Time for Feedback

Dear friends, partners and guests, for a tenth year in a row we’d like to express our gratitude for being with us during the magical anniversary edition of the ONE DANCE WEEK festival. Thank you for the interest, the trust and the energy you put in us and we’d appreciate it if you fill in our short questionnaire.

It would take you no more than 3 minutes but would be 10 times more important because we’d be able to hear your voice through it and we’d take notes when we plan our next events.

We hope we’ll be together in 2018 as well and take care until then!

Strong closing weekend

The closing weekend of ONE DANCE WEEK at Boris Hristov House of Culture this Saturday and Sunday (October 14 & 15) presents 2 exquisite and quite different from each other shows – the provocative MOTHER and the revolutionary KALAKUTA REPUBLIK.

On Saturday, October 14, the audience will welcome one of theundoubtable accents in the anniversary festival programme – the provocative performance of the Belgium Peeping Tom company named MOTHER. The pictorial dance exhibition which shows the various conditions and stages in the life of the mother. Beyond the obvious into her complex inner world, where fear, madness, and dreams rule.

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Yvona Kreuzmannova about us

I am excited that Czech contemporary dance is playing such a big role in the festival’s programme and there’s a whole CHECK THE CZECHS module this year!

The Czech dance scene has been growing incredibly fast and that’s quite visible especially during the last decade. The whole process can be described as synergy due to a lot of reasons like the growing number of: new venues suitable for the needs of contemporary dance in Prague, artists with diverse backgrounds who are interested in international collaboration, artistic residencies, festivals in the country, etc.

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The Bulgarian track

The Bulgarian track in the jubilee edition of ONE DANCE WEEK is Ivo Dimchev’s  newest show SCULPTURES, which will be performed in Plovdiv on September 30 at 19:30. Just a few weeks ago, the spectacle debuted at the Volkstheater in Vienna and provoked a wide response in the artistic circles and the audience.

The name of the musical group performance, which will be presented for the first time in Bulgaria and namely in Plovdiv, is also the name of the new album of the choreographer, artist, vocalist, songwriter, performer and provocateur Ivo Dimchev. The songs from the album are the backbone of this unique 70-minute spectacle, standing on the border between a pop concert and a contemporary dance performance. In SCULPTURES together with Ivo other performers are Jordan Deschamps, Helena Araujo, Jaskaran Singh Anand, Pauline Stöhr. The live piano accompaniment is by Dimitar Gorchakov.

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Main events in the programme

The jubilee edition of ONE DANCE WEEK starts on 23rd of September at 19:30 in Boris Hristov House of Culture in Plovdiv with the original show DUET OF HUMAN AND ROBOT from Taiwan. Leading characters in the show are the choregrapher Huang Yi and the German industrial robot KUKA – one of the most advanced, precise and recognisable achievements of the industry. Together they create an astonishing demonstration of the future; or rather, of our day, where people and smart machines already coexist. The dance is not a mere reflection of the beauty in both mechanics and body movements. The dance is an interpretation of the hidden emotions of out time. A performance that calls for thought.

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Explosion of Colors

The CHROMA performance of the co-founder of the world-famous Japanese artistic team Dumb Type, Shiro Takatani, arrives for the jubilee edition of ONE DANCE WEEK this autumn in Plovdiv. Dance lovers will be able to immerse themselves in an image and sound experiment on two consecutive days, October 6 and 7, at 19:30 at Boris Hristov House of Culture in the City under the hills.

CHROMA is a dance of light and shadows in which visual effects and large-scale graphics follow every step of the performers on stage as if to overcome and absorb them. Choreographer Shiro Takatani overcomes the laws of physics and modern optical technology to make the audience look for meaning in the hundreds of images they see on the screen every day. That’s how we are, in fact, constantly seeing and creating the world around us.

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Check the Czechs

CHECK THE CZECHS is the special programme part of the 10th edition of ONE DANCE WEEK, which will put into focus the Czech contemporary performance scene. The program is curated by Yvona Kreuzmannová – the engine behind almost all performance phenomena in the Czech Republic and a member of international networks, including IETM, European Dancehouse Network, co-founder and associate director of Aerowaves and partner of Be SpectACTive !.

The CHECK THE CZECHS module will present a total of three shows – GUIDE on September 24 at 19:30, THE NARRATOR on October 8 at 16:30 and ONE STEP BEFORE THE FALL on October 8 at 20:00. All the spectacles from the program of ONE DANCE WEEK will be performed at Boris Hristov House of Culture in Plovdiv.

