photo credit: private archive
authors: Alexandra Terziyska & Iliyana Braykova
How is Doni from Bulgarian Army Theater different from the singer Doni?
The theater is a collective art and to this day it helps me a lot to manage my ego. In theater you’re not the most important person, but merely a part of a whole.
What is “Sex, drugs and rock’n’roll” for you and whom do you play?
The performance is the longest professional project of my life. Its structure is not typical for a play and in this sense I play many different characters. In fact, Koceto-Kalki and I play supporting characters and are mostly musicians in the show.
You tour both with “Sex, drugs and rock’n’roll” and the band "The Foundation". Do you even know where you are when you wake up and what performance is happening in the evening?
I get confused sometimes. Once I asked the others from The Foundation: “What time is it in Sofia? I want to call my wife Neti.” I had forgotten for a minute that we were in Rousse.
At this moment you are on a European tour which will bring you to Berlin and Hamburg in March. What’s the response from the performances so far?
Full theaters and many new friendships, as well as people whom we hadn’t met in 25 years.
What are your expectations for the theater evenings in Germany?
We like being in Germany. Especially, we like Berlin and Hamburg. We’re expecting the best.
photo credit: Mintcho Araktchiev
How are you, Ivaylo Hristov and Kalki managing to perform for 27 years and not kill one another backstage? What is your secret for a long life on stage together?
We built up a culture in our relationship which excludes fights.
After all these years, is there still a line or a moment in the play which is a stumbling block which inevitably waits to be messed up.
The only stumbling block is whenever we forget to get on stage at the right moment. This has happened to me and Koceto-Kalki a couple of times already. Of course, this way great improvisations occur by necessity.
What keeps the fire of the play so strong 25 years later?
Our passion for the work and the fact that we feel strong together.
In Germany Hamburg is often called “The door to the world” because of the importance of the harbour for the whole country. Which is your door to the world?
If I have to reply literally, with my way of living, every day the door is different.
Which is the band for which you would leave everything behind and would go to the other side of the world right now to watch it live?
The Beatles, but I haven’t got a chance.
Which is the most mental thing that has happened to you abroad?
I got arrested by maoist partisans in the Himalayas.