- Dance It! 2013 Summer Program
- Dance it! 2017 Spring
- Dance program in public schools
- Scholarship Program
Chicago’s Deeply Rooted Dance Theater is rooted in traditions of American and African-American dance, storytelling, and universal themes that spark a visceral experience and ignite an emotional response in diverse audiences worldwide. DRDT collaborates with nationally renowned choreographers, across the spectrum of modern, ballet, and African dance, to reflect contemporary voices. In Chicago, the company has performed at numerous renowned venues including the Auditorium Theater, the Shubert Theater, The Dance Center of Columbia College, The Harris Theater for Music and Dance, and the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts.
The program in Bulgaria will feature INDUMBA, by acclaimed South African Choreographer, Fana Tshabalala. The Chicago Tribune hailed INDUMBA as “…unequivocally the dance of the year” in its Ten Best Dance Performances in 2017.
Company classics Desire by Gary Abbott will also be featured.
DRDT creates world-class dance inspired by the African diaspora in a community dedicated to nurturing artists, supporting human relationships and sharing common values through engaging in dance.
Dance It! Spring Intensive is a week-long annual dance training program which takes place in Sofia, Bulgaria during the academic spring break. In 2017 it will be held between April 2nd and 7th, at the Dance Station Studio at the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, and with a stage performance on April 7th, 7 PM, at Dom na Kulturata Iskar (Krastio Pastuhov St. 23,) showcasing the repertoire created during the six intensive days. The program is an international collaboration targeting young dancers from Bulgaria (mainly) and from all over the world with the goal to contribute significantly to their dance training – to build upon their existing technique, expanding and enriching it with the vocabularies and practices of several fundamentally different dance forms. It aspires also to allow the dancers to take part in a creative process, as well as to benefit from the international exchange and intercultural communication.
In the course of the week young dancers (advanced and professionals) take classes in four different styles: Classical Ballet, Modern Dance, Jazz and Character Dance. The classes are taught by renowned teachers and choreographers from both continents – professionals who are at the top of their career. They bring their unique expertise to the young dancers who do not have the chance to experience this in their routine dance curricula. Each student also participates in the creation of repertoire, which is showcased in the final day of the program.
The spring program closes with a final stage production – a combination of the new pieces of the choreographers involving all workshop participants and repertoire shown by specially invited renowned guest dance artists.
It also offers special master classes as well as public discussion events on relevant topics, which additionally enrich the program.
Each year several of the best dancers receive scholarships for summer dance intensive programs at renowned schools and companies in the US.
This is the tenth edition of the program. Since 2008, more than 1000 dancers from Bulgaria, Serbia, Macedonia, Romania, Greece, Montenegro, Portugal and the US have participated in Dance It! More than 50 young talented dancers have received scholarships for schools such as Pacific Northwest Ballet School – Seattle, School of Ballet Chicago, Debbie Reynolds Dance Studios – Los Angeles, Syracuse University – New York, Deeply Rooted Productions – Chicago, American Dance Festival and others. Many of our scholarship recipients are currently employed at dance companies in Italy, Germany and the US, as well as at Bulgarian national dance institutions and private dance companies.
WHERE ARE THE ELEPHANTS?
This is а joyful and colorful dance production, which will be performed on Monday, December 18, 2017 at 7 pm, and at Iskar Cultural Center, Drujba complex, 23 Krastio Pastuhov Str. (by the Lake).
Where Are the Elephans? is the intriguing title of choreographer Petur Iliev’s latest creative adventure. A truly magical production performed “by kids – for kids” based on especially developed artistic concept, carefully selected music, imaginative costumes and specific stage lighting. It is performed by approximately 100 children from three different schools in Sofia and vicinity, the young dancers from Iliev Dance School, four soloists from the National School of Dance Art and “Zlatni pendari” folk dance group.
With a lot of enthusiasm and passion the students train in dance and collaborate with the choreographers to develop the pieces. The show this year engages them with the fascinating world of the circus. Every little kid is enchanted by the magical, glittery, fantastical realm of the circus, and – mainly – loves the animals in it. The elephants are amongst the biggest, most exotic creatures in the circus. This time, the viewer’s imagination is invited to transform the stage into a circus arena, while the young dancers get to transform into featured circus artists – acrobats, jugglers, clowns, guest artists from exotic Bollywood and the Shoppe villages in Bulgaria. Even the elephant appears in the end, but it is, of course a metaphorical animal, carrying its own message. The moral message of the show is multifold: to protect the animals, especially those threatened by extinction, to fight against wild animals being held in captivity, and to be cautious of “the elephant in the room” – not avoiding uncomfortable topics, but approaching them bravely.
During the school year the children rehearse once a week in the gym of their respective schools. In the final months before the event they have additional rehearsals held every Saturday at a professional dance studio. Special buses pick the kids up from their neighborhoods and bring them over to rehearsal at Studio Dance Zone, 62 Sofronii Vrachanski Str. There the groups practice together from 9:30 to 11:30 am. They rehearse two pieces together – the opening and closing sequences – the grand opening and grand finale. When they are not all on stage taking a break, they get to observe the pieces developed by their peers in another school. Besides working together, they also learn from each other, have fun and building friendships.
