What is Here[begin] Dance


Here[begin] Dance is the performance and production project of experimental artist Zornitsa Stoyanova.

Primarily a choreographer, improviser, dancer, and curator, I also do lighting, graphic design, work with video and sound, and am heavily influenced by visual art. I am also a dance writer with thINKingDANCE.net.

In performance, I explore different kinds of traditional and not so traditional mediums, like paper, paint, moving with objects and the performances bordering the line between dance and installation art.

I strive to bring my audience in an alternative reality, often playing with surreal events, sci-fi imagery and personal interactions.



cropped-MG_0387-web.jpgExplicit Female (2016 – 60 min.)

Explicit Female 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.

For info to performances, films or photography, please check the menu.

Programs and Presenting series

Classes and workshops (ongoing)

We present professional level dance and choreography classes and workshops. Please, check upcoming events for more information.

Move Dance Think Fest (Started May 2015) a two day long bi-annual festival in collaboration with Kristen Shahverdian and Jacelyn Biondo – 3 shows, 2 workshops, 1 lecture, an artist talk, conversations and a community dinner. Supported by Headlong Studios, Philadelphia. www.movedancethink.org

Get What You Need – a free monthly community dance workshop hosted at Fidget Space, Philadelphia. Started Feb. 2015 – ongoing.


Susan Rethorst, Making Your Best Work Workshop– In Dec. 2010 we presented a week long choreography workshop with Susan Rethorst. We also started a blog about the experience, which you can find here. Collaborated with Dance Advance at the Pew Charitable Trusts and Live Arts Festival (now Fringe Arts) in inviting Susan to Philadelphia.

Current: an evening of dance and art (2007 until 2010) was a performance series merging all mediums of art connected to movement and the human body. The goal of this series is to present varied contemporary performing art forms in the same place and time with the intent of bringing together artist and art lovers. This series are presently on hiatus as Zornitsa focuses more on researching her work.

Dance Cinema Projects – screenings presented in different locations in Philadelphia, 2007- 2008.