Dir. Peter Vulchev. 24:44′


“A Monologue in the Intermission” is a documentary movie, a portrait of the prima ballerina Vessa Tonova. The movie is filmed for six hours only, during the play “Swan Lake” in Sofia Opera and Ballet in 2014. During this short time, filled with adrenaline and stress, Vessa Tonova makes the most sincere confession for her life. Her whole confession is filmed in her dressing room, during the intermission and between the scenes she doesn’t play in. There, in her lonely and cozy dressing room, immersed in memories and thoughts Vessa talks about herself, for what she has created and sacrificed, for her family and her fears that the end of her career is close. In her own words – “I cannot play this ballet forever”. In these very intimate moments, when she shares her life with us, it seems like the time in her dressing room has stopped. The stress of the hard play “Swan Lake” is left behind and for the first time, the lead is Vesa and her life, not the “swan”. After the filming, Vessa shared with the director Peter Vulchev, that her hardest and most powerful experience she had during a spectacle, was this – the filming of the documentary. One of her greatest fears was that she would fail on stage due to the fact that there are people filming for the whole time. On the contrary, Vessa shared that she has never felt so calm during a spectacle as if the camera was helping her overcome the stress of the play. During the play, Vesa is usually really tense and does not talk to anyone. Ballet is the art of youth. How to preserve your youth, to remain forever young and never stop dancing – this is Vessa’s greatest challenge.

Friday, September 4