Papers of BAS. Humanities and Social Sciences

Vol. 7, 2020, No. 2

 “Poor Bip is crying silently”:

The tears of the Bulgarian mim

Yanita Kirova

Abstract. The article discusses some of the main problems of Bulgarian pantomime against the background of its short historical development in Bulgaria - problems such as the need for an institution of silent art, socio-cultural situation in Bulgaria, reflected in this art, as well as lack of traditions and sufficiently prepared for this purpose professionals in modern pantomime to establish a representative and influential movement to promote it. The work of the Bulgarian mimes until the end of the 20th century left a deep trace in the development of theatrical art. After the political changes in the late 1980s and in the context of the complicated transition in Bulgarian society, the state of the Bulgarian pantomime began to change. Pantomime has become less present in theatrical life in Bulgaria as a standalone art. It has been modified and transferred to other more contemporary theatrical forms and has often been marginalized due to the introduction of new theatrical trends since the beginning of the 21st century.

Keywords: pantomime, the silent art, Bulgarian theatrical stage, Bulgarian pantomime, the period of Transition