“Soft questions are so different from their brothers, the questions with a defined end, who look more similar to long needles, piercing the subject.”
Soft Questions is a choreographic research dealing with the “soft questions” regarding the nature of success, and it answers them “as much as it is able to”. These are those questions, which we ask, when we would like to know “how” and “why”. The answers are usually more complex than what we would have wanted.
“They are so different from their brothers, the questions with a defined end, who look more similar to long needles, piercing the subject. Instead, the “soft questions” gently embrace their object from different sides and fall into it softly, but insistently” – explains the choreographer Stephanie Handjiiska.
Stephanie Handjiiska is a dance artist, who recently graduated from the London School of Contemporary Dance with a thesis on The Relationship Between Capitalism and Artistic Labor: Perspectives on Sustainability. Her practice is concerned with topics such as success, labor, and national identity. She describes her artistic approach as “physical and contemplative” and strives to develop a language of direct honesty towards the audience and discuss matters that are usually easier to leave unaddressed. Her work is spread across Bulgaria, the UK, Vietnam, and Egypt. In 2019 she made her debut as a director (together with Kosta Karakashyan) with the short film Glance from the Edge. That year she was also selected for the national “Pera Aspera ad Astra” scholarship with mentor Galina Borissova. As part of it, she was also invited to take part in the ATLAS program of ImPulsTanz Festival.