International Festival for Musical Performing Arts "Life Is Beautiful!" (Festivalului International al Artelor Spectacolului Muzical "Viata e Frumoasa!")

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Country and Region RomaniaBucharest
Type of Festival Dance, Drama, Music
Location of Festival Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania
Festival Contact Information

National Operetta Theatre Ion Dacian in Bucharest
Cristina Nichimiş

Festival Description

One of the major goals of the festival is to contribute to the international cultural scene and to promote the Romanian culture and
 musical performing arts from Romania abroad. Given the EU integration, The National Operetta Theatre “Ion Dacian” has initiated a series of projects and partnerships in order to open its gates to European dialogue and cultural cooperation, promoting diversity and multiculturalism as well as the free circulation of artists and creation.

In short, the artistic strategy of the National Operetta Theatre “Ion Dacian” consists in:
attracting valuable artists, perfecting and motivating the artists within the institution by choosing a repertoire that enhances their value and artistically meeting the standards and requests of the international cultural markets in the field, given our major responsibility as an unique institution at a national level.

The programs and projects that we develop, their diversity and heterogeneity are meant
to transform an institution that has the responsibility to the only Romanian to the ambassador for this delicate and valuable field of artistic action, in an active participant on both national and international cultural scenes.
 The promotion of contemporary creation, of the interdisciplinary and multiculturalism, of the free movement of values and promotion of eternal human values, these are the main directions of our artistic strategy. The fruitful interaction between the artistic factor and the social educative one is the absolute result of our approach.

Festival Dates November 7 - 20, 2011
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Festival Story:

The National Operetta Theatre “Ion Dacian” is responsible for the development of this
genre as the only operetta repertoire institution in Romania and the unique Romanian ambassador for this genre, abroad. The mission of the International Festival for Musical Performing Arts Life is Beautiful! is to actively contribute to the preservation and development of the operetta genre, in particular, and to the musical performing arts, in general, both in Romania and internationally.


Festival Events:

Featured participant 2011:
  • The Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards (Italy)
    From November 7th to 20th, 2011, the National Operetta Theatre “Ion Dacian” will host the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards in Bucharest for the 4th Edition of the International Festival for Musical Performing Arts “Life is Beautiful”, for the series of activities that include—
  • Performance Event
    • The Living Room, Directed by Thomas Richards.
      With the Workcenter’s Focused Research Team in Art as Vehicle: Benoît Chevelle, Jessica Losilla Hébrail, Teresa Salas, Philip Salata, Cécile Richards, and Thomas Richards.
      Dates: November 15, 16, and 17 at 8:30pm
      Reservations can be made at:
      Seating is limited (Please bring with you some food and drinks to share)
    • The Living Room takes us home, to a place in which we welcome another. By starting from this fundamental action that can take place in a living room, they enter an investigation into how the potentialities of performance craft can both enrich and be enriched by daily inter-personal relations and realities. How can our room come alive? How can one be with another in such a way that the quotidian slides seamlessly into the non-quotidian? Here the witness has the chance to shed his anonymity, being an individual, a guest. Within the meeting a performance event unfolds, structured and precise, a living stream of actions based on work with ancient songs of tradition, as well as texts exploring what it takes to awaken ourselves faced to ourselves, the other, and our surroundings.
  • Video Presentation followed by an Open Dialogue with Thomas Richards
    November 19, 2011
    ACTION in Aya Irini, Jacques Vetter, France, 2004; 70m
    • The opus Action, begun at the Workcenter in 1994 and directed by Thomas Richards, is composed of detailed lines of actions constructed with and around ancient vibratory songs from African and Afro-Caribbean traditions. Though created within the field of “Art as Vehicle,” which focuses on the impact an opus can have on the doing persons, Action has been performed before thousands of people, always in small groups. In 2003, the piece was recorded in the Byzantine church Aya Irini in Istanbul when it was done as part of the Workcenter’s three-year project “Tracing Roads Across,” supported by the EU’s “Culture 2000” program.
    • After the video, a discussion will take place with Thomas Richards and the audience that will delve into the performing arts research of the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards, the directions of its past and present creative impulses, and on the potentiality of Grotowski’s practical performing arts heritage to thrive today as a living legacy.
      Info and reservations:
  • Workshop led by Thomas Richards and his team
    November 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th
    • While in Bucharest, there will be a rare opportunity for actors to attend a workshop led by Mr. Richards and the Workcenter’s Focused Research Team in Art as Vehicle. The workshop will explore organic behavior (relationship, contact, impulse, intention, action, reaction) as well as elucidate the difference between simple movements or activities, and actions, truly living doings. Participants will approach basic principles of practical Workcenter research on performing arts.
    • Actors will also explore impulse and intention as a living foundation of acting, work towards freeing the body and voice of defenses, unnecessary tensions and stereotypes, create and develop “Acting Propositions,” as well as work on African and Afro-Caribbean songs of tradition, that have been at the heart of the Workcenter research for 25 years. Seeking what “exceeds the known,” the Workshops will investigate the possibilities that can emerge from the contact between the actor and his or her partner.
    • The number of participants is limited. Please send emails of application along with your C.V. to: Cristina Nichimis


Other Sources:

  • Musical Life Is Beautiful!, by Maria Zărnescu (Critcal Stages, June 11, 2011)


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