13th Edition: Antistatic Festival: Life is LIVE

05 Oct 2020

Under the motto “Life is LIVE”, the delayed 13th edition of the Antistatic International Festival for Contemporary Dance and Performance will now take place in Sofia during October and November.
The programme includes a variety of different events and tickets for all performances are on sale online at at a  special promotional price of 10 leva.

“With the inherent power given to the number 13, the 13th edition of 'Antistatic' politely demands life to safely get back on track, so that we can all return to where we want to be: artists on stage, and audiences together with us in the performance space. We invite you to shut down your screens, at least for a little while, and to meet up LIVE outside the world wide web. To ensure a smooth and fulfilling adaptation process, the 2020 edition of 'Antistatic' will take place as a series of different events throughout October and November“ the artists Iva Sveshtarova, Willy Prager and Stephan A. Shtereff,  organisers of the festival, have shared.
Goldberg Variations

10th – 11th October
The festival will kick-off with the International Choreographic Convention Movement Research (part of the program Choreographic Convention of the European Project Life Long Burning – Towards a Sustainable Eco System for Contemporary Dance in Europe). During this convention, through discussions, presentations and performances, established artists and theoreticians will deliberate practices and discourses in movement research from a broader perspective. The event will take place at Goethe-Institute in Sofia and will be streamed live on Antistatic Festival’s Facebook page (
During the evenings of the International Choreographic Convention, the International Artistic Program of the festival will begin with two performance at DNK – Space for Contemporary Dance and Performance starting at 19:00.
On 10th October, the dancer and choreographer Jurij Konjar (Slovenia) will present his performance “Goldberg Variations”, inspired by Walter Verdin’s video work, ‘Goldberg Variations’, is based on Steve Paxton’s 1986 performance “The Goldberg Variations by J.S. Bach", played by Glen Gould and improvised by Steve Paxton.
Konjar began working on the piece in 2007 by watching the video and performing it every day for a year. In the process, he started giving himself the freedom to fill in the gaps that appeared and to answer the questions that emerged in his  imagination and findings.Ultimately, it became an ongoing improvisation practice that provides the basis for a rich unstoppable dialogue.
Steam Room present 'dragON aka PONY'

On 11th October, the artistic team Aleksandar Georgiev, Zhana Pencheva and Darío Barreto Damas aka STEAM ROOM will present their choreographic work “dragON aka PONY”, which has been nominated for the 2020 National ICARUS Award for Contemporary Dance and Performance. Within the frame of contemporary Pop, the work revives geometrical choreography through the prism of classicism and uses  folklore as a ritualistic form. As such “dragON aka PONY” offers a little bit of Isadora Duncan and a lot of MTV or VH1.

The International Artistic Program of the Festival continues in November with performances of artists from Germany, Austria, USA and Japan. Between 6th and 8th November, the second “Bulgarian Dance Platform” will occur, showing no more, no less,  exactly 13 performances, all created in recent years. The platform is for all audiences who are already in love with or curious about the Bulgarian contemporary scene, as well as specially invited festival selectors, managers of artistic spaces, directors of funding bodies and various other international guests.
The 2nd edition of the annual "Dance Magazine" will also have a ‘premiere' at the festival. The main theme is Dance and other related arts, and one can find a variety of features including original essays by Merce Cunningham (untranslated) to details about K-pop.

"So, grab your most beautiful face mask and be with us, because whilst COVID-19 has taught us many lessons, the most important is that Life is LIVE.” The organisers invite you and underline that the festival will take place in compliance with all necessary anti-epidemic measures.

For the latest news about the 13th edition of the festival, check and follow Antistatic International Festival for Contemporary Dance and Performance on Instagram (@antistaticfest), Facebook ( and YouTube.

Antistatic International Festival for Contemporary Dance and Performance 2020 is organised by: Brain Store Project Foundation, Inform Bureau Association, Nomad Dance Academy Bulgaria, with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture of Bulgaria; Sofia Municipality’s Calendar of Cultural Events 2020; Goethe-Institut Bulgarien; Austrian Embassy in Sofia; DANCE ON TOUR Austria – a project by Tanzquartier Wien in cooperation with the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs; in partnership with National Palace for Culture, DNK – Space for contemporary dance and performance, Azaryan Theater, Derida Stage and Black Flamingo Bar.
Choreographic Convention V: MOVEMENT RESEARCH, Sofia 2020 and Without Distance Educational Platform are part of the project „Life Long Burning (LLB) – Towards a sustainable Eco-System for Contemporary Dance in Europe”, co-funded by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union, “Culture” Programme of Sofia Municipality and Ministry of Culture of Bulgaria, in partnership with the Goethe-Institut Bulgarien.
Bulgarian Dance Platform is financially supported by “Culture” Programme of Sofia Municipality and Ministry of Culture of Bulgaria.
Media partners of the 13th edition of the festival are: The Bulgarian News Agency; bTV Radio;; The Bulgarian National Television; Online portal for culture, arts and society; Digital art magazine; Independent Printed Magazine for Culture Vij!; Online media; Digital magazine for art, culture and leisure time; Digital space for contemporary nomads;; Arts and culture platform of -; Online portal for culture Въпреки.com; Online platform for urban culture; Online performing art platform; Dancing opportunities web platform, Madame Bulgaria online magazine, Sofia in your pocket city guide.



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