“Animalistic one moment, delicate the next, he meshes darkness and lightness with verbal and physical dexterity.” — NEW YORK TIMES
We are thrilled to have the opportunity to present two works by acclaimed Bulgarian artist Ivo Dimchev in Los Angeles: his brilliant and captivating SONGS FROM MY SHOWS, and a work rarely presented in the US: P PROJECT.
Ivo Dimchev is known for his provocative and often controversial performance works that explore connections between tragedy and humor and one’s personal sense of modesty. Selected as one of the best theater performances for 2012 by Nachtkritik-Theatertreffen, P-PROJECT is an interactive performance based on “P” words such as People (i.e., police, painters, prostitutes), Piano, Pussy, Poetry, and Poppers. With this work, Dimchev confronts taboos surrounding money, value, creative labor and content authority, inviting audience participation and testing the audience’s creativity and desire for risk-taking.
SONGS FROM MY SHOWS features 15 songs from his past performances to present as independent, individual opuses. While his work blends performance art, dance, theater, and visual art, Dimchev’s enormous musicality and his remarkable vocal gift are at the center of each of his productions.
Dimchev is author of more than 30 performances. He has received numerous international awards for dance and theater and has presented his work across Europe, South America, and North America. He has led master classes at the National Theater Academy in Budapest, the Royal Dance Conservatory of Belgium in Antwerp, Hochschule der Künste in Bern, Switzerland, DanceWeb in Vienna, Giessen University in Germany, the Bremen Academy of Art, and other institutions. Dimchev is the founder and director of the Humarts Foundation in Bulgaria and organizes an annual competition for contemporary Bulgarian choreography. Dimchev is currently an Artist in Residence at Kaaitheater in Brussels. In 2014, he opened MOZEI in Sofia, Bulgaria, as an independent space for presenting contemporary art and music.
“Ivo Dimchev’s SONGS FROM MY SHOWS radicalizes the notion of the archetypal cabaret, presenting a gorgeous line-up of songs buried within his existing shows freed from the burden of context. The fifteen [plus] songs in Dimchev’s show largely follow a chronological arrangement, beginning with his 2004 show Lili Handel and closing in a preview of his current projects, punctuated by anecdotes and moments of captivating candor between Dimchev, his accompanist, and audience.” — PICA / Portland Institute for Contemporary Art