Check out BR’s cultural recommendations for the first month of 2019:
The Nutcracker ballet
January 6, National Opera House
One of the premieres of this season is The Nutcracker, a new production by the National Opera House of what is probably one of the best loved Christmas stories. The scenography is by Andreea Koch, while Iurie Florea will conduct. A must-see for fans of festive dance.
Cobra et Cie. exhibition
Until January 27, National Museum of Art
Based on various printing techniques, the Cobra et Cie. exhibition features works by Belgian visual artists who shaped the vision of the avant-garde group CoBrA. The rather short-lived collective (1948-1951) was set up by five artists from Copenhagen, Brussels, and Amsterdam (hence the acronym), who soon co-opted like-minded artists. Eager to challenge the prevailing visual idioms and their limits as well as cultural and geographical boundaries, the ideas and vision of the group survived, its influence reaching far into contemporary art. Born as a reaction against the grim experiences of World War II, works by individual artists such as Pierre Alechinsky, Karel Appel, Constant and Corneille nourish a child-like spontaneity and vivid colors reminiscent of an in-born, original artistic and communication drive; other works, by pairs of artists such as Karel Appel & Christian Dotremont, Pierre Alechinsky & Carl-Henning Pedersen and Joseph Noiret & Serge Vandercam, convey symbolic messages through word-paintings in which writing doubles up as a strong visual element.
Celebrate 2019: Classical Arias and Dances Concert
January 7, National Theatre Bucharest
The Calea Victoriei Foundation and conductor Tiberiu Soare are inviting the public to a magical night in the company of Symphactory Orchestra, mezzo-soprano Maria Miron (Jinga), baritone Catalin Toropoc and soprano Madalina Barbu. Mozart, Rossini, Donizetti, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Bizet, Strauss, Delibes, Gounod and Puccini are all on the musical menu, which will include famous arias, duets and love stories, animated by the vibrant and colorful voices of the three soloists. Tickets prices from RON 95 to RON 150.
January 17, National Peasant Museum
Samba, rumba, mambo, cha-cha, salsa and of course well known Latin-American songs will bring wintertime Bucharest some much needed heat on Cubano Night. Carlos Enrique (piano), Ati de Chile (congas), Raubel Gonzales (bass), Rafa de Cuba (voice), Luis Palomino (saxophone & flute) and Gilberto Ortega (percussion) will do the honors. Tickets: RON 35.
January 19, Arenele Romane
The German artist returns to Bucharest with his Klangwelten tour, which he has already taken all over Europe. Intoxicating sounds, spectacular sequences and magical melodies in award-winning surround sound are promised. Ticket prices from RON 89 to RON 135.
Alice in Wonderland
January 19-20, Metropolitan Circus
Alice in Wonderland is an invitation to the land where miracles not only take three days, but for life. Over three days, lovers of the circus are invited to a colorful spectacle that takes its inspiration from the classic Lewis Carroll novel. Ticket prices from RON 21 to RON 130.