I am worried that with Mihail Baykov we are already offering you the 13th issue of your KuklArt magazine. And I am writing these words on December 13, Friday… Can you imagine?!
It is obviously time for forgiveness and small balances.
It is time for the magazine to be taken over by younger, more energetic colleagues.
When I agreed more than 11 years ago to try to start a puppetry magazine (the first of its kind in our country!), I had several goals.
First, I wanted to prove to myself, to prove that this is possible. I consider this goal to have been achieved.
The second goal was to attract young colleagues to write the magazine. We dreamed of the ‘Hamburg measure’. We achieved the first – especially after the inclusion of Mihail Baykov in the editorial team. I can list many names of young colleagues who enthusiastically got involved in writing for puppet theater. At a time when the incident is being written about the traditionally more reflected drama theater, we must realize what an achievement this is… I would like to believe that writing about puppet theater will become a passion for young theater critics, because I hope that they understand what great possibilities lie in the doll and the hand that caresses it with caress, what a stimulus to their imagination they could be. The second is still a dream.
The third goal was to cover not only the festival life of our puppet theater, but also its difficult daily life on the pages of the magazine, which became imperceptible every year (the idea was to publish two books a year). In the current issue, this aspiration has been achieved more than in previous issues. Our aim is for teams from the magazine to acquaint our readers more completely with a separate theater, with his problems of artistic, personnel, financial and technical nature.
Our fourth goal is to create interest in the magazine in the puppet class, and not only among it. Achieving this goal – probably through our fault – does not satisfy us.
Our goal was to make the magazine popular among puppeteers around the world. That’s why we translated separate texts into English. Maybe in 2-3 years a summary issue should be published entirely in English, or each issue to be translated and its translation to be published on the website of the magazine, which Mhail Baykov initiated and created.
The pleasure of trying something I have never done is enormous and all-consuming. That is why I am grateful for the chance given to me by AKT-UNIMA, Bulgaria. Thanks to them. I am also grateful for the opportunity to communicate with adults personalities such as Atanas Ilkov, Nikolina Georgieva, Ivan Tsonev, Slavcho Malenov, Petar Pashov, Kiryakos Argiropoulos, Yana Tsankova, Katya Petrova, Maya Petrova, Slava Racheva, Henryk Jurkowski, Vasil Rokomanov, Svila Velichkova, Veselka Kuncheva, Marieta Golomehova, Leonard Capon, Rada Moskova, Ivan Teofilov… The list, of course, can be extended with the names of a number of actors and directors of puppet theaters, but it’s time for the finale.
Of course, I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the designer Maya Georgieva, with whom we have been working passionately since the first issue.
Love KuklArt magazine. It’s yours…
Dear Reader… – Nikola Vandov
Theory, history, experience, polemics
PQ=? Or what is the Prague Quadrennial? – Svetlomira Stoyanova
‘Conglomerate’ project and its first entire presentation at the world stage design exhibition in Prague (PQ2019) – Gabriela Evstatieva
PQ2019: The winners – Svetlomira Stoyanova
‘Conglomerate’ is a ‘common child’ of technology and art – Svetlomira Stoyanova talks to the stage designer Ognyana Serafimova (curator of ‘Conglomerate’ project)
The mutual relation between the inner monologue and the organic action behaviour, upon creating a stage image with a puppet – Dimitar Stefanov
The lack of playwright in the puppet theatre – Teodora Georgieva
‘To be Thumbelina’ – A puppet gest mimic film following the tale ‘Thumbelina’ by H.C.Andersen – Magdalaena Kovacheva talks to Mila Kolarova and part of the actor’s team (Interpreted from gest and mime language by Silvana Pavlova)
To see in double: puppet theatre and comics – Antonia Leney-Grange
You can do miracles in puppet theatre – Nikola Vandov talks to the poet, playwright, director and actor Ivan Teofilov
The other thing that matters – Mihail Baykov talks to the director Zlati Zlatev
Festivals and Forums
XXI National Puppet Theatre Festival ‘Mihal Lakatnik’
About the responsibility of puppet theatre – Mihail Tazev
A critical view towards puppet theatre and children’s audience – Gabriela Evstatieva
In the logic of routine – Natalia Aleksieva
‘I believe in affection’ – a conversation of Boryana Georgieva with the director Slavi Malenov
XX International Festival for Children Performances ‘The magic curtain’
II Puppet Theatre Festival for All Ages ‘Colourful cock’
A meeting with contemporaneity – Elena Angelova
A festival for all ages – Albena Tagareva
VI International Open Air Puppet Festival ‘The Days of Puppets’
Burgas: sea waves – 6 points – Mihail Baykov
XI Puppet Theatre Festival for Adults ‘Pierrot’
‘Pierrot’ – the patience to raise a future – Desislava Dimitrova
The parallel universes of uncasual hitch-hikers – Katerina Georgieva and Natalia Aleksieva
A murder with love: a song for the last man – whispers turning into frantic screams – Svetlomira Stoyanova
A greeting for a splendid book – Nikola Vandov
Impressions from Pierrot 2019 – Gabriela Evstatieva talks to members of the jury
‘Pierrot’ Festival in the heart of Bulgaria and in the heart of the marionettes – Tommaso Chimenti
VIII International Puppet Theatre Festival for Children and Young Audience ‘Adults Forbidden’
The children deserve it – Nikola Vandov
To feel somehow chosen – Boryana Georgieva talks to actors from the Puppet theatre of Plovdiv – Dimitar Nikolov (Shablata)
They do the necessary – Boryana Georgieva talks to the director Petar Todorov
First International Festival for Puppet and Square theatre ‘Arlequino and Marioneta’
International Puppet Festival ‘Summer, puppets and friends’
International Puppet Festival ‘Racho and Deshka’
Just a pair of shoes – Gabriela Evstatieva
A warning of future without hope – Natalia Aleksieva
Three match sticks lighted in the darkness one by one – Mihail Baykov
Ugly Duckling – Zornitsa Kamenova
Flint and steel: the missed opportunities – Natalia Aleksieva
The flight of our dreams – Desislava Vasileva
Hitar Petar in Sofia Puppet Theatre – Gabriela Evstatieva
A white fairytale: return to childhood – Natalia Aleksieva
Air and (our) plastic century – Natalia Aleksieva
The colourful world of the black and white Pinnochio – Natalia Aleksieva
Love will save the world – Rumyana Mollova
The fairytale needs magic – Mihail Tazev
Job – a puppet theatre for adults – Alexandre Hristov
Another view of Perrault’s fairytale – Gabriela Evstatieva
Is this the reality of Bulgarian puppet theatre? – Natalia Aleksieva
Paper stories – a puppet show for children and adults – Alexandre Hristov
The fairytale as a world language – Katerina Georgieva
Discovery of beauty upon touching art and nature – Natalia Aleksieva
Short meetings with Portuguese puppet theatre – Mihail Baykov
History ot the performances 2019
‘The big art – puppet theatre and puppetry’ – Miroslav Tzvetanov
‘Circle of life’ with 6 awards
‘Ikar’ 2019 nominations and awards of UBA
‘Sivina’ award 2019
Award for ‘Comedian girl’ 2019