Glance from the Edge is a poetic journey of six individuals swept across a tapestry of Bulgarian landscapes, where they explore relationships, place, and belonging through a series of dances in the breathtakingly beautiful Bulgaria.
The film captures 12 cultural and historical locations around the country and brings together directors and choreographers Kosta Karakashyan and Stephanie Handjiiska and an international team from New York, Scotland and Tunisia.
The lead characters are brought to life by the prominent Bulgarian contemporary dancers Vasil Zelyamov, Gergana Ilieva, Tsveta Doycheva and Petar Grudov (alongside Karakashyan and Handjiiska). The project also brought to Bulgaria two American artists – DoP Kevin Chiu and composer Jude Icarus. Additionally, the post-production team includes the Scottish/Bulgarian DJ Andro Mathewson and the Tunisian composer Saifeddine Helal.
The film uses the language of contemporary dance to tell an emotional story about wandering and searching for our place in the world. The locations that the film brings to life through dance are Ovech Fortress, the rock arch near Tyulenovo, Sunny Beach, the Museum of Religions in Stara Zagora, the Submerged Church near Zhrebchevo Dam, the lavender fields near Kazanlak, the Old Town in Plovdiv, the Marble Lake near Pravoslav and the brutalist apartment complexes in capital Sofia.
The world premiere of the film was on April 29 at Cinema House as part of the ART HORIZONS selection at Master of Art Film Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The film is realized with the generous support of the National Culture Fund and with the support of the residency program of Derida Dance Center.
Directed by Kosta Karakashyan & Stephanie Handjiiska
Choreography: Kosta Karakashyan & Stephanie Handjiiska in collaboration with the performers
Tsveta Doycheva, Peter Grudov, Gergana Ilieva, Vasil Zelyamov
Director of Photography: Kevin Chiu
Production Company: Studio Karakashyan
Executive Producers: Kosta Karakashyan & Stephanie Handjiiska
Line Producer: Lora Beltcheva
Composer: Jude Icarus
Additional Production: Andro Mathewson
Sound Recordist: Jude Icarus
Sound Design: Saifeddine Helal
Sound Mixing: Andro Mathewson
Stylist: Ivan Tsutsumanov
Location Manager: Stephanie Handjiiska
Location Consultant: Dimitar Zhelev
Cast & Crew Driver: Blagovest Sotirov
Public Relations: Todor Barganov
Editor: Kevin Chiu & Kosta Karakashyan
Colorist: Lyubomir Balabanov
Title Design: Gjorgji Despodov
Cast: Tsveta Doycheva, Peter Grudov, Stephanie Handjiiska, Gergana Ilieva, Kosta Karakashyan, Vasil Zelyamov
Special Thanks: Hristo Hristozov, Todor Beltchev, Angel Petkov, Boris Urumov, Katarine Papoyan, Kristin Zlatanova, Plamena Pencheva
With the support of:
Derida Dance Center, Geograf.bg, Millennium Club, National Culture Fund, Plovdiv 2019 – European Capital of Culture, Single Step, Stara Zagora Municipality