Street Ballads

A live-soundscape with contemporary voices from Bulgaria and Switzerland

Street Ballads

Street Ballads is designed to evolve over several stages. The live soundscape is comprised of musical improvisations, sounds and spoken passages. It is the second stage of a project that started in 2019 with a first soundscape entitled I am not alone. This performance depicting the ancient Via Egnatia route was a collaborative project with 16 museums in Switzerland (www.viaegnatia.ch). Having focused on the Western Balkans and Switzerland in 2020 and 2021, the second stage of the project will move to Bulgaria in 2022. Here, three musicians from the Swiss ensemble meet three performance artists from Bulgaria. They will collaborate to create a two-hour performance in various exhibition spaces in Sofia, Plovdiv, Veliko Tarnovo, Burgas and Gorna Bela Rechka. Ten renowned Bulgarian authors pro­vide the voice of a historical, mythological or legendary figure of their choice to com­ment on the present.

Street Ballads brings together a variety of artistic voices from all over Europe to reflect on the present and create a powerful interdisciplinary network. Our goal is to use artistic and musical means to establish creative experiential spaces and thought-provoking perspectives.

Soundscape

Street Ballads is a live-soundscape. It is not a classical performance, but rather a performative-vocal intervention in a museum or festival context. The acoustic landscape will be presented via narrative fragments, voice improvisations, sounds and musical quotations. The sound picture unfolds in waves over the duration of the performance and can range from a discrete acoustic sound, building up to an energetic jam session - the precise substance depends on the venue and the reactions of the audience. Soundscapes form a conceptual pivot in the debate around spatial atmospheres in the areas of architecture, theatre and public spaces. Different listening experiences can be designed in which heterogeneous elements are united in common moods, narratives or effects. Our soundscape Street Ballads is to be understood as an exemplary project, presenting a topic in different contexts and attracting a varied audience.

Tour

4 October 2022 / 17:00 - 19:00 Plovdiv Permanent Exhibition of Encho Pironkov
5 October 2022 / 18:00 - 20:00 Burgas Regional Library
6 October 2022 / 18:00 - 20:00 Veliko Tarnovo TAM
8 October 2022 / 18:00 - 20:00 Gorna Bela Rechka Chitalishte
9 October 2022 / 18:00 - 20:00 Sofia Toplocentrala

Artists

ReginaHui_website

Regina Hui (voice / violin) has been exploring a wide variety of music since she was a teenager. Her interests range from baroque to rock, from samba to klezmer, and from new music to free improvisation. Her work includes directing the children's and youth choirs at the Basel Music Academy and voice workshops for adults. As a singer and violinist, her preference is for projects that move between folk music, free improvisation, jazz, and theatre.

REGINA HUI
Nikol Otashliyska_website

Nikol Otashliyska (voice) is an actress and graduated from the National Academy of Theatre and Film Bulgaria (NAFTA). She was a member of Prof. Ivailo Hristov's class. As a freelance actress, she has appeared in numerous productions. These include performances by institutions such as the Youth Theatre in Sofia, the Drama Theatre Turgovishte, the Natfiz Theatre and the Yalta art room. She has also been hired to act in documentary films.

NIKOL OTASHLIYSKA
RetoSenn_website

Reto Senn (voice / clarinet) studied various musical languages, including flamenco, tango, klezmer, and Arabic music. He also studied oriental scales as well as Turkish, Kurdish, South American, and Balkan music. Reto Senn has a great fascination for jazz and for contemporary, classical bass clarinet compositions, which he studied in Amsterdam with Harry Sparnaay. Improvised music and composing are taking an important place in his artistic work. 

RETO SENN
Ivan_Stanchev_close_1_website

Ivan Stanchev (voice) graduated from NATFA Bulgaria in 2016 - acting for drama theatre. Since 2016 he is part of the biggest impro theatre in Bulgaria - HaHaHa impro. He is also a freelance actor and has performed in many shows in different theatres. In the past Ivan took part in different workshops for contemporary, documental and avant-garde theatre.

IVAN STANCHEV
Portrait Beat Vögele_website

Beat Vögele (voice / reed organ) is a composer, musician, teacher, and co-director of the children's and youth choirs of the Basel Music School. He was director of the vocal ensemble hark!, which developed new concert forms from 2003 to 2011.  As a solo singer, he performs folk song programs. He has received commissions from numerous ensembles for compositions and arrangements of operas, choral and instrumental works.

BEAT VÖGELE
@ Bernd Ott _ biliana_sb website

Biliana Voutchkova (voice/violin) is a dynamic and thoroughly engaged interdisciplinary artist, composer-performer, violinist and curator with truly personal, unconventional artistic language. Based between Berlin her rural residency on the black sea coast of Bulgaria, Biliana works as a soloist and with renowned ensembles such as the Splitter Orchestra, United Berlin, Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop, Voutchkova/ Thieke duo and Jane in Ether.

 

www.bilianavoutchkova.net Photo: Bernd Ott

BILIANA VOUTCHKOVA
ivan dimitrov_photographer Tsvetelina Belutova_webseite

Ivan Dimitrov is the author of six books of prose, poetry and plays. In 2012, his play "The Eyes of Others" was selected among more than 400 plays for the New York Playwrights Festival "HotInk at the LARK". In September of the same year, it was performed at the New Ohio Theatre (NYC) by director Samuel Boughlin. In 2013, it won the Sofia Poetics festival. He has won numerous competitions with his poetry, short stories and plays. With his short story "The Power of Words" from the short story collection of the same name, he first won the Yana Yazova Prize and then the Chudomir Prize.

