"On the Edge" nominated for Icarus 2016
Last week the Union of Bulgarian Actors announced the nominations in the categories for the most prestigeous theatre award in Bulgaria - Icarus. Morfov's latest production on the stage of the National "On the Edge" is nominated in the category for Excellence in technical realisation. The production uses the vast technical possibilities of the stage, including its platforms as well as added constructions, upper and lower stage mechanisation and employs original techniques to express in a perfectly visionary and picturesque harmony the author's ideas. It took three months of work and an exhaustive number of people to create and further
present the show. Three hours of building set and another two for building light plan, thirty people of backstage team and diverse equipment for the on-going effects turn each performance into an unparalled experience with almost cinema-like influence. You can see people flying in the air while the stage is practically falling into pieces where each platform holds a different person - a different faith, different pain, different inner universe. The harmony with which each of them is orchestrated is an expression of Morfov's talent to always challenge the technical possibilities of any stage he works on. This production is only one of the many that have been nominated - and eventually prized - for his impecabale technical skills.
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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.
"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
video: Yavor Vesselinov
"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 presents the reality, or "Fuck this country!", or - in short - "On the Edge"."
Ivan Shishiev, via-magazine.com, April 2015
Read more about the production here.
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