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In-Situ/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: The wish is to „reflect“ the experiences from Sofia in Frankfurt. Consequently, an adaption/performance of the InsituSofia project to our house in Frankfurt Eastend takes place on August 4, 2021!


© Barbara Fahle

Organized in partnership with :
Divertimento Ensemble - IT, Gaudeamus - NL, HfMT- DE, impuls - AT, Ircam - FR, Mixtur - ES, Ultima - NO, Warsaw Autumn - PL
What’s on :
Christiane Engelbrecht


Our great Insitu/Sofia project is completed! After several Zoom Meetings with the three artists in Sofia Elena Dimitrova (scenography), Lidia Stanulova (game design), Alexandra Zlatanova (painting) IEMA-Ensemble 2020/21 was finally ready to go to Sofia! The ULYSSES network's Insitu/City program aims to place young artists at the center of various European social contexts and to establish closer relationships with European citizens. The city - with all that it means from a historical, cultural, political and social point of view - is the starting point for all projects. Our interdisciplinary project was finalized and performed from 26 to 29.7.21 in Sofia/Bulgaria in collaboration with and during the festival "180° laboratory for innovative art" Thereby the IEMA ensemble 2020/21 worked in three different groups with three different performances in the end: Location | Performance, ca. 15 min. Elena Dimitrova / Flora Marlene Geißelbrecht, Moritz Koch, Veronika Paleeva, Felix Schauren The musical walk started outside and was performed in the area of Goethe-Institut Sofia, using "items of the city".   Medium | Performance, ca. 15 min. Alexandra Zlatanova / Claire Colombo, Jaume Darbra Fa, Zacharias Faßhauer, Kathrin Isabelle Klein, Lukas Nowok The painter Alexandra Zlatanova created about 20 different paintings which where ditigalized and projected via Video Mapping while among others pre-recorded Kassandra poems were transformed into spatial sound.   Interaction | Performance, ca. 15 min. Lidia Stanulova / Riccardo Acciarino, Lucie Chollet, Antonio La Spina, Jae A. Shin, Yiyang Zhao The audience could interact with the individual musicians and control musical actions. Impressions from Sofia: (c) Iliyan Ruzhin