Category: gallery

Rehearsal Images


An intimate event for 10 audience members and 5 performers, shatter ::: dawn walks the picket fence between dance and installation.

Wed. May 22nd – 8pm
Thur. May 23rd – 8pm
Fri. May 24th – 8pm
Mon. May 27th – 8pm
Tue. May 28th – 8pm
Wed. May 29th – 8pm

If the body is a container for multiplicity of meaning, where do recognizable cultural gestures dissolve into abstract shape?
When is the body an art object, a social creature, or both?
What can the body contain?
What are we hiding?
What are we saying when we say nothing at all, and no one is listening?

All photos by Bill Hebert


Vertigo was commissioned by Philadelphia Center for the Book and was created in response to the artist book by Ananda Connolly, Collateral Bee Box.

Photos by Bill H.
Dancers Emma Morehouse, Greg Holt, Lisa Rothstein

Fri, May 27th at 8pm
Presented by the Center for the Book (with book artists discussion afterwards!)

Studio 34, 4522 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia PA 19143
Pay what you can – suggested donation of $5-15

Sat, May 28th at 7 & 9pm and Sun, May 29th at 7pm
Generous support provided by the New Stages for Dance Fund from Dance USA Philadelphia

Christ Church Neighborhood House
20 N American St (just slightly north of Market St — off of 2nd St), Philadelphia PA 19106



What is original and what a copy? What is authentic movement and how does it carry from one body to the other?

This piece uses repetition and multiplicity, authentic movement and embodied gestures.  Complex and unrecognizable patterns transform into mundane and oversimplified. Then they evolve again into a complicated and elaborate dances.

Created originally for Spiel Uhr series in February 2011, Emulator was also re-edited for video and presented by Low Lives International Festival in April 2011.

Video of original piece you can watch here.

Video of Low Lives International Live broadcasting you can watch here.

Not this Time – 2010

Philadelphia Fringe Festival September 2010 -FRESH JUICE
Spiel Uhr- February 2011

Mascher Space Co-op
155 Cecil B. Moore Ave. Philadelphia, PA

CEC Meeting House Theater
3500 Lancaster Ave. Philadelphia, PA

Excerpts from the piece watch HERE. 

Experiment 1

commissioned for NY Dance Exchange, Philadelphia
Performance and concept Zornitsa Stoyanova/ Here[begin] Dance
film by Zornitsa Stoyanova

Saturday, November 6th, 2010
Meeting House Theater at CEC
3500 Lancaster Ave.
Philadelphia, PA


Feb 28th, 2011,  7pm, $5
Broad Street Ministry
315 S. Broad St, Philadelphia, PA




Sour (2010)

Sour (2010) is a duet by Toshi Makihara and Zornitsa Stoyanova commissioned by the Performance Mix Festival in NYC in April 2010. This improvised structure plays with images of old age, dissatisfaction, rage and contentment. The character’s journey leads you through quirky interactions, unexpected events, and uncomfortable and hilarious states.

(10 min)

“The wizard of sonic improv, Makihara has always been a wildly physical performer, and his grimaces and wide-angled moves around the single drum surrounded it with an anticipatory aura, making us almost see the silence from which his Cage-y sounds arose.” ~ Miriam Seidel, Philadelphia Inquirer

The Lady

December 2008 – 2010

a theatrical solo inspired by my studies at Headlong Performance Institute and a workshop with Deborah Hay. Recently this solo re-emerged and was performed at Cambridge, NY in January 2010 and will be appearing at different venues in and out Philadelphia. Video you can watch here.

Pictures from the performance at Studio 34 Yoga, in West Philadelphia.

Video from Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, NY

Side by Side

Side by Side – 2009 and 2010
an ongoing collaborative project performed at Mascher Space Co-op, Inhale and Etc. performance series. We were featured at The A.W.A.R.D. Show! Philadelphia in 2009 and performed the newest version on Feb. 19th, 20th and 21st, 2010 at CEC’s Performance Mix Festival. Photos by Bill H.



Choreography by Zorntsa Stoyanova in collaboration with the dancers
Live sound by Toshi Makihara and Mikronesia
Dramaturgy, costumes and masks by J. Marshall-Lively
Performance by Zornitsa Stoyanova, Toshi Makihara, Mikronesia, Christina Gesualdi, Lisa Rothstein, Greg Holt, Zach Svoboda

Video you can watch here. – this is a recording of the AWARD show and is a version of the piece with the large ensemble and only Mikronesia as a musician.