Singapore Arts Festival 2003 Presents Two Worlds (Bulgaria)

 

Two Worlds (Bulgaria)

 

 Date: 31 May - 2 June 
 Time: 8 pm 
 Venue: Kallang Theatre 
 Tickets: $42, $32, $22, $16 
 Duration: 65 minutes (without intermission) 

 

Sponsored by OCBC Bank

 

“Choreographer Neshka Robeva takes you to the edge with her stunning blend of the athletic pace of rhythmic gymnastics and the pageantry and spectacle of traditional dance.” ~ Kalina Stefanova

 

“…a serious stab at popular entertainment with a difference....” ~ The New York Times

 

The Singapore Arts Festival 2003 presents the Asian premiere of Two Worlds, a dance theatre performance created by the legendary Bulgarian national rhythmic gymnastics coach Neshka Robeva. Presented as the Festival’s family entertainment show, the acclaimed Bulgarian production will enthrall its audiences from 31 May to 2 June.

 

Two Worlds, first premiered in Bulgaria in 2000, is a spectacle built upon the synthesis of Bulgarian and Balkan folklore with the elements of rhythmic gymnastics. Folk rites, songs, dances and expressions, a cultural inheritance that has accumulated for centuries, provide the inspiration to the creators of this production. As the artistic director and choreographer of the show, Neshka Robeva skillfully integrates the expressiveness of folk dances with the Bulgarian school of rhythmic gymnastics.

 

Two Worlds juxtaposes a realm that’s surreal and shrouded with mystery, against another that’s turbulent and aggressive.  Picture a discotheque, where youngsters loose their inhibitions and begin mocking the figure of a dragon.  A loud clap of thunder, the lights go off and the dragon comes to life, taking with him Yana, a young girl and Momchil, her admirer, to a world of wood nymphs in colorful garlands.  In order to escape from the dragon’s domain, Yana and Momchil need to overcome the obstacles in their way. In the course of this tumultuous trip, Yana becomes increasing drawn to the gallantry of the Dragon and finds herself pulling away from Momchil.  Yana has to make a choice. 


Travelling between the two worlds of material life and spirituality, medal-winning gymnasts of the famed Bulgarian rhythmic gymnastics team and folk dancers meld their supreme mastery of ropes, ribbons, clubs and balls, along with traditional dance steps, to bring an old Thracian folk legend to life.

 

Please refer to attached annexes for more information:

  • Annex 1 – Profile of Neshka Robeva 
  • Annex 2 – Cast and Credit List