shamebox

Б brain С store П project and DNA – space for contemporary dance and performance

Idea, realization and performance: Iva Sveshtarova and Willy Prager
Music: Emilian Gatsov – Elbi
Consultants: Neli Mitewa and Mira Todorova
Photographer: Boriana Pandova
Graphic designer of print materials: Georgi Florov
Make up and hairstyle: Atanas Temnilov
Thanks to Helena Botto.

16+ event
Suitable for English speaking audience.


shamebox is the title of the latest performance of Iva Sveshtarova and Willy Prager. With it they lock up themselves together with phenomenon of shame in the box set in order to investigate it from within. They enter as kids, led by their endless, even ruthless, curiosity. But the game gets harsher and the infantile desires become more and more shameless. That is why Sveshtarova and Prager move to the virtual boxes that the internet offers gracefully, so that they can continue to play around. Often in a brutal manner, which is at the same time grotesquely funny. How far it all goes and how much would the artists endure to the shame’s performativity would find out only the spectators, who come and experience shamebox in person.

Iva Sveshtarova

is an artist and performer from Sofia. She graduated from the experimental Theatre-Studio “4XC” and “Synthetic Stage Arts” at the University of Plovdiv. She recently completed MA programme “Choreography and Performance” at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies in Gießen, Germany. From 2002 till 2006 she worked as a performer at Acto – Instituto de Arte Dramática, Portugal. In 2007 she joined the Sofia based formation Бbrain Сstore Пproject in the frame of which she collaborates with Willy Prager. She has worked with directors and choreographers such as a.o. Nikolay Georgiev, Filipe Pereira, Galina Borissova, deufert&plischke, Thomas Lehmen, Verena Billinger and Sebastian Schulz, Ani Vaseva, Maren Strack, Ani Dankova a.o. Her recent works as creator and co-creator are: “shamebox” (2017) in collaboration with Willy Prager, “Balkan dance reality show” (2015) in collaboration with Willy Prager, Sonja Pregrad (Croatia) and Rose Beermann (Germany) ; and “Our last pas de deux after Galina Borissova” (2014), “Museum of Hygiene” (2011), “Cliché “(2010), “Donna Clara”(2009)  in collaboration with Willy Prager; “Strip naked, talk naked” (realized in the frame of Freischwimmer 2014/2015) and “Show me how” (2014) together with Rose Beermann; and her own works are: “a(e)ffect” (2013), “Doing that thing again” (2012), “Mirror phase” (2010).  

Iva Sveshtarova is co-founder of the Nomad Dance Academy – Balkan Network for Contemporary Dance and of Antistatic Festival for Contemporary Dance and Performance in Sofia.          

Willy Prager

is an independent performance artist. He graduated from Theatre Studio „4XC“ in Sofia. He has completed „Synthetic Stage Arts“at the University of Plovdiv (1999) and the MA SODA in UdK- HZT, Berlin (2013). He was a scholarship holder of DanceWeb Austria in 2001 and Theatertreffen Berlin in 2000. Willy Prager has worked with directors and choreographers such as Nikolay Georgiev, Galina Borissova, deufert&plischke, David Zambrano, Ivo Dimchev, Xavier le Roy, Thomas Lehmen, Dalija Acin, Matej Kejzar, Maren Strack a.o.

As an author he created ”Prager Strasse”, “Game-a-porter”, ”Transformability”, ”Egyptian  

Spring”, ”The Victory Day” (Audience award Jardin d’Europe, ImPulsTanz Vienna 2012),  SEQUEL FOR THE FUTURE // a dance in 2043 / a dance in 2044 (together with Sonja Pregrad) and funded by Regierenden Bürgermeister von Berlin – Senatskanzlei – Kulturelle Angelegenheiten. In 2005 Willy Prager co-founded in Sofia the formation Brain Store Project. With it and especially with Iva Sveshtarova he created as an author and co-author ”Watch Your Back”, ”Cliche”, ”Dona Clara”, ”Migratory Restlessness” (with Maren Strack), “+359 Topology” with deufert+plischke, ‘Museum of ‘Hygiene”,  ”Our Last Pas de Deux”. Willy Prager is a co-founder of Nomad Dance Academy and the Antistatic Festival for Contemporary Dance and Performance in Sofia.  

The project is realized with the financial support by “Culture” Program of Sofia Municipality and the kind support of Cairo Contemporary Dance Centre.
Mit freundlicher Unterstützung des Goethe-Institut Bulgarien.