What we do
make performance, film and photography
share our discoveries with the dance community in the form of workshops and presenting series
host workshops and local and international artist exchanges
BodyMeld – new choreographies is the brainchild of multidisciplinary artist Zornitsa Stoyanova.
BodyMeld‘s mission is to support Zornitsa’s work as well as create programs that further conversation and collaboration in the local and global dance performance field. We care about a sustainable dance community and strive to connect with and serve other independent dance/performance makers locally and internationally. We value the exchange of ideas and sharing of methodologies. We care about rigorous research and experimentation in the field of dance both in performance and organizationally. We strive to create a community curious and excited about blending of genres in performance, experimentalism and, surviving and thriving in hard political climates.
We hope that through mutual effort we can elevate each other and further the research and expressions of dance. Through our programs we also hope to popularize experimental/new dance by making it more accessible and understandable to audiences.
We actively seek collaboration with organizations for artistic exchange. We have previously worked with Movement Research in New York City, Arts Station Foundation in Poland, Philadelphia Dance Projects, <fidget> Space, Mascher Space, Pew Center for the Arts and Heritage (previously known as Dance Advance) and Fringe Arts (previously known as Live Arts Festival), all in Philadelphia.
Who is Zornitsa Stoyanova?
Primarily a choreographer, dancer, and curator, I also do lighting, graphic design, work with video and sound, and am heavily influenced by visual art. As an immigrant and a mother, my body holds a plethora of identities that shape the content of my work.
As a choreographer I use text, song, man-made materials and movement to create performances. I am drawn to themes of otherness, womanhood, feminism, power dynamics and vulnerability. My work is influenced by surrealism and science fiction and I often engage with my audience by inviting them on stage or choosing a non-traditional venue and format for my work. I also write occasionally for thINKingDANCE.net.
I value experimentation, innovation, visual disorientation and interaction with my audience. I work from the visual, where producing video and photography often preseed the creation of live performance. My moto is make it first and after looking at it and examining its social meaning, decide if it needs to be part of the performance.
Since 2013, I have worked with Mylar reflective material, interrogating its potential for cultural meaning while pushing its boundaries into creating new abstract and psychedelic imagery. The creating of this new sci- fi inspired world started from photography, seeped into film making and most recently with the creation of my latest performance work Un-Seen (2019) and AndroMeda(2020).
A detailed bio you can find here.
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