International Theatre Workshops 2014


What an incredible week at the International Theatre Workshops
Integrating Theatre, Puppetry and Social Conscience!

THANK YOU and all ITLab’s love to everyone who took part, contributed and supported our event in Sofia! Our special gratitude goes to the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts , Puppetry Department, our sponsor Park-Hotel Moskva, our wonderful colleague prof. Rumen Rachev and all the other artists that we had the privilege to meet at the Academy and at the theatres. This week was a success thanks to YOU!

 We believe that theatre can serve as an innovative and powerful conduit for social change. Its impact is of particular gravity in times of great hardship, when power struggles, identity crises, corruption and rise of extremism become burning issues of global scope. We are all affected by them, and no one should remain indifferent – artists least of all, whose works have the power to raise awareness and stir civilian conscience. Yet there’s a fine line between art expressing an idea, and didactic preaching that repels the listener. Our most effective capacity to communicate a message, we believe, is in the realm of theatre aesthetics, and through the tools that enrich the theatrical language and the actor’s expression. The more subtle, nuanced and associative - the more powerful the theatre experience they deliver. Puppetry, through its metaphorical expression, presents us with one of the richest ‘toolkits’ we could employ in any performance genre.

|||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||Elena Gadjokova
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