This May (9th - 21st) a committed and active, yet non-political election campaign will be held in Sofia: namely the 12th edition of Antistatic International Festival for Contemporary Dance and Performance. #VoteForDance! A vote “FOR ART" as a dimension that can and does create a better future.
Artists from Canada, Israel, Brazil, France and Germany as well as participants from Croatia, Slovenia and Romania are part of the new programme 'Center/East'.
Tickets for all the shows are already in sale at discounted price of 10 leva online.On the day of each performance the ticket price will be 15 leva at the box office of the National Palace of Culture.
Here's an overview of the programme highlights: 9th May, 19:00
Antistatic kicks off at KICK’S Bar with the premiere ofthe first edition of the brand new MAGAZINE FOR DANCE – the only annual printed edition in Bulgaria, dedicated entirely to presenting processes, personalities, events and ideas from the world of classical to contemporary dance and dance culture. 21:00 also at Kick's Bar
The opening concert by the Romanian synth-pop band KARPOV NOT KASPAROV .
Describing themselves smilingly as “one of Eastern Europe’s most exciting musical projects” and having already played in 38 European countries, the band makes its music based on the rules and strategies of chess. And the output is always a very danceable tune! 10th May, 19:30 at DNK – Space for contemporary dance and performance (lower ground level of National Palace of Culture)
Manuel Roque (Canada) presents his awards-winning performance BANG BANG, which earned him Prix du Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec for best choreographic work of the 2016/17 season as well as the Montreal dance award for best performer. A present-day study about surpassing oneself, BANG BANG is a stage creation for a “kamikaze” soloist that has resistance as a theme. The work follows a score that is also an ordeal. 11th May 19:00 at Azaryan
It is time for love, mortality and the need to be acknowledged. THE THIRD DANCE of Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor (Israel). Music by Mahler, flowers and a record player, playing ballads – the performance dives into romanticism (and clichés) to gradually uncover a basic human need that lies beneath these symbols. 12th May 19:30 at DNK
Paul Pi’s (Brazil/France) solo ECCE (H)OMO, is a desire to reflect the legacy of dance through an interpretation of the dance cycle “AFECTOS HUMANOS” by German choreographer Dore Hoyer (1911–1967). Only a black and white video, shot in 1967 during a television show, has survived till today. It provoked the choreographer and dancer to experience what this dance could do to him, and what it can express. 15th May 19:30 at DNK
OUT THERE AND IN HERE by Ana Kreitmeyer and Sonja Pregrad (Croatia) is a performance derived from “the panic you feel but do not understand, from the anxiety of the world that lives on an edge…” 18th May 19:30 at DNK
Be prepared to encounter “tiny, flashing eyes with a dirty look, a stingy mouth that bites and make annoying sounds, a short dance for the imaginary cat and a kicking robot leg…” and a monstrous body that will integrate itself live in front of us, because this is what the choreography of Zrinka Užbinec (Croatia/Germany) explores in her piece EXPLODED GOO. Monday, 20th May, 19:30 at DNK
We will find out "why my saturday went pretty well until I realized it was monday" with the artistic duo HARTMANNMUELLER (Germany). Founded in 2011 by Simon Hartmann and Daniel Ernesto Mueller, the tandem is now considered one of the most intriguing dance artists based in Düsseldorf, the North-German capital of dance . Based on experiments with their own human flesh, the performance appropriates Hamlet’s problems and transfers them to the bodies of today in an unexpected way. 21st May 19:30 at DNK
TONIGHT I CELEBRATE - a performance by Uroš Kaurin and Bojan Jablanovec from Via Negativa (Slovenia) . The title comes from the popular song by Michael Masser and Gerry Goffin “Tonight I celebrate my love for you” and by singing it, together with several other famous songs, the artists declare their love for the audience.
A perfect way to conclude the festival.
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