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Румънски спектакли в България след 1989 г.
Romanian performances in Bulgaria after 1989

Author(s): Nikolay Iordanov
Subject(s): History, Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts, Fine Arts / Performing Arts
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: The paper explores the relations between Bulgarian and Romanian theatres in the last two decades and a half in the light of the visiting Romanian theatrical productions. Festival circuits along with joint initiatives of companies from both countries have acted as a catalyst for this process. Varna Summer International Theatre Festival has most consistently presented the achievements of Romanian theatre in its selections over the years. Most of these guest performances have been deemed to be major events in Bulgaria’s cultural life. It all began in 1998 with Philoctetes by Sófocles, in the rendition of Andreea Vulpe (Caragiale National Theatre of Bucharest). The National Theatre was invited again to the Varna Festival two years later with Mihai Măniuţiu’s signature production of Joan of Arc. Pages of a File, a combination of a fiction and documents (built on records of the trial of Joan of Arc) and an integrated whole of word, dance, music and singing. The auteur visual theatre of Surrealistic characters came to Varna with two productions of internationally acclaimed director Silviu Purcărete: Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (2006) and The Tempest (2012), both of them staged at Marin Sorescu National Theatre, Craiova. In its 2010 and 2011 editions, Varna Festival presented a new figure of Romanian theatre, director Radu Afrim and two of his productions: Lucia patinează (Lucia Is Skating) by Lithuanian writer Laura Sintija Černiauskaitė (Theatre Andrei Mureşanu, Sfântu Gheorghe) and The Avalanche by Turkish playwright Tuncer Cücenoğlu (Caragiale National Theatre of Bucharest). Such a high intensity of contacts between Bulgarian and Romanian theatres shows in itself strong mutual interest. The opportunities for its development lie mostly in launching joint projects at bilateral, regional and European levels both through theatrical coproduction and general rethinking of the histories and the present of Bulgarian and Romanian theatres.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 52-55
  • Page Count: 4
  • Language: Bulgarian