Residency Steam Room at Workshop Foundation

Residency Steam Room at Workshop Foundation

In the frame of the Creative Crossroad activity, Steam Room was selected by brain store project to receive a 2 years structural support by the LLB network.

This support includes structural and co-production support by brain store project, a residency at STUK Leuven, a residency at Workshop Foundation and a residency during CoFestival Ljubljana, hosted by NDA Slovenia.
The final premiere of the latest work "Drag On" is in March 2020 in Sofia.

STEAM ROOM is an artistic and cultural non-formal group within the field of choreography, dance and performance, initiated by Aleksandar Georgiev (SWE/MK/BG), Zhana Pencheva (BG) and Darío Barreto Damas (SWE/SP), three choreographers/dancers actively operating in several European localities.

STEAM ROOM is formed out of the wish to facilitate conditions and environments that contribute to the development of the work in the field of choreography, dance and performance in different localities, with an intrinsic international vision. STEAM ROOM aims to open spaces for reflection and a wider field knowledge through artistic proposals and cultural initiatives.

is a coauthored choreographic TRILOGY project initiated and lead by Aleksandar Georgiev, Zhana Pencheva and Darío Barreto Damas aka STEAM ROOM. The project deals with the protest and celebration body in dragging scenes, exploring their relation within dance and choreography. 

dragON is structured in three choreographic pieces that deals with dance, sound and site specific, respectively: dragON aka PONY// dragON, one night only// dragON who spits fire.

Until now
, the team has focused in the creation and production of the first work of the trilogy, dragON aka PONY throughout:



 3rd– 17thFebruary 2019 
Artistic residency at Zagreb Dance Center, Zagreb

10th– 17thMarch 2019 
Artistic residency at BAZAAR festival, Prague 

16thSeptember – 13thOctober 
Artistic and production residency at Youth Cultural Center Burgas, Burgas, organised by STEAM ROOM. 

4th– 30thNovember 2019
Artistic residency at JSKD, Ljubljana, organised by Nomad Dance Academy Slovenija. 



13th October 2019
Era of Aquarius Festival, Burgas. 

19th October 2019
Moving Body Festival, Varna. 

4th March 2020
DNK space for contemporary dance and performance, Sofia. 


14th November 2019
ŽIVA Festival, Ljubljana. 

28th December 2019
Festival de Danza Canarios Dentro y Fuera, Tenerife 

13th March 2020
Festival Soplo de Letras, Tenerife. 

10th May 2020 - postponed
Antistatic Festival, Sofia. 


Information about dragON aka PONY:
dragON aka PONY is a choreographic work that presents a playground charged with multiple dance references from the past and present arriving from Western and Eastern Europe, creating a space of constant transition, unfolding intimacy and exposing humble co-existence. Within a frame of contemporary POP, the work revives geometrical choreography through the prism of classicism and the usage of folklore as a ritualistic form. dragON aka PONY has a little bit of Isadora and a lot of MTV or VH1. 


dragON aka PONY synopsis: 

(this is for all my people)

is choreography claiming transition
not at all interested in your perversion
in what it becomes and what it creates, brings, makes, clears and shades
it brings the water for making you wet
it leaves the tea for another day so we can all deserve what we get 

it is a dance at work
is working as a dance twerk
it is dance that works
it works for me for them and for you so, it is a dance that tends to satisfy your BO 

Cause everything burns, everyone screams, burning their lies, burning my dreams
All that you care, all that you swear, burning your eyes, while braiding my hair 

(dragon fire) 

and if it is the folklore that is people’s dance contained in memory of traditional chance
let it be, let it be, and let me create my memory let me create my memory of dance
and do not ask me to persuade you while you hold your fence
and I repeat again, DO NOT ask me to persuade any of the experience YOU chose to relate to 


