), „The Name of the Rose” (1998), „My Sweet Lady, My Beloved Emin” - adaptation and self-directed (2002), "The Passions of St. Thomas Aquinas" (2005) or "Saturday, Sunday, Monday" (2006). His film career includes at least 45 lead roles. He has appeared in dozens of television shows and directed numerous plays. He wrote “Under the Actor’s Mask”, Orion Publishing House, 2006 and “New Stage Versions of Old Plays”, Coresi Publishing House, 2010, published in 2 volumes. In 2015, he received the Journalism Award from the Film Critics Association. George Motoi, a special personality of the Romanian theatrical and cinematographic culture, was awarded by the authorities with the Labour Medal, the “Cultural Merit” Medal and the “Third Class Cultural Merit” Order. He was also named Honorary Citizen of the city of Brăila. The exhibition "Under the Actor’s Mask" can be visited at any time, access is free. However, we recommend that you wear a health mask in accordance with the regulations in force regarding access to cultural events.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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