Hopa Tropa: Kukerica!
Conceived and Directed by Lilia Slavova
Choreography by Ivan Dimitrov
2nd Part Directed and choreographed by Desi Jordanoff
Set Design by Antonio Petrov
Puppet Design: Julia Tasheva
Music Arrangement Petko Kolev
ORFEA, Vocal Ensemble: Eastern European Harmonies
SVITANYA, Vocal Ensemble: Music of Eastern Europe from Philadelphia PA
ZHARAVA, The Bulgarian folk-dance ensemble
ST. KLIMENT OKHRIDSKI BULGARIAN SCHOOL
Memorial Theater in Old Town Alexandria, VA
at the George Washington Masonic Memorial
101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria, VA 22301
April 1, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Special Workshops at 12:30 and 3 p.m. Play with the Kukerica and have fun with the actors, puppets and more
Lilia Slavova is Audience Choice Award winner for directing “The Snow Queen” and the recipient of the St. Cyril and St. Methodius Award for the artistic achievements and promoting the Bulgarian culture. She received her MFA Degree in Dramatic arts from the renowned Higher Institute of Dramatic arts in Sofia, Bulgaria. She has over 30 years of acting, directing, choreography and teaching experience in Europe and the United States. She has been directing puppet shows for the last 12 years with Classika, now Synetic theatre and has also been Director of the studio and Director of education. Among many of the successful shows she directed are: The Nutcracker, Wondrous White Winter, Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood, The Story of a Lost Sock and others. A Member of all the unions she has been acting but mostly enjoying what she loves the MOST-Teaching. A well-recognized acting coach and talent scout Mrs. Slavova is happy to see her students on the screen, Broadway and theaters through the Washington Metro area. Previous directorial contributions with Ambassador Theater include the Little Prince and the original Hopa Tropa, which gained national attention and was featured on Fox News and in the Kids Euro Festival 2009.
classical actress, she is excited about venturing into the
magical world of puppets. She welcomes everyone to experience the power
of Bulgarian songs and dances. Enjoy the show.
Local theatre credits include Olive in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee with Workhouse Arts Center (running March 9 - May 6) and Sanyasi at last summer's Capital Fringe Festival. She is a company member in Educational Theatre Company's Shakespeare in the Schools program and with Young Playwrights' Theater. She also travels with the one woman play The Yellow Dress, a dating violence prevention program, through Deana's Educational Theater. Amie received her B.A. in vocal performance at Northeastern University. She's a proud member of SAG & AFTRA and is an Equity Membership Candidate. www.amiecazel.com
Daniel Rovin is a graduate of the National Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts. He first appeared with Ambassador Theater in Summer at Nohant (Rousseau). In addition to acting for stage and film, he performs original poetry throughout the DC region.
During the democratic changes in Bulgaria, Konstantin gets actively involved with politics and takes on a position as a deputy to the chief secretary of the State Ministry Assembly. Later he’s appointed to a diplomatic position with the State Department.
Up until he moved to the United State, Konstantin was a movie and TV show producer.
Graduated from the Bulgarian Music and Dance Academy Plovdiv
Founder of the International Folk Dance Festival –Plovdiv
Ivan brought a new vision of word music and dance with his experience
Well known in the world of Dance he produced and performed around the world .
Antonio has worked as a sculptor for the Bulgarian National Television and Bulgarian Film Studios, as well as for the American movie company Nu Image Bulgaria Ltd.
Since 2005 Antonio has been living and working in Springfield, VA, focusing primarily on painting and interior decoration. He’s been a member of Lorton Workhouse Artists Association since 2010.
For contacts: www.ArtAntonioPetrov.artistwebsites.com
Founded in late 2006 by internationally-acclaimed Bulgarian singer, director, and composer Tatiana Sarbinska, Orfeia Vocal Ensemble celebrates the rich and varied folk music traditions of Bulgaria and the Balkans. Orfeia presents an authentic Balkan sound in its cultural context through performances and workshops for adults and children.
