• Behind the curtains with Nadya Keranova

    17 October 2019

    text Violeta Ivanova photos Sevda Semer

    "During a play my anxiety doesn't show, thank God - otherwise what am I doing on stage at all?!", she tells us when we repeat the common opinion - that she looks super confident and just blossoms under the theater spotlight. To believe us, you only need to watch for example The Same Day or Actors vs Poets performed in one of the small halls of Sfumato, to see how easily Nadya cuts the already short distance between herself and the audience and how she boldly improvises.
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  • The center of the dance: Kaori Ito

    1 August 2019

    Her most important goal is to make the invisible visible through dance. Kaori Ito, who was born in Japan but lives in Paris, shows feelings on stage, tells personal stories and always talks straight.
  • Nice to meet you, Iva Todorova!

    18 July 2019

    When she sits down to write Nice to meet you, Iva!, she probably doesn't realize that she's already going towards two Ikar prizes (for leading female role and playwright) and a Golden Kukerikon (for a solo theatrical performance).
  • The things of life: Martina Apostolova

    11 April 2019

    In another scenario we would have talked to Martina after her workout, but today we meet her between two rehearsals. After 15 years of seriously playing football, she realizes she feels best not on the field, but on the stage. So she finds herself in the class of Tsvetana Maneva.
  • The Playlist of Lily Geleva

    28 June 2018

    text Violeta Ivanova photo Ivan Gakov

    "It turned out that everything I did in the complex teen age was leading to one thing - theater." Why then are we asking her about music? Here's why.
  • On the scene: Vesselin Petrov

    7 June 2018

    Text Natalia Ivanova Photo Petar Nedyalkov

    Not long ago he found out that he won the prestigious Askeer prise for a rising star in the Karlo Gocci's fairytale King deer in the Azaryan theatre in Sofia. He talks about the roles that made him fall in love with acting, the things he has been trough his acting career and different projects he's most proud of.
  • The things of life: Alexandrina Pendatchanska

    29 March 2018

    When she first appeared on stage to sing Violetta's aria from Verdi's Traviata, she did not even know how to bow. Only a year later she was already Lucia di Lammermoor in Bilbao, and for the next 30 years her voice was heard in the largest operas from Vienna, Berlin, Turin and Monte Carlo to Moscow, New York, Washington, Tel Aviv and Paris (where she lives with her daughters most of the time).
  • Moving Is My Religion

    15 March 2018

    text Emanuela Ivanova photo Charlie Schuck

    Humans are designed for movement, dancing is in our nature, but if you have any doubts that your anatomy is capable of this, you can easily check - just answer with "yes" to "can I do this?" and allow yourselves to connect with your inner dancers.
  • Things from stage: Alexandra Petrova

    25 January 2018

    text and photo Natalia Ivanova

    When he sits in the Satirical Theater to see how his play is set, the Spanish playwright Juan Mayorga says that this Hamelin is one of the best he has ever seen. For the director Alexandra Petrova, this is a great compliment, but not the only one - with this play she wins Icarus prize for a debut in 2017. We didn't know much more before meeting her personally but now we see that she had put a lot of effort into her work, because Alexandra has also gained experience from theater schools in Madrid and Amsterdam, and even managed to study psychology.
  • Things from life: Mila Lyutskanova

    24 August 2017

    text and photos Natalia Ivanova

    "I'm a nomad," says Mila, adding that she speaks literally but also figuratively. Well, it seems that stagnation is something really uncommon in her life. Since taking Icarus for her debut in Palaveev's Sisters in 2016, the profession of an actress has often heightened it in extremes - from the role of a "sweet bear provocateur" in the Avenue Q to American movie star in Vlado Penev's Class which has a premiere on Apolonia festival.
  • Things from stage: Stayko Murdzhev

