BodyMeld – new choreographies Contemporary dance, choreography and dance workshops by Zornitsa Stoyanova

Polish dance artists in Philadelphia Dec. 9th – 15th , 2018

POPULUXE workout with Wojciech – Dec. 11 & 12 at 6pm
The Overview Effect with Aleksandra – Dec. 15 at 4pm
$15 each or $35 for all

Dec. 14 & 15 at 8pm
$12 – $20 sliding scale

performance by
Aleksandra Borys(PL)
Wojciech Grudziński(PL)
Zornitsa Stoyanova(USA/BUL)

All at Mascher Dance (a.k.a. Mascher Space Cooperative)
155 Cecil B. Moore Ave., #2R, Philadelphia, Pa. 19122

WORKSHOP descriptions:
POPULUXE workout is a choreographic practice inspired by concept of luxury movement. This class uses improvisation, readymades and reimagining as method toward re-patterning populuxe aesthetic.

The Overview Effect with Aleksandra
During the workshop we will look at the human body, the environment, planet Earth and the universe and ask what kind of choreography and dance occurs between them. Interested in looking at Earth from a distance, known as The Overview Effect, we will wonder on how this perspective can change the way our physical body is approached.
SHOW description:
choreography, performance, concept: Wojciech Grudziński
music: Wojtek Blecharz
artistic coaching: Peter Pleyer
production: Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk in the frame of Solo Projekt Plus 2018

Derived from the combination of luxury and popular, Populuxe was a new consumer and cultural aesthetic popular in the 1950s in the United States. “Populuxe” works in lines, forms, textures and colors to give to us beauty, charm and elegance in conveniences, comforts and necessities. “Populuxe” balances between the individual and the social, between Googie architecture and the historical figure of Sergei Diaghilev, between the unequal distribution of wealth and ecology, to create a synthetic choreographic genre based on the concept of luxury movement. “Populuxe” exists in the spirit of the thoroughly vulgar joy of being able to live so well.

Momentum* when matter meets antymatter by Aleksandra Borys
is a work that invites audience to share the experience of the physical language that not only human bodies, but also all the beings and all the life on earth share, which is movement. It wishes to invite everyone to focus on, allow yourself to take part in, enjoy the dance that is happening all around.
It wonders of what is the movement, when does it happen and how is it different to dance, or is it?

Solo and Untitled – work in progress
by Zornitsa Stoyanova is part of her ongoing research with Mylar material. She is fascinated by the cultural meaning behind the material that keeps the international space station together, is used in indoor farming to grow food, keeps runners from freezing, keeps injured from going into shock, is given to immigrant children taken away from their parents at the U.S. border instead of a real blanket….

Aleksandra Borys (PL) is an art and science artist working in the fields of choreography, video, installation, astronomy, astrology, cosmology, mythology and ecology. She asks what the concepts of ecological art, of art as activism, of choreography as a project of generating contemporary social ceremonies, can do to help individuals deal with the multiple crises on Earth. Aleksandra received in 2016 a Master of Art and Science from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts in London; in 2009 a BA in Contemporary Dance from CODARTS, University of the Arts in Rotterdam; in 2003 she graduated from National Ballet School in Lodz. In 2015 she received The Research Scholarship by Grazyna Kulczyk.

Wojciech Grudziński (PL) – graduate of Ballet School in Warsaw and contemporary dance department Codarts in the Netherlands. He is a recipient of Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage’s scholarship. Over the course of his dance education, he took part in performances choreographed by Itamar Serussi, Hans van Manen, Ed Wubbe and Jiří Kylián, a.o.. He participated in projects by Jens van Daele, David Bolger, Marta Ziółek, Magdalena Przybysz and Ula Sickle. He was one of the artists of Warsaw version of “Gala” by Jérôme Bel that premiered at Nowy Teatr as part of the Body/Mind Festival 2017. At the same time, he developed his own choreographic practice. He cooperated with La Cambre academy in Brussels. In the years 2016-2017, he created two own solo performances: “SLAVE4YOU dlaciebiedlarodziny” and “PAX”.

Zornitsa Stoyanova (USA/BUL) is an award-winning (Rocky Award 2017 for Explicit Female) performance artist, curator, writer, lighting and video designer based in Philadelphia, PA. A native of Bulgaria, she produces and presents both her own and other’s work under the name Here[begin] Dance.
In performance, she questions the ideas of the constructed structures of the theater and pushes the boundaries of social propriety though audience interaction. Mylar reflective material and custom lighting are integral part of her most recent stage, video, and photography work. Since becoming a mother in 2013 she has focused on making work about the female body, feminist ideas and imagery.
Zornitsa also seeks out professional development opportunities researching art practices in isolating gesture and communication and looking for emotional content and potential for meaning. Her most influential teachers include Deborah Hay, Meg Stuart, Miguel Gutierrez, Michelle Boule, Ishmael Houston Jones, Susan Rethorst, Fay Driscoll, Luciana Achugar, Danny Lepkoff. She has performed for Eiko & Koma, Boris Charmatz, Cie. Willy Dorner, Lionel Popkin, Group Motion and others.
Zornitsa is also a supporter for a sustainable dance community and is deeply invested in helping further conversation and collaboration. As Here[begin] Dance she has curated and produced Current: an evening of dance and art and Dance Cinema Projects. She has hosted and organized multiple classes for the community and taught free workshops in making websites for artists and budgeting. In the past four years she has ran a free community dance workshop called Get What You Need. She teaches improvisation technique for performance, dance on camera and composition and has done so in Philadelphia, France, Hungary and her native Bulgaria. Zornitsa writes for and is the Programs Coordinator at Mascher Space Cooperative. She is presently working on Lick My Gun performance and several short films.

This residency is supported by Art Stations Foundation (#artstationsfoundation), Institute of Music and Dance (#imitpolska, #instytutmuzykiitanca), and the GPS/Global Practice Sharing program of Movement Research(#movementresearch #GPS) with funding from the Trust for Mutual Understanding.(#trustformutualunderstanding)


Dec 11 - 16 2018


11:00 pm - 3:00 am

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Dec 11 - 15 2018
  • Time: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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Mascher Space
Mascher Space Philadelphia PA United States 19146
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