Cause everything burns, everyone screams, burning their lies, burning my dreams
All that you care, all that you swear, burning your eyes, while braiding my hair 

however, you will tend to touch everything that moves, grows, slides and falls
this still proposes to disidentify your goals
still will be dance, still will be a fall that will (definitely) satisfy your holes 

and this is for all my hoes, honeys...let it burn for all 

(dragon fire) (dragon fire) (dragon fire) (dragon fire) (dragon fire) (dragon fire) 

if you are still wondering if you should come just think twice
cause if I don’t see you there

(from tomorrow) 

do not look at me in the eyes 

Cause everything burns, everyone screams, burning their lies, burning my dreams
All that you care, all that you swear, burning your eyes, while braiding my hair 



Cause collective authorship is not what you think of, but rather what you dream of. Cause Aleksandar Georgiev, Zhana Pencheva and Darío Barreto Damas, (aka STEAM ROOM), choreograph, dance and perform.
Cause we do not play music, we invited Tsvetan Momchilov to make it.
Cause we do not perform naked, Ralitza Toneva created the costumes and the stage, didn’t fake it.
Cause we do not use whoever for our media visuals, we invited Gjorgji Despodov to take care of it. 

Cause we do not produce we co-produce with Garage Collective, Brain Store Project, Life Long Burning and Nomad Dance Academy Slovenija.
Cause we do not play fair, we care.
Cause we are not paid fair, we share.
Cause we are so proper, here it comes another needed sentence:

This project is realised with the financial support of Ministry of Culture of Bulgaria.

Cause all our supporters took a great care: Creative Crossroads in the framework of the Life Long Burning project supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, Ministry of Culture of Bulgaria, National Cultural Fund of Bulgaria, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, City of Ljubljana - Department of Culture, Konstnärsnämnden (International Exchange Grant), I-portunus (Funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union), Zagrebachki Plesni Centar, BAZAAR festival, Youth Cultural Center Burgas, Hamalogika, Era of Aquarius Festival, Performance Room, Moving Body Festival, DNK - space for contemporary dance and performance, JSKD - Republic of Slovenia Public Fund for Cultural Activities, VIZ!,,,

Cause we are sweet and sour, cause we deserve it: dragON aka PONY is nominated to IKAR prize 2020 of the Union of Artist in Bulgaria in the category “Contemporary Dance and Performance”.

In 2020STEAM ROOM will be working on the creation of the second part of the trilogy “dragOn, one night only”– a choreographed music album. The team is invited to develop the work in the frame of artistic residencies at Tenerife LAV, (Tenerife), STUCK, (Leuven), Workshop Foundation, (Budapest), Kino Kultura, (Skopje); and several residencies organised by STEAM ROOM in Burgas and Sofia (Bulgaria) and Giessen (Germany).

dragON, one night only working dates:

13thMarch – 5thApril 
Artistic residency in several cultural spaces in Tenerife organized by Tenerife LAV.

6th - 19th April 2020  
Artistic residency at STUCK, Leuven. 

11th - 31st July 2020 
Artistic residency at Workshop Foundation, Budapest. 

Dates to be confirmed regarding the residencies in Skopje, Burgas, Sofia and Giessen.

In 2021, STEAM ROOM 
will be working on the third part of the trilogy, dragON, who spits fire. For the realisation of this work, the team is in communication with the venues of the localities they are involved with, (Skopje, Sofia, Burgas, Stockholm, Tenerife and Giessen), and the partners that have already supported dragON project.

The photos of this page are all from dragON aka PONY, taken by Bogdan Sarachev and Anka Simoncic at Era of Aquarius Festival and ŽIVA Festival, respectively. 



Residency Steam Room at Workshop Foundation

11.07.20 - 31.07.20

Budapest (HU)


Residency Steam Room at STUK Leuven - postponed

06.04.20 - 19.04.20

Leuven (BE)



04.03.20 - 04.03.20

DNK - space for contemporary dance and performance, Sofia


Residency Steam Room during CoFestival Ljubljana

04.11.19 - 29.11.19

Ljubljana (SI)

supported/organized by brain store project