Choreographic Convention #5 – Movement Research

Choreographic Convention #5 – Movement Research

Curated by Iva Sveshtarova, Angelina Georgieva, Willy Prager, Stephan A. Shtereff
in the frame of Antistatic Festival 2020

The international choreographic meeting will be held live, in compliance with all anti-epidemic measures and will be broadcast online on the “Antistatic” Facebook page (
The working language will be English.

Due to the anti-epidemic measures, the seats in the hall are limited number that is why a pre-registration via e-mail at is mandatory.
Free entrance.

Ever since its introduction into dance-making by the pioneers of modern dance, and especially since experimental dance collectives turned improvisation into an artistic practice in the United States in the 1970’s, movement research has generally been understood as a process of finding and generating movement material beyond existing dance vocabulary. Movement is differentiated as an essential materiality of dance, and research takes place in the body of the dancer. The body experiments with kinetic potential or appropriates movements from different spheres of life, on the basis of which it develops movement language. But movement research also operates on a much broader level, which we can only briefly outline here.
Contemporary choreography has complicated the attitude that the body and movement are the main means of expression in dance. They have been subjected to radical deconstruction, examining their culturally assigned meanings. The notion of choreography as an expanded practice has largely emancipated itself from dance and has become increasingly interested not in the individual expressiveness of the body and movement and in shaping them through various techniques, but in the relations they create with other bodies and objects in multi-layered aesthetically organized situations, as well as in their socio-political significance. Digital and dance artists have incorporated new technologies as a creative and research tool that expand the notions of bodily boundaries. Various software programs make it possible to capture, analyse and reconfigure movement in any environment - physical, virtual, visual or acoustic… The growing interest in the history of dance in recent decades has raised questions of the possibilities for archiving, researching and reconstructing the kinetic knowledge of the past.

The Choreographic Convention: "Movement Research" offers a space for dialogue and reflection on new perspectives and approaches to movement research. Over the course of two days, through talks, presentations, conversations with artists and theoretical discussions, the meeting will focus on the following main topics: movement research as an artistic practice, as a form of work with dance archives and its interactions with new technologies and in social movements and contexts. The meeting will be accompanied by an artistic programme with performances related to these topics.


10 October 2020 // 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Keynote Address - Alexandra Kolb: “Beyond Dance: The Politics and Philosophy of Movement Research”

Panel 1: Approaches to Movement Research as an Artistic Practice
Moderator: Yasen Vasilev
Participants: Galina Borissova (Bulgaria), Kroot Jurak (Estonia/ Austria), and Thomas Lehmen (Germany)

Panel 2: Movement Research and Dance Archives
Moderator: Angelina Georgieva
Participants: Corina Cimpoieru (Romania), Isa Wortelkamp (Germany), Rok Vevar (Slovenia), Sasa Asentic (Serbia/Germany)

Artistic Programme
7 p.m. // DNA – Space for Contemporary Dance and Performance
Голдбергови вариации | Goldberg Variations @Antistatic2020
Performed by: Jurij Konjar (Slovenia)

11 October 2020 // 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Panel 3: The Potential of the System
Moderator: Venelin Shurelov
Participants: Antoni Rayzhekov (Bulgaria) and Marco Donnarumma (Germany)

Panel 4: Protesting Body in Different Social Movements and Contexts
Introductory statement: Sandra Noeth (Germany)
Participants: Ivaylo Ditchev (Bulgaria), Ole Frahm (Germany) and Taoufiq Izeddiou (Morocco)

Artistic Programme
7 p.m. // DNA – Space for Contemporary Dance and Performance
DragON aka PONY @Antistatic2020
Dance, choreography, performance: Aleksandar Georgiev, Zhana Pencheva and Darío Barreto Damas aka STEAM ROOM (Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Spain)

* Please be aware that the programme may be altered in occasion of unexpected changes in anti-epidemic measures.
More information at:

10.10.20 - 11.10.20

Sofia (BG)

supported/organized by brain store project