By MIRELA IVANOVA
Directed by Katia Petrova
Set & Costume Design by Boris Dalchev
Music by Prof. Hristo Yotsov
Choreographed by Anna Pampulova
MARIA KAVARDZHIKOVA, PARASKEVA DZHUKELOVA, ILIANA KODZHABASHEVA,
ANA PAPADOPULU, VYARA TABAKOVA, IRINA MITEVA
Six female characters, each of them balancing on her shoulders an unusual world of her own, full of loneliness, power, doubts, love, and memories and dreams stuck in her throat... The stigmas of their halved lives, longings, family break-ups, social roles and professional achievements are like backbreaking rucksacks, humped up the road...
The female characters in The Footnotes are six, but in fact, when it comes to women, the theatrical production counts to ten: and to the actresses MARIA KAVARDZHIKOVA, PARASKEVA DZHUKELOVA, ILIANA KODZHABASHEVA, ANA PAPADOPULU, VYARA TABAKOVA and IRINA MITEVA, playwright Mirela Ivanova (an NT in-house dramatist) adds director Katia Petrova, choreographer Anna Pampulova and multimedia designer Michaela DOREVA.
The Footnotes is an actable reading of our time, added pressure to by the ever-increasing falsetto of the yells of loneliness and the lack of affection and understanding between them. A mother, famous actress Julia Znepolska, and her three daughters: twins Biliana and Bistra and Nina, the baby of the family, involve in their seriocomic existence and value chaos two more accomplices: actress Lora and Magda, a boutique owner. The occasion, on the face of it, is festive becoming though a merciless scene of all fights postponed over the years, of withheld truths, unshared secrets, amassed afflictions and unbearable guilt. In such a merciless war between a mother and her daughters, between generations and views, love conquers all, but only if we still have the power to summon it up.
What impossible morale and unflagging energy lead the six characters all the way through the merry horror of existing, what wonderful, funny, poetic and absurd niceties allow them keeping a balanced life? We could possibly find our personal and universal answers; all it takes is searching inside ourselves.
The Footnotes is poet/playwright Mirela Ivanova’s second play for NT. In summer 2020, on the occasion of Ivan Vazov’s one hundred and seventieth anniversary, she composed for NT a critically acclaimed lyrical collage, Oh, You, Whoever You Are.
In-house dramatist: Mirela Ivanova
Assistant director: Reneta Ikonomova
Poster and leaflet designer: Yanina Petrova
Premieres on 17, 18 April 2021.
Suitable for over 12s only.