Orfeia takes its name and inspiration from the ancient Thracian myth of Orpheus, a symbol musical journeys and musical storytelling. From the timeless motifs of village life to the sacred and spiritual, from the medieval to modern-day adaptations, the musical traditions of the Balkans come to life for audiences through Orfeia’s exciting and unique musical repertoire.
Orfeia made its debut in October of 2007 in Bulgaria as part of Music Without Borders, a concert of traditional music featuring Tatiana Sarbinska and a roster of all-star traditional musicians. Orfeia also performed in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria with the Pirin Ensemble, one of Bulgaria’s premiere national folk companies, and performed by invitation at the first national competition for traditional Bulgarian compositions in Chepelare, Bulgaria. Orfeia has been featured on the Slavi Show, Bulgaria’s popular late-night television program. In 2010, Orfeia performed at the 10th National Festival of Bulgarian Folklore in Koprivshtitsa, followed by a two week tour and performances throughout Bulgaria. Orfeia returned to Bulgaria in 2011 for performances in Sofia and Chepelare. Since its inception, Orfeia has performed and conducted workshops throughout the D.C. and Maryland area. Based in Montgomery County, Maryland, Orfeia has been the recipient of grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC). Orfeia is currently recording a CD of songs in the Sephardic/Ladino tradition at Airshow recording studio in Takoma Park, made possible through support from AHCMC.
Members of Orfeia are Sarah Allard, Natalia Blinkova, Courtney Deines-Jones, Carlendra Frank, Lily Hamburger, Heather Livingston, Diane Weinroth, and Elin Zurbrigg. Tatiana Sarbinska is the Artistic Director.
Orfeia is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Visit Orfeia on Facebook and at www.orfeia.org.
Svitanya's repertoire is drawn from the entire region of Eastern Europe. Some songs are modern
arrangements of traditional folk tunes, some are original compositions in the folk tradition, and others are sung as they have been for generations. They range from strong and strident field-working songs to traditional dance tunes to lush and emotive arrangements, all evoking the timbres, rhythms, and harmonies indigenous to the region.
All songs are sung in their original languages—fifteen or so, including Bulgarian, Ukrainian,
Macedonian, and many others––so Svitanya's performances include entertaining stories and
translations that make the music accessible and relevant to English-speaking audiences. Many pieces are sung a cappella, but a variety of ethnic instruments may accompany others. Eye-catching costumes include brightly colored, hand-embroidered blouses from different Eastern European countries, some made by the singers’ own relatives. Two of our singers are a mother-daughter pair, appropriate in a genre where songs have been passed through generations from mother to daughter. Svitanya offers several workshops in addition to its performances. These include singing, of course, but we can enhance the experience with traditional dances to accompany the songs, and can include instrumentalists as well singers. We can tailor workshops to many ages and abilities. Svitanya has been presented in many venues including Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA, the Philadelphia Art Museum. We have performed in collaboration with the dancers of ContempraDance Theatre, with famed Ukrainian singer Mariana Sadovska, repeatedly for Southern Tier Celebrates in Binghamton, NY, and also with Yara Arts Group of La MaMa Experimental Theater in New York, NY. We are honored to be included in the juried artist roster of Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour (PennPAT), whose mission is to support the ability of their Pennsylvania-based artists to tour in about ten surrounding states. PennPAT does this through a multi-layered approach that includes grants to presenters, grants to artists, and tour-readiness or technical training for artists. Information on grants for concert presenters can be found at www.pennpat.org. In 2005, we released our first full-length CD, First Light, which has been a popular item in person and online. Our music has been played on radio stations in at least twelve countries to date. We have begun recording for our second CD.
6845 Anderson St, Philadelphia, PA 19119
The vision of Zharava's founder, Desi Jordanoff, is two-fold: to establish a strong ensemble that preserves the rich Bulgarian folk-dance tradition and to enhance the awareness of all the Bulgarian folk arts - dance, music, song and rhythm - throughout the U.S. and the world. Affiliate and educational programs have been launched to realize Zharava’s mission.
Already in its sixth year of existence Zharava has delivered over 50 performances at festivals in Washington DC and Maryland. In addition the group has participated in multiple concerts and artistic projects on behalf of organizations, such as the World Bank Group at its Annual Celebration of Cultures, celebrations of the Bulgarian Community Center of greater Washington, DC and the events organized by the Embassy of Bulgaria, local schools and universities.
