‘KuklArt’ Magazine

Issue 3/2009

Dear reader,

You already have in your hands issue 3 of KuklArt – your magazine for puppetry. You may notice that the magazine is getting thicker, more saturated with photos, more open to the world. Its volume is dictated by the fact that somehow the very difficult life that our puppet theater leads has affected the possibility of providing money for the writing of the only Bulgarian puppet magazine theatre. Thus, we imperceptibly give up our desire to publish it twice a year and are forced to go to the form of a yearbook. This, of course, is better than nothing (let’s take comfort!), But it obliges us to be even more precise in the selection of texts, to be even more open to new names, realized in the field of criticism for puppet theatre.

In 2009 our puppet theatre realized an ambitious project – the co-production of Puppet Theatre – Plovdiv, Puppet Theatre – Stara Zagora and Puppet Theatre -Burgas ‘Oedipus. The Feast of Blinding’ (directed by Ruslan Kudashov). There were no in-depth public discussions on the qualities of the spectacle, but I think no one disputed the grandeur of the gesture to touch on themes of great measure… And since we are on an ancient wave, let us recall Plato’s words from ‘Laws’ (IV century BC):

Each of us, the representatives of living beings, should be seen as a doll of divine origin, as if the gods created it for their game or entertainment, as if they had some serious intention. Although we may not know this at all, we do. The mentioned mental events in our country represent a confusion of the threads or connections that pull us and, insofar as they are opposite to each other, draw us to contradictory deeds; on this is based the difference between the valuable and the insignificant. Reason, in fact, says that everyone should follow only one tug without leaving it and should face all the pulling threads.

‘Even though we may not know this at all, we know it’… there is nothing left but to continue with growing uncertainty on the path we have chosen. Let’s think, let’s believe that this is the way to Hamburg…

November 26, 2009


Nikola Vandov


Theory, History, Experience, Polemics

Towards an Understanding of Children in the Theater – or Some Axioms

— Atanas Ilkov

Theory, History, Experience, Polemics

Between Birth and Death – II

— Nadezhda Atanasova


Dear Readers… – Nikola Vandov

Theory, History, Experience, Polemics

Towards an Understanding of Children in the Theater – or Some Axioms – Atanas Ilkov

On a Successful Reversal in Puppet Theater History in Bulgaria, Connected with the National Theater – Elena Vladova

Between Birth and Death – II – Nadezhda Atanasova

Midnight Thoughts – Slavcho Malenov

My Interest in Puppets Comes from My Family – Nadezhda Madoleva

The Whole Movement of Human Thought is Reflected in Puppet Performances – А Conversation Between Nikola Vandov, Emil Iliev and Boris P. Goldovsky

A True Legend – Petr Matacek

Three Bulgarians in the USA – Veselina Gyuleva Speaks to Three Bulgarians from the Classic Theater in Virginia, USA

On Marionette Theater – Heinrich von Kleist

Aspects of the Dramatic Fairytale – Milivoe Mladjenovic

80 Years of the PUK Puppet Theater – A Conversation Between Zina Sokolova and Nikolina Georgieva


Scenography for Oxymorons and Magical Fairytales – Vasil Rokomanov

Man ex Machina – II – Venelin Shurelov


The National ‘Mihail Lakatnik’ Puppet Theatre Festival, Yambol, Bulgaria

Festival’s Passport

On Clever Children and Boring Children’s Stories – Violeta Stankova

First International Art Festival ‘The Magic of the Wind’, Sliven, Bulgaria

Festival’s Passport

A Fresh Breeze with ‘The Magic of the Wind’ – Natasha Kolevska

What the Wind Brought… – A Conversation Between Boryana Georgieva and Ephimia Pavlova

18th International Puppet Theatre Festival ‘Three Are Too Many, Two – Not Enough’, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Festival’s Passport

At the Festival in Plovdiv Again – Bogdana Kosturkova

Conversations In Plovdiv – Boryana Georgieva in dialogue with Viktor Boytchev, Ina Bozhidarova, Leonard Kapon, Hannah Schwartz

We’re Famous in Europe for Our Quality – A Conversation Between Patricia Nikolova and Leonard Kapon

Sixth International Puppet Theatre for Adults Festival ‘Pierrot 2009’, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria

Festival’s Passport

For Adults as for Children, Only Better – Nikola Vandov

Not Punished, but Blessed with Insight – A Conversation between Nikola Vandov and Ruslan Kudashov

A Festival of Myths and a Game with Death (Charleville-Mezieres, France) – Annie M. Toma


The Ability to Attain Love – Svetla Beneva

On Transport, Transfer and Contributions – Elena Vladova

A Fairytale Pageant – Bogdana Kosturkova

Two Israeli Puppet Fantasies – Patricia Nikolova

Dramaturgical Degustation by Liliana Bardijewska – Slav Lambrinov

Did Shakespeare Write Puppet Plays? Nikola Vandov with Liliana Bardijewska

Liliana Bardijewska – On Stage – Katarzyna Grajewska

I, The Soul – Ton Delemare

A Confessional Book – Nikola Vandov


History Performance 2008 And 2009. State Puppet Theatre – Burgas; State Puppet Theatre – Varna; State Puppet Theatre – Vidin; State Drama and Puppet Theatre – Vratsa; State Puppet Theatre – Gabrovo; State Puppet Theatre – Dobrich; State Drama and Puppet Theatre – Pazardzhik; State Puppet Theatre – Plovdiv; State Puppet Theatre – Sliven; Sofia Puppet Theatre; State Puppet Theatre – Stara Zagora; State Drama and Puppet Theatre – Shumen; State Puppet Theatre – Yambol.



The Story of the Lost Sock – Petko Kolev and Lilia Slavova