Participating are children from:
103rd “Vassil Levski” School in Sofia, 140th “Ivan Bogorov” and 51st “Elisaveta Bagryana”
Concept and choreography: Petur Iliev
Assistant choreographer: Nikolina Karageorgieva
Costumes and visual design: Vania Valkova
Lighting design: Georgi Buyukliev
Photography and video: Iko Media Ltd.
Production management: Yana Traikova
The production is part of the community dance project “Dancing Kids”, which has now been in existence for six years and has yielded great results. It targets children from 3rd to 6th grade studying in public schools in different neighborhoods of Sofia and vicinity, including schools located in disadvantaged neighborhoods. The projects gives the young people the chance to experience the magic of dance art, while working with a renowned professional choreographer with leadership approach. The work process includes the development of an original choreography by Petur Iliev on a topic of social and educational significance, and the completion of a specifically created dance show performed at the end of the creative and rehearsal process. This artistic process presents a unique chance for kids from different social and ethnic backgrounds to work together as a team and reach a common goal – the creation of a complete artistic product to be performed on stage.
The project is an innovation to the Bulgarian context, as it is designated not only to develop creativity and taste for artistic production in children, but also to build up motivation and self-esteem in them for achieving results and handling difficulties on the way. The artistic director of the Iliev Dance Art Foundation has many years of experience in the field of social and educational dance projects with “at risk” children in the USA. For example, in one of the projects with the guru of American dance Jacques d’Amboise, under the umbrella of the US National Dance Institute, they worked with 1200 children from 12 public schools at the same time. The students then participated in a final dance performance in Bass Concert Hall in Austin, Texas. In Bulgaria it all started in April 2012, when, as part of the 2012 Dance It! Spring Intensive, Petur Iliev attempted a small and highly successful trial project, working with 21 Roma children from 103-rd School in the Sofia neighborhood of Filipovci. The success of this pilot edition provoked its expansion to its current depth and dimensions. While the other schools have shifted throughout the years, the school in Filipovci has remained a constant in our program, as it has been evident that its students benefit the most from out program and we are truly appreciated there.
For more information: www.ilievdance.org
Започна регистрацията за десетото юбилейно издание на Пролетна „Танцова работилница“!
Наложилата се вече изключително успешна пролетна интензивна танцова програма „Танцова работилница Dance It!” ще се проведе тази година от 10-ти до 16-ти април в София, в Dance Station в Национален Дворец на Културата, със заключителен спектакъл на 16 април от 19 ч. в Дом на културата “Искър” – бул.”Кръстю Пастухов” № 23 (до метростанция “Искърско шосе”). Програмата е плод на международно сътрудничество, което има за цел да допълни обучението по танц на младите танцьори – предимно от България, но и от цял свят, и да ги запознае с различни подход и опит.
В течение на една седмица участниците (напреднали и професионални танцьори) посещават класове в пет различни танцови стила: класически балет (стил Баланшин), модерен, джаз, хип-хоп и характерен танц. Класовете се водят от утвърдени хореографи от САЩ, които са активно действащи професионалисти, на върха на преподавателската и творческата си кариера. В продължение на една седмица те водят класове и градят репертоар, споделяйки по този начин своя уникален опит и творчески подход, които не са достъпни за танцьорите в рутинното им обучение. Освен в обучителните ателиета, всеки участник се включва и в разработването на репертоар.
Целта на проекта е да даде възможност на участниците да се докоснат до нови танцови форми и техники, да се включат в творческия процес и да натрупат опит в международен обмен и междукултурна комуникация.
Пролетната „Танцова работилница“ завършва с голям финален спектакъл – комбинация от иновативната работа на хореографите с участието на всички танцьори от Работилницата, както и представяне на репертоар от специално поканени, известни танцови артисти.
В рамките на Работилницата се провеждат и различни танцови майсторски класове, както и публични дискусии по определени, свързани с танцовото изкуство теми, с които програмата се обогатява допълнително. Всяка година няколко от най-добрите участници получават стипендии за лятно обучение в едни от най-утвърдените танцови училища и компании в САЩ.
Това ще е десетото издание на пролетната “Танцова работилница”, която се провежда от 2008-ма година насам. Досега в нея са участвали над 1000 танцьора от България, Сърбия, Румъния, Гърция, Македония, Черна гора, Португалия и САЩ. Над 50 млади таланта са получили стипендии за обучение за училища като Pacific Northwest Ballet – Сиатъл, Ballet Chicago, Debbie Reynolds Dance Studios – Лос Анжелес, Syracuse University – Ню Йорк, Deeply Rooted Productions – Чикаго, Kansas City Ballet и др. Най-новото студио, което ще приеме стипендиант по съвременен танц е American Dance Festival. Много от бившите стипендианти на фондацията работят към момента в танцови компании в Италия, Германия, САЩ, както и в държавни танцови институции и частни танцови формации в България.