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African dance revolution

The revolutionary-musical show KALAKUTA REPUBLIC will close the 10th anniversary edition of ONE DANCE WEEK on October 15 at 7:30 pm in Boris Hristov House of Culture in Plovdiv. Inspired and filled with the sound from the compositions of the legendary Fela Kuti, the father of afro-beat and an unbending rebel against the junta in Nigeria, this unusual dance performance tells about resistance to the great politics, about revolutions and those who stand under their flags.

Kuti himself is considered a prototype of African opposition, because the sharp satire against the regime, repression and colonialism in his albums “cost” him over 200 arrests. And much more – an army pogrom over the Kalakuta Republic – Kuti’s personal estate, which he proclaimed an independent state in 1977.

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The provocative one

One of the strongest accents in ONE DANCE WEEK jubilee program is the performance of Peeping Tom – MOTHER, which will take place on October 14 at 19:30 at Boris Hristov House of Culture in Plovdiv. The performance gathers various stages and states of life of the mother to surprise us, displaying her intricate inner world of extremes, fears and dreams.

From a frightened little girl to a 40-year-old woman in the prison of her own insecurity, the spectacle reaches beyond the obvious, beyond what we think we know about the mother. The action develops in the background of a seemingly familiar decor – a museum, a maternity ward, a studio.

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Beautiful Mind

In front of you is the new visual identity of ONE DANCE WEEK dedicated to the tenth anniversary edition taking place in Plovdiv from September 23 to October 15.

Because contemporary dance art is not chaos or vanity, but accurate science with the richest toolkit.

Because the stories, bodies, and technologies that make up the shows are simply means, just bearers of unifying messages.

Because artists do not go on stage for their own sake but for you.

Because dance in 2017 is not a lonely and misunderstood act, but a wide-angle mirror of topical issues, of big and small problems.

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This year’s selection of performances embraces the mission to color the audience’s brain. The festival’s vision is to expand the mind and to reflect on contemporary art as a source of universal message and awareness. The upcoming event speaks about our acceptance of diversity, love, revolution, secrets, and our deepening dependence on technology.

In its 10th edition, ONE DANCE WEEK takes us through unknown continents, stories, traditions, technologies, and aesthetics. We rethink the globe and its political, geographical, social, ethnic and religious boundaries to build a new world where unity is a conscious adventure. We communicate through dance to reach an understanding beyond the power of words.

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This autumn ONE DANCE WEEK turns 10 and celebrates with a special programme selection and wonderful gifts with the support of Visa – the leading payment system and also general partner of the festival.

The first surprise is our Early Bird DANCE Festival Pass! Buy your early bird festival pass at a price of 40 BGN and visit all of the shows of this year’s festival. Buy the pass with your Visa card via the epaygo.bg system until July 12 and you’ll receive a gift from Visa – limited edition festival bag.

Save the weekends from September 23 to October 15 in Plovdiv and await more surprises!

First Views

We’re currently working on the visual identity of the 10th edition of the ONE DANCE WEEK festival. Stay tuned for more information and visual experiments pretty soon. Until then just check e-act creative digits – an amazing group of young and super fresh people who are going to give the festival a boost and a brand new do pretty soon.

What do you think of us?

Dear guests of ONE DANCE WEEK 2016,

Thank you for being part of our ninth edition. We hope we have achieved the goal of making you happy, impressing and astonishing you with our selection this year. We also hope we’ll succeed in presenting the best of the international contemporary dance scene in the next years.

A few days after the end of the festival we’d like to hear your opinion and we’ll be really grateful if you spare just 3 minutes in sharing your thoughts and impressions after the end.

You can find our short questionnaire here, but it’s only in Bulgarian.

Dance Weekend

This weekend (October 29–30) will be all about contemporary dance. In the last two days of the festival you’d be able to see three shows:

29/OCT/4:00 PM
JINX103 (CH)

29/ОCT/7:30 PM
KOVA ¬ Geographic Tools (ES)

30/ОCT/6:00 PM

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Street Dancers

Today at 7:00 PM at Instituto Cervantes Sofia our team will present STREET DANCERS – a documentary shot in Plovdiv. The movie is part of Europa Transit, one of the travelling embassies of San Sebastian – European Capital of Culture 2016. The movie is produced with the help of ONE DANCE WEEK and Plovdiv 2019.

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JINX 103

JINX 103 is a dance performance for the public space, in which József Trefeli and Gábor Varga explore the rhythms and rituals of life in a high energy and create an energetic and captivating performance.

