Balkan dance reality show (2015)

a performance by Iva Sveshtarova, Willy Prager, Rose Beermann and Sonja Pregrad

Dramaturgical assistance: Angelina Georgieva

Sound: Emilian Gatsov–Elbi

Voice: Stephan. A Stereff

When artists from different contexts gather together and start to cooperate, a reconsideration of the place they come from and of the making of their own artistic practices inevitably happens. In “Balkan Dance Reality Show” four performers from Bulgaria, Croatia and Germany scrutinize the concept of the Balkans and it becomes their zone of play: it takes the form of an atmosphere, of an exotic imaginary place, of an odd fiction populated with fancy creatures, of a reality show whose authors and participants turn out to be the same. Against the background of Stravinsky’s emblematic “The Rite of Spring” (whose 1912 choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky was a turning point for the development of contemporary dance) and of an authentic text taken from the popular US reality show “Work of Art”, the four performers look about their own place in the world of art. And the inevitable questions arise: what is a work of art today? How is it created, how is it evaluated, and how do artists themselves think about it? And, ultimately, is everything a show?

A production of Brain Store Project and Fourhanded with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture of Bulgaria, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia and the City of Zagreb.

Coproduction by fabrik Potsdam, CDC Uzès danse, and Théâtre de Nîmes supported through ÉTAPE DANSE, initiated by Institut Francais Deutschland / Bureau du Théâtre et de la Danse and fabrik Potsdam with the support of Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication / DGCA and the City of Potsdam. Co-produced by Station – Service for Contemporary Dance / Belgrade, Nomad Dance Academy, Life Long Burning (with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union).

Realized with the kind support of Goethe-Institut Bulgarien, Derida Dance Centre – Centre for Contemporary Dance within the frame of its residency programme and of Zagreb Dance Centre.

Link to trailer:


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Photo: Boriana Pandova