Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Live Cracks

                  Click HERE to watch the video!

This is the first one of a series of site-specific performances (presented in Ferrara, Italy, March 2014) created for the anatomical theatres preserved to our time. I plan to take Live Cracks to all anatomical theatres in Italy and then further develop the project in anatomical theatres across Europe and the United States. 

A celebration of the human body moving, in its perfect imperfection, Live Cracks seeks to bring back the study of the human body back to the first places that made it possible to look into how our bodies work.

What is an anatomical theatre? Read here.

Live Cracks is coming to Bologna this October! Watch out!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Dalla Z alla A site-specific performance

A long awaited new work I presented last saturday, 21st September at  Centro studi Villa Bighi.
So happy to have created this piece working on site, at the beautiful villa, once a home to Italian designer and artist Dante Bighi. Great to learn more about his versatile work and explore both the interior of the house and its garden, a little forest.
Upon my first visit of the place I had no idea what was to come out of it. As I started working on site, it became a 15 minute piece about mosquitoes, slides, coffee, circles and ships. A variety of aspects of the villa were explored in some way, some of the past, some belonging to the present.
Many thanks to Rossella Fabbri, who performed by my side, Giacomo Natali who put the soundtrack together and Daniele Mantovani for coming to take photographs. Here are some of them.
Thanks to the team at Villa Bighi for their support.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Performance Fatta in Casa - Homemade Performance

Up to now, three artists have brought a piece of their life and work to our home. They all chose to create their short piece based on something from their home, which was not in any planned, but I found it worked great with the concept of a homemade performance.
Many many thanks to all artists, to a great audience always, also surprisingly coming in the right numbers. Somehow, things work great at home!
Home sweet home

June 15th
Alessandra Fabbri 
Gallus Domesticus

Photo di Denise Ania

July 6th
Alessandro Tagliati
Equilibri Temporanei

Photo di Matteo Migliazzi

August 31st
Zoe Tsavdarides
Hosts and Guests

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A new performance

Last Thursday, 25th of July, I had the pleasure of creating a one-off performance for body, guitar and voice (project by Alessandra Fabbri) with Alessandra Fabbri and Giacomo Marighelli. At Meridiana, Lido di Spina.
Got to recite in Bulgarian as well (super rare) and really enjoyed collaborating with the artists! Special thanks to the organiser, Alessandra Zerbinati, and for the photos to Daniele Mantovani.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Homemade performance. Performance fatta in Casa

Recently having moved to a beautiful new apartment in the centre of Ferrara with a spacious living room, that's currently a very flexible space given the very little, essential furniture we have. What's the best way to use it? Well, performance of course!

Here's more details, follow us on facebook.

--Scroll down for English textUn piccolo festival di performance presentate nel salotto di casa. Per un breve tempo. Per un piccolo pubblico.Invitiamo autori di live performance interessati a sviluppare nuove idee a contattarci all'indirizzo:performancefattaincasa@gmail.comLe performance saranno presentate di sabato pomeriggio. Durata: massimo 15 minutiPubblico: massimo 15 persone
A small festival of homemade performances, presented in the living room. For a brief period of time. For a small audience.We invite artists who work with live performance, interested to develop new ideas to contact us on:performanceincasa@gmail.comThe performances will be presented on Saturdays in the afternoon.Duration: 15 mins maxAudience: 15 people max

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Very late updates. Late updates. Updates nonetheless.

Long time no write...
This blog started as an artistic diary back in my MA days at Wimbledon College of Art. Back then updates were in real time, or at least almost. Now updates are a bit late, or a little more than just a bit late.
Still, I find it useful to keep track online on what I do. 
So almost a year ago, and that is an update, precisely in October 2012, I took part in a contact improvisation festival in Crete, teaching two mini workshops, developing, with the help of participants, my work on the senses.
Definitely a great place for the senses.

Click here for more info

Thursday, November 8, 2012

I've been away for a while...

... happily working on a lifetime project, my son - my sun!
He's 7 months old now and has been generously giving me time at night to put new ideas together and develop new work (soon to be updated).

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Finally a Sky Space!