Feel free to join us on October 29 at 4:00 PM in Kapana Creative District exactly where Hristo Dyukmedzhiev St and Zlatarska St cross.

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The ninth edition of ONE DANCE WEEK will soon come to its end with UP (CH), of choreographers József Trefeli and Mike Winter, will be performed on October 30 at 6:00 PM at Boris Hristov House of Culture. UP will uplift us into the enigmatic state which will inspire immediate enthusiasm, representing the theme of elevating the spirit.

Tickets via the Eventim network at the price of 10 BGN.

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Godlike Bodies

We are grateful for the opportunity to present the Spanish dance company La Veronal, famous with the great plasticity and technique of its dancers, in front of Plovdivians and the guests of the city. On October 29 at 7:30 PM at Plovdiv Drama Theatre they will perform the piece KOVA ¬ Geographic Tools only a week after its world premiere.

Tickets via the Eventim network at the price of 10 BGN.

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Technology and contemporary dance

This Saturday, October 22, at 4:00 PM and at 8:30 PM at Boris Hristov House of Culture ONE DANCE WEEK invites you to an unique journey through the digital world of SECOND BODY. Prepare to cross over the borders between reality and virtual space and to explore new definitions of the human body.

Tickets via the Eventim network at the price of 10 BGN. The guests with festivals passes can attend only at 4:00 PM

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Mr. Gaga

On October 21 at 7:00 PM at Lucky House of Cinema ONE DANCE WEEK will present the biographic movie MR. GAGA created by the director Tomer Heymann. The movie is a beautiful cinematographic traveling through the life of Ohad Naharin – renowned choreographer and artistic director of Batsheva Dance Company, who redefined the language of contemporary dance.

Free entrance.

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All Hell is Breaking Loose, Honey

Layers of spilled beer and testosterone unite into a mixture of scents which lay in the basis of the performance ALL HELL IS BREAKING LOOSE, HONEY which will be presented on October 20 at 7:30 PM at Boris Hristov House of Culture.

The show will be only in English without translation.

Tickets via the Eventim network at the price of 10 BGN.

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DOT504 impress with dance moves

On October 17 at 7:30 PM at Plovdiv Drama Theatre ONE DANCE WEEK and the Czech dance company DOT504 invite you to their show COLLECTIVE LOSS OF MEMORY which will be in English without Bulgarian translation. The piece, which has an award from Czech Dance Platform 2015 for Dance Performance of the Year, is created by choreographers Lenka OttovaJozef Fruček, and Linda Kapetanea.

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Last chance to buy a festival pass

Last chance to buy one of our festival passes, at the price of 45 BGN, which grant exclusive entry to all of our events in the programme of ONE DANCE WEEK. Passes can still be found via the Eventim network or with the kind help of the Ticket office in front of the Plovdiv Municipality next to the Kopchetata fountain.

The official opening of the festival if tomorrow, October 9, with the American show BLOODLINES played by the New York based dancers of Stephen Petronio. The company will present their newest, biggest, and most ambitious project at Boris Hristov House of Culture at 6:00 PM.


Interview with the choreohgrapher Jeff Chieh–hua Hsieh

We thank Виж!София for the interview with the choreographer of Anarchy Dance Theatre – Jeff Chieh–hua Hsieh


In Second Body, space plays a very important role of the performance. For example, in the first part of Second Body, the audience could only hear the sound of movements. The performance in the dark and the audience will hear the body moving in the space. Through the sound, you can get feel the relationship between body and space and also get the sense of BODY. Another example is in the third part, Second Body is going to talk about how the body create and change space and in the end, the space is also changing body.

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Be part of our team

If you want to become part of the ONE DANCE WEEK 2016 team – the biggest and most recognized festival of contemporary dance in Bulgaria – just drop us a line at: volunteers@onedanceweek.com

We need energetic and positive young people to help us with the distribution of the festival advertising materials in Sofia and Plovdiv as well as other activities. The employment period is from the beginning of September until the end of October depending on the possibilities and needs of every volunteer.

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The analog sound of Kraftwerk in the performance of choreographer Yuval Pick

On October 13 at Boris Hristov House of Culture the choreographer Yuval Pick, director of Centre Chorégraphique National de Rillieux-la-Pape (France), will demonstrate his love to one of the pioneers of the electronic music scene – the world-famous band Kraftwerk.

The audience will also witness the tendencies in the dance that are typical for the romanticism, integrated in the performance ARE FRIENDS ELECTRIC? which is part of the programme of the ninth edition of the international festival of contemporary dance and performance ONE DANCE WEEK 2016.

