Aleksander Morfov

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Out of the Theatre Box

Alexander Morfov is easily the most recognisable name in contemporary Bulgarian theatre. In short, his performances are extraordinary, sold out and have earned him dozens of awards.
The beginning of Morfov´s theatre career was accomodated in various theatres around Bulgaria. However, most spectators first met with his work on the big stage of the Bulgarian National Theatre. The latter being a grand space, Morfov took good advantage of it - with large scale, spectacular, vibrant performances.
While Shakespeare´s plays are indesputably sharp, Morfov´s stagings on Midsummer Night´s Dream and The Tempest were memorably hilarious. The original of these and other classic works would bear quite a makeover, with considerable rewrite and present-day references. The theatrical performance would often cross over to opera, acrobatics or some other discipline. Yet a fine fabric of intimacy and reflection would run through the contemporary attractiveness. All these features came together in a captivating composition, which kept audiences, and ever more so young ones, coming.
Morfov´s performances still appear at the Bulgarian National Theatre, the most recent of them being Don Juan (premiere in 2006) and Exiles (premiere in 2004 to mark the 100th anniversary of the theatre). In addition, lately Morfov doubles as a favorite of Russian theatre audiences in St. Petersburg and Moscow. His production Eclipse (2006), based on Ken Kesey´s "One Flew Over the Cuckoo´s Nest" was highly acclaimed by critics. Its most praised quality was the spot on casting of Russian actor Alexander Abdulov, which ensured a performance of McMurphy´s character comparable to that of Jack Nicholson in Milos Forman´s movie.
Apart from working on "high" stages as these, Morfov has a flair for unconventional spaces. He created The Wedding/The Funeral, part of a site-specific event Intercult, Stockholm produced in collaboration with Stockholm - Cultural Capital of Europe 1998. The performance took place outside and inside the building of the Old State Archive in Stockholm.
In 2006, Morfov re-connected to Intercult with an engagement to direct a site-specific flagship production for the project Black/North SEAS. The production will involve artists and partners from international backround and will be presented in 2008-2009 in cities along the Black Sea and the North Sea.
Author: Yuliana Yankova

Bio

Alexander Morfov was born in 1960 in Yambol, Bulgaria. He graduated Puppet Theatre Directing and Cinema Directing at the National Academy of Film and Theatre Studies in Bulgaria. He has staged a number of performances at the National Theatre of Bulgaria, and has also been engaged as its Artistic Director. Morfov has appeared as an actor in several films, and did his debut as film director in 2001.
Morfov has also been active in the theatre field in Russia, working as main theatre director at State Vera Komissarzhevskaya Theatre in St. Petersburg, as well as at theatres Et-Cetera and Lenkom in Moscow.

Works

Eclipse

Production / Performance,
2006
Based on "One Flew over the Cuckoo´s Nest" by Ken Kesey. Production of Lenkom Theatre, Moscow.

Don Juan

Production / Performance,
2006
Directed by Alexander Morfov. Production of the National Theatre of Bulgaria.

Baal

Production / Performance,
2005
Rock performance in two parts, based on a play by Bertold Brecht. Production of the State Vera Komissarzhevskaya Theatre in St. Petersburg. Directed by Alexander Morfov.

Exiles

Production / Performance,
2004
Based on a Bulgarian classic book by Ivan Vazov. Directed by A. Morfov. Production of the National Theatre of Bulgaria.

Don Juan

Production / Performance,
2004
Based on text by J.B. Molier. Directed by Alexander Morfov. Production of State Vera Komissarzhevskaya Theatre, St. Petersburg.

Luciette Gauthier, or Shoot Now!

Production / Performance,
2003
Based on text by Georges Feydeau. Directed by Alexander Morfov. Production of Theatre Et-Cetera, Moscow.

Ubu Roi

Production / Performance,
2001
Tragicomic fars, based on the play by Alfred Jarry. Directed by Alexander Morfov. Production of Et-Cetera Theatre, Moscow.

Blueberry Hill

Film / TV,
2001
Written and directed by Alexander Morfov.

Blood and Passion after Bocaccio

Production / Performance,
2000
Directed by Alexander Morfov. Production of the Bulgarian National Theatre.

The Tempest

Production / Performance,
1998
Based on the play by W. Shakespeare. Directed by A. Morfov. Production of the State Vera Komissarzhevskaya Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Landscape X: Euralien (The Wedding/The Funeral)

Production / Performance,
1998
Directed by Alexander Morfov. Production of Intercult, Stockholm. Text by Goran Stefanovski (Macedonia-UK).

The Lower Depths

Production / Performance,
1997
Based on text by Maxim Gorky. Directed by A. Morfov. Produced by the National Theatre of Bulgaria.

The Tempest

Production / Performance,
1996
Based on the play by W. Shakespeare. DIrected by A. Morfov. Production of the National Theatre of Bulgaria.

A Midsummer Night´s Dream

Production / Performance,
1995
Directed by A. Morfov. Production of the National Theatre in Bulgaria.

Enchanted night

Production / Performance,
1994
Directed by A. Morfov. After S. Beckett. Production of the National Theatre of Bulgaria.

Don Quixote

Production / Performance,
1994
Directed by Alexander Morfov. Production of the National Theatre of Bulgaria.

Merits

"Highlight of the Season" Award for the six Best Performances on the Moscow Theatre Scene, for "Eclipse", 2007
"Turandot" Award for foreign director with contribution to the Russian theatre art.
Bulgarian National Askeer Award for best performance and best directing for "Don Qioxote", 1994
Bulgarian Critics Award for "Don Quixote", 1994
Bulgarian National Askeer Award for best performance and directing for "The Lower Depths", 1997
Bulgarian Actors´ Guild Award for "The Lower Depths", 1997
IKAR award for directing "Hyshove"
Golden Chest Award for film directing debut with Blueberry Hill, 2001
Golden Mask Award for The Tempest, produced by State Vera Komissarzhevskaya Theatre, St. Petersburg, 1998
...an many others.

Projects

This artist took part in the following project(s) organized/funded by the culturebase.net partner institutions.

Black/North SEAS

The SEAS Platform 2008-2010

(02 December 05 - 31 December 10)

Landscape X

(01 May 98 - 31 December 98)
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