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La Bayadère: A Fascinating Experience

La Bayadère, a masterpiece by Marius Petipa in the rendition of Vesa Tonova, Sofia Opera House’s prima ballerina, was brought to life onstage in Burgas.
Marius Petipa was the first to choreograph the ballet La Bayadère to a score by Ludwig Minkus (librettists: Sergei Khudekov, Marius Petipa), which had its premiere in St Petersburg, in 1877. The story, which is given an ancient Indian flavour

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Nostalgia for the Sea

An exhibition of photographs, An Account of Nessebar, by architect Nikolay Popov (1914–1973) opened on 4 June 2018, ay Synthesis Gallery. Taken in 1957–1965, the black & white pictures take us back to the long gone days of the mid-twentieth century. On display are seventy photos, copied by the author himself, using the classical gelatin silver print technique, courtesy of his son, Boyan Popov. In his article on the show, …

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On Sofia stage after more than a decade

Young cellist Michael Petrov with New Symphony Orchestra in Bulgaria Hall
The opening 2018 concert given by the New Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Petko Dimitrov on 24 February 2018, drew into Bulgaria Hall both admirers of the Orchestra and professionals, lured into coming by rarely performed or even Bulgarian premieres of some of the pieces on the programme. The event was dedicated to the Bulgarian Presidency …

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A Fairy at the Russian Centre of Culture and Information, Sofia

Bulgarian legends have it that the kingdom of fairies (samodivas) is a mythical land far, far away where the sky and ground merge into one. They would come here on 25 March (the Feast of Annunciation) and leave on 29 August (the feast day of John the Baptist). They may fall in love with a lad or lure a shepherded into playing to them. The next morning, the grass where they have danced barefoot is left charred and the shepherd boy has gone insane after what he has seen. One can catch and keep. …

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