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Sofia Theatre Festival

The Union of Bulgarian Actors (UBA) in partnership with Sofia Municipality is launching for a second year the annual Sofia Theatre Festival. The festival reviews the highest achievements in theatre, circus and cabaret arts in Bulgaria for the past year and its end is marked by the Ikar Awards ceremony. The festival includes theatre and puppet performances, circus and cabaret shows. This year’s edition will focus on the 110th anniversary of the establishment of the circus art in Bulgaria.
Independent committee of experts will pre-select productions from theatres in all over the country. The committee is assigned with the task to propose nominations for best achievements in the above genres for the past year.
Sofia Theatre Festival will take place on the stages of all major Sofia theatres, situated at easily accessed locations.
This year, the principal stage to host the guest productions will be the stage of the Youth Theatre, due to its complete technical aptness.
Productions, which are nominated for the Ikar Awards, will be presented to the audience within Sofia Theatre Festival. Nominations will be in 20 categories. During the festival, which will be held from March 20 to 27, 2007, another committee will distinguish the award winners. The winners will receive their awards on March 27, 2007 at a special ceremony celebrating the World Theatre Day.
It is worth mentioning here the success of the 2006 Sofia Theatre Festival, which gathered the 23 best drama, puppet, cabaret and circus productions in Bulgaria for the previous year and presented them on the stages of nine theatres in Sofia. The first edition of the Festival became the largest and most popular Bulgarian theatre forum. It received wide media coverage and was watched by more than 8 000 onlookers of all ages and social groups.
Last year, the sponsors of Sofia Theatre Festival included Sofia Municipality, the National Theatre Centre of the Ministry of Culture, Ford Moto-Phoe, Bulgarian-American Credit Bank, Globul, Lukoil, Blib, AstraZeneca, Kavarna Municipality, Pizza Don Domat, Contrax, Vini – Sliven, Cantek, Uno Catering, Transpress, Tip Top Courrier. Nearly all of the last year’s sponsors have expressed their wish to participate for a second year in the promotion of the event.



Ikar Awards

Ikar awards are for professional achievements in the field of theatre, circus and cabaret arts in Bulgaria. The awards are conferred at an official ceremony, held each year on March 27, the World Theatre Day. This time, the ceremony will be hosted by Balkanski circus in Sofia.
The event will be broadcasted directly by the Bulgarian National TV and the satellite channel TV Bulgaria from 8.00 p.m.
Awards will be given in 19 categories, as follows:
  • Lifetime Achievement Award;
  • Award for best male performance in a leading role;
  • Award for best female performance in a leading role;
  • Award best production;
  • Award for best direction;
  • Award for best male performance in a supporting role;
  • Award for best female performance in a supporting role;
  • Award for debut;
  • Award for set design;
  • Award for music;
  • Award for circus art;
  • Award for music hall;
  • Award best artistic achievements in the field of puppet theatre;
  • Award best puppet theatre performance;
  • Award for theatre criticism;
  • Award for golden voice;
  • Award for technical realization of a performance;
  • Award of the Minister of Culture for most successful theatre season of a state drama theatre;
  • Award of the Minister of Culture for most successful theatre season of a state puppet theatre.

 “Ikar 2007” Nominees

The lifetime achievement award ‘Ikar 2007’ will be given to the director Leon Daniel.

Best male performance in a leading role:
Deyan Donkov for his performance in the role of Don Juan in ‘Don Juan’ after Moliere, directed by Alexander Morfov, Ivan Vazov National Theatre
Kamen Donev for his performance in the role of Torvald in ‘A Doll’s House’ by Henrik Ibsen, directed by Stoyan Radev, Balgarska Armia Theatre
Marius Kurkinski for the mono-performance ‘Concussion’ after Nikolay Haytov, Nikolai Masalitinov Drama Theatre - Plovdiv

Best female performance in a leading role:
Boyka Velkova for her performance in the role of Blanche DuBois in ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ by Tennessee Williams, directed by Krikor Azaryan, Balgarska Armia Theatre
Maria Sapungieva for her performance in the role of Agafya Tikhonovna in ‘The Marriage’ by N.V. Gogol, directed by Yurii Pogrebnichko, Adriana Budevska Drama Theatre – Burgas
Snejina Petrova for her roles in ‘Astapovo Station’ and ‘Elabuga Station’ from the Programme ‘Exit’, productions of Ivan Dobchev and Margarita Mladenova, Theatre Laboratory Sfumato

