14’47, Bulgaria, 2021

Director: Kosta Karakashyan, Choreographer: Krastyo Metodiev, Remi Toin, Nikola Hadjitanev & Svetoslav Seropyan, Movement Director: Kosta Karakashyan, Composer: Ace Vaptsarov, Executive Producers: Kosta Karakashyan and Stephanie Handjiiska; Producers: Lyubomir Balabanov and Lubo Marinov


SURRENDER is a poetic documentary that highlights four of the most captivating Bulgarian male dancers (Krastyo Metodiev, Remi Toin, Nikola Hadjitanev & Svetoslav Seropyan) and lifts the curtain on who they are and why they dance. 


Kosta Karakashyan is a Bulgarian-Armenian director, choreographer, performer, and writer exploring empathy through movement and storytelling. A two-time Bulgarian National Ballroom Champion, Kosta has performed and choreographed on Dancing With the Stars Vietnam, Bulgaria’s Got Talent, and across Canada, Germany, Norway, Egypt, Vietnam, and Japan. Kosta graduated from Columbia University with a BA in Dance, and his work has been featured by Vogue Russia, The Guardian, Elle Magazine, Bloomberg, the BBC, and Radio Free Europe. He has directed, produced, and choreographed numerous short films and videos through his production company Studio Karakashyan, most recently the documentary dance film WAITING FOR COLOR about the ongoing LGBTQ+ persecution in Chechnya, awarded the Prix Lumière at Cinédanse Festival Ottawa 2019.


The film will be part of the screening on 30.10.2022, 17:00-18:30, Festival and Congress Centre – Varna.