Altered States – a performance conversation

Time: 60min

Space Needs: two chairs, general lighting, two microphones if the space is large.

Available for touring at festivals, conferences and meetings in relation to dance and presence on stage.

Altered States is a dance performance conversation between dancers and choreographers Zornitsa Stoyanova and Megan Bridge, where they move impovisationally while talking with each other.

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.

Excerpt from our performance of Altered States at Etud Gallery in Sofia, Bulgaria. June 2021