Polish Dance Artists Residency at Mascher Dance

In Partnership with Movement Research and Arts Stations Foundation in Poland, Mascher Dance is excited to welcome Aleksandra Borys and Wojciech Grudziński for a week long teaching and performance residency in Philadelphia. Both dance artists will be available to meet with the dance community and will each teach a workshop at Mascher during the week. Workshops will be free for Mascher members to attend and cost $15 – $20 for the general dance community.

In addition both artists will share their work on Fri. Dec. 14th and Sat. Dec 15th, 2018 at 8pm at Mascher Dance.  Mascher member and administrator Zornitsa Stoyanova will also show work in progress during both nights. Tickets to the event will cost $12-$20 sliding scale.  All proceeds will go to Mascher’s annual fundraising campaign.

This residency is supported by Art Stations Foundation and the GPS/Global Practice Sharing program of Movement Research with funding from the Trust for Mutual Understanding.


POPULUXE workout with Wojciech is a choreographic practice inspired by concept of luxury movement. This class uses improvisation, readymades and reimagining as method toward re-patterning populuxe aesthetic.  Dec. 11 & 12 at 6pm

The Overview Effect with Aleksandra
During the workshop we will look at the human body, the environment, planet Earth and the universe and ask what kind of choreography and dance occurs between them. Interested in looking at Earth from a distance, known as The Overview Effect, we will wonder on how this perspective can change the way our physical body is approached. Dec. 15 at 4pm


POPLUXE choreography, performance, concept: Wojciech Grudziński
Momentum* when matter meets antymatter by Aleksandra Borys
Solo and Untitled – work in progress by Zornitsa Stoyanova
December 14 & 15 at 8pm
Mascher Space Cooperative, 155 Cecil B. Moore Avenue, Philadelphia
Tickets: $12 – $20 sliding scale online at


Aleksandra Borys (PL) received a Master of Art and Science from Central Saint Martins, University of The Arts in London, a BA in Contemporary Dance from Codarts, University of the Arts in Rotterdam and is a graduate of National Ballet School in Lodz. She works in the fields of choreography, video, installation, astronomy, cosmology and ecology. Since 2014 exploring relation of human body, Earth and Universe in scientific and cultural level. Working with video art that portraits embodiment of events and theories, works include short films: “embodied by land” 2017, „9,81* states of attempts” 2015, „Selfportret” 2013, „Unisono” 2013. Combining choreographic approach to create installations that offer physical experience of connectivity, cause and effect relation, and bring our physicality of scientific concepts, works include: „SpaceSnake” 2016, „Movementscape” 2015, „AirMapping” 2013, „A2C+CA2+C2A” 2012. Choreographic works orbit around movement research, physical possibilities and functionality of human body in various environments offering kinetic experience, works include: ” momentum* when the matter meets the antimatter”2018, „Unisono”2013, „bersens- an action painting”20I2, „Double-re-act” 2010; „Lost in Details” 2010 / with the work was invited for Jardin prix d’europe 2011 as one of 15 emerging choreographers during the eXplore festival in Bucharest, was chosen for the Aerowaves Priority List 2012, and as a one of 12 works for Polish Dance Platform 2012. In 2017 resident of LABverde art+nature+science / art immersion residency in Adolpho Ducke Reserve administered by The National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA) in Amazonas in Brazil, and Moving Ideas choreographic residency on astronomy and choreography relations at Ready Made in Sydney. In 2015 she received The Research Scholarship from Grazyna Kulczyk for art and science research on choreography and astronomy; she received “Mloda Polska 2014” grant for research on walking art and in 2010 a grant from the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Resident of SPAZIO program 2013-2014, DanceWeb 2011 at ImPulsTanz Festival in Vienna, Tour d’Europe des Choregraphes in 2010/2011.

Wojciech Grudziński (PL) Artist Statement
My artistic practice often concentrates on a relationship between miscellaneous components containing topics related to: autobiographically-charged reflections, ideologies, social behaviours and the moving body. My activity is a platform where I can speak candidly about self affirmation, work and live. My method of work is based on the idea of a transmedia storytelling, where modernity of movement is a crucial aspect of a research. I consider human body capability as a catalyst of a past and future visions converted by kinetic power. Not one to limit my own artistic expression, I continue practicing with a patchwork aesthetic that straddles the line between unconventional movement research and existing dance and choreography methods. Currently I am developing my new project which is based on the idea of POPULUXE. The first phase of the project took place during the residence in the Art Stations Foundation in Poznań. Derived from the combination of LUXURY and POPULAR, Populuxe quickly took over industrial design, impacted fashion, architecture and found its way to everyman’s household. In my project, it refer to the concept of  POPULUXE developing synthetic choreographic genre based on the idea of a “luxury movement”.

Zornitsa Stoyanova (USA/BUL) is an award-winning (Rocky Award 2017 for Explicit Female) performance artist, curator, writer, lighting and video designer based in Philadelphia, PA. A native of Bulgaria, she produces and presents both her own and other’s work under the name Here[begin] Dance.

In performance, she questions the ideas of the constructed structures of the theater and pushes the boundaries of social propriety though audience interaction. Mylar reflective material and custom lighting are integral part of her most recent stage, video, and photography work. Since becoming a mother in 2013 she has focused on making work about the female body, feminist ideas and imagery.

Zornitsa also seeks out professional development opportunities researching art practices in isolating gesture and communication and looking for emotional content and potential for meaning. Her most influential teachers include Deborah Hay, Meg Stuart, Miguel Gutierrez, Michelle Boule, Ishmael Houston Jones, Susan Rethorst, Fay Driscoll, Luciana Achugar, Danny Lepkoff. She has performed for Eiko & Koma, Boris Charmatz, Cie. Willy Dorner, Lionel Popkin, Group Motion and others.

Zornitsa is also a supporter for a sustainable dance community and is deeply invested in helping further conversation and collaboration. As Here[begin] Dance she has curated and produced Current: an evening of dance and art and Dance Cinema Projects. She has hosted and organized multiple classes for the community and taught free workshops in making websites for artists and budgeting. In the past four years she has ran a free community dance workshop called Get What You Need.  She teaches improvisation technique for performance, dance on camera and composition and has done so in Philadelphia, France, Hungary and her native Bulgaria. Zornitsa writes for and is the Programs Coordinator at Mascher Space Cooperative.  She is presently working on Lick My Gun performance and several short films.

Mascher Space Co-op is a home for new dance in Philadelphia. Artist imagined, artist founded, artist shared and run, Mascher is a non profit that provides affordable and versatile space. We are a community of support that cultivates deep problem solving and artistic inquiry in continuing our practice at Mascher Space. Bound not by aesthetics, but a common commitment to working cooperatively and sharing tasks and resources, Administrator Artists-In-Residence  nurture the development of all its members at various stages in their careers, lines of research, and explorations.

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