Not a Crab, Not a Fish -movement workshop for all with Stephanie Handjiiska

Bulgarian-born, London-based choreographer & dance artist Stephanie Handjiiska invites you to a Dancefloor Meditation session at Centrala to celebrate Central & Eastern European heritage through movement.

This session is a part of Not a Crab, Not a Fish – a dance tale on Central & Eastern European experiences in the UK, researching migration, identity and CEE beasts.

When: 12 th September 6:30 – 8:39 PM

Where: Centrala, Unit 4 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley St., Birmingham B5 5RT

Who is it for: These sessions are destined for people from all walks of life, no previous dance experience required.

What: This movement session draws inspiration from contemporary dance, dancefloor, yoga and mindfulness and aims at allowing participants to connect to their bodies and ideas of heritage, release emotions and access communal joy.

The artist leads the crowd into a free dancing session, with carefully curated instructions which layer to inspire movement, release and transformation under the grooves of the music. There’s no choreography to be learned, no movements to be repeated. Bodies dance together, being only here, only now – connecting to the music.

Participate further: We’re looking for people that identify as Central & Eastern Europeans that have migrated to the UK long-term and are willing to share their experiences with migration, relationship with their heritage, and beasts from their national mythology.

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About the artist:

Stephanie Handjiiska is a Bulgarian dance artist, choreographer and dance film director working with movement, film and documentary means. Her work explores identity, migration, community, belonging, femininity and capitalism. Stephanie is an alumni of the London Contemporary Dance School, and her work has been curated in forums such as Dance Umbrella, Resolution Festival and ImPulsTanz in Vienna.

Stephanie’s dance work is informed by yoga, contemporary dance, gaga, release technique and her own kitchen underwear dances.

Stephanie is currently researching Central & Eastern European identity in her project Not a Crab, Not a Fish, and searching for volunteers from the CEE diaspora to be interviewed about their experience around migration and belonging in the UK.