Irmena Chichikova is a Bulgarian freelance actress born in Plovdiv in 1984. She has graduated from the French Language School and the National Academy of Theater and Film Arts. She works in theater, cinema and television, as well as a model. She has participated in numerous performances in theaters in Bulgaria and is part of the team of Sfumato Theatrical Workshop, Sofia. In the past few years she has leading roles in several feature films, among which are “I Am You” by Petar Popzlattev and “Victoria” by Maya Vitkova. Both films have been highly praised at many international forums and festivals, as well as selected at Sundance and Rotterdam, and screened at the Shanghai Film Festival and at European Film Days in Tokyo, where “I Am You” was presented in 2014. The last feature film in which she participated, “Touch Me Not” by Adina Pintilie won the Golden Bear Award and Best Debut Feature Film at the 68th Berlinale Film Festival in 2018.

1. RADAR Festival Beyond Music has the primary goal to present musical projects dealing with a wide spectrum of artistic forms. When did you become aware of the limitedness of your own artistic form, or, to put it in other words, when did your radar detect the need for multidisciplinary expression?

Desire for creating for me has never faced any control or limits. It finds the right time and the paths for expression on its own.

2. Which three words describe the motivation behind your project?

Provocation, exploration, pleasure.

3. To what extent would you say your artistic devotion is inevitable?

To the extent I define it as part of my life.

4. If you could create a project in another artistic field or form, what would it be?

I would draw.

5. 2019 is your personal year for…?

Self-knowledge, communication and patience.

6. When is music beyond?

When I feel it from the innermost self.

7. Which is your personal radar?

Dreams. Friends. Intuition.

8. The format of RADAR Festival Beyond Music takes into consideration the artistic potential of new technologies and their supplementary functions. What is the significance of technologies in your own work?

Enough.

9. Often, the resident projects at our festival are acts of spontaneity or dependent on variables – and that makes them resistant to reenactment or repetition in the same way. In a sense, these projects remain here and now. What is your reflection upon the here? And upon the now?

The here and now always lead towards there, somewhere, someday. I do love imagining them. However, I put effort into being present here and now, true to this “here”, and fully engaged in it, avoiding the rush for “there”.

10. What can we expect from you in Varna?

Something we will experience together.


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