ZORNITSA S STOYANOVA
choreographer, feminist, surrealist, dance, experimental, female, sci-fi, futurist,
Zornitsa Stoyanova (USA/BUL) is an award-winning performance artist, curator, writer, lighting and video designer. After 18 years living in the Philadelphia,U.S., in summer 2020 she moved back to her native Sofia, Bulgaria. She directs BodyMeld – a new dance platform that is continuing in Philadelphia and expanding in Sofia.
Zornitsa’s work centers around themes of otherness, womanhood, feminism, power dynamics and vulnerability. She is influenced by surrealism and science fiction and often engages the audience by inviting them on stage or choosing a non-traditional venue and format for her work. Focused on the female body, her photo and video work uses the body, manmade materials and the environment to create alien worlds, bringing forth ideas of otherness and alienation. Mylar reflective material and custom lighting are integral part of her most recent stage, video, and photography work. She researches gesture and emotion in the body seeking potential for meaning. She has performed for Eiko & Koma, Boris Charmatz, Cie. Willy Dorner, Lionel Popkin, Group Motion and others. Her dance films have been shown across the U.S. and in Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Bulgaria, Ireland and Bangladesh.
Zornitsa is also a supporter for a sustainable dance community and is deeply invested in helping further conversation and collaboration. 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.