After years of following James Turrell's work, using him as a prime example in my BA thesis on light and space artists, always in search of exhibitions of his work in Europe and after seeing a great show of his in London earlier this year, at the Gagosian, last week, at last, I got to see Sky Space I in Varese, Italy. Part of a collection I had read and written about but had never had the chance to visit! 
It was worth the wait! An entire corridor of "light" architecture created from Dan Flavin's installation rooms, leading to Irwin's window cuts and not so imaginary walls, to finally arrive at Sky Space...


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Workshop "La cecità vedente"

With many thanks to all participants, Alessandra Fabbri, Ruth Zanella and all  those who publicized the 2-day workshop I gave last September at Magazzini Generali, Ferrara, Italy. In attendance to present "Blind Trust" here in town, after London and Brighton.
Click here for details on workshop.

Some images from 23rd and 24th of September

Friday, April 22, 2011

Blind Trust at The Basement, Brighton

BLIND TRUST (a participatory performance on the senses) at The Basement (Brighton), as part of the Supper Club on the 23rd of April.
Doors open at 7:30pm, tickets £8, conc. £6. Don't be late! Limited places available on a first-come-first-served basis. Looking forward to seeing you there!
BLIND TRUST is a one-to-one performance, in which audience members are invited to a 15 minute journey where the interaction with performers and being with oneself becomes a tool for perception, as vision and hearing are taken away to enhance awareness of what is tactile as much as what is only grasped by our sixth sense.
Concept, development, set design and presentation: Milka Panayotova
Original music: Giacomo Natali
Performing: Hamish MacPherson, Lydia Georgoula, Michael Kelland, Milka Panayotova
Approximate duration: 15 minutes

Friday, March 25, 2011

"Focus-Pocus" at Kinitiras Studio, Athens

A short while ago I applied for a performance contest organised by Kinitiras Studio, Athens, with he theme 'What I like about the crisis'. I ended up in the group of eight selected pieces, to present at the studio.
So here I am, in one of my favourite cities, presenting 'Focus-Pocus' for six nights, where a valid ticket for all eight performances gives the right to voting two of the works. 
Concept, development and performance: Milka Panayotova
Sound design: Giacomo Natali

The idea behind 'Focus-Pocus', as stated in my application:

Economic crisis is a time to be creative, a time to reflect, a time where you appreciate the little things and value what you have. I happened to spend my early childhood in the late eighties/ early nineties in a country of great economic difficulty. With recurrent electricity curfews, water shortages and general scarcity for everything, making the simplest the most precious, I couldn't think of a better way to have grown up into the creative and free adult I am now. True, I am still pretty moneyless, so my life is always in a state of crisis, but probably this is exactly what I need to keep it all going.

As a performance maker, working with movement and interested in audience participation, my idea for a short performance (estimated to 15 minutes) with the title
''Τι μ΄αρέσει στην κρίση'':

I like it that we all make more conscious choices and also focus on what really matters. So I am going to give that choice to the audience. They can view the performance with the help of little torches, while the performance space saves on electricity, why not? Low electricity bill and you still get to see a peformance. The audience gets the choice of seeing, not seeing , what to see and how to see it. They can focus on one part and forget about the rest, unite as a community and decide how the performance is to be viewed.

What happens on stage? The performer (myself), will execute a short choreography, inspired by the movement techniques of Butoh, around the idea of focus and concentration by using single body part movements and controlled breathing. Playing with the speed and pace of the shifting body from one point to another in space, responding to the interplay of lights coming from the torches used by the audience, the performer alternates movement and stillness, again to stress moments of spontaneity as opposed to concentration and focus.

The reciprocal influence between performer and audience within the space reflects the need, especially in time of crisis, to communicate with others in order to obtain what we want. On the other hand, we are also free to make choices individually, according to our needs and possibilities.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Institute of Kentish Town

Kentish Town Story Tellers
(an audio archive of stories created by visitors)
Tuesday 14th of December, 13:00-17:00

Concept/Development: Milka Panayotova
Marketing/Design: Blanca Garay and Inês Silva

Visitors are invited to write a short story of three things or places they like about Kentish Town and share why they have an impact on them. Their stories get recited by other visitors so that each participant gets to write their own story and read somebody else's for the voice recording. An audio archive of short stories about Kentish Town is created, which will be used for a sound installation within the exhibition space for the duration of the show.
Come and tell us your story!

