Award of Sofia Municipality for Outstanding Achievements in the Field of Culture 2021
Nomination for ICARUS award for contemporary dance and performance, 2022
“Impossible Actions” puts a group of performers through a series of tasks that aim to test and re-imagine the limits and functions of the body and deconstruct (un)conscious habits of movement. The work aims to liberate the body and its movements from meanings imposed on them. The process invites a group of local performers to activate, change and adapt a score for a physical solo based on their bodies and socio-political biographies and perform their own versions of it, together in the same space.
“Impossible Actions” was prototyped in residency at Taipei artist village in Taiwan and “La Caldera”, in Spain in 2019, and first produced in 2021 by Radar Sofia at DNK – Space for Contemporary Dance and Performance. It was followed by new versions with local performers at Moving Body Festival (Varna, Bulgaria) and “CoFestival” (Ljubljana, SIovenia).
Yasen Vasilev works in the field of contemporary dance and performance as a maker, dramaturg and critic. Since 2018 he’s a contributing author for Springback magazine and a dramaturgical consultant for choreographer Ehsan Hemat (Belgian, Iran). In 2015 he initiated his project NUTRICULA, which is the practical research of his master thesis on the politics of dance from Shanghai Theatre Academy, developed and presented in the form of workshops and performances internationally. In Bulgaria, he works with the artist-run residency space for playwrights and at-risk artists Radar Sofia and co-runs “Drama Pact”, a collective of writers and performance makers who share resources instead of competing for them. He published four poetry collections and four plays and received the audience award at Sofia: Poetics 2010 and the CEI Fellowship at Vilenica festival in 2020.