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V the Black Box International Theatre and Dance Festival 


May 25

Face of Israeli Independent Art Program

Odysseus Chaoticus

Ish Theatre




"…this piece is visually compelling, innovative, surprising, intimate, vulnerable, riotous, bawdy, eloquent and well executed to boot!"

Plank Magazine, Canada

"…For sheer vitality and talent there is nothing to beat the Israeli production of 'Odysseus Chaoticus'. Featuring the amazing trio of brilliant actors, the play staged with limited props is a tour de force of physical theater... "  Asian Agе, India

Director: Masha Nemirovsky (winner of the 2002 Jerusalem Award for theatre)

Cast: Noam Rubinstein, Fyodor Makarov and Yolana Zimmerman

Music: Noam Rubinstein

Costumes: Svetlana Livshits

Production Manager: Alina Feldman

Odysseus Chaoticus is a cabaret show based on the travels of Odysseus (Ulysses), King of Ithaca. Parts of his legendary adventure are woven into the story of an eccentric Italian family, whose romantic-dreamer husband escapes his mundane routine to embark on an imaginative journey inspired by Homer’s Odyssey. Physical theatre, clowning, pantomime, dance and live music are all packed into a deliberately “low-tech” concept, creating a sweeping rhythmic succession of scenes. During the 2010 season, Odysseus Chaoticus performed at international festivals in Canada, Colombia, India, Panama, Turkey, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Slovakia, Brazil, Ecuador and Russia.


May 28

The Heart Made a Mess

Diáfano Theatre Company



Director: Juan Luis Mira

Cast: Lola Manzanares and Ivan Gisbert

Excerpts from Threshold, by Francisco Zarzoso; 013 Miscellaneous: Prison Report, by Rafael González y Paco Sanguino; Fingers, by Borja Ortiz de Gondra; and Ladybug Is Found Drowned in a Basket, by Juan García Larrondo.

These four Spanish authors are recipients of the Marques de Bradomin prize for modern Spanish literature. Their stories explore the common theme of how communication is becoming increasingly difficult in modern society, while delivering a healthy dose of humour.


May 26


Monodrama Performed by Mimoza Bazova

SFUMATO Laboratory Theatre Bulgaria

Director: Ivan Dobchev

Playwright: Nikolay Kolyada

Set Designer: Venelin Shurelov

Translator: Dobrinka Stefanova

It’s common knowledge that pregnant women can get irresistible cravings for food. According to folk legend, if an expectant mother is caught trying to steal a piece of fruit she craves and hides it against her skin – behind her back, in her bosom or under her skirt – her future child will have a birthmark shaped like the fruit on the same part of its body.

In his play, Nikolay Kolyada suggests that this fateful imprint is not as innocent as it seems and creates more than just cosmetic problems. In fact, this blemish predetermines one’s entire existence, imbuing the life of this Yuliya/Julia/Julka with the scent of Russia. Her whole world reeking of fried food, burnt bacon, rot and death is inherited and archetypal, similar to that mystical image of Chekhov’s Treplev: the Cosmic Soul that, despite the apocalyptic void, continues to come into the world, to exist, over and over again, illustrating the triumph of life over death and oblivion.


May 27

Face of Israeli Independent Art Program

The Woman I Could Have Been

Written and performed by Inbal LorI



“Lori solves the anti-theatrical problem of monodramas by portraying herself all the characters that surround her, with impressive comic and dramatic skills.“

Time Out, Tel-Aviv

Produced and directed by Shmulik Levi

On the verge of turning 30, the heroine of the play realizes she’s become the proverbial “loser.” She blames her lot on all the women in her family and decides to confront them one-on-one in the 24 hours before her 30th birthday. Through her travels, we meet her Iraqi grandmother who can’t fathom why she’s not already married with kids; her anarchist mother; her decidedly menopausal feminist sister; and her misanthropic aunt. It’s a moving, hilarious and bittersweet comedy.

Inbal Lori was named best performer at the 2008 Israeli Fringe Festival for The Woman I Could Have Been.


June 18

The Stone Guest

by Alexander Pushkin

A. N. Ostrovsky theatre


Director: Olesya Nevmerzhitskaya

Producer: Oleg Klenin

Cast: Anna Teuvazhukova, Tatsiana Belkavets, Denis Kumokhin, Andrey Suchkov, Mikhail Shilov

Set Designer: Mikhail Kukushkin

Composer: Zaur Fakhradov

An original, modern interpretation of Pushkin’s The Stone Guest by director Olesya Nevmerzhitskaya of the famed A. N. Ostrovsky theatre troupe in Moscow.

This co-production with the Black Box ICTF makes its Bulgarian premiere on June 18, 2011, in Plovdiv, before opening in Moscow a few days later. During their stay in Plovdiv, the creative team will also host two workshops in tandem with the Paisiy Hilendarski University: “Breathing Techniques” and “Speaking for the Stage” with theatre director Olga Vasileva

Accompanying events


May 25

Contemporary dance workshop with choreographer Erol Alexander


in association with

Alma Alter Theatre Laboratory

Trakart Cultural Centre 

Renowned German choreographer Erol Alexander currently works with a variety of theatre companies and independent troupes in Berlin, Magdeburg (Germany), Vienna, and Luxembourg. He has previously worked with the State Ballet School of Berlin and the European Theatre Company in Caen, France. He has also taught master classes in such cities as Madrid, Seville, Cadiz, Antwerp, Bordeaux, and Mexico City.


May 30

“Karbovski vs. Karbovski: On the Genesis of Angry Love”


Trakart Cultural Centre


May 28

Nevena and the Night by Georgi Toshev, Bulgaria

Multimedia presentation (photo exhibit, film screening and concert)

with violinist Micho Dimitrov

Trakart Cultural Centre 

Multimedia presentation (photo exhibit and film screening) with violinist Micho Dimitrov, concertmaster of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

This multimedia show presents journalist Georgi Toshev’s auteur film about Nevena Kokanova, including authentic, lesser-known moments from the personal and artistic life of this legendary Bulgarian actress of the stage and screen. Festival-goers will also be treated to an exhibit of never-before-seen still photos from her most notable film and theatre roles. Famed Bulgarian violinist Micho Dimitrov will be on hand as a special guest.

Wrathful, hurt, sensitive, arrogant, and cynical, Martin Karbovski is a typical product of modern society. He sees and knows the same things everyone else does, but what sets him apart from the rest is that he doesn’t keep quiet about it. An eloquent speaker with an uncompromisingly critical eye, Martin expresses love in his own angry, at times coarse, but ultimately profound way. The play follows the internal dialogue between a man and a woman, relating the story, progress and failure of a love affair in the valueless, arrogant world of the 21st century. 

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