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37 Matches

From Zdrava Kamenova and Gergana Dimitrova

21 January 2023, Saturday

Black box

19.30 hour

75 min.

37 Matches

From Zdrava Kamenova and Gergana Dimitrova

theater

"37 Matches" is a Bulgarian-German theatre production of four organizations – "36 Monkeys" (Sofia), TARTproduktion (Stuttgart) and the theatres Fitz! (Stuttgart), Théâtre National (Luxembourg).

The performance is in Bulgarian and English with subtitles. 

"37 Matches" is a play that walks on the edge of the crime story genre. It is also a play about social inequalities in Western societies, which are increasingly exacerbating the tensions between people. These dynamics threaten to explode our connective social fabric. It is no coincidence that the title refers to Andersen's ‘The Little Match Girl’.  
 
The play will take us directly into the life of Elena, who is a caregiver and at this very moment goes to see yet another client. Everything seems as usual, even better than. The agency offers good conditions, the house is nice, the family seems kind. However, she starts feeling pressured from all sides. Her own family needs the money she earns in Germany, and the clients are proving to be less than trouble-free.

Gradually, things become entangled in a most unexpected plot, devised and in fact thoroughly explored by Zdrava Kamenova and Gergana Dimitrova, in their eighth play together. The two conducted a series of interviews with caregivers and people from agencies, and the final part of the play was completed during their fall residency at VT Events and TAM, Veliko Tarnovo. 
The play is performed in Bulgarianwith subtitles in English and German. Its team is, of course, also international. The director and set designer is Bernhard Oisterschulte, the dramaturge is Gergana Dimitrova, and in the roles we will see Snezhina Petrova, Manuela Sarkissian, Véronique Kinnen/Nevena Kaludova and Nathan Cooper.

A key character in the play is also a special human-sized puppet made by Antje Töpfer – a German artist in the field of object, visual and puppet theatre. She was in Sofia specifically to train the actors how to interact and work with it. The music is by Julian Stoichkov and the translators of the play are Alexander Zitzmann and Alexander Gyurovsky.  


For some of the production team, this is their second theatre encounter, as some of them know each other from the Icarus-nominated co-production between 36 Monkeys and TARTproduktion – Cinderellas Ltd. 


In 2023, “37 Matches” is performed in several festivals around Europe.
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The Realization of Bulgarian-German Theatre Production project is supported by Sofia Municipality, Sofia Cultural Programme. 
It is realized with the support of the Baden-Wuerttemberg Association of Independent Dance and Theatrе Proffessionals with funds from the The Baden-Wuerttemberg Ministry of Science, Research and Art, the Office for Culture of the City of Stuttgart, Tanz- und Theaterszene Stuttgart (FTTS).   


With the partnership of the “Toplocentrala” Regional Centre for Contemporary Arts (Sofia) and Goethe-Institut Bulgaria. 
The writing of the play is supported by the National Culture Fund, One Year Grant and Creative Initiatives programmes. 

From Zdrava Kamenova and Gergana Dimitrova

theater

With the participation of Snezhina Petrova, Manuela Sarkisyan, Nevena Kaludova, Nathan Cooper

Scenography Bernhard Eusterschulte

Dramatic Composition Gergana Dimitrova

Music Julian Stoichkov

Puppetry Antje Töpfer

Assistant Director Karina Ilieva

Dramatic composition Assistant Tanya Nedelcheva

Translation German translation: Alexander Zitzmann English translation: Alexander Gyurovsky