Focus Institutions

The Possible Institution

Stefan Ivanov
Up and Down

A sound story about different encounters with institutions. At home, in the street, at school, at university, in front of the TV and computer. Good and bad encounters. Personal and impersonal. Across the wide range from significance to sadness. Stories about closed doors, open windows, walls closing in, claustrophobia and desire for a horizon, care and conversation. With a prospect of a dead end, but also of hope between the concrete and the sky.


Stefan Ivanov (b. 1986) is a Bulgarian poet, playwright, writer, dramaturg and journalist. He studied Philosophy and has а Master’s degree in Cultural Studies and а PhD in Philosophy from Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski. He has published four poetry collection: "4 sekundi lilavo" (2003), "Ginsberg sreshtu Bukowski v publikata" (2004), "Spisyci" (2009) and "Navytre" (2013). "Spisyci" was nominated for the National Poetry Award “Ivan Nikolov.” "Navytre" was nominated for the First Literary Awards of the “National Palace of Culture.” He is also the recipient of the “Sofia: Poetiki” award (2011). “Medea – My Mother,” which he co-wrote with Ivan Dobchev, won an “Ikar” for best production in 2013. His play “Between the Holidays” was nominated for an “Ikar” for best dramaturgy in 2014. In 2017, his play “The Same Day” was staged at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, New York. In 2018, he was a playwright in residence in the National Theatre of Luxembourg. In 2019, the animated short film “Tasks of the Day” based on his poem of the same name qualified for the “Oscar” awards. Since 2003 he has published numerous articles, essays and other texts in various magazines, newspapers and sites. His works have been translated into English, German, Greek, Macedonian, Spanish and other languages, and have been included in various anthologies.