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Time for us

April 22, 2015 by dessi ·

Time for us is a piece by the dancer and choreographer Fabien Prioville and his wife Azusa Seyama who works as a dancer with Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. It focuses on the experienced moment of two people meeting each other. It is a search for the significance of this moment, an exploration of places of community, the relation of the two dancers on the stage.

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Photo: mischa lorenz

How do we meet? Where do we come from with all our demands and needs?

Fabien Prioville and Azusa Seyama are not only connected through their mutual work for Pina Bausch and Tanztheater Wuppertal, but also through their personal relationship. Thus “Time for us” focuses on the exploration of intimacy, the radical search for closeness, the wish to be together. It is also a confrontation with one´s own history – including the biographical answer as dancers. Both were hugely influenced in their work by the great choreographer Pina Bausch. In their latest piece they also grapple with her legacy. The performance plays with these points of relation and shows two individuals and their wish to leave behind their artistic legacy without dismissing it.

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Photos: mischa lorenz

Date: 28. April 2015
Time: 20:00 – 21:00 Uhr
Place: Theater am Engelsgarten, Wuppertal

Concept, direction: Fabien Prioville
Choreography, dance: Fabien Prioville, Azusa Seyama Prioville
Dramaturgy: Marc Wagenbach
Light: Michael Götz
Assistent: Chikako Kaido
Management, PR: Alexandra Schmidt

A production of fabien prioville dance company, coproduced through tanzhaus nrw, Ballet National de Marseille and Dance City Newcastle. Supported by Kulturämter der Städte Düsseldorf and Wuppertal and Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport.

Alexandra Schmidt
fabien prioville dance company
Spichernstrasse 39
40476 Düsseldorf

Bansko Jazz 2015 – Carmen Souza

April 20, 2015 by dessi ·

Interview by Dessislava Berndt with the singer Carmen Souza

Jazz Festival Bansko

The International Jazz Festival in Bansko is one of the biggest summer musical events in Bulgaria and one of the foremost international cultural happenings on the Balkans.

Since its foundation in 1998 the festival has been held every year in August in the small town of Bansko. The concerts are free for the public.

Traditionally, the programme features styles and groups representing almost all jazz trends. During the festival week jazz is also played on various smaller stages in the large resort complexes and restaurants.

Today we would like to present you Carmen Souza, who will perform this summer at the XVIII International Jazz Festival in Bansko.

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What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery


April 4, 2015 by Velina ·

Alice Jennings

Photo: Geraint Rowland
wishing for years
to stay young
I am old now
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Bulgarian participation in the Spring exhibition of “The Knitting&Stitching Show” in London

April 3, 2015 by Sfinx ·

Dimana Ivanova

The admirers of the “arts and crafts”, knitting and stitching products had the opportunity to gather together again at the exhibition of “The Knitting&Stitching Show” which took part from the 5-th to 8-th of March in the Olympia Hall in Central London. The spectators at the exhibition had the opportunity to admire and see different knitted accessories, hand-made lady’s bags and other “arts and crafts” products as embroidery hats, clothes, curtains.

During the exhibition has taken place several competitions as “The knitting farm competition” and “The National competition of modern textile”. In the first was awarded the work of Debora Ireland “Turkey” and in the second the dress “The structure of Anatomy” of Antonia Fan. In the exhibition took part many companies as “Ann’s Orchard Beadwork”, “Crafty Ribbons”, “Fancy Moon”, “Felt Creative”, “Textile Garden”, “World of Sewing” and many, many others. Among them was also the Italian company of art goblins “Giacobrini” of the Bulgarian, living in London Yoana Hranova.

The goblins of “Giacobrini” are hand made by the sister of Yoana Hranova-Ralitca Hranova. For the British public those goblins were a real pleasure to see and art adventure. Those goblins are made by pictures of famous painters as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo Buonarotti, François Boucher, Auguste Rodin and others. The goblins are made so finely and delicately, sublime in the smallest detail, it is sometimes difficult to define which is more real – the original picture or the goblin, made by it. “Giacobrini” is offering different types of goblins with different motive as for example horses, flowers, landscapes, oriental and biblical motives and motives of pictures of famous painters as “Mona Lisa” of Leonardo da Vinci, “The daughter Lavinia” of Tizian and others.

Beside goblin, the company was exhibiting one typically Bulgarian product as embroidered decorative tablecloths. The last product was really new for the British public.

The exhibition “The Knitting&Stitching Show” of March 2015 was a pleasant way to escape to the speedy everyday life in London, especially for the admirers of the knitting, stitching and “arts-and-crafts” products.

