PSR "Without Distance" Educational Platform Antistatic Festival

PSR "Without Distance" Educational Platform Antistatic Festival

One theoretical and two practical opportunities for professionals and students in the field of contemporary dance and performance to take part in “Without Distance” Educational Platform in the frame of Antistatic Festival.

Where: Sofia, Bulgaria 

10–11 May Arnd Wesemann / Writing About Dance
18–21 May Milan Herich / Down By Spiral
15 –17 May Manuel Pelmus / liveness, performativity and movement in dance and exhibition

Deadline for applications:
14th April

10–11 May
A seminar with ARND WESEMANN
Journalist and editor of Europe’s leading dance magazine “tanz”, Arnd Wesemann is an expert in dance and dance criticism. He is going to share his views and to create conversations with the participants on performing arts criticism in contemporary context.
Seminar highlights:
– Ways to understand, write and review dance; dual role of dance critics in dance work and review writing;
– Dual role of dance critics in dance work and review writing;
– Purposes and methods of writing dance review;
– Establishment and formation of dance review from historical context.
The seminar is directed towards journalists and critics in the sphere of culture and contemporary arts. 

About Arnd Wesemann:
Arnd Wesemann became after his theatre studies, in 1997, an editor of the German-speaking dance magazine “tanz“, published in Berlin. He has published a number of books on politics and aesthetics, including “Immer Feste Tanzen” (“The Dancing Feast”, 2006), a German-language collection of essays on the history of dance and dance as an antidote to work.

18–21 May
A workshop with MILAN HERICH

Milan Herich leads a very physical and playful technique class that challenges the individual and coordinates the collective group. Through repetition, we will build the skills and awareness to move with speed and efficiency. The aim is to alternate between arches and spirals of the body in all directions possibly imagined. The class will start with exercises in which we will work on using the range of the body to discover different movement possibilities, developing into sequences based on the exercises. A full body warm up will begin on the floor and continue through sitting and squatting material. We will then continue by walking, running and spiraling, as well as phrases that focus on moving you across, around and in and out of the floor. The workshop is addressing professional dancers and choreographers.

About Milan Herich
Born in Slovakia, Milan graduated at the Banska Bystrica Dance Conservatory. Later in 2002, he continued his dance training at the renowned school P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels under the direction of Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker. He worked with different choreographers and companies like Ultima Vez / Wim Vandekeybus and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Over 19 years already, he has been in continuous collaboration with David Zambrano as an assistant in classes and workshops and as an interpreter in some of his works. Milan created together with David Zambrano “A Solo for Mr.Folk” which they present successfully in Europe and Latin America. Milan Herich is co-founder of “Les SlovaKs” Dance Collective for which he creates works. Since 2013, he has also collaborated with the choreographer Anton Lachky and for many years he has been coaching and choreographing in works of renowned circus company “Rasposo”. In 2018, Milan directed and choreographed a full evening performance together with Petr Forman “Turn over a New Leaf” for the circus school ESAC in Brussels.


15 –17 May
A workshop with Manuel Pelmus

The workshop revolves around questions of liveness, performativity and movement in a dance and exhibition context. It aims to address, both practically and theoretically, the current international debate on how the recent “performance turn” of dance and choreography in the arts is invested in contesting late modernist formulations and structures, and how it reevaluates discourses of institutional critique, queer theory, postcolonial theory and relates them to collective memory and writing of history. We will do practical work involving the body and we will relate it to the interests and practices of the participants. Other topics of concern for the workshop are connected to how live works in the public space and the exhibition space hold a potential for different regimes of attention, for reconfiguring the public sphere as a more communal and collective experience, and the relationship of live presence to technology and the digital. The workshop is addressing professional performance artists, dancers and choreographers.

About Manuel Pelmuş:
Manuel Pelmuş is a choreographer and artist who lives and works between Oslo and Bucharest. His work has been presented in numerous gallery and museum exhibitions. He has recently had a solo exhibition at Para Site, Hong Kong (2018), and his projects have been shown at Tate Modern Museum, Museum Ludwig Köln, Cologne (2016); Off-Biennale Budapest (2015 and 2017); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2014); Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (2014) and the Romanian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2013), amongst others. In 2012, he was awarded the Berlin Art Prize for performance arts and the prize for excellence from the National Dance Center of Bucharest in 2014. 

How to apply:
You can apply only for 1 of the workshops.
Applications from South East Europe are regarded with preference.

The festival covers:
free entrance at the workshop, accommodation in Sofia and discount tickets for the performances from the festival programme.

To apply for the workshop of interest please send your CV and short motivational letter.

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free open class for localdance students, professionals and lovers with good training.

11-14, May


A movement research practice developed by Aleksandra Janeva Imfeld

“The dots” is a method that aims to work as a tool to both acknowledge and avoid the usual organisation, rhythm, habits and sequence in our improvisation, and thus resets the body in an unexpected way. The body will be used as a space and “the dot“ as “the author” inside that empty space. We will be working on exploring simple ideas of changing the focus from our body parts as the once that start the movement, to practicing a very precise „point” placed anywhere within our body which initiates the movement. Many exercises are used in a way to give/gain trust to making any kind of choice as the exact right time/moment.

Not judging anything as a wrong choice, but rather observing the decisions that have been made by now and composing and deciding further in relation to what has just happened. Triggering the very fast “aller-retour” between the decisions we make for the body and the response and information our body sends back to us and understanding this dialogue is a valuable input for further impulses/actions.

Aleksandra Janeva Imfeld was born in Macedonia. She graduated from the School for contemporary dance Ana Maletic in Zagreb and studied dance in Bruges and Lier in Belgium. In 1998 she was a DanceWEB scholarship student in Vienna and in New York she was a scholarship student in The Jennifer Muller Company. 2012 she completed the postgraduate program a.pass (Advanced Performance and Scenography Study) in Brussels in which she developed a method of work ”the connector” for collective authorship and is using it within all of her works. Aleksandra is a close associate of BADco from Zagreb. She worked with Ismael Ivo, The System Castafiore, Brice Leroux, David Hernandez and many others. She is one of the co-founders of Nomad Dance Academy and Nomad Dance Academy Croatia. She is a guest teacher at SNDO – Amsterdam and Dance Academy in Zagreb.

Alexandra Janeva-Imfeld is a resident artist of the Creative Crossroads programme of the 
European network for contemporary dance Life Long Burning with a partner from Bulgaria „Brain Store Project” as a representative of the Balkan network Nomad Dance Academy. Within the framework of the programme, Bulgarian-based Garage Collective artists will have 4 creative residences in Europe within 2 years.

Without Distance Platform is part of the European project Life Long Burning and organized by Brain Store Project and Nomad Dance Academy Bulgaria, as representatives of the Nomad Dance Academy Network, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programof the European Union, ”Culture” Programme of Sofia Municipality and in partnership with theVera Nedkova House Museum, part of National Gallery, Goethe-Institut Bulgarien and Dance Station.

09.05.19 - 21.05.19

Sofia, Bulgaria

supported/organized by brain store project