Dances with Beginners

6 April 2007 text Elena Peneva, photos Ilian Ruzhin
Stanislav Genadiev and Violeta Vitanova are two young choreographers and dancers who amazed us the first time that we saw their authors project Imago at the hall of Sfumato. It seems we were not the only people who were impressed – their performance was the first dance spectacle to be awarded with Icarus award. We decided to meet them on that occasion but only Stanislav came for the interview because Violeta was already travelling somewhere in Spain. Though it was interesting talking to Stanislav – we talked about Linga, his future plans an about one Belgium dream.

Did you expect the Icarus award?
No. I have never thought I would win that award. We were also very surprised when we were nominated. We have absolutely never imagined that this could happen and exactly the Icarus…

What do you think impressed the Union of Bulgarian artists?
I have no idea but I suppose they saw something different in us. The truth is – I really don’t know…

What is going on with you now? You have become more popular after you joined the Swiss company Linga. Are you still with them?
I still go on tours with them and play in the previous performances. They have a lot of people in their group.

What did they teach you?
A lot of things. To command your body and use it in a way that doesn’t hurt you.

What are the things that you do that make it dangerous and could hurt you?
Well, a lot of serious things. Linga style is rough and aggressive. You jump and throw yourself on the ground, make some complex assistance. If don’t know how exactly to do this, you could seriously hurt yourself. When the choreographers make you do particular movements they do it in such an illogical and twisted way that you feel you are going to break some bone any moment.

Wow… You last said you wanted to make more minimalistic choreography with Bris le Roux (a Belgium choreographer, who Stanislav likes a lot). What happened, have you seen him?
Yes, and he liked me. He said I am doing well. At the time he wanted to gather a team and to work with it for two years and he was waiting for sponsorship. As soon as he manages that he will call me. We are talking about the period 2008 – 2009 year.

What is going to happen with Imago?
We have an invitation from Varna Summer festival and we may go there. We also have an invitation from Burgas and from


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