Ivo Dimchev [Bulgaria]
TRAMWAY [T1], GLASGOW directions
Sat 18 May 2019
7.30pm  //  60mins  // £15/£10
Double Ticket with Sonic Seance £22/£15

Presented by Take Me Somewhere and Outspoken Arts

ACCESS: Captioned / Hearing Loop / All TMS venues are wheelchair accessible /

A Performance based on ‘P’ words (such as Piano, Pray, Pussy, Poetry, Poppers), where Ivo Dimchev invites willing members of the audience to write improvised Poetry on stage – in return for hard cash - as he transforms it into a live song at the Piano.

After the Performance the Public is invited to Play with the complex Pussy catalogue and construct their own Pussy and Print it on a Postcard!

★★★★★ - The physically present cash electrifies the room, and makes the experience hot, live, dangerous… Moving through poetry-writing to tap-dancing to kissing, we eventually find ourselves watching two volunteers strip naked and pretend to f*ck for five minutes.

IVO DIMCHEV is a Bulgarian performing artist, known internationally for his provocative and often controversial works of performance art. His work is extreme and colourful mixture of performance art ,dance, theatre, music, drawings and photography. Dimchev is author of more than 30 performances. He has received numerous international awards for dance and theatre and has presented his work across Europe, South America, and North America. He has led master classes at the National Theatre 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 organises 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, and in 2018 he appeared on the X-Factor UK.

An intriguing reflection on the relationship between audience and performer, the power of money to encourage uncharacteristic behaviour, the importance of maintaining moral integrity in the face of social pressure and the potential of art to enthuse even mundane activity with poetic meaning.

Images: Nada Zgank