"Baba Pepi" is a project of the Bulgarian actress and author Irina Andreeva and the director Georg Genoux. This is a project about 85 year old woman who lived alone for years in the Rhodopi Mountain. In the video installation Baba Pepi (Garndma Pepi) and Irina Andreeva learn and empathize together the biography of grandmother Pepi. She has witnessed many periods in the development of Bulgaria: the time of Tsar Boris III, the communist era and the beginning of modern times, called "democracy."
The first premiere of the "Baba Pepi" installation was in the form of a documentary performance that took place on May 26, 2015 at the Centre for Culture and Debate "Red House" - Sofia. Baba Pepi was present on the stage and shared her experience of the life in Bulgaria during those 85 years. The video installation is a synthesis of the visits and conversations at the home of grandmother Pepi and her experience from the stage performance in Sofia. Between October 16, 2015 and October 31, 2015 the video installation was shown in the "Goethe Institute" Sofia. In 2015, Georg Genoux, together with a group of young playwrights and actors, created the "Old people" project. The actors and playwrights took care of old people during their everyday lives. They deal with the problems of old age, which are numerous and various. They will develop ideas about how to help the people, that they take care of and the old people in Bulgaria in general. The actors will cease being actors in the typical sense.
Here is what the author shared about her work: "I've known granny Pepi for about 20 years. She is the grandmother of my best friend. Every summer we went to her house in Dobralak village in the Rhodopi mountain. Subsequently grandmother Pepi continued to live there and now it is her home. When we started the work on the "Old people" project granny Pepi emerged clearly in my mind and I knew that I wanted her to be my character in the show. Since I was 15 and was visiting her house, she told me stories every day during lunch. They were emotional and shocking stories of her life and her childhood, of the atrocities that happened during the communism in our country. These stories were told during lunch and I became upset every time, my friend was laughing at those over-emotional outbursts (she already knew each of the stories by heart). I started going again to grandmother Pepi in Dobralak in the spring of 2015. We spent three days together and apart from the stories she told me, she shared with me her lifestyle and daily routine. We had to stand all day in her room because the cold outside was unimaginable. It was an extraordinary adventure for me to embark and relive with her all those memories and events accompanying her life. It made me a participant and witness of her life, it taught me to respect life. "
This is a project by The Institute of Rubbish, Theatre Replika, Goethe-Institute, Democracy.doc and The Red House Center for Culture and Debate.