Theatre performances via laptop from home

From 17 until 24 October, the independent theatre festival ACT will hold its tenth edition. As one of the most loyal and reliable partners of the festival, the Goethe Institut is presenting its traditionally diverse programme of German content at this year's event.

The German programme will put the emphasis on experimentation and broadening theatre horizons beyond the traditional scene. German collective Machina Ex, whose trademark are innovative shows and installations that blur the line between performance and computer games, will visit Bulgaria for the first time.

At the invitation of Goethe Institut and ACT and in cooperation with Sofia Game Night, Machina Ex will present their latest work - the online project Homecoming, which reflects the reality created by the ongoing pandemic and which can be performed entirely via smartphone or laptop from the comfort of the actors' homes. This will be the show's debut outside of Germany. With its unorthodox, interactive and inclusive format, Homecoming will present a novelty for the Bulgarian theatre audiences, who have never been a part of this kind of performance adventure.

The show will be played twice on 24 October - at 1pm and 9pm - and is featured on the official programme of both festivals, ACT and Sofia Game Night. Even though the show is exclusively performed online, there will be two opportunities to meet with Machina Ex. The first one is scheduled for 23 October thanks to the workshop Theatre French Kissing Video Games, where Lasse Marburg and Yves Regenass from the collective will share their experience and techniques. The following day, on 24 October, they will participate in a public discussion to be streamed live on Facebook and moderated by Desislava Popova.

The German programme of ACT does not end there. A specialised workshop will be given by dancer Michal Mualem on 17 and 18 October. The participants will have two meetings to gain a deeper understanding of legendary choreographer Sasha Waltz's work and techniques through the prism of Mualem, who has been part of her dance company since 2001.

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