The Collection of Azarian

The Collection of Azarian




15 January 2009 text Irina Marinova
Krikor Azarian does not count on past glories and after his success last year he starts 2009 with a premiere performance in Balgarska Armia theatre – The Collection by Harold Pinter. A play that speaks ironically of the hollow and demonstrative life of false roles.


Krikor Azarian is one of the most significant directors in contemporary Bulgarian theatre. He has been a teacher for several generations of the best Bulgarian actors who really worship him. What is interesting is that after more than 80 performances the theatre that he creates – a deep and magical mixture of smiles and tears, he is still unpredictable. After two attempts with Chekhov's dramaturgy (both based on The Cherry Orchard) he made the two wonderful plays The Seagull (in Balgarska Armia theatre) and Three Sisters (in Youth theatre). The sadness and the melancholy Portuguese fado moved the audience as well as the critics – both performances received with a lot of awards and professor Azarian was received the Icarus award for best staging and for an outstanding contribution to theatre art. 2008 was a good year for Azarian and because of the publishing of a biographic book about his life and work – The Human circus and Krikor Azarian by Dimitar Staikov.
The first play by Harold Pinter made by Azarian is The Collection. He calls Pinter “the greatest British dramaturgist from the second half of the 20th century.” In 1990 he was very close to Pinter’s universe when he put on stage Krapp's Last Tape with Naum Shopov playing the main part. It shows the wish of man to watch other people’s lives.
The idea of ostentation and speciosity can also be found in the new play The Collection. Its stage version includes texts by the one-act play Victoria Station which has never been played in Bulgaria.


 

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