“Audience Blending by Arts” (ABBA) is a European project which aims to explore new ways of producing inclusive arts, for inclusive audiences. Through the creation of Sign and Sound Theatre, the project partners worked on bringing the deaf and hearing community together through inclusive bilingual theatre. After two years and 5 performances of the bilingual theatre play “Kukonor” in 5 countries, the project partners will share this experiment with all those interested in the artistic field and this unique theatre method.
With representatives from the European institutions working in the field of arts, culture and disability the conference will open with a policy debate on arts and inclusion. The ABBA project partners will then present the results of the project and discuss with all participants how this bilingual theatre method can be further developed. Is innovative bilingual theatre a method to combine audiences? How can we spread this theatre technique throughout Europe and European festivals?
Join us on the 4th October 2019 as we share ideas and experiences and answer these questions.
Participation in this conference is free of charge.
Theatre «Tsvete» Presents:
An innovative bilingual performance
Based on the play «Kukunor and Uniku» by Eero Enqvist
Created in partnership with Theatre «MIME-ART»
Adapted and directed by: Vasil Spasov
Set designer – Boyana Bachvarova
Consultant: Maria Atanasova
Performed by: Rositsa Karadjova, Violina Vasileva-Aleksandrova, Nuri Yasharov and Todor Yankulov
Situated at the borderlands of two enemy countries, two soldiers will discover the Human on the other side of the fence. Despite all the external limitations – physical, psychological and emotional, the road to the Other is always worth travelling….
This innovative bilingual performance brings together on the same stage actors with and without hearing impairment, as well as an audience with and without hearing loss in the same hall. Each character is depicted by a pair of actors, who combine in a unique way two Bulgarian languages – spoken and sign.
The performance is created as part of the project “Sign & Sound Theatre Еurope”, co-financed by the European comission under the program Creative Europe. Other premiers of the same play are being prepared by our colleagues in Belgium, UK, Portugal and Croatia.