Waiting for Ikar

Waiting for Ikar


22 January 2009 text Irina Marinova, photo: Valentine's Day, Zad Kanala Small City Theatre
We are only two months away from the Ikar awards ceremony – the most important theatre awards in Bulgaria. By old custom Ikar awards will be handed out on 27 March – the international theatre and the ceremony will take place at the Ivan Vazov National theatre directed by Stoian Radev. As usual one week before the event we will see the best plays at the Sofia Theatre Hall. While we are standing and waiting for the theatre to rush on us we can mark some tendencies in stage art for 2008, guided by the nominations that has just been announced.


The good news is that for the first time there are some very significant performances of hteatres outside Sofia among the nominated. The one most appreciated is that of the Varna theatre – Caligula directed by Javor Gardev. It is nominated for directing, actor in a leading role (Dimo Alexiev), scenography (Nikola Toromanov) and master technical realization. Also the two wonderful performances by the Pazarjik drama theatre Scenes from a Family Life or the Art of Sweeping the Dirt under the Carpet with nominations for directing (Desislava Shpatova) and actress in a supporting role (Irmena Chichikova) and Marriage with a nomination for actor in a supporting role (Dobrin Dosev). Another interesting preformance from thouse outside Sofia is a nice visual experiment called Joy To My Heart in Lovech State theatre deservedly nominated for rising star (the director Mladen Alexiev) and for actor in a leading role (Lenko Gurkov).
In Sofia the situation is rather interesting and unusual because performances of all the theatres in Sofia are nominated. Among the most brilliant ones are two performances: the love story Valentine’s Day by Iavor Gardev (Zad Kanala theatre) with a nomination for directing, actress in a leading role (Svetlana Iancheva) and for the amazing scenography by Nikola Toromanov; and the musical Wonderful Boys (Youth theatre) with a nomination for master technical realization and actress in a supporting role (Stanka Kalcheva). Because this season none of the performances was chosen to be an absolute favorite the lights turned to the names of the people from the theatre guild. No doubt 2008 was the year of Iavor Gardev (and not only in the theatre field), Ivan Dobchev (because of the extraordinary Lazar and Jesus and Birth Mark) and Nikola Toromanov (Valentine’s Day and Caligula).


 

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