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Hopa Tropa Kukerica
An Authentic Celebration of Bulgarian Culture at the Masonic Theater located in Old Town Alexandria on April 1, 2012
(Photo by Valentin Radev)
Under the patronage of the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria, Ambassador Theater celebrates the rich traditions of Bulgaria with the second installment of an interactive show that will delight both children and adults â€“ Hopa Tropa Kukerica! A whirling masquerade of puppetry, folk objects, song, dance, and food to bring out the fun loving fool in all of us!
In renowned Bulgarian director Lilia Slavovaâ€™s original, improvisational exhibition of Bulgarian culture, ordinary objects come to life with the touch of an imaginative family. As they dance through the world of the Kukeri, the audience can sing along and join the fun, in Bulgarian and English! With music arranged by Bulgarian musician and composer Petko Kolev and choreography by well known Bulgarian dancer and choreographer, Ivan Dimitrov, set design by Bulgarian artist Antonio Petrov and puppets by Master Puppeteer Julia Tasheva.
What began as an idea to continue with Ambassador Theater’s mission Â to highlight international cultures and bring them to the DC area, has Â expanded into a multi-act production featuring the added talents Â ofÂ Orfeia, Svitanya, and the St. Kliment Okhridski Bulgarian Â School. Under the direction of its founder, internationally renowned Â singer Tatiana Sarbinska, Orfeia has earned its reputation as a top Â vocal ensemble and preserver of Eastern European musical Â traditions. With compositions that range in age from
(Photo byÂ Edwin Remsberg)
brand new to generations of song, Svitanya brings unending enthusiasm to every Â performance. After enjoying this artistic feast, everyone will be Â invited to the dining area of the Masonic theater to sample
traditionalÂ foods provided by the Bulgarian Community Center. Finally, anyone who is not weighed down by food will have the chance to take a workshop with the staff and cast of Hopa Tropa Kukerica to learn some of the traditional puppetryÂ skills and dances from the show!
The Masonic Theater at the George Washington Masonic Memorial in Old Town, Alexandria VA
101 Callahan Drive Alexandria, VA 22301
Events of April 1st, in thanks to the patronage of the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria:
11:30 AM and 2:00 PM â€“ Hopa Tropa Kukerica
12:30 PM and 3:00 PM â€“ Playing with Kukerica, a workshop for all ages
Photo credit:Â Joyce Billie
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