InSitu/City: IEMA explores SOFIA

07/2021 IEMA – DE

The “In-Situ/City” activity is aimed at putting young artists squarely in the middle of various European social contexts and creating closer relationships with European citizens. The city – with all that it implies from a historical, cultural, political and social perspective – will be the focal point of these activities.


This project is to implement a cooperation with the „180° – laboratory for innovative arts“ Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria. The idea is to invite local student/young-professional artists from diverse art fields to collaborate with the IEMA-Ensemble, creating an interdisciplinary work inspired by „InSitu/City“ SOFIA.


Alexandar Hadjiev, Director of the „180° – laboratory for innovative arts“ Festival (Berlin, Sofia).
Ljubo Georgiev, architect, city development (Sofia)


18./19 December 2020: Alexandar Hadjiev and Ljubo Georgiev introduce the project to the IEMA-Ensemble in Frankfurt and lead a 2 days workshop with the topic “Interdisciplinary and intercultural performance aspects including introducing already specific characterstics of Sofia“.

Late Spring 2021: 2-3 members of IEMA-Ensemble visit Sofia for 3 days or meet 3 local artists and Alexandar Hadjiev online and get insights into the city of Sofia and its different layers. The artists explore not only the typical city center but as well suburban areas and will experience the different dynamics of the town. The artists visit youth clubs and school classes in order to get ideas about what are the local next-generation interests.

Meantime: The 2-3 members of IEMA-Ensemble together with the 3 bulgarian artists work on an artistic concept for the main project which is organized 24. – 30. July 2021 during the “180° – laboratory for innovative art Festival” in Sofia.
The artists meet regularly via skype calls and online platforms.

July 2021: IEMA-Ensemble arrives in Sofia and together with the local artists starts their tryouts/research in diverse locations in Sofia, preparing their performance/installation as event of “180° – laboratory for innovative art” 2021 Festival.

August 2021: At least the wish is to „reflect“ the experiences from Sofia in Frankfurt. The form of this presentation will be decided during the research process based on the artistic direction.


LogBook InSitu/Sofia  –  29th May 2021

On May 26th the first digital meeting took place between the IEMA and Bulgarian students via ZOOM: Elena Dimitrova (Scenography), Alexandra Zlatanova (painting) and Lidia Stanulova (design/game design), all students at the National Academy of Arts Sofia.

At the beginning of the meeting the director of „180° Festival“ Alexandar Hadjiev and Mihaela Dobreva briefly presented the topic „In-Situ: Friction“ and the goal of the project in creating interdisciplinary concepts inspired from and performed at urban and open spaces around Sofia and Frankfurt am Main. After that, the IEMA students were divided into 3 equal groups, each one creating a separate zoom call with 1 Bulgarian student.
The 3 groups had the task to start discussions and make first thoughts about 3 topics:
1. Locations (Urban spaces) – Site-specific art – What’s the correlation between art and location?
2. Interaction (different aspects – audience, performers, and digital art. Who and what is the audience?)
3. Medium – Merging arts, tools, and expression: What and how to express it?

After an hour of inspiring discussions, the students met again in the main ZOOM Room and received their further task to assign each group with one of the topics, on which every group will further work. Every group received access to a Team digital “concept-board” which they will use as their vision board during the whole process.
In the next few weeks, the groups will meet regularly digitally to present their cities from their perspective and to further research what is the art friction in Sofia and Frankfurt am Main before meeting in presence in Sofia, Bulgaria July 26 – 31!


Organized in partnership with Divertimento Ensemble - IT, Gaudeamus - NL, HfMT- DE, impuls - AT, Ircam - FR, Mixtur - ES, Ultima - NO, Warsaw Autumn - PL



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