Artist of the Week – Klio Karadim

January 26, 2015 by dessi ·

Interview with the painter Klio Karadim by Dessislava Berndt
Translated from German by Dessislava Berndt, Proofreading: Simon Pavlov


Klio Karadim, Photo: private

Klio, how did you get into painting?

In the 80’s in Bulgaria you had to choose your further school after the 7th school year. I didn’t want to become a secretary in an office. My mother was a photographer, my aunt was a sculptor and my uncle was a painter. So, I wanted to do something related to art and maybe even become an artist. Therefore, I applied for the school of applied arts in Sofia, Textile Faculty.


The gallery in Nikolai district , Photos: desenze

After my higher education entrance qualification I painted and sold my pictures on the streets along the Black Sea.

The gallery in Nikolai district, Photo: Klio Karadim

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Accordion Lesson

January 13, 2015 by Velina · 1 comment

Alice Jennings

Photo: Roberto Cacho Toca

They slip into the front seat of the station
wagon. This is their time together, each
week. He backs down the driveway, lights
up and inhales the smoke as she recites
the day: the long mass, recess, those stupid boys.
They stop at the midtown storefront. She yanks
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Artist of the Week – Adam Ben Ezra

January 5, 2015 by tsvetelina_mareva ·

Tsvetelina Mareva`s interview with the double bassist

and composer Adam Ben Ezra



Photo: Danielle Jadlyn

Mr. Ezra, would you tell us more about your creative path? Why have you chosen the double bass?

My creative path began when I was very young, when I was 5 I started to play the violin. After a few years of classical training I started to listen to more modern music like pop and rock. This led me to start playing the guitar and later on to play the electric bass. During all this time I was playing the piano too.
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Meet The Photographer Elena Shumilova

December 2, 2014 by tsvetelina_mareva ·

Translated from Bulgarian by Tsvetelina Mareva



Elena Shumilova has captured the attention of the world with her endearing and ethereal photos of her children and farm animals in the countryside. She has been featured on media worldwide, from Huffington Post to ABC News to Reddit and beyond.  It’s immediately obvious that Elena’s portfolio is far more than a collection of family snaps – this is her art and no matter how circumstantial the scene that she focuses her lens on, the process doesn’t start or end at the press of the shutter. It’s clear that a lot of planning, time, love and effort goes into the creation of each image.

“After graduating from the university I spent several years working as an architect and designer. My passion for photography manifested in early 2012 when I got my first DSLR camera. Soon after – in the summer – I upgraded to Cannon 5dmark2 with 50mm lens. I’ve been shooting every day and processing the images at nights. By autumn I felt I found my own way of approaching photography. At the end of winter 2013 I got a new lens – 135 mm – which immediately became my favorite one.

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Meet a Bulgarian Poet: Petja Heinrich

November 24, 2014 by Katerina Stoykova-Klemer · 5 comments


Katerina Stoykova-Klemer interviewed poet Petja Heinrich for The Season of Delicate Hunger: Anthology of Contemporary Bulgarian Poetry. Here is her translation of that conversation.

What would you like for the American readers to know about Bulgarian poetry?

Manyfaced, fragile, resilient. Nurtured with sea, bread and sun. Often thoughtful and nostalgic. Friendly, human, sometimes particularly brightly experimental, nicely untidy. Is it truly like this? I’m not sure.

What would you like for the American readers to know about you personally?

Poet. That’s enough. Here is more: I live in Germany, but I was born in Bulgaria. I’m often told that my poems are influenced by another culture, that they’re not entirely Bulgarian. But I write in Bulgarian, because this is the language that gives me great power. For me it is distinct from day-to-day use and has turned into a language only for poetry. Read on →

Artist of the Week – Beatrix Giouras

September 22, 2014 by dessi · 2 comments

Interview with the German designer Beatrix Giouras by Dessislava Berndt
Translated from German by Dessislava Berndt, Proofreading: Simon Pavlov



Who or what is „Zauberwaeldchen“?

A few years ago, I formed a dragon with modeling clay. Dragons live in mystical places and are surrounded by strange creatures and plants, in magical forests, where wishes come true. That, is how the name “Zauberwaeldchen“ was born.

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Artist of the Week – VeiveCura

September 8, 2014 by dessi ·

Interview with Davide Iacono, musician and founder of VeiveCura by Dessislava Berndt


veivecura by Chiara Incarbone
VeiveCura, Photo by Chiara Incarbone

Davide, how did you get into music?

I’ve been connected with music since I was in my mother’s womb. She was studying piano for her last exam before graduation.

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Open Doors. Open Minds.

July 8, 2014 by dessi ·

Today we would like to present to your attention the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Centre for Cultural Understanding in Dubai. Our questions were kindly answered by Mr. Nasif Kayed, Managing Director of the SMCCU.

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