In times of hardships, changes and ordeals there is no stronger building power for a nation than turning back towards its roots, towards the great moments of its history, towards its authentic traditions, ethnography and folklore. That was the truth perceived in the creation of the first private professional ensemble for folk dances "BULGARE".
The idea to create a grand folklore performance, displaying in seven music and dance acts the typical music, songs, dances and mentality of the Bulgarians from the seven ethnographic regions: the Rhodopi Mountain, Macedonia, Shopluka, North Bulgaria, Dobrudzha, Strandzha and Thracia.
On October 1, 2002 we established the Bulgare Ensemble. Now there are 25 men and 25 women, all of them professional dancers, and soloist is Albena Veskova - who was at that time soloist of the Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices.
This is the largest private folk ensemble in Europe.
In 2003 we created Bulgaria's first grand folklore project - the dance spectacle "THIS IS BULGARIA". In 7 musical and dancing scenes the foreigner narrator reveals the richness and beauty of the music, songs and dances of Bulgaria's 7 ethnographic areas: The Rodophi Mountains, Macedonia, Shopluka, Northern Bulgaria, Dobrudzha, Strandzha and the Thrace.
On June 6, 2006, at Hall 1 of the National Palace of Culture (NDK), the Bulgare Ensemble, presented the show "BULGARIA THROUGH THE CENTURIES". The second large-scale project of the folk group reverberated through the entire Bulgarian public with its spectacular effect and dramatic impact. No one had expected the Bulgare Ensemble to be so different. Whereas in "This is Bulgaria" there was predominantly dancing, in this show the performers proved to be excellent actors, acrobats, stuntmen and fighters.
The show presents a journey through the history of Bulgaria, starting with the age of Khan Kubrat (632) and reaching the 20th Century. The guides through this odyssey in time are two professional actors - Emil Markov in the part of Khan Kubrat and Dimitar Selenski in the part of the Christian prophet Virgil. There are scenes with Khan Asparuh, St. Cyril and St. Methodius, Tsar Ivan Assen II, Gen. Gurko, and other personalities that have left a permanent imprint in the history of Bulgaria and the whole world.
The most dramatic moments are associated with the fall under Turkish rule. The spectator shall long remember the image of Kocho, as described in the eponymous work of Vazov. The music resembled film music rather than folklore. It was written this time by Prof. Milcho Vassilev. The choreography of the Cossack dance was done by Vyacheslav Kirilov. Each performer in the ensemble has contributed something to it. This is collective art. They only needed guidance to create this … masterpiece.
On May 15, 2007 “Bulgare” showed the third show- "ALBENA". If you think that the shows This is Bulgaria and Bulgaria through the Centuries are very different from one another, then, by all means, you must see the third show of the Bulgare Ensemble- ALBENA - which will surely astound you. We never do things we have done before, because there is no way we can do them better. The new show continues this tradition. It reveals the beauty and strength of the Bulgarian folk song. The song, that has preserved the Bulgarian spirit through the centuries, that made our country famous worldwide, that was even sent in the outer space. The unique show reveals the full range of the talent of the soloist, Albena Veskova, both as singer, and as actress and author of songs. In the course of one hour and forty minutes she sings 15 folk songs and compositions from the Rodopi Mountains, Dobrudzha, Thracia, and Macedonia. The arrangement and music of Ivan Kirishev mark a new age in Bulgarian musical folklore. The Bulgare Ensemble once again reveals the beauty of the Bulgarian folk dances in a new original way - with many effects and innovative directing. The most outstanding dances are: the women's Varna dance and the three-fold horo (ring dance) which shows the universality of the men's dancing skills.
The jewel in the show is the "dancing contest" of the best dancers in Bulgaria. The winner is selected by the applause of the spectators. Besides dancers, horses appear on the stage, as well as stuntmen and mountain-climbers. Most striking of all, however, is the appearance of the ballet prima of the National Opera, Vessa Tonova, and her partners Trifon Mitev and Ivelina Nikolova.
The glamour of the show is achieved by, among other things, the craftsmanship of the authentic Bulgarian costumes.
THE UNIQUE VOICES
Some call them the “three tenors”, other expressed their admiration and adorned them with the appellation “the next Bulgarian Mystery”, yet others are simply enjoying the beauty of their performance. One way or another they are a phenomenon on the Bulgarian stage. Because though there have been numerous attempts to twist classical music into something more commercial and appealing, and to convey modern sound to folk and orthodox church music, there have been many lucky strikes but also quite a bit of failures.
The Bulgare Ensemble has an extraordinary success in the country and aboard - Japan, Israel, Luxemburg, Austria, Hungary, Belgium, Greece, Romania, Macedonia, France, Canada etc. Even on Broadway - New York, USA. More than 1500 concerts in 21 countries.
Today, 13 years later, the Bulgare Ensemble's concerts exceed 100 per annum and every one of them turns into an unforgettable folk experience for everyone who attends them.
The Vice-President of Republic Bulgaria, Gen.Major Angel Marin, says:
"It is not quite true that Bulgaria lacks a national doctrine. The Bulgare Ensemble have created it!”, after watching the "Bulgaria through the Centuries" show.
Born on 07.10.1969 in Varna (Bulgaria), but lived and studied in Shumen. From a small he liked the folk music - at home always sounded folk music. His father was an extraordinary musician who can play several instruments. His grandparents were also singers and musicians, even non-professionals.
Even as a student, he wanted to make a spectacle in which there are a storyline, acting, humor and drama. He knew his name - "This is Bulgaria". In 1999 began to realize this vision. For a year Hristo Dimitrow created the first picture to the same performance - Rodopi. In the coming years and he created the other pictures but is facing a dilemma - who to play this show. Must be the best dancers ... So in 2002 set up a national folk ensemble "Bulgare". In 2003, the 3-th April, was the premiere of the first spectacle – “This is Bulgaria”.
In 2006 was the next premiere – the second performance of Hristo Dimitrov – “Bulgaria through the centuries”. Historic dance performance representing the history of Bulgaria in dances.
In 2007 is realized his next show - "Albena". This performance shows the beauty and power of the Bulgarian folk song.
In 2008 was the premiere of the performance of another work by Hristo Dimitrov. Performance of the vocal trio The Unique Voices featuring Ensemble Bulgare.