Boundaries of Drama and Puppet Theatres in director Veselka Kuncheva’s Productions Cover Image
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Границите на драматичния и кукления театър в режисурата на Веселка Кунчева
Boundaries of Drama and Puppet Theatres in director Veselka Kuncheva’s Productions

Author(s): Zornitca Kamenova
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts, Fine Arts / Performing Arts
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките
Keywords: puppet theatre; drama theatre; performance; scenography; puppet; dramatic text; visual environment; hybrid genre forms

Summary/Abstract: This article deals with Veselka Kuncheva, one of the most prominent directors in Bulgaria’s current theatre landscape. Her directing arouses interest owing to her curious approach to performance’s components dramaturgy/stagecraft/reception, ingeniously blending drama and puppet theatre. Her productions are prevalently for adults, still there are for children too. Though she studied puppetry and directing for puppet theatre, even her earliest productions: her graduation rendering of E.T. A. Hoffmann’s Little Zaches Called Cinnabar (2001), Pinocchio: Unsuitable for Children (2006) and The Grand Quixoting (2008) showed pursuits of hybrid genre forms and exploring the opportunities for interplay between drama and puppet theatres. These trends are considered in her next productions as a director: Building in (2012), I, Sisyphus (2013), Fear (2014), Along the Edge of the Sky (2011), The Queen of Spades (2015), The Last Temptation of Christ (2016). The focus is put on how a myth, legend, tale, contemporary theme or a literary work istheatricalised. The director is the coauthor of the adaptations or texts that are further developed in the process of working with the actors and character building. She relies on scenographer Marieta Golomehova for the overall solutions to her productions and their tandem has staged a number of projects in Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, France, Ukraine.

  • Issue Year: 2021
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 31-36
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: Bulgarian