« K et la piste du château » : musical residency in Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Let me explain what this blog and our project is all about.
Teams from France (Euroculture en Pays Gentiane), Bulgaria (Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts, Plovdiv), Romania (Impossible Theatre) and Hungary (Gesture Workshop Association) are working together to prepare a musical show about The Castle by Franz Kafka. Musicians, dancers and comedians from the four countries will work together for a year on this project, which has won the support of the European Union. (For more information and details about the project, follow the link on the left-hand corner of the blog > about the project)
This morning, we start the first residency of the team in one of the eastern countries. Laurent Festas (stage director), Caroline Lemière (dancer), Bertrand Festas (comedian), Pierre Court (technician) and I (Amélie Tcherniak, production) left Paris an hour ago to Sofia. Some of us have already been to Bulgaria, others like me will discover the country and our bulgarian partners in the project, Zhorzh Dimitrov (conductor), Viliana Vrangova (violonist) Vesela Geleva (production).
The residency will last for about 10 days. Laurent, Caroline, Bertrand and I will stay for the whole time and Ana Kozelka, the set designer, the Ensemble Contraste, Karol Beffa (composer), Damian Adrian (Romanian comedian), Bogdan Radulescu (Romanian comedian) and Kati Dombi (production in Hungary) will meet us there.
With the set designer and the technician we’ll visit concert halls to prepare for the tour of the show next year – September 2010.
The Ensemble Contraste and Karol Beffa will rehearse with the Bulgarian choir for the two concerts we have planned, one in Plovdiv on November 5th and one in Sofia on November 7th.
Karol has also two master-classes programmed and a piano improvisation of the silent movie « Loulou » by Pabst. I will tell you all about it after. I have never witnessed this Chaplin like experience, and I am looking forward to it.
Johan Farjot pianist of the Ensemble Contraste and Laurent Festas will also have the last session of auditions for the singers in Sofia.
Caroline Lemière has also a big program ahead of her : a three day dancing master class at the Music School in Plovdiv.
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