“THEATER WORKS: working with OBjeCtS”

an intensive workshop for dance improvisation and instant composition with a focus on working with objects.

“THEATER WORKS: working with OBjeCtS” is an upgrade of last year’s workshop led by Paolo Cingolani “Poetics of movement – Instant composing” and offers for the first time in Bulgaria training on working with objects in the context of instant composing with teacher Julyan Hamilton. This workshop is part of a series of classes and part of Hamilton’s comprehensive pedagogical work entitled: “Theater Works”.


Hamilton is one of the pioneers in the field of instant composition. His performances are characterized by a number of different reoccurring elements. These elements have been deeply researched and practiced over the years. They involve light / sound / space / text and speech ….and the use of objects.
His decor work and use of objects in the space is of essence and accompanies all of his theatre pieces.

Topics of the training will be:

– placed
– handled
– spoken to
– danced beside
– destroyed
– created

All reveal a particular poetry especially when in the context of the ‘naked’ dancer’s body.
We will take a look at this subject, working the body thoroughly and in the context of objects ‘on stage’.
We’ll consider and practice how to enter into poetic relationships with objects and discover how they can participate and reveal further layers of imagery in performance.

The program will be closed with a presentation of the work open to an audience. An opportunity to have fun and test into practice all the material from the week.


The workshop is for professionals and students in the field of dance and theater without age restrictions; to those who are seekers, explorers, love to dance or move and those curious to find out about working with objects in improvisation or want to add on their already accumulated experience. It is not necessary to dance professionally, but prior movement and/or performance experience would be beneficial.


There are up to 30 participants who will be selected after submitting an application here:

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Since the 80’s he has performed constantly in close collaboration with many of the highest quality musicians from all over Europe. It is with some of these musicians that he gives readings of his poetry. He is at present performing the solos ‘INTERVIEW’, ‘HELD DEAR’ and ‘a KOAN for our Times’ performing with bass player Barre Phillips and Nuria Andorra amongst many others.

With his company ALLEN’S LINE, he has been performing their latest piece ‘The Eclipse of Reason’ in Rome, Paris, Bruxelles and France.

As a pianist he plays regularly with Hamilton Carroll in Berlin and Brussels. Their first cd ‘POINTER’ was released in 2016. His label ‘BLUEDOG’ produces videos of his performances on DVD, CDs and print. His new poetry album ‘Jack Gets Out of Prison’ with bassist Wilbert de Joode was released in 2018 and ‘The Road to Amarillo’ piano/text/bass with Giorgos Kokkinaris released in 2022.



The event is realized in cooperation between NATFIZ and the “Unseen Theater” foundation AND WITH THE FINANCIAL SUPPORT OF THE NATIONAL FUND “CULTURE”, PROGRAM “CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT” 2022.


    • Julyan Hamilton
  • DATES:
    • from 23rd to 27th of May
  • HOURS:
    • 10:00 - 12:00 – morning class
    • 12:00 - 13:00 – lunch break
    • 13:00 - 16:00 – afternoon class
    • Public appearance of the workshop participants: May 27, from 7:00 p.m.
    • PLACE: Chamber hall “Akademik”, National Student House
    • PRICE: Suggest donation from 10 to 70 BGN. For students – free participation