    1 June 2017

    text Natalia Ivanova photos Anelia Todorova

    We're meeting just after he had taken Askeer for Peter Shaffer's Equus in the Youth Theater. This is not his first directing award - Stayko has a Icarus prize for his debut Puheniyat and a diploma from the Ministry of Culture for his artistic achievements but also dozens of exchanged messages and talks with strangers who sometimes have not understood something, and sometimes just want to say "thank you".
  • The things from the stage: Jivko Jelyazkov

    20 April 2017

    text Emanuela Ivanova photo Aneliya Todorova

    The dance is a conversation and every word changes your life - that is how choreographer and co-founder of Derida Dance Center describes the philosophy of his "philology".
  • Things from stage: Neda Sokolovska

    30 March 2017

    text Natalia Ivanova photo Anelia Todorova

    The genre verbatim theater (or "literal" in Latin) was created in 1992 when Anna Diviar Smith recorded stories of the riots in Brooklyn and then told them in first person on stage. In 2012 Neda founded her studio Vox Populi  to do the same. There are already 10 plays behind her, all of them in the repertoire of The Red house. Today we meet just after the premiere of the latest - Generation ь, which looks at the grown teens of the democracy transition, who welcomed freedom with all its vices. Before we hear her personal memories aloud, Neda leads us on the way to them - from the (almost) abandoned career as an actress to the stories that connect us all.
  • Performance list: Iva Sveshtarova and Villy Prager

    9 February 2017

    text Natalia Ivanova photos Anelia Todorova

    They feel on the right way in the experimental school 4xC, conducted by Nikolay Georgiev, where they received an important lesson: the stage is a space for freedom of the thought and the body. With this on their minds, Iva and Villy go to Germany, study in various programs for contemporary dance and performance, play on several stages around the world and then gather minds in Brain Store Project - the same one that stands behind the organisation of Antistatic festival in Bulgaria.
  • Things from stage: Ani Vasseva

    14 December 2016

    text Natalia Ivanova photo Anelia Todorova

    Since her first performance till the last one, called Lovecraft (after the name of the famous writer), she is turning the rules in the theater upside down - to find new approach to the actor's playing, the role of light and sound, the human body and the monsters that inhabit it.
  • Dance for Me

    6 October 2016

    text Emanuela Ivanova

    "I'm no dancer, I'm a mover" - that's how choreographer Marcos Morau introduces himself right after we say "Hi" via Skype. His dance company La Veronal is coming to Plovdiv for One Dance Week with their new show called KOVA - Geographic Tools.
  • The things from life: Rene Karabash

    18 August 2016

    text Emanuela Ivanova photo Nikolai Petkov

    We met with the talented young poet/writer/theatre director and co-founder of Valeri Petrov Creative Weriting Academy just a few days after her description got another "slash" and here's what follows it: Golden Leopard for Best Actress from the Locarno Film Festival. Congrats to Rene and the cast and crew of Godless which was awarded Best Movie.
  • Correction of the status quo

    2 June 2016

    text Natalia Ivanova

    After we first saw the trailer of Correction, we just had to speak with his director Jiří Havelka. On the map around Bulgaria this name means a lot (especially in the Czech Republic), but here the information is written mostly in telegraphic style such as "director, host, actor and dean of faculty, aged 36". The author of this dance spectacle, which comes for the World Theatre in Sofia on 10 of June, is much more than this, considering just the prizes he won for his work.
  • The things from theater: Stiliyan Petrov

    14 April 2016

    text Natalia Ivanova

    He is not exactly "young director", if we count his stagings, the Ikar prize for his debut, which he takes 10 years ago for his spectacle "Parts of the whole", and even his age - 35. However, in every new staging Stiliyan Petrov is working as if it's his first time: he's going from the beggining with huge curiosity.
  • Studio in a backpack: Kalin Nikolov

    11 February 2016

    He's composing music for theater - he has two Askeer Awards and two Ikar Awards behind his back, and for the last year he's composed for six productions. We meet with him to talk about all that and why his studio is the smallest in the world.