Anniversary: 50-th performance of "On the Edge", NT Bulgaria
This month, on 21st, we are expecting the anniversary show of Morfov's latest production at the Ivan Vazov National Theatre of Bulgaria - "On the Edge". The production is an emotional response to the social environment in Bulgaria in the past decades. Morfov originally intended to stage a classical text about Odysseus’ journey far from home. As he began rehearsals he encountered so many personal stories about young and capable people leaving the country that he mirrored his idea, showing the other side of the story – what happens to those who decide to stay.
"On the Edge" is an emotional common improvisation about what is happening in Bulgaria. It is a requiem for the country, for a disappearing nation. Our nation has existed for 1300 years but is now melting because of brutality, avarice, meanness, weakness and constant opposition. Bulgaria is melting. We are barely surviving in the cynic environment. With “On the Edge” we are expressing our sorrow for the lost traditions, celebrations, continuity – anything we tried to teach our children. Those values are lost and we are faced with inclusion in the Red list of extinguished species.”
~ Alexander Morfov
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"Ladies and gentlemen, monsters, handicapped
and beggars, imbecile nouveaux riches and hipsters!
The genius of Alexander Morfov and the actors of the
National Theatre's company proudly present the reality,
or "Fcuk this country!", or - in short - "On the Edge"."
"On the Edge", or Morfov about Bulgaria
Ivan Shipiev, via-magazine.com, 19.04.2015
A group of people meet on the roof of the building they live in and witness a friend of theirs jump from a roof across the street. They stare into the dirty city, talk about life in desperation. Convinced that their friend took the best decision, they take hands and jump all together. As they fall, passing the worn, ugly facade of the building, a new scene reveals the boxes of soviet panel apartments. People there have hidden from the world, each of them absorbed in his thoughts about an insurmountable personal crisis. Difficult life has taken away the child from its parents, the loved one from his partner, the brother, the friend, or the stranger that you used to greet each morning on your way to work.
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