DANCE ON FILM ARTISTS 2018
Zornitsa Stoyanova is a performance artist, curator, writer, lighting and video designer based in Philadelphia, PA. A native of Bulgaria, she creates, produces and presents performing art and video under the name Here[begin] Dance.
She questions the ideas of the constructed structures of performance and pushes the boundaries of social propriety. Mylar reflective material and custom lighting are integral part of her most recent work. Since becoming a mother her work has focused on abstracting the female body, feminist ideas and imagery.
She also seeks out professional development opportunities researching art practices in abstracting the body and looking for emotional content and potential for meaning. Her most influential teachers include Deborah Hay, Meg Stuart, Miguel Gutierrez, Michelle Boule, Ishmael Houston Jones, Susan Rethorst, Fay Driscoll, Luciana Achugar, Danny Lepkoff among others.
Her yearlong residency at <fidget> space in Philadelphia explored personal narratives from the female perspective along with custom lighting and Mylar multimedia interaction. Explicit Female evening length show, a collection of photographs and a collection of dance on camera films were produced as a result.
Zornitsa is also a supporter for a sustainable dance community and is deeply invested in helping further conversation and collaboration. As Here[begin] Dance she has curated and produced Current: an evening of dance and art and Dance Cinema Projects. She has hosted and organized multiple classes for the community and taught free workshops in making web sites for artists and budgeting. In the past three years she has ran a community dance workshop called Get What You Need. She teaches improvisation technique for performance, dance on camera and composition and has done so in Philadelphia, France, Hungary and her native Bulgaria. Zornitsa writes for thinkingdance.net and is the Programs Coordinator at Mascher Space Cooperative. Her latest community/activist project is Birthing Bodies, Birthing Art residency and she is presently working on Lick My Gun evening length performance.