TICKS  / [VERESIY]

TRAGICOMEDY

             #199 / VALENTIN STOYCHEV STATE DRAMA THEATER
             SOFIA
             SEASON 2013/ 2014

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DRAMATURGY BY 

BOYKO BOGDANOV AND VYATCHESLAV PARAPANOV

STAGING,MUSICAL COLLAGES AND ORIGINAL MUSIC -

BOYKO BOGDANOV

SET DESIGN - VYATCHESLAV PARAPANOV

COSTUME DESIGN  AND MULTIMEDIA - TSVETA BOGDANOVA

CAST:

MARIA SAPUNDJIEVA, TONCHO TOKMAKCHIEV [BG COMEDIANS AND TV CELEBRITIES]

AND HRISTO ANDREEV [VIOLINIST IN BULGARIAN NATIONAL RADIO ORCHESTRA]

♛ NOMINATION FOR CONTEMPORARY DRAMATURGY ASKEER AWARD 2013

♛ 2 TIMES AWARD FOR BEST FEMALE ROLE - MARIA SAPUNDJIEVA @ "STAGE, PALETTE, WORD" ["SCENA, PALITRA, SLOVO"]  NATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL AND "LYUBIMETS 13"  ACTING FESTIVAL

TOUR IN BERLIN - Bulgarian Cultural Institute - 2015.

▲ SCENES FROM THE  PRODUCTION / "199" STATE DRAMA THEATER, SOFIA, 2013 / PHOTOGRAPHER: VELKO HRISTOV

"Rachenitsa dance", Ivan Mrkvička,  Czech-born Bulgarian painter, the painting photo is projected onto the set on stage 

veresia

 

g. ref. 1. Purchase or credit sale. He never sells on veresia on Monday.


2. Account, amount of such sale. A notebook with veresii - list of payablesGiving on a  veresia. - free of charge and with no guarantee that it will be paid.
[Turkish origins]

 "Science and Art", Bulgarian vocabulary, 2003

My grand-grand-parents`s wedding [beginning of XXth century], Krushovene village, photo is projected onto the stage furniture 

A tavern, somewhere in the middle of our Bulgarian nowhereness, in the endless period of our contemporary timelessness.

 

Maria Sapundjieva and Toncho Tokmakchiev portray one ex-reeve - cantinier in nowadays and one tavern customer - both stuck in an eternal tavern. Characters are switching their roles to avoid the humdrum in their desolated village. Anticipating other people and better days to come, they are measuring Time in daydreaming and tragicomical quarrels.
Periodically they open the note book with the sale-on-credit remarks, where are listed all codgers who sometime before were coming to the local tavern to get drunk, lark, fight, or outwit each other. Today the only guest of Mara and Tonyo is Krumcho The Failed Violinist. They pour him with warmed up brandy - giving it as a loan to force him play his violin, then they pour him again - to make him stop playing.  These three persons have nothing left to do but reminiscing their own past. Thanks to the notebook  all memories come to life.
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The project focuses on topics such as the depopulation of Bulgarian villages, the failure of the democratic transition  and the widespread in the country nostalgia of the past. Initially facetious, this show presents its own attempt to evaluate the consequences of all major historical events of the 20th century in Bulgaria - the result is a vivid tragicomedy highly appreciated by its audience. 

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EXCERPTS OF PROJECTED MEDIA:

> constantly falling snow projected onto set from the beginning till the end of the show 

> original logo of most famous BG tavern from the socialistic period and  documental photo of traditional BG wedding from the beginning of XXth century - both projected onto stage furniture

DREAM IN BED SCENE:  projection mapping onto quilt  and pillow held vertical by the actors in the scene > 

looped short frames - excerpts from the original movie  "TIME OF PARTING" ["VREME RAZDELNO"], dir. Lyudmil Staykov.

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