The new solo performance "Social Structure S.A." by Chris Radanov is constructed on the testimonies of prisoners who used to be imprisoned in concentration camps in Bulgaria. The Athenian audience knows well 35-year-old Bulgarian actor whose star shone over the successful performance in "One out of ten”.
Chris Radanov told the story of his new performance for the electronic publication tvxs.gr. Part of the performance is based on the observations of his father, who spent some time in prison during communism for 12 years.
"When the Berlin Wall and the Eastern bloc fell, we found out there were 60 camps in Bulgaria. My father was not a political prisoner. He was imprisoned for other things. At that time the Secretary of the Party might not like you or a spy might hear you listening to “Free Europe" radio and they can easily put you behind bars," tells Chris Radanov for the Greek audience.
He shares that he likes to tell the story of the lost people in concentration camps, "because we must not forget the victims of dictatorial regimes. Because everything starts from a good idea and then power clamps and pressures people. I think Marx and Engels communism is something different from what we lived through," adds the Bulgarian actor.
"Return is unacceptable" is a stamp, which was put on the files of some prisoners and it means that they must not come out alive from the concentration camps, says Chris. "They had killed them in different ways - with work tools, with knives... There is a story about some prisoners who were building a train tunnel. Their supervisors put the dynamite, in order to destroy the rock, but they left a very little wick and told the prisoners to go and light it. They had no time to escape and save themselves and their bodies were torn to pieces... then the guard sent the other prisoners to collect the remains of the bodies. I think we should not forget the story of these atrocities, in order not to let it happen again."
Chris Radanov says that in recent years he has been working with people who are very good in the profession and this makes him happy. "It is true happiness to do what you like. To me this was always a dream - to become an actor and this is why I am lucky and happy, because I do what I want."
Neos Kozmos Theater, Lower Hall, on January 24, 2010
Performances: Mondays and Tuesdays from 21:15 and Sunday 21:30
Ticket price: €20 regular, student €15