interactive solo performance by Ivo Dimchev

Bulgarian Dance Platform is realized with the financial support of Ministry of Culture. 

“Metch” is a concert exhibition, an auction, an exercise, an excessive production of paintings, an obsessive dialog with the audience and of course the songs… „I know many people come to my shows  because they like my songs. For good or for bad, those people will need to experience or crash with my very complex and unpredictable relationship to theatre, dance, politics, and contemporary art.“

“Dimchev inspires a rare form of trust by cultivating an intimate community with the audience.”  NYTimes/

“Dimchev’s voice is one that is always shedding its chrysalis to metamorphose, from low and nasal to high and flutey and everywhere in between. It could be as fine as a brushstroke, then as wide as a cathedral. All at once he scatted and ululated and yodeled, punctuated with grunts. His microphone seemed to drip with butter.”  /San Francisco Chronicle/

“Dimchev is a first-rate lyricist, profound even when plain… As a performer, he slides effortlessly between masculine and feminine modes; his vocal range is equally protean, moving from a low baritone to a soprano embellished with theremin-like vibratos.” /The New Yorker/

“Animalistic one moment, delicate the next, he meshes darkness and lightness with verbal and physical dexterity.” /New York Times/

“His beautiful singing sounds like a voice on an old record: poignantly far away.”  /Financial Times/

“Dimchev not only confirms his exceptional talent and ability to push the boundaries of traditional art, but also invites the audience to reflect on profound themes in a context of experimentation and innovation.” /Ilnewyorkese magazine/

“METCH is a seemingly haphazard mash-up of performance styles that both parodies and excavates the act of performance — as only Dimchev can. Pushing the boundaries of what constitutes audience interaction. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. ” /Adrian Dimanlig- INTERLUDES/

Ivo Dimchev is a theatre maker, choreographer, visual artist, singer-songwriter, and queer activist from Bulgaria. His work is an extreme and colourful mix of performance art, dance, theatre, music, painting, and photography. He is the author of more than 40 stage performances and has received numerous international awards for dance and theatre. Most of his stage performances are included in his book “Stage Works 2002-2016”. He has also written more than 100 original songs all included in his Songbook. His work has been presented throughout Europe, South and North America, and Asia. In addition to his artistic work, Dimchev gives master classes at the National Theater Academy (Budapest), the Royal Dance Conservatorium of Belgium (Antwerp), Hochschule der Künste (Bern), Amsterdam University of the Arts, and DanceWeb (Vienna), among others.

During the Covid pandemic Dimchev performed more than 400 private concerts in people’s homes in Bulgaria, Istanbul, New York, and Los Angeles. The New Yorker covered these performances in a profile on Dimchev titled “The Extravagant Exuberance of Ivo Dimchev”.