For more info click here.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Hemline at Somerset House

Recently I danced for a video that was to become part of an interactive installation  at the Somerset House, produced by Jason Bruges Studio (London). The work took inspiration from Loie Fuller and her skirt dances, so I enjoyed moving in a butterfly costume for a day. 
Apart from the fun, the new experience and all the package that comes with new collaborations and meeting new people, I find the piece of subtle elegance and a careful study of light and space. 
You can see it at the Somerset House by the 12th of December.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

I am back, rolling

I have officially graduated from my MA degree in Theatre: Visual Language of Performance with a distinction! My final show, Blind Trust, went really well and I am working on taking it to another venue now.
For the past month I have been looking into creative and job opportunities (the two not always go together really, but then again, that's another creative aspect of it all) and have been lucky to have a nice break from an exhausting, but indeed very productive, year. I have started going to some dance workshops at the Place,  something I hadn't had much time for during my MA year. 
Also, I recently discovered that luna parks, which have always had some kind of a 'sad and out-of-date stuck in the eighties' feeling attached to them, are beginning to involve our senses on a more personal level. A few quid to spend 10 minutes in a plastic sphere on your own, in an open field...It was a thrill!

It's called 'zorbing', and seems to be a new sport activity in fast expansion. It may only look like a simple hobby, but if you actually decide to move in a certain pattern with that ball, it does take the energy and skills!

Monday, September 13, 2010


(A participatory performance)
@ Wimbledon College of Art

Approximate duration: 15 minutes
One participant at a time on a 'first come first served' basis. Get your number!

Concept, development, set design and presentation: Milka Panayotova
Original music: Giacomo Natali
Performing: Charlie Hendren, Laura Erwin, Marta Masiero, Martina Armaro, Michael Kelland, Milka Panayotova, Rata Thuvasin

Thursday 9 September: 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday 10 September: 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Saturday 11 September: 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Tuesday 14 September: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Wednesday 15 September: 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

BLIND TRUST takes you on a small journey of the senses. While it sets off as a visual experience, it seeks at creating further dialogue in the absence of vision and language,
concentrating on touch and movement.

The performance is divided into two main parts: one is visual, and the other is non-visual. You are invited as the only spectator in the performative space, which you are free to explore. You will be blindfolded at a certain point and your journey will carry on by trusting your other senses as well as the performers who will guide you for the duration of the performance. Based on the notion that the absence of a certain sense contributes to the amplification of the others, ear muffs will be placed upon you and you will renounce to your sense of hearing for a few moments.While you are encouraged to respond to the performers' movements and tactile stimulus, this does not mean there is a right or wrong way of doing so. You may interact or just enjoy your non-visual tour of space, texture and movement.

High heels: While you can totally trust our performers, which will especially be the case when you are blindfolded, high heels are not an option. If you happen to be wearing a pair you can still participate, we got some flat shoes available.

Share with others what the journey was like for you: you are very welcome to leave a written or video message after the end of your journey as reference for other participants.

* Please note that you may be filmed or photographed for documentation purposes and the material could be used for promoting the show. If you do not wish to be photographed just let us know.

Friday, September 3, 2010

My web page

Here it is:
With special thanks to Marco Lodovichi, photographer and web designer.

Blind Trust

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Small lights, small changes, considerable impact

Now that the space is ready and the structure of the performance is slowly coming to life, there are the little details to take care of. Small things that make a big difference in visual and perceptive terms, all a big deal for my final piece. Things like getting all the LED lights to work in unusual ways, blocking the massive green lights of the beloved health and safety exits, so dear to the British. 
Great thing is I got the desired equipment, solved the problem with a flat screen way too big for its purpose, tried the sound system and many thanks to Eileen, got a heavy black curtain, pictured below. Can't wait for the two-day workshop with dancers leading up to the first show on the 9th of September.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Rehearsals with spectators

For the non-visual part of the show I have been trying out different movements and actions to do with the participant getting feedback from them. My first participant was Marouso. Topics that came up: trust, disorientation, fear.
I am also testing these ideas while working on the information given to participants before each one can have their private 'sensorial perception'.