 

Photo: Tsvetelina Belutova

IVAN DIMITROV
kristin dimitrova_sb website

Kristin Dimitrova was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1963. She is a writer, poet and translator. She is the author of twelve books of poetry, among which A Visit to the Clockmaker (2005, Ireland), My Life in Squares (2010, UK), Poetry by Kristin Dimitrova(2022, India) and The Cardplayer’s Morning (2008, Czech Republic 2013). Dimitrova is a winner of seven awards for poetry (among which Ivan Nikolov, Ivan Peychev, The Association of Bulgarian Writers Award, etc.) and four for fiction (Hristo G. Danov, Peroto, etc.) She was also twice awarded The Union of Bulgarian Translators Special Achievement Award (for her translations of poetry by John Donne and Lewis Carroll).

KRISTIN DIMITROVA
Zdravka Evtimova_sb website

Zdravka Evtimova is a Bulgarian writer born in 1959. Her short story collections have been published in 32 countries. Her novel Thursday was published in the USA, UK, Serbia, and China, and was selected as one of the 100 novels written by a Slavic author after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Her novel In the Town of Joy and Peace was published in the USA, Italy, and North Macedonia. Her novel The Same River was published in the USA and in Italy. In Bulgaria, Zdravka Evtimova has won a number of literary wards, inlaying H. G. Danov 2021 Award for overall contribution to Bulgarian culture.

ZDRAVKA EVTIMOVA
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GEORGI GOSPODINOV

GEORGI GOSPODINOV
angel igov_sb website

Angel Igov (b. 1981) is the author of three novels, Particulate Matter (2017), The Meek (2015) and A Short Tale of Shame (2011), two collections of short stories, Encounters on the Road (2002) and K.(2006), and the academic study Flags and Keys: Poetics of the Epigraph (2022). The Meek was nominated for seven national fiction prizes in Bulgaria and won one of them, the Hristo G. Danov award. Its translation into German was nominated for the Leipzig Book Fair Prize and won the International Literary Award of the House of World Cultures in Berlin. He was awarded the Krustan Dyankov Grand Prize for Translation in 2016 for his translation of The Collector of Lost Things by Jeremy Page. In 2018, he won the Special Prize from the same competition for his translation of The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.

ANGEL IGOV
stefan ivanov_fotograf yana lozeva_sb website

Stefan Ivanov, born in 1986 in Sofia, is a Bulgarian poet, playwright, writer, dramaturg and journalist. He has four published poetry books. In 2017 his play The Same Day was staged at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, New York by director John Michael Di Resta. In 2018 he was a playwright in residence in the National Theatre of Luxembourg. In 2019 the animated short film Tasks of the day based on his poem of the same name qualified for the “Oscar” awards. He has been nominated and awarded for many national poetry and theatre awards. 

 

Photo: Yana Lozeva

STEFAN IVANOV
Delyana Maneva_sb website

Delyana Maneva is a lecturer at The National Academy of Theatre and Film „Krastjo Sarafow“ in Sofia. Her novel The Sixth Growth was nominated in 2021 for the “Novel of the Year”. Her book The Advanced Body: The Actor's Psychophysical Training was nominated for the Critical Text Award in 2014. She wrote the screenplays for several film productions. These include Flee (2022), Mission London (2020), and TV series. As a director, she has staged plays by Paul Auster, Harold Pinter, Alek Popov, Werner Schwab, August Strindberg, Peter Turrini, and Franz Wedekind. She has published poems, short stories, and articles. In addition, her literary contribution is part of the anthology "Stories from the 90s" published by ICU in 2019.

DELYANA MANEVA
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ALEXANDER SHPATOV

ALEXANDER SHPATOV
ivanka mogilska_sb website

Ivanka Mogilska has five published books: the story collection This land, that land (Janet 45 Print and Publishing, 2017); the novels Hideaways and Sudden Streets (Janet 45 Print and Publishing, 2007, 2013); and two poetry collections Otherwise and DNA (Janet 45 Print and Publishing, 2010, 2004), each one with a national award – for “poetry debut” and for “poetry book of the year” from a young author. Some of her works are translated into English, French, Hungarian, Russian, Farsi and Bangla. She lives in Sofia, works as a copywriter freelancer and takes part as a writer and performer in art actions and performances of Bulgarian digital artist Albena Baeva.

IVANKA MOGILSKA
ManuII_website

Manuela Casari is a trained geographer and historian. After graduating, she worked as the author of a history textbook and as the co-director of “Freiplatzaktion Zürich“ (legal advice on asylum and migration). She later worked at the University of St.Gallen in the field of International Relations. In 2020 she assumed the project management of “soundscapes.live“.

MANUELA CASARI
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STEFAN PROHOROV

STEFAN PROHOROV
Sertsch_website

Serge Honegger studied art history, literature, and cultural theory. He has specialised in performance, dance, and contemporary musical theatre. After working at various theatres, he was appointed dramaturge for the Bavarian State Ballet at the National Theatre in Munich in 2020.

www.sergehonegger.com 

SERGE HONEGGER

Line-Up

ENSEMBLE:

Regina Hui (voice / violin)

Nikol Otashliyska (voice)

Reto Senn (voice / clarinets)

Ivan Stanchev (voice)

Beat Vögele (voice / reed organ)

Biliana Voutchkova (voice / violin)

 

 

AUTHORS:

Ivan Dimitrov

Kristin Dimitrova

Zdravka Evtimova

Georgi Gospodinov

Angel Igov

Stefan Ivanov

Delyana Maneva

Ivanka Mogilska

Stefan Prohorov

Alexander Shpatov

SOUNDSCAPES.LIVE:

Manuela Casari, production coordination 

Serge Honegger, concept & dramaturgy

Claudio Mascolo, communication, webdesign & visuals

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:

Kalina Wagenstein (Art Office Foundation), coordination Bulgaria

Elena Atanassova, general support 

Ines Pavlova, translation

David Schlatter, poster design & animation 

 

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