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8th the Black Box International Theatre and Dance Festival 


The 8th annual Black Box International Theatre and Dance Festival was held from May 31 to June 6, 2014, in Plovdiv. The seven-day festival featured 12 international works in the fields of physical theatre, performance and contemporary dance, as well as a variety of dance seminars and workshops. The festival’s partners include the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture, Municipality of Plovdiv, Embassy of Israel, U.S. Embassy, Goethe Institute, Embassy of Belgium, Boris Hristov Cultural Centre, Plovdiv Drama Theatre, and Trakart Cultural Centre.


May 31


Opinion Public Company




June 1

The Woman Who Didn’t Want to Come Down to Earth – A trilogy

Gabrielle Neuhaus


This guest performance is supported by the Belgian Embassy in Bulgaria.

Choreographer: Etienne Béchard

Dancers: Etienne Béchard, Johann Clapson, Sidonie Fossé, Victor Launay, Arthur Louarti

Musicians: Livio Luzzi, Raphaël Tholance

Drawing inspiration from their personal and professional experience with the Béjart Ballet Lausanne, the members of the Opinion Public dance company are driven by a common desire: to create a distinctive choreographic style.

Opinion Public is presenting its 2013 creation Bob’Art, a satire on the excesses of modern art. The piece takes particular aim at the performing arts and their penchant for over-psychologizing, ultimately disconnecting the performance from its art form and audience. Through an irreverent mix of dance and theatre, Opinion Public puts on a quality show that pokes fun at those who aren’t even funny anymore.

Bob’Art has been presented at the Festival Temps d’Aimer (Biarritz), Festival on y danse – CWB (Paris), and Baltic Ballet Festival (Preiļi, Latvia).


June 3 

Contemporary Dance Program


Duet by Rachel Erdos


This guest performance is supported by the Embassy of Israel in Bulgaria

“An emotional piece in a deeply poetical and sensual manner. The metaphoric man/woman duet has an organic strength with its deep emotional and physical use of the body.” (Judges’ review from the AICC Choreography Competition)


Choreography: Rachel Erdos

Original Music: Alberto Shwartz

Dancers: Yoav Grinberg, Shani Katzman

Winner of the AICC International Choreography Competition 2008, Aarhus, Denmark.

Winner of City Dance Ensembles Next Choreography Commission 2009 Washington, DC.

First performed May 2007 as part of the Shades of Dance Festival, Suzanne Dellal Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel


June 3

Contemporary Dance Program


Solo by Olga Kosterina


'Olga Kosterina is an exquisite dancer. She remains graceful and poised even as she contorts her body into some truly astonishing configurations. Kosterina bridges the gaps between dance, physical theatre, mime and gymnastics, and the result is a delight to watch.' (EdinburghSpotLight)

Multiple-genre dancer, actress, choreographer. Winner of THE BEST CHOREOGRAPHY at ROMATEATROFESTIVAL 2012 Italy.

Olga Kosterina's performance " Dilema" is in Hit List of the Best Dance Events at Edinburgh Festivals 2013 (the LIST) and Hot Show rating of ’the Scotsman’, Scotland, United Kingdom

Special prize of Jury at «XII International Festival of Theater and Visual Art ZDARZENIA». Tchew, Poland. Special guest at THESPIS International Monodrama Festival . Kiel, Germany


June 4




Written and directed by Elena R. Marino

with Silvia Furlan

Pass/ages is dedicated to thinking about aging from a feminine perspective.

Pass/ages is a reflection, through the language of performance, about the fragility and strength of modern women, trapped between society’s ageism (even if apparently “politically correct”) and their inner wisdom.

Pass/ages was selected for Argot Off – rassegna di drammaturgia contemporanea/review of contemporary dramaturgy – Roma.

Teatrincorso has developed pieces based on texts, silent performances, non-dramatic theatre, and physical/visual theatre.

