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Emergent Poetics – a workshop in emergent language in dance improvisation Recording

This class was held on Feb. 20th, 22nd & 24th, 2023 over Zoom. For a limited time (until March 3rd), we are offering the ability to get all of the recordings from the classes. Zornitsa Stoyanova will be always available through email for questions on the material.
Once Payment is received for Emergent Poetics recording of the zoom class you will get a personal email from Zornitsa within 24h with a welcome and the link to all of the classes.


Join award-winning choreographer Zornitsa Stoyanova(USA/BG) in the practice of emergent poetry, where we will use our senses to bring forth poetics in language and movement.

Over the three Zoom classes, Zornitsa will guide you into using your body and mind toward composition. We will explore different ways of translation between movement and language. We will ultimately practice presence, emergence, composition, and potential for meaning.


Feb. 20th
💥Using the body as a source for emergent language
💥Making up stories vs. poetry

Feb. 22nd
💥Poetic repetitions-working with rhythm
💥Randomized nonstopping – dancing and talking

Feb. 24th
💥Using memory and imagination in movement and language
💥Emerging stories, playing with how we compose meaning.


💳20 EURO for the recording of all classes 💳

We are accepting payments directly through PayPal at or Venmo @zstoy… If you are sending payment through there, please indicate somewhere “emergent poetics recordings” and the date.

Zornitsa on Improvisation:

Over twenty-plus years, I’ve studied contact, compositional and emergent improvisation with teachers from all over the world.
My work and research focus on improvisation for performance and I always approach the compositional techniques with an eye toward to presence of the dancer – focusing on methodologies to make my performance alive and in the NOW. I’ve been using gesture and speech in my choreography for over 15 years, developing a specific methodology of listening to the senses that bring language forth.

♾️I synthesize my knowledge and use it toward a practice of openness in Performance.
♾️I set up scores and choreographies of states that create unique yet telling experiences using every theatrical and dance skills in my arsenal.
♾️One of my most influential teachers is Deborah Hay, from whom I have borrowed methodologies in presence, open possibilities, poetics and composing outside of my rigid compositional brain.
♾️In teaching and making work I adapt a lot of Meg Stuart’s scores in working with power dynamics on stage, morphing the body into recognizability and emotionality both in the face and body.

Other noteworthy teachers of mine are Ishmael Houston Jones, Janine Durning, Danny Lepkoff, Nancy Stark Smith, Susan Rethorst, and many others. From 2005 to 2008, I worked with the Emergent Improvisation Project, researching new forms of improvisation borrowed from biology and neuroscience. Dancing in this project, I was on the cover of the book Composing While Dancing by M. Buckwalter. With Graffito Works (2015 – 2017), again an improvisation company, I danced in various museum and artistic collections outside the theater. In 2021, I initiated the beginning of PIC – Platform for Improvisation and Composition in Sofia, Bulgaria. I have also danced for Eiko & Koma, Boris Charmatz, Cie. Willy Dorner, Lionel Popkin and many other less-known names. For me, dance improvisation is an opportunity to reveal the true nature of life, the dancer their psyche and the reason to be on stage at this moment.


Mar 03 2023


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  • Zornitsa Stoyanova
    Zornitsa Stoyanova

    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

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