Odysseus at the National Theatre on 4 February 2020
"European Odyssey 2019. The Travelling Man" is a three-year multi-genre theatre project by the N. O. Masalitinov Drama Theatre - Plovdiv. It aims at creating a large-scale show based on Homer’s work that will give theatre people from various countries an opportunity to explore the myth in its contemporary dimensions - creating an epic, modern and visually compelling spectacle.
Odysseus at the Ivan Vazov National Theatre on 4 February 2020
Text: Alexander Sekulov. Director: Diana Dobreva. Set design: Mira Kalanova. The National Theatre of Greece will contribute to the show. There will be special guest appearances of Yannis Pantazis, a Greek musician who crafts and plays instruments from antiquity, and the Greek composer and theatre director Theo Abazis (Deputy Artistic Director of Greek National Theater). Tickets - HERE.
Konstantin Elenkov (Odysseus), Stilian Zhelyazkov, Dobrin Dosev, Aleksey Kozhuharov, Ivaylo Hristov, Simeon Aleksiev, Ivana Papazova, Elena Kabasakalova, Margarita Gosheva, Todor Darlyanov, Radina Dumanyan, Troyan Gogov, Deyan Georgiev, Petar Dochev, Vasilena Vinchenzo, Kaloyan Trifonov, Dimitar Banchev, Venelin Metodiev, Georgi Bogdanov, Rumen Draganov, Maria Sotirova, Boryana Bratoeva, Patrizia Pandeva, Slavena Zaykova, Bilyana Georgieva, Adelina Zhelyazkova, Nadezhda Koleva, Yoana Kircheva, Tanya Stones, Plamena Bozhilova, Krasimir Vasilev, Stiliyan Stoyanov, Georgi Sirkatov, Atanas Apostolov, Valeri Georgiev, Pavel Sapundzhiev.
In the performance, there are verses by the Greek poets Constantine P. Cavafy, Giorgos Seferis, and the Bulgarian poet Hristo Smirnenski.
The Odyssey is an immortal poem about man’s journey towards light, about the vicissitudes and tests of the spirit, about the finding of life’s meaning and its stoical acceptance as a gifted journey amid longings and illusions and through hopes and the stages of life. The Odyssey is also about return - the moment when man is alone and naked under the sky just as he was in the hour of his birth; it is also the moment when his other, eternal journey begins through the seas and islands of recurring time.