In 2006, with their work Hamlet, the Teatrincorso company took first prize at the Theatre Festival in Rome. Their performance A_Part in 2007 received the Honour Certification from the Jury at the European Women’s Theater Festival in Tornio / Haparanda, Finland/Sweden, and in the same year, with the production Barbablù, they appeared at the Drodesera Festival > Centrale Fies di Dro (TN). In 2008, their play Pinocchio won the Ribalta Award at Teatro Europa in Aprilia (LT).

Their next work Behind the Mirror / Dietro lo specchio – I Believe in Perfection in 2010 was selected for “Altri percorsi” in BOLZANO Teatro Stabile and the project Global Market was selected for the Kantor Award at CRT in Milano.


June 6


Les Gens du Quai Company


This guest performance is supported by the Embassy of Israel in Bulgaria

Flexibility, strength, boundless creativity, lightness and precision . . . All theatrical elements are kneaded like plastiline. A real pleasure . . .

2nd opinion


Created, designed and performed by Gabrielle Neuhaus
Music: Scarlatti, Bach, original soundmix
Video Editing: Ayala Ehrlich
Lighting Design: Gaurav Sharma


A physical and visual theatre piece combining acrobatic movement, dance and everyday objects, this miniseries deals with the life of a woman who refuses to touch ground. 

The Woman Who Didn’t Want to Come Down to Earth was created in 2012 for the Clipa Aduma and Intimadance Festivals in Tel Aviv.

The  show was performed at the 3rd Teatronic International Chamber Festival, Ukraine, 5th European Theater Night, Croatia, 16th Bharat Rang Mahotsav Festival, National School of Theatre, India, 13th Slavija International Theatre Festival, Serbia, 11th Busan International Performing Arts Festival (BIPAF), South Korea, 4th MonoBaltija International One Actor Theatre Festival ,Lithuania,13th Tanzfestival Bielefeld 2014, Germany and the 15th Annual Revolutions International Theatre Festival, USA.


June 3

Contemporary Dance Program


Solo by Andrea Hackl




Andrea Hackl is based in Amsterdam. Over the past few years, she has been dancing and touring with various companies across Europe (e.g., Emanuel Gat Dance, United-C, Suzy Blok, and Fabian Chyle) and has been frequently invited to residencies.

Prism premiered at the Off Festival Montpellier Danse 2013, Mouvements sur la Ville # 5 at Espace Bernard Glandier.

Prism: A Solo Performance Questioning Identity Structures


June 3


production of State Puppet Theatre Plovdiv

Directing and Dramaturgy: Veselka Kuncheva
Scenography, Costumes and Puppets: Marieta Golomehova
Composer: Hristo Namliev
Choreography: Stefan Vitanov
Text: Maria Stankova
Ethnology Consultant: Veselka Toncheva
Actors: Hristo Takov, Tatiana Etimova, Natalia Vasileva, Rossen Russev, Jivko Jouranov, Mihaela Andonova, Alexander Karamanov
Producers: Contrast Films LTD and State Puppet Theatre – Plovdiv

“There should be a bridge over every body of water, and people should walk back and forth over it, going about their business.”

In order for the bridge to remain imperishable and everlasting, a sacrifice should be laid at its foundations. The builder Manol immures the love of his life – Neda. What are the limits of a creator’s selfishness? How far is he willing to go to eternalize his creation? What’s the line that should never be crossed? Does this line even exist? Human life is fleeting, while creation is immortal. Is it a sin to take the first for the sake of the second? God created man and gave him a soul. Manol created a bridge and immured in it a soul, the soul of his beloved, for the bridge to last – forever!


June 5


Erica Essner Performance Co-Op


June 6, Layers – Workshop/Performance

June 7, Layers – Workshop/Performance

This guest performance is supported by the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria

“Sounds of thunder, wind and rain roll through the score, a collage of moody instrumental tracks, and Amy Glenn’s costumes include ripped fabric and tie-dyed prints that resemble voluptuous storm clouds. The dancers are continually tossed about, as if cast into a tempest.” – New York Times

... ”Frequently powerful…striking display of stormy passions.” Jack Anderson, The New York Times

Weathered is an exploration of our loss of control over the forces of nature and of how those forces belie the illusion of our permanent place on this planet.

