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Outside the Frame – Fusion of Contemporary Dance, Live Music and Painting
Outside the Frame is an innovative art production which combines dance, live jazz performance and paintingbehind one artist’s creative concept – to fuse together different art forms towards a larger complex structure which surpasses the established boundaries of artistic expression.Choreographer Petur Iliev is the creative mind behind the project, and the whole show is a metaphor for his artistic attitude, mentality and capability: always searching, pushing the limits of tradition and convention, as both his choreography and complete shows demonstrate aspiration to challenge the comfortable and the familiar, to explore and experiment with new dance techniques and ideas for stage presentation.
At the core of the production are four dance pieces which combine several different techniques:ballet, modern, jazz and Bulgarian folk dance. They are set to music which has been especially created for them by the young and renowned contemporary Bulgarian composers Petar Ralchev, Svetoslav Karparov, and Konstantin and Alexander Wadigeroff. As such, the pieces carry in themselves a strong ethnic Bulgarian flare, which is a signature to Petur Iliev’s work. As a dance teacher and choreographer, his production expresses the unique combination of a background deeply steeped in the rich folk dance and music traditions of his family, and a long and successful career at some of the most distinguished US dance institutions.
Renowned pedagogue and choreographerPaula Weber from Kansas City Ballet is also a featured guest-artist in the production.
The Iliev Dance Company currently comprises of 12 dancers – young artists who are trained in different dance styles and able to perform the intricate steps and figures required by the production.
The musical element is a live jazz performance by Minimum Jazz Trio: Lilly Ilieva (vocal), Alexander Logozarov (guitar) and Dimitar Liolev (saxophone), who present their own original arrangements of jazz standards.
The whole experience is framed by the paintings of the young visualartist Tatyana Ilieva, who works with various media and explores the world of dancing and children, amongst others.
Concept and choreography: Petur Iliev
Guest-choreographer:Paula Weber, Kansas City Ballet