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Sofia Theatre Stages Peer Gynt in Oslo
Sofia Theatre Stages Peer Gynt in Oslo
Iriney Konstantinov as Peer Gynt in a rendition of Sofia Theatre, Oslo, September 6, 2023 (BTA Photo)

Sofia Theatre staged Peer Gynt in Oslo on Wednesday. Actor and director of Sofia Theatre Iriney Konstantinov told BTA: "It felt as if we were performing this play for the first time - a new environment, a new place, in very close contact with the audience, a new inner transformation of each of us".

Konstantinov described the evening as powerful and emotionally charged, as he felt the connection between the actors and the audience. Konstantinov and Alexander Tonev were cast as Peer Gynt in Henrik Ibsen's play of the same name.


Konstantinov shared that the audience was delighted to watch Bulgarian theatre for the first time in Oslo. He added: "Ambassador Dessislava Ivanova came on stage with tears in her eyes and said she was grateful to have her new term start with performance by Sofia Theatre".

Konstantinov spoke about Peer Gynt being a sensitive subject for the local people. The director of Sofia Theatre said: "This national hero is a symbol of Norwegian survival, going through all kinds of obstacles, going through the world".

Half of the auditorium was comprised of Norwegian guests, while the other half consisted of members of the Bulgarian diaspora in Norway. "We received a lot of praise, a lot of flowers, a lot of emotions. The worries we felt at the beginning while arranging the performance, it was worth it" Konstantinov said.

BTA is a media partner of the event.

The project

Peer Gynt was made possible under the Peer Gynt Travels project and a grant agreement under the RA14 Cultural Entrepreneurship, Heritage and Cooperation programme, funded by the EEA Financial Mechanism 2014-2021, the Norwegian Financial Mechanism.

Katya Petrova directed the play. The cast included Alexander Tonev, Iriney Konstantinov, Eleonora Ivanova, Joanna-Izabella Varbanova, Lora Mutisheva, Mihail Milchev, Nevena Kaludova, Neda Spasova, Nikolay Varbanov, Nikolay Dimitrov, Plamen Manassiev, Yulian Rachkov. Set design and costumes by Boris Dalchev and Mihaela Dobreva, music by Hristo Yotsov, choreography by Anna Pampulova.







By 00:18 on 05.03.2024 Today`s news

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