“Mayday” is the internationally recognized distress signal for emergencies. As if through a detective’s lens the dance performance enlarges forms of communication chaos in present-day dynamic, competitive environment. The advent of technology into everyday life helps us exchange information transcending the distances between us. In the multimedia performance “Mayday” the exchange of messages is incessant but does not guarantee an escape in “case of emergency.” The performance bears the characteristic style of Derida Dance Company. Its choreographer Zhivko Zhelyazkov has developed over the recent years a distinguishable style of vigorous and dynamic dance exploring the possibilities of interaction with new technology. To that end he brings some interesting visual and music artists and an architect into the production.
Zhivko Zhelyazkov graduated from the National Academy for Theatre and Film Art as an actor and specialized dance theatre and contemporary choreography at Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia. He works with Arabesque Ballet as visiting choreographer. Co-founder and artistic director of Derida Dance company and the first centre for contemporary dance in Bulgaria, Derida Dance Centre. He has choreographed and directed a number of dance performances. His performances “ARTeFACT” and “Monocrossing” have been nominated for Ikar Award for best contemporary dance and performance.
Derida Dance company works with the aim to extend the field of contemporary dance in Bulgaria by attracting artists from Europe and Asia for joint projects. The company also implements initiatives and residencies to assist the professional development of freelance dancers.