Dance Speak – a workshop in emergent language and dance in dance improvisation.
Learn some compositional and improvisation tools to bring forth the possibility of language in dance improvisation.

Where: Zoom and in person at Fidget Space, Phialdelphia, USA

When: August 1st, 2021

The great Simone Forti pioneered talking and dancing and many of us have continued with similar practices.
Zornitsa Stoyanova believes that spontaneous language in improvisation it is one more possibility for expression and composition.
It is a possibility to bring forth meaning, to let the moment emerge in clarity.
She believes that as performers, who are involved with researching the here and now, it is our duty to have all of our humanity and possibility on stage.
***To truly embrace the first rule of “come as you are” in improvisation, we need to exercise and prepare ourselves for the possibility of language.****
Join her in this two hour workshop that will offer a few techniques for using language, decomposing it and re-composing it in new and surprising ways… always with the focus on embodiment and movement….always with the focus of the body and the brain working together.
Who is 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 technique 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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If you are registering for online version of the class, you will receive a zoom link the day before the workshop.

Costs for participants: $10 to $25 sliding scale. No one turned back for lack of funds.

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