A Mystery Rite for Spring
Libretto by Kamara Thomas
Music by Kamara Thomas & Matthew Whyte
Additional songs by Gabriel Berezin, Emily Denton & Suzan Hurtuk
LISTEN to selected songs from "Bulgaria" HERE:
In 2005 Kamara began developing BULGARIA, a dark musical fairy tale based on the myths of Persephone and the Eleusinian mystery rites of ancient Greece.
The story: Two suicidal women arrive in an alternate reality-- "Bulgaria". Populated by neurotics and ruled by mysterious bird-women, Bulgaria is a land of eternal winter. The heroines must undertake a journey into the unknown to search for the jewel that will bring Spring to the land.
A chorus of women comments on the adventure, dance-morphing into flocks of birds, a great tree, and The Minnesinger Sphoenix-- a fantastical being, part moth, beetle and butterfly. Great puppets and grand pictograms parade through the audience, entwining a modern ritual throughout the story.
BULGARIA is a theatre spectacle and community rite that celebrates the transition from Winter to Spring, coming soon to a performance landscape near you...