Municipal cultural institute Theatre “Vuzrajdane” was established in 1994 and has been ever since housed in one of the capital’s most renowned landmarks – the building of Sofia City Library, which opened its doors for visitors in the mid-1920s.
Located in the heart of the city Theatre “Vuzrajdane” has witnessed and uphold against the inevitable changes which occurred in the early post-communist years of the new democratic Bulgaria. For the nearly 20 years of its existence “Vuzrajdane” not only proved to be courageous and stalwart during the unquiet days of political transitions but due to the wide success of its productions, furthermore attested to be one of the most dynamic producing theatres in Bulgaria. By endeavouring to bear witness to the community’s experience throughout the years, our theatre has found a unique voice for our capital fashioned by the context of “Vuzrajdane”’s own believes and drives. Our goal has always been to offer an exciting mix of entertaining, entrancing and intriguing performances, thus presenting to our public a vibrant programme of both produced and visiting works.
The theatre’s priority is not only to bring on the stage plays by classical play writers from home or abroad but to also set the tones of the modern-day artistic trends in Bulgaria. Repertoire policy continues and develops the traditions of the dramaturgy of national and international significance by the theatre’s innovative approach. Theatre “Vazrajdane” is one of the few theatres in Sofia where shows for children are performed with great success. First class cast is involved in the realization of the performances – directors, actors, set and costume designers from all generations – from masters to students at NATFA “Kr. Sarafov” and Theatre College “Luben Groys”.
Theatre “Vuzrajdane” enters the Caravan project with an already established and experienced social policy of bringing closer disadvantaged social groups to the art of Melpomene. Charity events and performances are being held annually during national or Christian celebration days for children and adults.
A few words from the Bulgarian press:
Theatre “Vuzrajane” Will Participate in a Major European Project
11 cultural organizations from 9 different countries are part of the Community Theatre initiative sponsored by the EU Culture Programme of the European Commission.
“Cassa di Risparmio di Torino”, an Italian foundation dedicated to economic and social development, is the lead coordinator of “CARAVAN. Artists on the Road” – one of EU Culture Programme’s top prised projects. Theatre “Vuzrajdane” confirmed its participation as the Bulgarian’s sole representative on June 23rd during the first meeting of all partners in Turin, Italy. The project is going to be implemented by a multi-disciplinary partnership consisting of 11 cultural organizations from 9 European countries. “Caravan” is a Community Theatre initiative, a unique performance which sees the society as both stage and main characters in its play – the people are no longer just ordinary observers but they transform into active participants on the stage. The project’s aims its specific Community Theatre to be seen in four different European countries, Emil Dobrev told “Duma”. In each of those countries a group of performers will create and organize an artistic event or production, which will be a result of the joined efforts of theatre professionals and local residents.
“Caravan” will travel 13 000km crossing Italy, France, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Rumania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia and Italy again. Performances will take place in front of historical buildings, town squares, schools, hospitals, train stations, and public places to ensure the active participation of the locals. Being the home of Europe’s most ancient civilisation, Bulgaria has the duty to promote on both international and European level its cultural and historic heritage, which undoubtedly is a treasure to all Europeans. For this purpose the Culture Programme 2007-2013 offers great prospects, such as the establishment of work cooperation between all countries-participants and the opportunity of fundraising for this project.
The European culture is among the key values, perhaps even a strategic factor, to the European politics. And Bulgaria will play an important role in the long and complicated work process of this European project. The main goal of the Culture Programme is to contribute to the further development of the artistic world shared between all Europeans and based on the mutual cultural heritage and the improvement of the cooperation between creators/authors, performers and institutions.
Theatre “Vuzrajdane” ‘s international season will continue until 31 of July, reminds Emil Dobrev.
The audience can enjoy the following performances:
- July 29th -“Quartet for Two” by Anatoliy Krim
- July 30th at 19.00h – “Alo-Alo” by David Croft and Jeremy Lloyd
- July 30th at 11.00h on the same date – “The Red Riding Hood” by Keva Apostolova
- July 31st – at 11.00h “The Sleeping Beauty” by Keva Apostolova
- July 31st 19.00h “Don’t Know You Anymore” by Aldo de Benedetti
Theatre “Vuzrajdane” Will Tour Europe with the Caravan Project
Theatre “Vuzrajdane” enters an extremely interesting project called “Caravan. Artists on the Road”, which is organized by “Cassa di Risparmio di Torino” – an Italian foundation dedicated to the economic and cultural development of the European nations. 11 cultural organizations coming from 9 European countries will work together to create this special type of Community Theatre, which will be seen by audiences in several European countries in 2012. Each of the four artistic teams is to prepare its own performance which either must have a clearly defined social message or has to provoke a given social status quo. The project coordinators and partners met on June 23rd in Turin, where George Zlatarev represented Theatre “Vuzrajdane”.
A hi-tech caravan has been constructed for the purposes of the project – latest model van, which has been provided with everything need for a long trip. The van will transport the artistic teams to all their destinations across the continent. “Caravan” will travel 13 000km crossing Italy, France, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia and Italy again. Performances will take place in front of historical buildings, town squares, schools, hospitals, train stations, and public places to ensure the active participation of the local. The van itself will transform into stage, equipped with multimedia artistic fittings, which will screen the subtitles.
“Each country is supposed to put together its own performance, it must prepare its own show. We’ll welcome the Danish artistic team. Our colleagues from Denmark are coming to Sofia with the van and on their way they are going to make stops in ten cities in different countries. They will perform in Sofia and it’s our responsibility to arrange for them three additional places in Bulgaria, where they can perform as well”, said Tatiana Zahova, managing director of Theatre “VuzraJdane”.
Theatre “VuzraJdane” will also perform in three places in Bulgaria. After that the Bulgarian artistic team will take the project’s special van and head for what looks like a very long journey with Turin as its final stop. Our actors are going to stop in 10 cities during their tour.
“We’ll make stops in Serbia, Slovenia and Croatia. But we still don’t know the exact towns in which we’re going to perform. These arrangements are scheduled for next year. Thus we’ll know in front of what audience we’re going to play and on what language we’ll need to translate our script”, says Zahova.
“Vuzrajdane” takes on the future show with a great ambition. “The show must be dedicated to a specific social cause or a social group. So far our idea is to raise more awareness in the kids orphans and the problems and challenges they meet. That does not necessarily mean the plot of our play will be a story of kids orphans or that we’ll include them in the project itself. With the help of the abilities and the power of the theatre we would like to focus public’s attention more on this social issue. We’re ready to cooperate with non-profit organizations on this topic which specialise in this matter”, adds Zahova. The stage director Hristo Botev is already working on possible script ideas. A new meeting with the coordinators in Turin is due to take place soon. The project goes under the slogan “Reviving (from the Crisis, ed.)”, a fortunate coincidence with the name of the theatre representing Sofia (“vuzrajdane” translated from Bulgarian in English means “revival”, ed.)
Given the fact that European projects have not yet become inclusive of Bulgarian theatres, this newspaper believes that “Vuzrajdane” positively deserves encouragement and praises.
“To go on tour through 10 different European cities, where you’ll show your art is not something that should be underestimated as an achievement. The main purpose of the programme is to contribute to the further development of the artistic world shared between all Europeans and based on the mutual cultural heritage and the improvement of the cooperation between creators/authors, performers and institutions. It’s no wonder that these projects are EU-subsided such projects because they are the premise for the artistic communication between the nations of the Old Continent”, points out “Vuzrajdane” ‘ s managing director Tatiana Zahova.