Best male performance in a supporting role:
Atanas Atanasov for his performance in the role of Pierre Lannes in ‘The English Lover’ by Marguerite Duras, directed by Vaskresia Viharova, Aleko Konstantinov State Satirical Theatre
Georgi Kadurin for his performance in the role of Malvolio in ‘Twelfth Night’ by Shakespeare, directed by Krikor Azaryan, Youth Theatre Nikolai Binev
Zahari Baharov for his performance in the role of Sganarelle in ‘Don Juan’ after Moliere, directed by Alexander Morfov, Ivan Vazov National Theatre

Best female performance in a supporting role:
Albena Pavlova for her performance in the role of Honor Klein in ‘The Severed Head’ after Iris Murdoch, directed by Desislava Shpatova, Aleko Konstantinov State Satirical Theatre
Reni Vrangova for her performance in the roles of Isabella and Charlotte in ‘Don Juan’ after Moliere, directed by Alexander Morfov, Ivan Vazov National Theatre
Svetlana Yancheva for her performance in the role of Sophie in ‘Sleep with Me’ by Hanif Kureshi, directed by Bina Haralampieva, ‘Zad Kanala’ Small City Theatre

Direction:
Alexander Morfov for ‘Don Juan’ after Moliere, Ivan Vazov National Theatre
Stoyan Radev for ‘A Doll’s House’ by Henrik Ibsen, Balgarska Armia Theatre
Yurii Pogrebnichko, for ‘The Marriage’ by N.V.Gogol, Adriana Budevska Drama Theatre– Burgas

Set Design:
Marina Dodova for Medea, performance of Diana Dobreva
Marina Raychinova for ‘The Mercy Seat’ by Neil LaBute, directed by Snejina Tankovska, 199 Theatre
Nikola Toromanov for ‘King Lear’ by Shakespeare, Ivan Vazov National Theatre

Music:
Kalin Nikolov for ‘Krum’ by Hanoch Levin, directed by Yavor Gardev, Stoyan Bachvarov Drama Theatre – Varna
Rumen Tsonev for ‘Twefth Night’ by Shakespeare, directed by Krikor Azaryan, Youth Theatre Nikolai Binev
Tsenko Minkin for ‘Uncle Vania’ by A.P.Chehov, directed by Stefan Mavrodiev, Youth Theatre Nikolai Binev
 
Debut:
Violeta Vitanova and Stanislav Genadiev for the dance performance ‘Imago’
Diana Dobreva for the direction of Medea
Yordan Slaveikov for the direction of ‘Oscar and the Lady in Pink’ by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, Drama Theatre - Vratsa

Master’s technical realisation:
‘The Others’ Voices’ by Plamen Doynov, directed by Plamen Markov, Geo Milev Drama Theatre– Stara Zagora
‘King Lear’ by Shakespeare, directed by Yavor Gardev, Ivan Vazov National Theatre
‘Moscow’ by Petya Ruseva, directed by Vaskresia Viharova, Vassil Drumev Drama and Puppet Theatre - Shoumen

Puppet art:
‘Baron Munchhausen’ after Rudolf Raspe, dramatization and direction by Slavcho Malenov, State Puppet Theatre – Stara Zagora, Atelier 313, 199 Theatre
‘Sleeping Beauty’ after Charles Perraut, directed by Angel Popov, State Puppet Theatre – Yambol
‘The Three Brothers and the Golden Apple’, directed by Eva Kyosovska, State Puppet Theatre - Plovdiv

Music Hall Art:
Antranik Shavarsh Arabajian – ‘Astor’ for his performance in ‘Forever and a Day’ by Milorad Pavic, Rodopski Drama Theatre
Valentin Veselinov Bogdanov for the choreography, staging, direction and performance in ‘Music and Dance To Be My Language’ – Spain
Dochko Ivanov Dochev – ‘Mandrak’ for performance in amusement performance on cruise line – Norway

‘Golden Voice’:
Tanya Dimitrova for the dubbing of ‘Murphy Brown’ and ‘Emergency Room’ series
Elena Rusalieva for dubbing of ‘Lost’ and ‘Desparate Housewives’ series
Vassil Binev for dubbing of ‘Franc Riva’ and ‘Prison Break’ series
Boris Chernev for dubbing of ‘Prison Break’ and ‘Lost’ series.

  • Ikar 2007 Award for theatre criticism will be given to ‘Bulgarian dramaturgic heritage – new attitudes’ collective authors, complied by Kamelia Nikolova, Theatrology Department, Krastyo Sarafov Academy of Theatre and Film Arts 
  • Ikar 2007 Award for circus art will be given to Atanas Dinkov for his achievements in the field of acrobatic genre
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