Celebrating their twenty-third anniversary, the Erica Essner Performance Co-Op was founded in 1990 in San Francisco and enjoyed a decade of performing, teaching and touring in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2000, Erica Essner moved to New York City and re-established the Company. Recent performing highlights include FlicFest, Brooklyn NY, Site-specific work on The High Line, the San Francisco International Arts Festival, Central Park SummerStage, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, Joyce SoHo, the Rio de Janeiro Choreographic Center, Alaska DanceTheater, and the Kaatsbaan International Dance Center.

DUEL is an evocation of single combats through the ages, handled of course with humour and mockery. Don Quixote is not far away, neither is the Grand Guignol, and we have a fit of the giggles during a show that shields us from the reality behind this comical farce: the fact that, in the old days, a duel ended with a killing. 

Jean-Marie Gourreau in critiphotodanse – 24/03/2013

DUEL takes us on a journey into the iconic representations of duels in literature, cinema and beyond together, with five artists, dancers and performers chosen to be our champions. The aim is to question the limits of body in dance within the duel and explore the role of the duel to solve conflicts. Spectators are transported into the duel as they watch the “battle” being played out in front of their eyes. We identify with the performers as they skilfully draw us into their ruse. With folly and also seriousness, five dancers hatch their plans in a range of varied situations, by turns trivial, hilarious, and deeply profound. Even within the humour and emotion of the dance, strict attention is paid to the precision of the movements, pushing the limits of creativity and innovation.

Choreographer Anne Lopez is based in Montpellier. In 1998, she set up the Les gens du quai dance company with Sophie Gérard and François Lopez. Within it, she has created many choreographed shows, including Meeting (1998), L’invité (1999), Ecoute Oenone (1999), Révoltes (2000), De l’autre (2001), Litanies (2002), De l’avant invariablement (2004), Face à vous (2005), Idiots Mais Rusés (2007), Miss Univers (2007), La Menace (2008), Duel (2009), and Feu à Volonté (2011). In June 2004, she received the SACD New Choreographic Talent Award for the play De l’avant invariablement (dance/web/Europe project).

The Black Box Festival presents Festival euro-scene Leipzig – Best German Dance Solo 2013

in partnership with Festival euro-scene Leipzig


June 3

Bim bam bum

Justyna Kalbarczyk
Choreography: Bridie Gane


June 3

Dark Quark

Irina Demina

Guests performances are supported by the Goethe-Institut Bulgaria

In 2013, for the 11th time, Festival euro-scene Leipzig presented the Best German Dance Solo Competition. A 5-minute solo, danced on a round table 7 m in diameter, surrounded by 360 degrees of audience and the 5 jury members. Self-reliance, creativity, charisma, and individuality are the name of the game. Two of the 2013 winners will be presented at the Black Box Festival.

Idea and Design: Alain Platel, Gent

Artistic Director: René Reinhardt, Leipzig

Festival Director: Ann-Elisabeth Wolff

"Bim bam bum"

Justyna Kalbarczyk, Berlin, born in 1990 in Wroclaw / Poland
Choreographie: Bridie Gane, Berlin, born in 1989 in Bristol / Great Britain
Music: Xavier Cugat

1st Price and Audience Award 2013 from the competition "Best German dance solo“"
Conception: Alain Platel, Ghent

Irina Demina, Hamburg, born in 1986 
"Dark Quark"
Music: Tool “L.A.M.C.”

3rd Price from the competition "Best German dance solo“"
Conception: Alain Platel, Ghent


Accompanying events


May 29-31

Themes in Contemporary Dance: Theatre or What We Know About Pina Bausch

Dance workshop with choreographer Mila Iskrenova, Bulgaria

Trakart Cultural Centre in the Archeological Underpass


June 1


by Toma Markov, Bulgaria

The author presents his play “Brecht” with actress Sibila Serafim and journalist Todor Peev


June 4

Program – Plovdiv in Focus

Monologue for Two

Duende Dance Studio 

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