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“A FEW” WORDS FROM THE ORGANIZERS:

“A FEW” WORDS FROM THE ORGANIZERS:

In the current context we as artists are facing a most difficult time – it is hard nowadays to create just for the sake of art, for the sake of beauty. We are living in challenging times that require strength, heroism, lots of empathy. Marina Abramovic recently said “We need less artists and more heroes”. We were thinking about that statement which is brave but it also makes us kind of sad.

We were also thinking about how we lost so much time and motivation during the pandemic, when we couldn't meet, rehearse, act, create.

We are also thinking of the many people who had to give up being artists in order to become soldiers not so far away from here, actually. How we cannot, we must not be indifferent to human tragedy, to the ecological crisis, to misanthropic dictatorships. These times that require heroes and not artists are hard to take. It’s scary to be an artist if you are not sure the world needs you.

But, you know, despite all that, we are here. Now. For ourselves, for everyone out there. Convinced that the world needs us. We go on, doing what we can, because we exist thanks to it. That's also why we are here making this festival – for you guys, who also live through your art. And we - us, you - we are heroes because of that.

We are trying to create a space, a community. You see, for us this is not a festival in its usual form. This is not just a presentation of your work. It is what comes after it.

Thank you for being here.

In the current context we as artists are facing a most difficult time – it is hard nowadays to create just for the sake of art, for the sake of beauty. We are living in challenging times that require strength, heroism, lots of empathy. Marina Abramovic recently said “We need less artists and more heroes”. We were thinking about that statement which is brave but it also makes us kind of sad.

We were also thinking about how we lost so much time and motivation during the pandemic, when we couldn't meet, rehearse, act, create.

We are also thinking of the many people who had to give up being artists in order to become soldiers not so far away from here, actually. How we cannot, we must not be indifferent to human tragedy, to the ecological crisis, to misanthropic dictatorships. These times that require heroes and not artists are hard to take. It’s scary to be an artist if you are not sure the world needs you.

But, you know, despite all that, we are here. Now. For ourselves, for everyone out there. Convinced that the world needs us. We go on, doing what we can, because we exist thanks to it. That's also why we are here making this festival – for you guys, who also live through your art. And we - us, you - we are heroes because of that.

We are trying to create a space, a community. You see, for us this is not a festival in its usual form. This is not just a presentation of your work.
It is what comes after it.

Thank you for being here.

JURY

JURY

Paul Bourne is a theater director and a teacher. He is the Artistic Director of Menagerie Theatre Company in Cambridge, one of UK’s leading new writing theaters. Paul is also co-director of Divadlo 6-16 in Prague, producing new translations of British plays. He was previously Artistic director of Center Stage New York and Resident director at The Frankfurt Playhouse. As a teacher he is on faculty at Cambridge University (Creative Processes), DAMU Prague (Directing and Producing) and (previously!) at the Russian Theater Leaders Programme at Meyerhold Theater, Moscow (directing and acting).

Gianina Carbunariu is a Romanian based director and playwright. Since 2017 she is the general director of Theater of Youth and the curator of the International Theater Festival in Piatra Neamț (the first Romanian theater festival, initiated in 1969). Her work as a director and playwright was presented at international festivals such as the Avignon Festival’s official selection, Wiener Festwochen, The Biennale New Plays from Europe Wiesbaden, LIFT London, Almada International Festival, TransAmeriques Festival in Montreal, New Drama Budapest, New Drama Moscow, Mladi Levi Liubliana, etc. Her plays were translated and produced in many countries around the world. Gianina worked internationally as a director and playwright in Kammerspiele Munich („Sold Out”, 2010), Schauspielhaus Stuttgart („Waste” – 2022), Centro Dramatico Nacional Madrid („Praize to Laziness” – 2018), Teatro delle Passioni, ERT Modena („Work in Progress” – 2018). Her visual essay „Postwest – Something digital” was co-produced by Volksbuhne Theater in 2020 in the frame of „Postwest//guess where” International Festival.

Iliyana Kancheva lives and works in Sofia, Bulgaria. In 2010 she graduated in Stage Design (BA) and in 2014 in Digital Arts (MA) at the National Academy of Art, Sofia. Iliyana works in the fields of theater, photography, video and installation. Her experimental films were part of the official selection of various festivals in Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece, Belgium and Germany. She has had four solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group exhibitions in Bulgaria and abroad. In 2017 Iliyana was awarded a one-month creative residency at the Arts Connection Foundation in Miami, USA. In 2022 she won the Icarus Award of the Union of Artists in Bulgaria for best scenography project.

WORKSHOPS

WORKSHOPS

YANITSA ATANASOVA

YANITSA ATANASOVA

Yanitsa Atanasova graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Theater of Movement at the NATFA and continued her professional training at the Academy of Music, Dance and Visual Arts, where she received two master’s degrees – Contemporary Dance Techniques and Ballet Directing.Yanitsa is the director and choreographer of a number of successful dance performances and movies – “Pastet”, “This room is unreal”, “Obligatory pleasant”, “Nameless Star”, “WръZки”, etc. She is а winner of many awards such as the “Golden Muse” award for the best contemporary dance performance “WръZки”. As a choreographer, Yanitsa received recognition from various European and world dance festivals such as “Open Russian Championship”, “World Dance Masters”, etc. Since 2019, Yanitsa has been teaching Contemporary Dance Techniques and Dance Theater at the New Bulgarian University, having previously developed her teaching career not only in Bulgaria, but also in China, Russia and Italy.

IMAGINATION AND MOVEMENT IN THE ARTIST'S BODY

IMAGINATION AND MOVEMENT IN THE ARTIST'S BODY

 The purpose of the workshop is to serve as a brief exploration of the subject of imagination and movement in the artist’s body.  Following the needs of a connection between body and consciousness/subconscious, in the proposed training the artist will go through improvisational tasks that will provoke the body as an expressive means of imagination.  The trainer will offer different possibilities of movement to be freely interpreted by the participants during the training.

PARTICIPANTS

PARTICIPANTS

Theater Academy in Rome “Sofia Amendolea”, Italy

University of Ljubljana, Academy of Theater, Radio, Film and Television, Slovenia

National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts “Krastyo Sarafov”, Sofia, Bulgaria

Royal Higher College of Performing Arts, Madrid, Spain

London College of Music, University of West London, United Kingdom

Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

ADDITIONAL
PROGRAM

ADDITIONAL PROGRAM

LATINO KOPELES

COOL DEN

“SKRIN” TRAVELING THEATER

ARTISTIC STREET CHAOS
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