PSR Without Distance Platform 2022
This year's program of the "Without Distance", realized within the 15th edition of the International Festival for Contemporary Dance and Performance “Antistatic”, Sofia, educational platform takes an approach focused at articulating the dialogue between the performing and the visual arts. Performances in non-stage places (such as museums, galleries) have played a significant role in contemporary performing arts and dance discourse since the 1960s, but with few exceptions, this practice is not popular in most Bulgarian museums. To change this, the educational platform “Without Distance” invites a group of artists to research pieces of art, dialogue with them, experiment with originality, authorship and conceptual artistic work.
The first part of the platform “Without Distance” will be held in the form of joint choreographic laboratory of Julian Weber with Bulgarian artists. Within the program, the German choreographer Julian Weber works with the artists Galina Borissova, Stanislav Genadiev, Violeta Vitanova, Zornitsa Stoyanova and Voin de Voin towards researching the intersections between body and dance, with works of art from the collection of the National Gallery "Kvadrat 500". The results from the dance laboratory are presented in front of the audience on 15 May 2022, in the format of dance miniatures and performances, questioning the concepts of "body", "sculpture" and "painting".
The second part of the platform is an invitation to the audience for "Duets with Abstractions" - another project of choreographer Julian Weber, which started in 2021 and since then is recreated each time with specially selected pieces of art from the collections of the space where it is presented.
“Duets with Abstraction” was developed specifically from selected art works from the collection of the museum in which the performance takes place. Thus, the duets, which we will see in Sofia, are put on selected works from the representative collection of the National Gallery “Kvadrat 500“. In collaboration with the musician Iku (Johanna Odersky), Julian Weber will perform with the art works “The Glass Jug“ (1933) by the artist and sculptor Ivan Nenov (1902–1997), “Window” (1969) by the painter Nayden Petkov (1918–1989) as well as “Caprice” (1982) by the sculptor Lin Emery (1926 – 2021).
“Duets with Abstraction” does not follow a classic dramaturgy with a narrative, a beginning and an end, but is rather developed as a continuous exploratory journey. The focus of the performance series is on a physical, somatic and sensual examination of the concept of abstraction in the context of the visual arts.
The performance will be presented on 9 May 2022 at National Gallery “Kvadrat 500“, Sofia.
02.05.22 - 15.05.22