Zharava has acquired great support in the arts communities in Washington, DC and Maryland, and has established and developed an affiliate group in Richmond, Virginia as a pilot project for Zharava’s affiliate programs. Founded in the fall of 2007 Zharava's affiliate dance group in Richmond has attracted more than 30 members, who retained their interest in the group and successfully transited into 2012 with a strong passion and love for the Bulgarian folk dance. The group in Richmond already has performed at local venues, festivals and events at the University of Richmond.
One of Zharava’s strong partners is the singing group Zunitza, which participates with Zharava at concerts and celebrations, most recent of which was at the Organization of the American States at a formal reception organized by the Embassy of Bulgaria for the Bulgarian National day. Zunitza’s three talented singers represent the colorful and richly ornate authentic Bulgarian song.
Ms. Sarbinska grew up singing traditional Bulgarian music in the Macedonian village of Rila, near the Pirin Mountains in southwestern Bulgaria. She received her degree in Traditional Folk Music at Academy of Music and Choreographic Art in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. For many years she was the featured soloist, as well as a conductor, of the internationally-acclaimed Pirin Ensemble, touring extensively throughout Europe and the Middle East, Northern Africa, Asia and the United States. She was Assistant Professor of Music at the Conservatory for the Academy of Music and Choreographic Art in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, and Professor of Music for Western University in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria. She was also the Director of Education for the School of Art in Blagoevgrad, developing and directing curriculum for 2500 students.
In the United States, Ms. Sarbinska has been an Artist-In-Residence for the Mayor’s Office of Art and Humanities, Boston, Massachusetts, teaching in the Boston Public Schools. She has taught at, among other venues, the Boston Conservatory, Boston University, Northeastern University-Boston, the New England Conservatory of Music, the Mendecino Balkan Music and Dance Camp, and the Augusta Heritage Center, and she has been a consultant for Revels, the renowned international music company. Ms. Sarbinska has performed throughout the United States, including at the Kennedy Center and the Library of Congress. She performed in the American Conservatory Theatre’s production of Hecuba with Olympia Dukakis. In 2004, Ms. Sarbinska was the music director for the University of Maryland production of Euripides’ The Trojan Women. In 2004, she received a WAMMY (Washington Area Music Award) for best world vocalist and has received individual and master artist awards from the Maryland State Arts Council. In 2006, Ms. Sarbinska was awarded the Ivan Vasov Medal by the government of Bulgaria for her contributions to Bulgarian culture. In 2010, she was awarded first prize in the International Competition for Composition in 7/8 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Her most recent CDs are Makedonsko Devojče and Katerino Mome.
Ms. Sarbinska’s mastery of Eastern European music and technique is matched by her ability to teach that music and technique to others, from beginner to professional. For many years, Ms Sarbinska has organized and conducted individual and group lessons and workshops in Eastern European vocal technique, classical and traditional vocal technique, and vocal jazz improvisation using Balkan musical themes. She has coached and directed world and classical music ensembles in Eastern European vocal production, repertoire, rhythm, pronunciation, styling, and cultural meaning and context. Ms. Sarbinska has worked with Libana (Boston, Massachusetts), Kitka (Berkeley, California), West Wind, (San Francisco, California), Village Harmony (Montpelier, Vermont), Boston Secession (Boston, Massachusetts), Women in Harmony (Portland, Maine), Planina (Denver, Colorado), Zdravec (Boston, Massachusetts), Born to Drone (San Jose, California), and Slaveya (Washington, DC). She is the founder and director of the vocal groups Divi Zheni, Zornitsa, and Orfeia and under her direction and tutelage, these groups have performed at concerts, folk festivals and workshops throughout the country as well as abroad.
Ms. Sarbinska is a composer of original songs and music based on Bulgarian traditional themes. One of her compositions, Katerino Mome, continues to be one of the most popular and recognized songs in Bulgaria. She has also created countless arrangements of Bulgarian and Eastern European traditional and neo-traditional music.