Unfolding ... hits the road!
Unfolding is gearing up for its national and international tour, which begins this fall with these performances:
September 3, 2016 @ 7pm (19:00h.) on the stage of the State Puppet Theatre - Plovdiv as part of the curated artistic program of the International Puppet Theatre Festival "Three Are Too Many, Two - Not Enough" in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, from September 2-6, 2016. The Festival's Facebook Event page can be found here.
September 16, 2016 @ 4pm (16:00h.) on the stage of the Capitol Puppet Theatre - Sofia at the 14 Gurko Str. Theatre, as part of the curated artistic program of the International Festival for Street and Puppet Theatre "Puppet Fair", Sofia, Bulgaria, September 16-23, 2016. The Festival's Facebook page can be found here.
October 12, 2016, an excerpt from Unfolding will be presented at Dixon Place in New York City, alongside an excerpt from Betsy Tobin's The Auspicious Adventures of an Improbable Princess.
is an international project in which a diverse group of artists have come together to create an inspiring puppet theatre production delving into the themes of women's wisdom and empowerment.
The show features hand-crafted puppets, live acting, unique design, and original (live) music.
The international creative team for Unfolding is comprised of Bulgarian-American director and project lead Margarita, Bulgarian scenographer Dimitar Dimitrov (with Petia Dimitrova), American performers Lucia Rich, Madison Coppola, Betsy Tobin, and Iranian-American composer and musician Amir Khosrowpour.
Unfolding was funded in part by the Henson Foundation, UConn School of Fine Arts Dean's grant, UConn Scholarship Facilitation Fund grant, and the Marks Family Endowment in Fine Arts.
This project is a recipient ofThe Henson Foundation Seed Grant (2014) and Project Grant (2015)
Images from Margarita's work in Bulgaria and the U.S. Click on individual images for a larger view.
Artist Statement: I work in the field of puppet and devised theatre as a director, performer and teacher. In my work I blend different forms, such as live acting, shadow theatre, puppets and objects, masks, movement, and live music to produce imaginative, aesthetically captivating, thought-provoking and deeply meaningful theatre experiences for the audience. As an artist I thrive through the creation of new and original work. In my artistic career I strive to contribute my knowledge, skills, and passion to the local, national and international theatre community, to collaborate with diverse artists, and to develop, create and produce artistic work that aspires for the highest standards.
Margarita Blush was born and grew up in Sofia, Bulgaria. In 1994 she received a BFA degree in Acting for Puppet Theatre from the Bulgarian National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts (NATFA) in Sofia. In Bulgaria she was a puppeteer with NATFA, touring in Europe and the U.S.
She was also a primary vocalist with AQUA, a Bulgarian vocal folk ensemble, which toured throughout Europe.
She moved to the U.S. in 1995, where she later became the Outreach Director for the Fort Wayne Dance Collective (FWDC) in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Margarita was also an instructor with FWDC in creative movement, modern dance, puppetry and mask making; and a performer and choreographer for the FWDC Touring Company.
Margarita returned to Bulgaria for two years (2004-2006) and obtained her MFA degree in Directing for Puppet and Alternative Theatre from NATFA, where she studied with Prof. Nikolina Georgieva, a world-renowned puppetry director.
Margarita moved to Boulder (Colorado) in 2006. From 2007-2009 she worked as the Theatre and Drama Specialist at Ricks Center, a school for gifted children on the University of Denver campus. In 2007 Margarita was selected as an Associate Member of the Rocky Mountain Women's Institute.
In 2008 Margarita directed River Story, a puppet theatre performance based on a Bulgarian folk tale. The show was performed successfully in theatres, libraries, and schools throughout the Colorado Front Range. River Story won the Encore award at the 2009 Boulder International Fringe Festival.
In Boulder Margarita collaborated with puppet theatre artist Betsy Tobin and her Now Or Never Theatre from 2006 to 2013.
In 2011 Margarita created The Crane Wife, a puppet theatre performance based on the Japanese folk tale of the same name. The show was performed with great success throughout Boulder, and won the Boulder International Fringe Festival Encore Award in September, 2013.
In August, 2013, Margarita became a Professor in Directing and Performance in the Puppet Arts at the Puppet Arts Program at University of Connecticut and currently lives and creates in Storrs, Mansfield, CT.
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