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Performer Maker Self – improvisation technique for performance

2016, February 5, @ 4:00 pm - 2016, February 7, @ 4:00 pm UTC+0

$15 – $65

open to movers actors and dancers interested in improvisation as performance practice

Feb. 5 @ 4pm – 7pm, 2015
Feb. 6 @ 9am – 4pm, 2015
Feb. 7 @ 9am – 4pm, 2015

$15 per class or $65 for the weekend
HPI alum discount $45 for the weekend
Mascher Members FREE

Max 14 people. Come to one session or all. To register email:

Pay for workshop or one class

This workshop touches on the basic modalities of improvisation—exploring space, time, solos and pairings, moving from impulse vs. moving from memory or imagination.
We will approach these techniques with new eyes and break down step by step the ways we create and shape the space. This is a technique in letting our composition mind move in parallel to our improvisation mind – tracking sensation, the self and the group into creating performance.
This workshop is catered towards dancers new to improvisation or seasoned improvisers, who would like to check in and learn a different style of improvisation.

Fri. Feb. 5th 4pm – 7pm
We will discuss space and how to compose it. Using the different ways we can see and perceive, we will do group scores in composing the space. We will borrow techniques from Simone Forti.

Sat. Feb. 6th 9am – 12noon and 1 – 4pm
First session we will focus on creating ensemble scores into duets using exercises based on Emergent Improvisation. Second session we will explore different ways of approaching duets using techniques proposed by Meg Stuart. We will ask the question of what is emergent, how to move seamlessly between the roles of leader, responder of framer. We will spend a lot of time on the role of the framer, delving deeper into the meaning of shaping and composing the space and the events during improvisation.

Sun. Feb. 7th 9am – 12noon and 1 – 4pm
Both sessions we will work in performing solos and particularly on performing presence and Deborah Hay’s approach of Ready Fire Aim. We will interrogate the self and our ability to bring different states, feelings and presences on the surface during performance. We will finish with Performing Solo Improvisation without a score.  If you are interested in this work, highly recommend you come for the full day or just the first session as it would be confusing to join at the end.

Zornitsa first experience in dance was contact improvisation. After that she has studied with many different improvisation teachers, some of which are Deborah Hay, Danny Lepkoff, Michelle Boule, Miguel Gutierrez, Meg Stuart, Ishmael Houston Jones and most recently Nancy Stark-Smith.

Her biggest influence is her work with Susan Sgorbatti, who developed Emergent Improvisation Project.  While dancing with Emergent Improvisation Project Zornitsa was featured on the cover of “Composing While Dancing” book by Melinda Buckwalter.


2016, February 5, @ 4:00 pm UTC+0
2016, February 7, @ 4:00 pm UTC+0
$15 – $65
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Zornitsa Stoyanova


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