Russia, England, Spain, Georgia, Greece and Bulgaria are the participants at the first edition of International Student Theatre Festival “Danail Chirpansky”

Between 1st and 7th of October 2017 International Student Theatre Festival “Danail Chirpansky” will be home for more than 80 students from Russa, England, Spain, Georgia, Greece and Bulgaria. The festival is co-funded by the International Fund for the Promotion of Culture of UNESCO, as one of the 8 projects that were confirmed to be the best among the 814 candidates for the program.

The participants, the free members of the jury (world known theatre proffesionals) and the guests of the festival will become a part of the magic of the productions performed by the students of 7 theatre schools. They will take part in 3 workshops, several musical events, an exhibition of theater posters and shows from the accompanying program.

Russia is invited with students from two schools. The Russian Institute of Theater Arts (GITIS) is the oldest and largest theater institution in the state. During the festival we will see “Metamorphoses. Gogol and Kafka. ” The show is directed by students and is based on works by Nikolai Gogol and Franz Kafka. The Russian State University of Cinematography (VGIK) is the first film school in the world. Over 3,000 specialists from the Commonwealth of Independent States and 1300 from other countries have been trained over the years there. It’s students in acting will take us to the world of two adults in love in a performance based on Gogol’s short story by the same name – “The Old World Landowners”.

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama from England will present the musical “Copla” – the fascinating story of the female impersonator La Gitana ( The Gypsy). Royal is part of the University of London and is one of the world’s leading academies. The institution is at the forefront of education and research in the field of dramatic arts. The ratio of undergraduate applications to places is the highest of any UK
university.

Stara Zagora will also host RESAD – the Royal Dramatic Academy in Madrid. It is one of the most important theater academies in Spain. For almost two centuries, the Academy has increased their skills, and different subjects has been released and improved. The Academy is not only a national and city cultural centre of reference by the theatre activity, but as a theatre research centre in both Spanish and International Theatre. During the ISTF “Danail Chirpanski”, the students of the Academy will present the “Indian Queen” – a semi-opera by Henry Purcell.

The actors from the Shota Rustaveli Theater and Film Georgia State University will tell a few “Palm-of- the-Hand Stories” by Japanese Nobel Laureate Yasunari Kawabata. The University of Georgia plays a huge role in the training of theater and film professionals throughout the Caucasus region. It actively cooperates with a
number of artistic institutions around the world as well as running international
workshops and master classes, organizing scientific conferences, seminars,
international training programs seminars and round tables.

The National Theater of Greece Drama School will also be part of the festival with the staging of “Agamemnon” – part of Aeschylus’ “Oresteia”. During its almost 90 year history the School has always been renowned for the high level of its studies and many of its graduates have moved on to major careers in the Greek theatre.

Representative for Bulgaria is NATFA “Krastyo Sarafov”, by the students of Associate Professor Penko Gospodinov, with the ancient Greek tragedy “Iliad” – an epic story about heroes, battles and challenges.

The festival was created in memory of Danail Chirpansky, who was an excellent student of the National Academy of Theater and Film Arts and loved by all his colleagues and friends. Danny died in a catastrophe in April 2016, and his immense love and dedication to the theater inspired the creation of this festival to encourage young artists.

The guests of the festival will be able to see all the productions with free entrance from 1st to 7th October at the Drama Theater “Geo Milev”, Stara Zagora. The festival is supported by the Ministry of Culture and the Municipality of Stara Zagora. The United Bulgarian Bank, Sopharma, Orange Center Bookstores, American Foundation for Bulgaria and Pirin Spring Mineral Water also support the event. Media partners of the event are Darik Radio, “Before Lunch” – bTV, LoveTheater.bg, AzCheta.com, Stara Zagora TV.