Zornitsa Stoyanova is a performance artist based in Philadelphia, PA. A native of Bulgaria, she holds B.A. in Dance and Sound Design from Bennington College, VT where she studied with Susan Sgorbati, Dana Reitz, Terry Creach, Eva Kartszag, and Susan Rethorst. After concluding her studies in VT she moved to Philadelphia, PA where she started creating, producing and presenting performing art and video under the name Here[begin] Dance.
In 2008 Zornitsa was a fellow with Headlong Performance Institute, where she focused on abstract character building, clowning and interactive theatrical performance. Later that year she studied with Deborah Hay. Her studies with Hay sparked a new interest in performance presence and deconstruction of communication. Since then, Zornitsa has sought out professional development opportunities researching art practices in abstracting the body and looking for potential for meaning. She has studied with Miguel Gutierrez, Michelle Boule, Ishmael Houston Jones, Fay Driscoll, Luciana Achugar, Danny Lepkoff amongst others.
In 2011 she was an invited artist in Meet the Next Generation program, part of eXplore Dance Festival in Bucharest, Romania, where she studied with Meg Stewart. This influenced her tremendously and furthered her research in identifying abstracted gestural movement and theatrical presence. She questions the ideas of the constructed structures of performance and pushes the boundaries of social propriety. Most recently, she is deeply inspired by light and Japanese choreographer Naoko Tanaka, whose work she saw in Berlin. Mylar reflective material and custom lighting are integral part of her most recent work and in September 2015, she is starting a yearlong residency at space in Philadelphia.
Zornitsa also teaches improvisation technique for performance and has done so in Philadelphia, France and recently in her native Bulgaria.
Since moving to Philadelphia, Zornitsa has choreographed and performed numerous dances, improvisations and human installations. Her work has been presented by Rutgers Camden Center for the Arts, Bowerbird, NEXUS Gallery, The New Edge Mix Festival, Etc. Series, StudioSeries, Inhale Performing Series, The A.W.A.R.D. Show! Philadelphia, Spiel Hhr, New York Dance Exchange as well as Mascher Artist in Residency show. Apart from Philadelphia, she has also shown work at Joyce SoHo, Danspace at St. Mark’s Church in NYC, Hubbart Hall in Cambridge, NY, Wanted Festival in Rennes, France, her native Sofia, Bulgaria, as well as Budapest, Hungary. Zornitsa has danced with Emergent Improvisation Project, based in Vermont, Lionel Popkin Dance, Grafitto Works, Group Motion Dance, Idiosyncrazy Productions, , Nicole Bindler and others in Philadelphia.