“Monday morning to Tuesday afternoon is not so scary sometimes. Successful organization could lead to some new achievements or some sense of peace and happiness.”
For the creation of How Fast Life Flies from January to December the choreographer Galina Borissova was inspired by Virginia Woolf, one of the most significant authors of Modernist Literature, who, between the two World Wars, asked:
“What is the meaning of life? That was all—a simple question; one that tended to close in on one with years. The great revelation had never come. The great revelation perhaps never did come. Instead there were little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark.” (Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse)
In the intimate space of her performance, Galina Borissova welcomes her guests (the audience) and accommodates them among the different daily objects on the stage, which include cozy chairs, beautiful tables and antique lamps. But is a change possible in this comfort? Is it possible for eyes to rise, faces to animate and the rearrangement of the furniture to result in “new achievements” or to bring a sense of tranquility or even happiness? It seems like it is, and the performance illustrates that it is likely even necessary for life to have meaning. In How Fast Life Flies from January to December restraint holds us back until resistance weakens, allowing new facts and interests to break through to the surface, flooding us with anxieties and longings. In the piece, instead of presentation, there is preparation and anticipation. A glimpse into the little joys of the daily game of finding meaning.
Galina Borissova is a dancer and choreographer, renowned for her emblematic solos like Juanita Hildegard Bo, I Dance Maria Callas, anti-GONE-It’s me. In recent years, her interest in literature and authors such as Tolstoy, Chekhov, Proust and Anouilh, have resulted in the creation of several performances, in which the precise composition and attentiveness to detail and the employment of a sense of humor triumph together with the challenges posed towards performers and audiences. Galina Borissova She has created more than 40 choreographies, which have been presented throughout Europe and the USA. She is also the author of the book Dance Notions and Artistic Preferences and has been invited as a visiting-lecturer at academic institutions like New Bulgarian University (1998-2011), Norderlingen Schoool, Groningen, Holland (2004), Duncan Center, Prague (1999), National Academy for Film and Theatre Arts in Sofia (2003) and others. She received first prize for her performance A Never Ending Story in Groningen/Holland at the International Competition for Choreographers and won the golden medal for the solo Juanita Hildegard Bo at the Belgrade Dance Festival in 2006. She has been nominated for the Bulgarian National ICARUS Award twice. She is also an active blogger.
The project was realized in partnership with Etud Gallery, and with the financial support of The Ministry of Culture of The Republic of Bulgaria.