Zornitsa Stoyanova is a performance artist, curator, writer, lighting and video designer. A native of Bulgaria, she holds a BA in Dance and Sound Design from Bennington College, VT. After concluding her studies, she moved to Philadelphia, PA where she started creating, producing and presenting performing art and video under the name Here[begin] Dance.
In 2008 Zornitsa was a fellow with Headlong Performance Institute and later studied with Deborah Hay and Meg Stuart. Her studies with Hay and Stuart are a tremendous influence in the way she creates performance. Most recently, Mylar reflective material and custom lighting are an integral part of her video, performance and photography work. In October 2015, she is starting a yearlong residency at space in Philadelphia.
Zornitsa is a supporter of a sustainable dance community and is deeply invested in helping further conversation and collaboration. She was a member of Mascher Space Cooperative during its founding years. Her past curatorial projects include Current: an evening of dance and art and Dance Cinema Projects (2007- 2011). She has taught free workshops in making web sites for artists and budgeting. Presently, she teaches improvisation technique for performance and dance on camera and has done so in Philadelphia, France, Hungary, and her native Bulgaria.
Her ongoing programs are Get What You Need at and Move Dance Think Fest at Headlong Studios.
More info www.herebegindance.com