What is Here[begin] Dance

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

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

My performance is derivative, working with text, video, and often referring to a historical timeline.  I use materials like, Mylar, paper and paint sometimes creating  interactive installations.

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

Zornitsa Stoyanova Artist Statement:

I merge dance, theater and installation into interactive events. My visual art distills the female body into sensual/sexual abstractions. I strive to show the physical, social and psychological division, propagation, and multiplicity of women, while commenting on cultural and social issues surrounding the female form.

In performance, I use dance, film, text, and light to create interactive, self-referential and emotionally compelling events.  I value experimentation, innovation, visual disorientation and interaction with my audience.  I work from the visual, where producing video and photography often proceed the creation of live performance.  My moto is make it first and after looking at it and interrogating its social meaning, decide if it needs to be part of the performance.

Since 2013, I have worked with Mylar reflective material, interrogating its potential for cultural meaning while pushing its boundaries into creating new abstract and psychedelic imagery.  The creating of this new sci- fi inspired world started from photography, seeped into film making and most recently with the creation of my latest performance work Un-Seen (2019).


Un-seen (2019 – 45 min.)

Un-seen 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 fraud journey to the “promised land”.

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.

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

Deborah Hay summer workshop 2018
Polish Artists Exchange partnership with Movement Research 2018

Budapest visiting Artists partnership with Mascher Space Cooperative and Philadelphia Dance Projects 2018

Moms Make Art Residency 2016
Move Dance Think Fest (May 2015)  was 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

Susan Rethorst, Making Your Best Work Workshop– In Dec. 2010 we presented a week long choreography workshop with Susan Rethorst. 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.

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