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Stephen Petronio opens ONE DANCE WEEK 2016

The artistic path of the emblematic masters of postmodern dance – Merce Cunningham and Trisha Brown – entangled with original scene design by Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg as well as great music from other giants like David Tudor and the contemporary star Clams Casino.

The ONE DANCE WEEK festival of contemporary dance and performance is back and will take place between 9 and 30 of October. Its ninth edition will introduce the work of the newest names on the dance scene, but will also cherish the traditional routes built up by already very well-known choreographers. This year’s selection includes choreographers and dance companies from Spain, Canada, Korea, USA, Taiwan, France, Switzerland, and Czech Republic, which will show the different and varying faces of contemporary dance.


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pure electricity in our new video

We are extremely happy with our new video which was created by Stefan Chinoff specially for this year’s advertising campaign of the festival. Now is the moment also to thank our partners:

The festival is organised by Foundation ONE for Culture and Arts with the crucial support of the Plovdiv Municipality and America for Bulgaria Foundation and with the general partnership of Programista; and the main partnership of  Societe Generale Expressbank and Putishta Plovdiv. The festival is powered by Ford by Moto-Pfohe.

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Festival Pass at the price of 45 BGN

From today until the end of the ninth edition of ONE DANCE WEEK (09–30.10.2016) one will be able to buy a festival pass at the price of 45 BGN which grants an entry to all of our 9 shows. The only obligation is, regarding the SECOND BODY dance performance which will be played two times on October 22, every festival pass owner should attend the show from 4:00 PM

Don’t miss a single show with our festival pass bought via the Eventim network or with the kind help of the Ticket office in front of the Plovdiv Municipality next to the Kopchetata fountain.

The new visual identity of ONE DANCE WEEK

We’d like to introduce Stefan Chinoff who is the designer  responsible for the visual identity of ONE DANCE WEEK 2016. He is interested and has been working in the fields of design, typography and illustrations and has already participated in a lot of creative projects – Plakat Kombinat, Spirit of BurgasTemper Boards, and also the gigantic Wired Magazine, Burton, Nike, BBC. Stefan is just as wonderful as his artistic style. You can take a closer look at some of his moments here and also browse through his Behance.

We were eager to share more of him and his work on the visual identity of ONE DANCE WEEK 2016. As you may already know, the visuals used by Stefan this year were also a part of our identity in 2015 – created and adapted by  Noble Graphics and acknowledged with a bronze prize for in the Press Advertisement – Social, Politic, Media category and a silver prize for the Design and Text. Art Direction category during #ФАРА2015. After all our favourite designer remade them and looked at them though a brand new point of view – one which is definitely more magnetic and more electric, but keeping the traditional blue festival colour. The main accent and inspiration for him were the vibrations – music, dance, but also human. They are the content underneath the form of contemporary dance (scene design, music, rhythm, light design, choreography, etc.) and every single person feels them in his own and unique way, sometimes they keep you on your toes, sometimes they scare you and all you can do is choose between running away from the performance and letting yourself go.


A look back at ONE DANCE WEEK 2015

Just a few days after we announced the programme  of the ninth edition of the ONE DANCE WEEK festival of contemporary dance and performance we’d like to take a look back at our eighth edition in which notorious choreographers of the international contemporary performing arts scene like Raimund Hoghe (DE) and Trajal Harrell (US), and one of the most influential dance companies like Farm in the Cave (CZ) and Compagnie MPTA (FR).

In 2016 we will introduce quite an interesting programme but right before that moment let us remember how did the international festival of contemporary dance and performance go in 2015 from the point of view of Maritsa Kolcheva.

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The ninth edition is just around the corner

Between October 9 and October 30 Plovdiv welcomed international artists and choreographers shaping the directions of contemporary dance and performance today. The ninth edition of ONE DANCE WEEK featured companies from all round the globe – USA, Canada, Switzerland, Spain, Korea, Taiwan, Czech Republic and France. The event will present various creative approaches, styles and viewpoints, introduced by the most established names in the field.

The festival starts on October 9 with BLOODLINES a remarkable project which pays tribute to the great masters of postmodern dance, who influenced profoundly the artistic path of a whole generation of choreographers. The repertoire, which Stephen Petronio Company presented, included two iconic pieces: Glacial Decoy and Rainforest, created by some of the most prominent figures in the history of dance – Trisha Brown and Merce Cunningham. An original piece by Stephen Petronio himself called Locomotor, which marks the company’s 30th anniversary, was also part of the repertoire.

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