Theatre in the Hot Points of the Planet –

tour in USA

Where?

USA – New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, Ohio, West Virginia, Connecticut, Washington

When?

September – November, 2003

 What?

  • Theatre tour with a joint nonverbal Production “Romeo and Juliet” – Theatre “Tsvete” and Bond Street Theatre – NY
  • Theatre performances of the Bulgarian folk puppet show “Grandmother’s Stories”.
  • Meetings with young students from 7 states: video-lectures “Theatre In Hot Regions Of The Planet”; workshops “Puppets Against Violence” and “Puppets, Made Of Materials From Our Day-Life”.
  • Facilitating of socializing art occupations with families, victims of 11 of September.
  • Charity performance in a House for adults – Brooklyn

Press Review:

The Best Performance in theater PROJECT – Baltimore for season 2003/2004

Romeo and Juliet at Theatre Project

Baltimore’s Theatre Project, New York’s Bond Street Theatre, and Bulgaria’s Theatre Tsvete offered a production that shamelessly appropriated a Shakespeare classic and reduced the Bard’s immortal Romeo and Juliet to about 10 lines. It played well in Macedonian refugee camps, and it captured the imagination of the Baltimore audience. And for all the skeptics (us included), this extraordinary combination of mime, puppets, and choreographed dancing taught us that movement theatre doesn’t have to be a dumping ground for unemployed dance majors. It works if it’s a disciplined ensemble effort, and the brilliance of this production—partly attributable to extraordinary use of lighting and set design—throws the glove down for the host city of Baltimore. Much goes on in theater now that doesn’t involve warmed-over Broadway, classy classics, or Plays We All Know and Love. But do we have to wait for theater groups such as Tsvete to come over from Bulgaria to find out what happens when motivated professionals go out on a limb?

This is wholly non-verbal and visual version of Shakespeare’s tragedy. It combines the interesting puppet skills of the actors from theatre “Tsvete” – Bulgaria and the physical theatre of Bond Street Theatre – NY. The play deeply reflects the tragedy, being caused by enmity of neighbors and truly reveals the situation in which young people are placed in many World regions today. These young people are forced to choose between their love and the violence, which is their obligation according to their filial loyalty. The play has been created especially for a tour in post-war Kosovo, which was followed by visits in Bosnia, Romania, Bulgaria and Albania. Our show carries a sprit of hope for the eternity of the true love – a message needed by this audience.

“This performance of Romeo and Juliet is anything but usual. The mix of clothing, movements, black lights and back lights, and sounds tell the story of conflict and love in a most innovative way. There are moments of high drama, moments of comedy, and, at the start, the totally unexpected. My family was as surprised and delighted by the colorful spectacle as I was.

The length of the show is about one hour and twenty minutes. The speed at which the story moves along varies with the intended drama. Although we all know the story and can anticipate the events, the presentation is of such unexpected format that you are a captive of the story as much as the characters are.

After the show you can meet with the performers in the lobby. It is a wonderful and diverse group of young, enthusiastic, and gifted people.”

Two extraordinary companies combine their talents to create a non-verbal Romeo & Juliet, which first played to the refugee camps in Kosovo, Serbia and Bosnia. Their Washington performances will take place at the Historic Takoma Theatre from Thursday October 30 to November 2.

Theatre Tsvete, a renowned puppet theatre company from Sofia, Bulgaria, and Bond Street Theatre, known for its dynamic physical style, created a play built on images, using the power of symbols to tell the story. Live original music accompanies the play; dance, stilts, swordplay and striking lighting effects bring the story to life. Ordinary objects are used in extraordinary ways to achieve compelling images and rhythms. And although the tale is tragic, ample moments of comedy interweave throughout the physical script.

The play has traveled through war-scarred theatres throughout Kosovo, Serbia and Bosnia. Romeo and Juliet vividly addresses the tragedy of neighbor against neighbor, and truly expresses the situation of young people in many areas of the world today who are confronting the choice between love and violence.

Audiences comment that the play’s nonverbal quality heightens its intensity by allowing each person to fill scenes in with their own experiences. The play ends with a sense of renewal; the puppet spirits of Romeo and Juliet rise up in a delicate and ethereal black light dance, become one and disappear. This message of hope has resonated with audiences in the Balkans and Europe, and now will be available to Washington audiences. The production has left a trail of vivid impressions, according to the press of different countries:
An instant hit … Laughter and applause punctuated the performance.”

Daniel Simpson, The New York Times, USA