dance writing

Here you will find articles and thoughts on dance and the community in Philadelphia. There are also some review of shows I’ve seen. Most of these articles have been published on thinkingdance.net or culturebot.org.

On Changing Bodies and Art Mediums

BY ZORNITSA STOYANOVA | MARCH 14, 2016 | Written and published for Kat Sullivan’s week on CurateThis.   I have known Zornitsa Stoyanova for just a few months now, but I’ve been seeing her work in dance performance and film/media for much longer. Most recently. I was enraptured (“I saw” just seems too bland) by her dance film dark matter,… Read more →

“In the end it comes down to community” – Gus Gscheidle and his 1fiftyone gallery + art space

by Zornitsa Stoyanova for thinkingdance.net 1fiftyone gallery + art space is raw. Situated on the fourth and fifth floor of an Old City building, it is a new home for the experimental—dance, theater, music and performance. Gus Gscheidle, a visual artist, graphic designer, and lover of dance and performance, runs it. I met Gus six years ago through our mutual… Read more →

Performing the Self in Rage – The Life of an Artist

by Zornitsa Stoyanova | for thinkingdance.net In 2005, while attending ADF, I was assigned to be Miguel Gutierrez’s wardrobe assistant for his solo Retrospective Exhibitionist. For those three nights I embodied his mom—washing his underwear. Since then I’ve followed his work and taken his workshops any time I could. When I moved to Philadelphia in 2006, Nicole Bindler was the first person… Read more →

NowHere/NoWhere: Two Views

by Lynn Matluck Brooks and Zornitsa Stoyanova Written for thinkingdance.net Two thINKingDANCE authors intertwine their takes on performances at the NowHere Festival of Free Improvisation.   “What is free improvisation?” asks a sign on the wall. Around it, festival participants and attendees offer their thoughts on Post-it notes, stuck to the wall of the performance space. _________________________ Post-it #1: Free improvisation… Read more →

Rock On Philadelphia!

October 2015 | by Zornitsa Stoyanova for thinkingdance.net The Rocky Awards is an annual cabaret-style celebration from and for Philly’s dance community. “Rockies” (the awards) are informal—they signify love and appreciation for an artist’s work and they are passed from person to person year after year. The theme of this year’s show—A Funeral—referenced both the closing of the Philadelphia service organization… Read more →

In darkness, we disappear together

October 2015 | by Zornitsa Stoyanova for thinkingdance.net Fringearts is in full force in Philadelphia, and I am in Budapest, watching L1danceFest. The Last Step Before, by choreographer Jaro Viňarský & SKOK! and lighting designer Pavel Kotlik, is the third piece of the night, running almost an hour later than the advertised time. The Mu Theater is hot; people use random… Read more →

CineWomen interview about my film Chrysalis

August 3rd, 2015 | CineWomen interview with Zornitsa Stoyanova – Zornitsa Stoyanova’s work convey a purely subjective, yet modernist, sensibility where the form conveys its meaning directly, heightening individuals’experiences of time and space. In Chrysalis figures appear and disappear in a gentle flow, sometimes moving the story forward, sometimes backward: throughout the film the physical properties of the images seem… Read more →

Nude Body

May, 2015 |  By Zornitsa Stoyanova In 2012 I was asked to take off my clothes for money. I said yes. The project was produced by a major Philadelphia presenter, Fringe Arts, and funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.  The piece had a concept I deeply resonated with and I was in a cast with 6 other… Read more →