Dance Performance Improvisation
(ongoing 15 to 60min.)
Zornitsa Stoyanova regularly performs solo and group dance improvisations. Her scores are often theatrical and interactive, using light and focusing on emotional states, contrasting physical qualities, and gestural content. Using the above tools, Stoyanova creates worlds illuminating the inner self and showing personal truths. She is presently using her method Brutal Honesty – a moving and speaking practice of not censoring oneself in most of her improvisation performances. For booking, please contact Zornitsa directly at zornitsa(at)bodymeld.org
Altered States: a performance conversation
(2021 – touring – 60min)
choreography and performance by Zornitsa Stoyanova and Megan Bridge
Megan Bridge and Zornitsa Stoyanova are both award-winning and critically acclaimed performers and choreographers. They are both women, mothers, and people who are perhaps obsessed with the concept of “presence” in performance. Collectively, they have spent more than thirty years researching this topic. In this performance conversation, they propose that “performance presence” is, in fact, an altered state of consciousness. They discuss, demonstrate, and explore their own techniques, compositional tools, and physical practices, for creating altered states. Zornitsa and Megan’s performance suggests different ways of being in the world, challenging neuro-normative modes of perception and being. They center these “presencing” practices as survival tactics or strategies to help navigate the dailyness/deadliness of everyday life.”
AndroMeda (2020 – 25 min)
Choreography by Zornitsa Stoyanova
Commissioned by Philadelphia Museum of Art for Friday Remix, in relation to Designs for Different Futures Exhibit, Jan. 31st, 2020.
A journey through a futuristic dystopian psyche, AndroMeda comments on the lust for the new and shiny and the cost and gain of technology to our humanness. Featuring a multigenerational cast of some of the best female performers in Philadelphia, Elba Hevia y Vaca, Rhonda Moore, Megan Bridge, and Zornitsa Stoyanova, the piece uses multiple projections, inflatable sculpture, and dance to create a truly alien experience.
AndroMeda happened right before the closing of the world due to the pandemic. We are still looking for opportunities to revive this performance for festivals and performances both inside and outside.
Un-seen (2019 – 50 min.)
Un-seen (solo) is a journey through a surreal and alienated world. Using Mylar material as a metaphor for the American(western) dream, Zornitsa becomes a refugee, looking to be part of this shiny new world. Partly autobiographical, and partly based on the refugee crisis in both Europe and the U.S., the show traces the use of Mylar in our lives that leads to the disillusionment of the glitzy western world. Un-seen is a fantastical, beautiful, and ultimately fraudulent journey to the “promised land”.
Explicit Female (2016 – 60 min.)
Explicit Female (solo) is an immersion into the female body. Featuring personal narratives, custom-designed lighting, and live feed special effects, it aims to process the mystery of the shape-shifting form half of the world resides in. Casual, yet intimate, the performance strives to connect deeply and kinesthetically to the viewers, at times asking them to participate in the very creation of the event itself.
Mylar Storms -improvisation performances with Mylar (since 2013 ongoing – 20 min.)
Mylar Storms is ongoing research in falling horizons and disorienting dreamscapes. It questions identity and perception. Performances of Mylar Storms always involve Mylar and reflective light and often video projection. The performances are adapted and created to the specific space and have been performed all around the Philadelphia area. Anyone can book Mylar Storms performance or installation for corporate events, festivals or even a private event. Email Zornitsa directly to get in contact about details. – zornitsa(at)bodymeld.org
shatter ::: dawn (2013 – 65 min.)
dance installation event
5 performers ::: 10 audience
shatter ::: dawn is an invitation to view the body as an object and an interactive social creature. It explores the body as a container for multiplicity of meaning, shapeshifting into recognizable cultural images and abstractions.
Paper Duchess (2012 – solo 20 min.)
Zornitsa presents ways of deconstructing communication and attempts to translate, internal and external narratives through the body.