American Realness

Ivo Dimchev

Songs and Book


Sunday, January 8, 5:30pm – SOLD OUT*
Monday, January 9, 10:00pm – SOLD OUT*
Tuesday, January 10, 7:00pm

* A waiting list will begin 30 minutes before each performance.

Run Time: 60 minutes

Abrons Arts Center, Underground Theater
466 Grand Street / Tickets $20

Single Tickets Festival Pass

Bulgarian performer Ivo Dimchev is known for breaking taboos in his provocative and boldly physical pieces. While his work blends performance art, dance, theater, and visual art, Dimchev’s enormous musicality and his remarkable vocal gift are at the center of each of his productions. For this new concert evening Dimchev performs songs from his body of work as well as new songs composed for the event. He will additionally share excerpts from his recently published Ivo Dimchev Stage Works 2002-2016. The evening presents Dimchev’s prodigious talent in a stirring concert that leaps between the feral and the virtuosic.

*Book reception to follow Monday, January 9 performance

Photo curtest of the artist.

Songs and Book – Ivo Dimchev
On The Piano – Asen Doykin
Cello – Rubin Kodheli
Drums – Oskar Haggdahl

Ivo Dimchev (1976) is a choreographer and performer from Bulgaria. His work is extreme and colorful mixture of performance art ,dance, theater, music, drawings and photography.

Dimchev is author of more then 30 performances. He has received numerous international awards for dance and theater and has presented his work all over Europe , South and North America.

Besides his artistic work Ivo Dimchev gives master classes in the National theater academy/Budapest , the Royal dance conservatorium of Belgium/Antwerp, Hochschule der Künste/Bern, DanceWeb/Vienna etc.

He is founder and director of Humarts foundation in Bulgaria and organizes every year a National competition for contemporary choreography.

Since Oct 2009 after doing his master studies on performing arts at Dasarts academy / Amsterdam , Ivo Dimchev moved to Brussels where he opened a performance space Volksroom which weekly presents international young artists.

From Jan 2013 Ivo Dimchev is an Artist in Residence in Kaaitheater / Brussels for 4 years. In 2014 Ivo opened his new place MOZEI in Sofia Bulgaria , an independent space focused on contemporary art and music.

“Mr. Dimchev may push taboos in his work, but his timing, his hushed, whispery asides and the two-way conversations uttered under his breath are virtuosic — even reminiscent of Robin Williams. Animalistic one moment, delicate the next, he meshes darkness and lightness with verbal and physical dexterity.”
– Gia Kourlas, The New York Times, Published September 21st, 2014

“The word on the street is that this Ivo Dimchev guy is unpredictable, even dangerous. You just don’t know what will happen when you enter the auditiorium. Mystery and danger, powerful human aphrodisiacs.” – La Vie Viennoise Blog, Published August 5, 2012

“In that work Mr. Dimchev, a Bulgarian artist who lives in Brussels, transformed himself into an aging transsexual, both ethereal and streetwise, to explore sexual and cultural consumption. By the end of the night he drew his own blood into a vial and auctioned it off to the highest bidder. It was fantastic.”
– Gia Kourlas, The New York Times, Published May 1, 2011

“Dimchev masterfully manipulates the truth with the physical metamorphosis of his trickster character; his carriage and execution sew the fabric of the whole together. I felt all the richer for having been played his fool.” – Lucy M. May, The Dance Current, Published December 3, 2011