13th Edition: Antistatic Festival: Life is LIVE

04 Nov 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 

“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.

Life Goes On LIVE with Antistatic International Festival: 6 Days, 16 Bulgarian and International Performances
The International Artistic Programme of the festival brings to Bulgaria for the first time the renowned choreographers Akemi Takeya (Japan/Austria), Jeremy Wade (USA/Germany) and Willi Dorner (Austria). From 6th to 8th November, the second “Bulgarian Dance Platform” of the festival will take place, presenting 13 works of the artists Aleksandar Georgiev, Anna Dankova, Darío Barreto Damas, Galina Borissova, Iva Sveshtarova, Ivo Dimchev, Jivko Jeliazkov, Marion Darova, Mila Iskrenova, Rossen Mihailov, Stephan A. Shtereff, Stephanie Handjiiska, Willy Prager, Zhana Pencheva - in the span of 50 hours across 3 different stages in Sofia.

2nd November 19:30 at “Derida” Stage

Akemi Takeya will perform her piece “Lemonixm X Actionism”, in which she confronts Actionism with her idea of “Lemonism”. In her cosmic and artistic world, situated also between European and Japanese cultures, “Lemonism” focuses on the body as material of “the I” including 72 items, each of which is represented on the stage by one lemon. Stepping on it, Takeya sets up a battle between the two concepts, during which she adapts and re-enacts the strategies of Actionism

4th November 19:30 at “Derida” Stage 

Time to meet the tireless extreme performer Jeremy Wade, whose work is always thought-provoking. “Glory” was the first performance he created as a young choreographer in New York City in parts starting in 2003 and reworking it in the last decades. This time he revisits the piece in collaboration with the Swedish dancer and choreographer Sindri Runudde, creating “a naked nauseous hybrid of emotional, physical and behavioral noise where morphing, crashing and ticking became the technical lexicon to shatter gestural polarities of shame, remorse and abjection.”

5th November 19:00 DNK – Space for Contemporary Dance and Performance

A chance to experience the work of the famous Austrian choreographer Willi Dorner, coming with his stage performance for two dancers “one”. While the starting point of the piece is the „one word poems“ by Heinz Gappmayr, the artists in the performance space play with words and images supported by live-cam and blackboard, in an attempt to see how thought might possibly look.

6th November is the first day of the “Bulgarian Dance Platform”
Lovers of the performing-arts  are invited to see the productions: „Corpus Meum“ (Concept and Choreography: Marion Darova), „Perfectly Pink“ (Concept and Realization: Iva Sveshtarova), „Synthetics“ (Concept and Choreography: Jivko Jeliazkov) and „How Fast Life Flies from January to December“ (Concept and Realization: Galina Borissova).

7th November
The  program continues with the screening of the movie, shot during the first presentation of the performance “Nonument” (Authors and Concept: Stephan A. Shtereff and LIGNA) at Buzludzha Peak, followed by the productions “Ada Lovelace” (Director: Anna Dankova), “The Afternoon of a Faun” (Choreography: Mila Iskrenova), “Lunch On The Grass with a Faun” (Concept and Choreography: Rossen Mihailov) and “Made for Happiness” (Concept and Performance: Iva Sveshtarova and Willy Prager).

8th November
The 13th edition of “Antistatic” Festival wraps up with a final dose of four performances, including “Moonlight” (Choreography and Performance: Aleksandar Georgiev and Darío Barreto Damas), “Soft Questions” (Choreography and Performance: Stephanie Handjiiska), “Six Love Songs” (Choreography and Performance: Zhana Pencheva) and Ivo Dimchev LIVE concert.

Tickets for all the events are currently on sale. The tickets for the international performances are at preferential price if purchased before the day of the performance from EPAYGO. A combined ticket for all events of the “Bulgarian Dance Platform” can also be purchased online exclusively at EPAYGO.BG price 50 leva (Note: the ticket doesn’t include access to Ivo Dimchev LIVE Concert).
Individual tickets for all Bulgarian performances can be purchased at the box offices of the performing spaces: Derida Dance Center and The National Palace of Culture.

"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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