Welcome to the first post on my blog 🙂 If you’ve read my “About Me” page you already know that I’ve been part of a theatre group for five years, since my first year of university. This has since played an enormous part in my life, turning it upside down and giving me more than I’ll probably ever realize. This is why I want to dedicate this category to the Alma Alter Theatre Laboratory – a theatre like no other. Here you will find interesting topics about alternative theatre and art in general.
Who is the Alma Alter Theatre Laboratory?
The Alma Alter Theatre Laboratory is located in Sofia, Bulgaria, in the main building of Sofia University. What makes Alma Alter stand out from the rest, is its alternative approach to the whole theatre process (i.e. its structure, performances, rehearsals, audience, actors, etc.) This is the place in Bulgaria where alternative theatre lives.
The beginning of Alma Alter dates back to 1968, only to be shut down a few years later due to ideology considerations. Then in 2000, the director (and founder) Nikolay Georgiev, who has always been in the avant-garde of Bulgarian experimental theatre, reestablished the theatre once again.
What makes Alma Alter unique?
Alma Alter is syncretic, creative, strongly unconventional, open and daring. It is also known as the alive theatre. Why? Because it never stops exploring new means of acting and theatre expressions. It’s constantly changing. You won’t see the same performance ever again. It might follow the same structure, but the action will always be different. That is a result from one of the main principles that Alma Alter follows: “The happening – here, now, with these people”. The art of Alma Alter is highly interactive, turning the audience into active participants in all performances.
The philosophy and the methodology of Alma Alter are based on the aesthetics of the Bulgarian theatre reformer Geo Milev and are closest to the Grotowski’s “Poor Theatre” principles.
Alma Alter is the place where theatre isn’t produced, but born; the place where things happen.
What’s really essential in the way Alma Alter functions is that its actors don’t get paid. They’re there only because they want to be.
Even though it’s located in Bulgaria, Alma Alter Theatre Laboratory can easily be accessed from everywhere around the globe. It is a guest at many international festivals not only in Europe but in other parts of the world as well. On this blog you can find updates on their next international visit. Don’t miss your chance to witness a performance of this theatre group, as it will surely leave a strong memory of an exciting experience.
Why you should visit Alma Alter?
People usually go to theatre performances when they’re interested in a certain play being performed or when they just feel like they should get in touch with some kind of art. However, there are numerous reasons why you would visit an Alma Alter performance. Here’re a few of them:
- Searching for inspiration. Alma Alter performances are charged with strong energy emanating from the devotion and enthusiasm of the group. As I said before, none of the performers are there for money, so you will see only their pure desire to make this performance worth your time.
- When you don’t feel very well and need a distraction. With all of their energy and combination of movement, sound and color, you will surely get it and there’s a great chance to forget that something’s bothering you at all 🙂
- When you want to meet friendly people. In Alma Alter you have direct contact with the whole crew (actors, director, choreographer, etc.) Any one of them will gladly communicate with you before or after the performance. And sometimes maybe even during one, but that depends on the case.
- When you’re out of money. No, I’m not joking. Alma Alter performances are free for absolutely everyone. No fees, no tickets, you only need to show up. Following the principle that their work is always in progress, they might put a comma on your left hand at the entrance, as a means of a pass. And of course, it’s washable 😉
- When you want to see something different. Even if you’re not sure exactly what. You wouldn’t be disappointed.
Being part of Alma Alter has motivated me to build Creation is Motivation. I’ll always search for ways of expressing myself in one way or another and if I can’t do it on stage anymore, why not try to do it in real life through this blog? J
If you want to get a step closer to Alma Alter Theatre Laboratory, you can visit their webpage: www.almaalter.com and follow them on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/almaalter
Have you witnessed some of Alma Alter’s work? Would you like to see them perform on a festival in your country? Let me know in the comments below.