Georgi Niagolov, Doctoral Student at the University of Sofia, Bulgaria

(The paper is presented at the Worldwide Hamlet in Performance and Translation Seminar, International Shakespeare Festival, Craiova, 2010)

Hamlet or three boys and one girl, directed by Nikolay Georgiev and currently performed at the University of Sofia by the students’ theatre-laboratory @lma @lter, is clearly a scholarly production of Shakespeare’s play. It builds upon three major theoretical cornerstones...

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The Tempest Geo
Theatre - laboratory @lma @lter "Geo - Ego"

Bodies parallel, perependicular, together, apart, orderly, chaotic. They gather together and scatter, they entwine and untwine: they build the performance not upon the impressiveness of the words but upon the expressiveness of the bodies. They are the heroes that form the Hero - Body. In its togetherness It is He, in its scatterness He is They, and in their multitude They are the unified...

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The Alive Theatre

The alive theatre
An attempt for a “happened” speaking

This is an attempt to get over the speaking about art. An attempt art itself to speak about itself.
@lma @lter Theatre-laboratory
Place: University of Sofia
Time: Now
Creator of the “Alive Theatre”: Nikolay Georgiev

Actor is human

Human is body....

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Georgi Niagolov, University of Sofia, Bulgaria

“A way to amplify anything,” writes Francis Bacon in Colours of Good and Evil, “is to break it, and to make an anatomy of it in several parts, and to examine it according to several circumstances” (16). This terse summary of the early modern rhetorical notion of “amplification” (i.e. exaggeration, magnification but also closer inspection of a topic or argument) seems to describe quite aptly...

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The Wild Freedom

Freedom! Nice topic discussed for a long time... in the light of its intellectual image! It is even being said that one of the never changing things to which a Human strives – it is the freedom to express oneself. But who has ever thought about the freedom as a physical need, and not only as an intellectual such? The Bulgarian troupe did it in its “Greenwild”. The actors ask themselves: is there in human’s body...

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Space and body – silence
Space and bodies – silence
The corpses – everything is silence

The silence and several thoughts. I do not remember when I was born, I do not know whether I was born. I see a skull. They say that I would be a skull one day. I do not know. This day has not come. They say that I am like them. I know that they are not like me. ...

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The Humanity of the Myth and the Poetry Springing From the Play

Upon the music springing out of the Greek myth about Orpheus, was built the Bulgarian performance of theatre-Laboratory “Alma Alter”, directed by Petya Yosifova and held in the Artistic Creativity Centre in Cairo. It was packed with spectators, many of whom were standing on their feet because there wasn’t any empty place to sit down. The group was playing on the ground, in a rectangle, which had a very dramatic and deep meaning. Senses were various and extremely strong jumping from hard to very soft, from silence to crying. At the same time one could get everything ‘translated’ by the actors’ bodies, which were very well trained and flexible and were making sounds of their own , which was also ...

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Inside Monologue of the Actor


Me. My body. My voice. My thoughts. And you.
Today it is going to happen. Today I will love myself more than any other time. This is my day because it will be our day. Me and you. I will offer you myself, my body, my voice, my thoughts. You will offer me yourself. I have this space, you have this space. I have your time, you have my time ...

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Why did my best rabbit die? The viewer asks why the dead rabbit was the best


Orpheus, as performed by the Bulgarian theatre-laboratory Alma Alter, made the audience interact. This interaction was unaccepted at times; it was, however, refreshing. In accordance with the philosophy of Alma Alter, their art is based on interaction with the audience. All of a sudden, the viewers that are closer to the actors are taking an active part of the production.

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There's no answer


“Who are you, Orpheus?” asks one actor after another, but they vainly awaiting the answer. “That's not important.” The questions that are being asked are of a greater importance than the answers. Just a life story. The actors are asking questions about life, freedom, death and fate.

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