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Diana Dobreva
Theatre Director and Actress

Caligula

"Ivan Vazov" National Theatre (Sofia, Bulgaria)

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More than 2,000 years have passed since the death of Gaius Caesar Germanicus, better known as Caligula, and still his image of a cruel, unusual and tyrannical Roman ruler exists. He may be one of the most controversial dictators in history. The fatigue from ideologies gives birth to tyranny, and its need of ideologies destroys tyranny, says the director of this extremely impressive performance Diana Dobreva. As long as there is no ideology outside the exercise of pure power, which is synonymous with pure violence, tyranny is invisible, acceptable and invulnerable. In Camus's play Caligula is a stranger to meticulous logic, Sisyphus-like person to absolute power. And if the Emperor is a director with an uncontrollable will, then Death is the opening night to whom everyone is obliged to appear. And the more the dictator's urge for death grows, the more his regime becomes the norm, the favorite canon, the only dogma for his subjects. The current historical moment makes Camus's understanding that human life is a tragic attempt to overcome absolute emptiness especially valid. Death decides nothing and life continues in still silence and emptiness.

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