Composing while dancing – dance improvisation and choreography techniques
Acclaimed choreographer and improviser Zornitsa Stoyanova (USA/BUL) teaches a 5 class series of techniques in movement generation through ZOOM.
PLEASE note the time of classes:
9:00AM CALIFORNIA | 12 NOON NYC | 6:00PM BERLIN | 7:00PM SOFIA
Description of class series:
Composing While Dancing series is for improvisers and anyone interested in expanding their skills on different techniques in composition and improvisation. This 5 class Zoom series presents improvisation through a lens of digital theatricality, always conscious of “the presence” of the dancer. Focusing on modalities outside of the more conventional compositional improvisation class, Zornitsa hopes to open more possibilities for instant composition helping you understand both the physical and the digital space, as well as delve deeper into your own interests and practice.
Each class will focus on:
April 13 – Working with space and better understanding the digital frame and how to use tricks to compose in that space. (Or composing/improvising for screendance)
April 14 – Morphing our bodies into recognizability, working with potential for meaning
April 18 – Using our face and body to evoke emotional states, using emotionality in improvisation
April 19 – Different ways of using language in improvisation
April 26 – Switching of states, qualities, emotions – noticing emergence in meaning
************Each class is $7-$20 sliding scale and the whole series is $35 – $100 sliding scale.************
How to know what to pay? Here is a useful infographic about that.
All participants receive a recording of the class the day after the class. So, possibility to attend just through recording as well.
For questions, please email Zornitsa directly at zornitsa(at)bodymeld.org
Cover of the book “Composing While Dancing” by Melinda Buckwalter – a great book documenting many of Zornitsa Stoyanova’s teachers and influences as well as her work with Emergent Improvisation by Susan Sgrbati. The name of this class is the same as the book, as it relates to many of the essays and interviews published.
How to Register:
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Zornitsa Stoyanova (USA/BUL) is an award-winning performance artist, curator, writer, lighting, and video designer. Based between Sofia, Bulgaria and Philadelphia, US, she directs her company BodyMeld which along with presenting her work, focuses on creating programs in support of independent choreographers in both her locales.
Her stage, video and photographic work uses the female body as an abstract object revealing ideas of strength in female sensuality and emotionality. On stage, she explores feminist ideas, the power dynamics between dancers and audiences, and personal stories revealing vulnerability and strength.
Her last group performance, AndroMeda, was commissioned and presented by The Philadelphia Museum of Art (2020), and her solo performance Explicit Female (2016) was awarded a “Rocky” – the Philadelphia contemporary dance award. Her choreographic work has been shown in festivals around the U.S. as well as in Bulgaria and France. As a dancer, she has performed for Eiko & Koma, Boris Charmatz, Cie. Willy Dorner, Group Motion and improvisation companies Emergent Improvisation Ensemble and Graffito Works. Her work with Emergent Improvisation brought her on the cover of “Composing While Dancing” book by Melinda Buckwalter. Her screendance films have been shown in festivals across the U.S. and in Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Bulgaria, Ireland, Germany, and Bangladesh. Among her most influential teachers are Deborah Hay, Danny Lepkoff, Meg Stuart, Susan Rethorst, Eva Karczag and others. Her work has been supported by National Cultural Fund of Bulgaria, Citizen for the Arts Pennsylvania, Pew Center for the Arts (previously Dance Advance) amongst others.
Zornitsa is also a supporter for a sustainable dance community and is deeply invested in helping further conversation and collaboration. Through BodyMeld she has created workshops, residencies, and showcases – most notably her partnership with Movement Research(NYC) and Stary Browar Novie Taniec(Poland) in bringing Polish artists to Philadelphia. She teaches improvisation techniques for performance, dance on camera and composition and has done so in Philadelphia, France, Hungary, her native Bulgaria, and online. Zornitsa is also a writer and editor for thINKingDANCE.net.