Music by Clavexperience
Should mathematics be more important than dance at school?
How many fallings it takes to learn to stand?
Am I able to stay still?
Do I perceive or I just reflect?
Does the wind kiss us or it is trying to get rid of us?
Does my head identify me if I identify myself with something else in my head?
What is an entry and what is the exit?
On how many places I can be present at the same time?
How many colours do I enjoy every day?
When I hide or when I close for the world do I experience the beauty of life?
Manuela Sarkissyan is born in Varna. She graduates from NATFA “Krastyo Sarafov” in prof. Zheny Pashova’s Puppetry class. Currently, she is a freelance actress. The artistic projects she is part of are created through devised theatre method and at the same time the biggest part of the educational initiatives she is involved in are led in the co-teaching process. She is interested in: creative experimentation with different means of expression, materials and topics; the power of art as a binder for diverse worlds; multidisciplinary, site-specific and participatory works; informal education in a variety of theatrical formats; sustainable development. She participates in a series of national and international projects in the field of contemporary dance and performance, street, physical, improv and puppet theatre. At the beginning of 2011, she co-founds SIDEA – Cultural development foundation based in Varna where she is active until 2015. Since the mid of 2019, she is a member of the Bulgarian Association of Independent theatre board.
The film was created during an online event “Atelier #6 Present | Absent” organized by Moving body festival and mentored by Kosta Karakashyan (www.kostakarakashyan.com) & Stephanie Handzhiyska (www.stephaniehandjiiska.com). Sincere thanks to all of them for the opportunity and the inspiration.
MOVING BODY is a festival devoted to connecting artists, mediums, audiences and communities through contemporary dance, performances and films that are on the border of video art and dance. The event is held annually in Varna in October. At the heart of the initiative and the design of the program are the questions – What makes us move? How do we move? Towards what we are moving? This concept is realized in a platform for sharing know-how that gives children, youngsters, professional dancers, artists from different fields and moving enthusiasts the possibility to have an encounter with active dancers and choreographers who come to share their experience with them, their arsenal of techniques and philosophical thoughts and ideas around the notion of movement.
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