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27th Annual "Varna Summer" International Theatre Festival

Bulgaria 2019

REPORTER: ZACH TREBINO

From Zach:

 

I’ve been to the Varna festival twice before. In 2015, I attended as part of a team exploring a Bulgarian-American collaboration, and in 2016, I returned to present the immersive theatre piece that emerged from the aforementioned collaboration. 

 

The Varna Festival is organized into three different programs:
 

  • Main Program - Bulgarian Selection highlighting some of the best productions from the previous season
     

  • Main Program - International Selection, productions complementing the national offerings. This year, there are shows from Italy, France, Belgium, Spain, North Macedonia, and Russia
     

  • Showcase Program - comprised of primarily independent, Bulgarian theatre makers, and generally where you’ll find the more experimental productions

 

The festival also includes a parallel program that’s expanded in recent years called Intermezzo - focusing on presenting work that lives somewhere in the space between a music concert and a theatrical performance. 

 

My job here was to write about the shows, and I tried to see as many of the festival offerings as possible. Some productions I didn’t see simply because they conflicted with other performances that looked more promising. Nevertheless, I saw 14 productions in 9 days. I tried to review each on its own merits and within the context/aesthetics of its presentation.

 

I’ve been to the Varna festival twice before. In 2015, I attended as part of a team exploring a Bulgarian-American collaboration, and in 2016, I returned to present the immersive theatre piece that emerged from the aforementioned collaboration. 

 

The Varna Festival is organized into three different programs:
 

  • Main Program - Bulgarian Selection highlighting some of the best productions from the previous season
     

  • Main Program - International Selection, productions complementing the national offerings. This year, there are shows from Italy, France, Belgium, Spain, North Macedonia, and Russia
     

  • Showcase Program comprised of primarily independent, Bulgarian theatre makers and is generally where you’ll find the more experimental productions

 

The festival also includes a parallel program that’s expanded in recent years called Intermezzo - focusing on presenting work that lives somewhere in the space between a music concert and a theatrical performance. 

 

My job here was to write about the shows, and I tried to see as many of the festival offerings as possible. Some productions I didn’t see simply because they conflicted with other performances that looked more promising. Nevertheless, I saw 14 productions in 9 days. I tried to review each on its own merits and within the context/aesthetics of its presentation.

Our Reporter

Zach Trebino

Zach Trebino is a performance-based artist, author, and educator currently situated in Los Angeles. His plays, translations, and adaptations have received productions throughout the United States, and his absurdly grotesque performance work has been seen in theatres, galleries, basements, and bathrooms from here to Timbuktu. For more, visit www.zachtrebino.com

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Philip Arnoult, founder & director


September 2019

Reporter
ZACH TREBINO

Editors

Carol Baish, Lindsey Griffith, Jarod Hanson

Our Thanks

The Trust for Mutual Understanding

The Trust for Mutual Understanding, a long-time supporter of CITD, is a unique and important player in Russia and Eastern Europe.  Set up as a trust by a single anonymous donor in 1984, the focus was “to support direct person-to-person contact between American and Soviet professionals working in the field of art and environment.”  A second gift was made in 1991, continuing the dual focus of art and environment, and opening up to Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe; the Baltic States; Central Asia; Mongolia; and Russia. They are now celebrating their 30th year continuing this essential work.