Street Fighters

Street Fighters

A dance video captured on the streets of Sofia town, the capital city of Bulgaria, where these talented dancers live,work and create.

I documented some inspiring moves out of their rather tough life – in between struggling with daily routines, armed with their faith and their talent. Still doing what they love and happy with what they have.

Idea, camera and edit Svetlin Velchev
Music GENDA
Dancers Stanislav Genadiev, Violeta Vitanova, Elena Gospodinova,
Kalin Kalinov, Ivan Kalinov, Svetlin Velchev, Teodor Vodenicharov

Fragments Trilogy

Fragments Trilogy

Inspired by Einstein’s Theory of Relativity or the current description of gravitation in modern physics. The idea shares the urge to rediscover and reveal the true nature of our planet and express that in art exhibit goal with choreography.

In the program you see compilation of three various projects based on gravity movement explorations:
Fragment #1: The Performance, Fragment #2: The Video and Fragment #3: The Installation

FRAGMENT #1- The Performance

The stage part has been initiated first as a residency at Cloud Den Haag and afterwards developed and completed at Codarts Alumni Program and AnaMorphic Studio.

By using the principals of gravity the author came up with a virtuosic method, which generates movements and highlights a certain flow within them. The reality is transforming into a subtle parallel world, where gravitation has a different magnetic force than we know.

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The dancers find themselves floating in a Universe where the process of energies, colliding and interacting with surfaces, is as straight forward as physical chemistry.

FRAGMENT #2-The Video

The dance film, also called ‘Trapped’, is an attempt to break the conventional perception for the dimensions and define gravity with moving bodies.

It represents on a physical level the need to free our mind from anything that is holding it back and look at this world from a lighter, gentle and delicate perspective.

FRAGMENT #3-The Installation

This site-specific part is a dance solo taking place on indoor location. The body of the dancer is standing anti-gravity in an integrated room in the room.

The audience observes a human figure achieving powerful weightless atmosphere with the support of unnoticeable net in the space.

Moving in soft and organic ways, the performer is leaning off balance in a beautiful interaction with gravity, turning this physical law into optional choice.

Resonance

Resonance

One wants to resonate with another. Regardless of our behaviors, relationships, occupations, looks, cultures, lifestyles, and tastes we are in search of listening to a resonance with someone or something.

The closer we come to our resonators the more we are “beings of mind and body.” Resonance is everywhere and always available to us.

Resonance 2016 Workshop Production for Theatre Department of New Bulgarian University Sofia
Choreography and edit Svetlin Velchev
Assistent – coordinator Anna Pampoulova Music Widovski
Camera Joana Mosinova
Performers Miroslava Zahova, Aleksandra Mancheva, Iliyan Nonov, Isabel Mitkova, Nikolai Markov, Deyana Assenova, Nelly Rashkova, Kalina Georgieva

URBS LUX

URBS LUX

‘Urbs Lux’ is a contemporary dance video art; a creation conceived in April 2015 as a collaborative project between choreographer Svetlin Velchev, sound designer Stanislav Genadiev – Genda and the street apparel-clothing brand ‘Cognition Limited’. Performing it are Kim Hoogterp and Svetlin Velchev

An abstract cityscape of lights, buildings, locations and shadows. Literally translated from Latin ‘Urbs Lux’ means ‘City Light’ and is inspired by the surrounding urban environment at night.

In the video a dancing couple, representing the street culture, is going through transformation by exploring different whereabouts. The captured city spirit amplifies freedom, choice and longing for other places, displaying attraction or distance between us as individuals.

URBS LUX 2015
The video is filmed at both Dutch cities Amsterdam and Rotterdam, highlighting their industrial contemporary architecture.



Landscape Interventions: Ocean

Landscape Interventions: Ocean

‘Landscape Interventions’ are a series of projects, continuation of the dance trilogy, based on gravity movement explorations ‘Fragments’ from 2013. These next series of projects are aiming to raise awareness to the environmental pollution disasters and send out prayers for sustainable resolutions!

‘Ocean’ is the first one, out of three, which is dedicated to the water element, representing the sea motion – currents, waves and tides.

Each chapter will be inspired by one of the three most threatened natural habitats: Ocean (Water), Forest (Earth) and Sky (Air), which are link to the fundamental cycle of elements needed for existence and life in our world.

The idea shares the urge to rediscover and reveal the true nature of our planet and express that in art exhibit goal with choreography. ater element, representing the sea motion – currents, waves and tides.

Landscape Interventions: Ocean
Choreography & Light design: Svetlin Velchev
Music: Marcus Guentner
Dancers: Elise Maniere, Jos Daamen

A.C.I.D. The Trip

A.C.I.D. The Trip

A.C.I.D (Ambiguous Confession, Illuminated Dimension) is an immersive dance theater. A performance, adapted to different sites and rooms, where the audience are part of the performers’ reality.

A kaleidoscopic collection of stories conceived by an improvised narrative, leaving the public contemplating the impressions of our presence.

Based and inspired by a philosophical concept used by existentialist philosophers Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir to describe the phenomenon where human beings under pressure from social forces adopt false values and disown their innate freedom, hence acting inauthentically.

A.C.I.D (Ambiguous Confession, Illuminated Dimension) 2017
Choreography: Svetlin Velchev
Music: Ametsub
Sound: Lucas Kloosterboer
Light Design: Taffy Boudewijns
Costumes: Mad Urban Fashion / Magdalena Urbanik
Dancers: Claudia Lantini, Ana Portela, Monica Sharon, Ewa Sikorska

The project is an implementation of the Artistic Residency by DalioArts at EHBK/ OT301 Amsterdam, February – June 2017

Zion

Zion

‘Zion’ guides the audience on a journey, organized by body motors which are proposing the notion of unity and oneness. Industrial bio-mechanics construct bodyscape, a functional moving force which creates progression. This process of progress is leading to catharsis.

A remarkable combination of body-art, music and movement makes this creation unique.
Contemporary dance, painted bodies and live musicians on-stage merge together to invite the spectator on a stunning experience.
Zion is a dance piece about the Rise and Fall of the Civilizations.

Zion 2012
Choreography Svetlin Velchev
Music Bop & Random INC.
Dancers Dane Badal, Thijs Huizer, Isabela Orzelowska, Rutkay Özpinar, Lauren Pollitt, Myronne Rietbergen, Emilie de Roo, Jouke Rouwenhorst, Baptiste Sandere, Giacomo Severini Bonazelli, Gray Timmer, Kayla Tuggle, Lisanne Venema, Adrian Wanliss, Natali Wauer, Joshua Wolchansky, Guilia Wolthuis

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