23 Nov – 1 Dec
Exhibition opening at Swimming Pool
23 Nov, 18-21h, with introduction and talk with Mladen Alexiev and Viktoria Draganova

Performance at DNK
24 Nov, 19.30h
(tickets 12/8/4 lv)

1 Dec, 17h
Mockumentary Theater, talk and discussion with Mladen Alexiev and Stanimira Teneva

NATURA MORTA is a project by the theatre director Mladen Alexiev consisted by two parallel events – an exhibition and a performance, in which the author expands his interest in narratives and hybrid presentation formats. NATURA MORTA is the third piece in the frame of the long-term research project Splendor Solis.

The project is based on the personal account and archive of Christina Apostolova who in the last seven years lives in the Netherlands. Part of her archive will be displayed at Swimming Pool.

A day after the opening, on the stage of DNK – space of contemporary dance and performance, she will recount her reasons for creating the archive as well as her interest towards endangered species. An audio recording of the presentation will be subsequently included in the exhibition and available to visitors.

On the last day of the exhibition, Dec 1st (Saturday), there will be an open discussion with the authors on the long-term project Spendor Solis as well as about their interest in mockumentary theatre.


Mladen Alexiev (1980) is an author and theatre director. He has graduated Theatre directing in the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts (NATFA) in Sofia. He has created various theatre productions as well as performative projects in the space between stage formats and other media. Since 2016 he is working on his long-term artistic research Splendor Solis. As a collaborator and performer he has participated in independent theatre productions in Bulgaria, Serbia, The Netherlands, Germany and Italy. He was granted international fellowship at Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart), Schtiftung Insel Hombroich and DasArts (Amsterdam).



archive Christina Apostolova
performance participants Stanimira Teneva, Angel Simitchiev, Mladen Alexiev
sound Angel Simitchiev
artistic advisor Snejanka Mihaylova
conversation partner Viktoria Draganova
vocal couch Petia Dimanova
archiving and visualization consultant Imaginary Archive
photographs prepress Tihomir Stoyanov
displays Andrzej Kitkiewicz
executive producer Svetlozara Hristova
graphic design Stoyan Atanasov
with the special involvement of Lisette Smits, Dimo Stefanov, Lyuben Lyubenov, Assen Ignatov, Stoyan Stoilov, Milena Ivanova, Emke Idema

coproduction of Silent space, Swimming Pool, DNK – space for contemporary dance and performance
in partnership with National Palace of Culture, National Museum of Natural History, Sofia – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Imaginary Archive
created with the financial support of Sofia Municipality Culture Programme