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

Performances by BodyMeld / Zornitsa Stoyanova

solo Performance Practice Research (2020 to present)

Brutal Honesty

In our present reality of alternate facts and political fraud, Zornitsa Stoyanova seeks an answer to one of the biggest issues in modern society – the seeking of the truth. 

Brutal Honesty started as an improvisation movement and speaking practice with the goal of not censoring oneself.
Brutal Honesty is a project interrogating what is personal truth and whether we can ever be truly honest with ourselves and others.
The performance works within the boundaries of the confessional, the mundane, and the absurd. Sometimes funny, the final solo piece includes talking, singing, nudity, objects on stage, and live feed special effects. Interrogating what it means to be honest and how to remain honest, Stoyanova moves through different devised stories talking about normality, love, shame, and death. 
The themes explored relate to normative behaviors questioning all societal norms and the performative nature of all our identities.
In 2024, the practice of Brutal Honesty is workshoped and shown at works-in-progress in Sofia, Bulgaria, Philadelphia, USA, and Amsterdam, Netherlands. Check the events page for showings and residencies.

More info coming soon
performance lecture duet 60min (2021 – present)

Altered States: A Performance Conversation

choreography and performance by Zornitsa Stoyanova and Megan Bridge

Performed in and around Philadelphia at different universities as well as on two separate occasions in Sofia, Bulgaria, and also at V. Tarnovo, Bulgaria. This performance is still on tour and booking engagements.

at Etud Gallery 2021, Sofia Bulgaria
Toplocentrala gallery, 2023, Sofia, Bulgaria.
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 daily-ness/deadliness of everyday life.”

site-specific performance 25min (2020)

AndroMeda

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.

solo performance 60min (2019)

Un-seen

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”.

solo performance 60min (2016)

Explicit Female

Explicit Female by Zornitsa Stoyanova 2016, fidget Space, Philadelphia
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.

Dance Installation Event 65min (2013)

shatter ::: dawn

shatter:::dawn 2013
shatter:::dawn 2013
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. Performed at Crane Arts Old School building in Philadelphia, USA.

Solo – 25min. (2012)

Paper Duchess

Paper Duchess 2012
Paper Duchess 2012
Paper Duchess 2012
Zornitsa presents ways of deconstructing communication and attempts to translate, internal and external narratives through the body.

The performance was presented in Philadelphia, PA, and Rennes, France as part of Wanted Festival.