Imaginative Choreographic Center 2021

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STEAM ROOM is an artistic team within the field of choreography and dance. The team is formed by Aleksandar Georgiev - Ace, Zhana Pencheva and Darío Barreto Damas, three choreographers/dancers actively operating locally and internationally.


STEAM ROOM is formed out of the wish to facilitate conditions and environments that contribute to the development of the work in the field of choreography and dance in different localities, with an intrinsic international vision. STEAM ROOM aims to open spaces for reflection and wider critical knowledge through artistic work and cultural initiatives.


STEAM ROOM objectives:

  • The exploration of practices and methods of collective authorship, post- production policies and queer, inclusive and divergent approaches though artistic work.
  • The development and nurture of professional audience through: the exchange of artistic practices, professional choreographic and dance training and the work on articulation and formulation of artistic and cultural language following analytical and critical approaches.
  • The exploration of alternative institutional structures.
  • The creation of non- formal networks for expending and sharing choreographic and dance bodies/devices. These are approached through artistic/cultural work and research and not through an educational approach.




We are Aleksandar Georgiev - Ace, Zhana Pencheva and Darío Barreto Damas, active figures in the field of choreography and dance in different localities. We are friends, family and working partners. Our union is based on motivation and necessity, both related to our current work in the choreography and dance field. In other words, STEAM ROOM is an alternative family constellation and its run by our desire to work together and to count with better conditions and accessible infrastructures in our artistic work and our cultural  context.


We work artistic and culturally in Sofia and Burgas (Bulgaria), Skopje (North Macedonia), Stockholm (Sweden) and Tenerife (Spain).


Throughout our work, we want to highlight what constitutes a partnership that shares a common ground but embraces individuality, not pursuing one single identity. We work on co-existence, not demanding the normalisation of interests and abilities but running on the logic of equity and diversity. Not to see deviations and disagreements as a problem to be solved but something to be promoted and celebrated. To clarify, we do not work on our individual artistic identities through STEAM ROOM, we do engage in collaborative and collective strategies to fulfil our needs, still conserving our individualities.


STEAM ROOM functions within an alternative institutional sphere. STEAM ROOM does not count with an own legal body, neither physical working space. Our work is based on the reliability on partner’s spaces and administrative bodies, embracing methods of collective support. Choreographically perceiving the mechanisms of an institution, we investigate different formats that allow us to function away from solid hierarchies and procedures. An institution without legal body, a venue without space, an organism without a singular body. Imaginative Choreographic Center (ICC) is our latest take on that and the structure through which we currently function.



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Georgiev - Ace



Aleksandar Georgiev - Ace is a choreographer/cultural worker. He has been part of formal and no-formal educational programs such as NOMAD, SPAZIO, DanceWeb, 50 Days Fly Low and Passing Through and Critical Practice program (3rd generation). He graduates at the Master program in Choreography at DOCH, Stockholm, in 2014.

He has been exploring nomadic approaches in terms of working base, constantly replacing himself, but it is in the last 4 years when, while working, he defined four places he considers home/locality, (Stockholm, Sofia, Skopje and Tenerife).

Lately he initiated the choreographic research CO-series. The research works with different artistic practices and methods exploring the ideas of co-existence, hyper and holography through the prism of dance and choreography.

He is member of NGOs such as Lokomotiva (North Macedonia), Garage Collective (Bulgaria) and Interimkultur (Sweden). He is also a member of the network NOMAD (Balkan countries).







Zhana Pencheva is a dancer and choreographer based in Bulgaria. She graduated, (Bachelor and Master), in Dance and Theatre in New Bulgarian University, Sofia. With strong interests around body and movement, she continued her education through series of workshops and non formal programs such as Nomad Dance Academy and DanceWeb.

She is co-founder of Garage Collective, Sofia, a member of Nomad Dance Academy - Bulgaria and member of the board of Hamalogika, Burgas. As a performer, she is actively collaborating with Dune Dance Company, Bulgaria. She works pedagogically with groups of different constellations and needs, focusing her teaching around dance technique and choreographic structures.

Artistically she is interested in the potential of the body as a moving structure and the role emotions play within it. In her last solo work, “Six love songs”, (prized by Tri3avisim 2018, Bulgaria, and nominated for IKAR prize 2020 in the category “Contemporary dance and performance”, Bulgaria), she is exploring pop figures in contemporary culture and the identification of self in performative contexts. Her latest fascination is pole dance.




Barreto Damas


Darío Barreto Damas is a freelance dancer working in the field of dance and choreography. Darío is based in Sofia, Skopje, Stockholm and Tenerife.

Throughout his work, Darío focuses in the emancipation/independency of dance and in spaces of de-contextualisations/dis-identifications.

His formal education takes place at Teatro Victoria (Tenerife), Institut del Teatre, (Barcelona) and DOCH (Stockholm). At the moment he is studying the MA Program in Choreography and Performance at Justus-Liebig-Universität, Giessen.

Darío is member of the NGOs Lokomotiva (North Macedonia) and Interimkultur (Sweden).





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