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I Would Like to Forget You but my Heart is Crying for You (Old city folk songs in a stage presentation)

Author(s): Anelia Yaneva
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: The text examines two ballet productions based on music of old city folklore song - Mild, Sunny and Windy (presented on 18th March 1997 in the framework of the Second Evening of Contemporary Bulgarian Choreography) and Milder, Sunnier and Windier (presented on 25th March 2001 in the framework of the third Dance-Attack). Rossen Mihailov is choreographer of both productions. Ballet-dancers from the Arabesk formation perform. The differences in the choreography of the two stage versions are insignificant. The second production is different in its attempt to be closer to the expression of the dance theater by the use of live verbal remarks; the gradual stripping of the clothes of the artists and limiting the stage space to a maximum with the aim of limiting the dancing by strengthening acting and jest presence. This idea does not have the expected result: on one hand dancing severely suffers due to lack of space while on the other - the presented action does not lead to a new - theatrical effect. The inclusion of verbal text does not change genre purposefulness. As a rule a ballet-dance rarely speaks and in most cases this is not very convincing. That is why the results are quite compromising. A situation, similar to that presented in one of the songs becomes evident: not matte how much the Bulgarian choreographer "would like to forget" the structure and expressiveness of the typical ballet stage production, the very "heart" and the ballet-performers "cry for them" and continue to be drawn by traditional methods. That is why the attempts for realization in the sphere of Dance Theater appear too "ballet-like" when they are being performed by ballet-artists - a generalization valid also for other ballet decisions, realized on the Bulgarian stage in period of transition between the 20th and 21 st century.

  • Issue Year: 2009
  • Issue No: 5
  • Page Range: 340-348
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: Bulgarian