2020 ICARUS Award Nomination for Contemporary Dance and Performance
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. That way it creates 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. That way dragON aka PONY offers a little bit of Isadora Duncan and a lot of MTV or VH1.
STEAM ROOM is an artistic and cultural team within the field of choreography, dance and performance, initiated by three choreographers and dancers actively operating in several European locations: Aleksandar Georgiev (MK/BG/SWE), Zhana Pencheva (BG) and Darío Barreto Damas (SP/SWE). STEAM ROOM is formed out of their 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 wider field knowledge through artistic proposals and cultural initiatives.
dragON aka PONY is their first work of the choreographic trilogy “dragON”.
Co-produced with: Garage Collective, Brain Store Project under the programme line Creative Crossroads in the framework of the Life Long Burning project supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union and Nomad Dance Academy Slovenija.
The project is supported by 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!, Jasmin.bg, Kafene.bg, LoveTheater.bg.
The performance is part of the artistic program of Choreographic Convention V “Movement Research”, part of the “Choreographic Convention” Programme of the project “Life Long Burning – Towards a Sustainable Ecosystem of Contemporary Dance in Europe”.