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Meet ISPA's 2016 Global Fellowship Program participant Atanas Maev!

Atanas Maev


Co-founder, Derida Dance Center 

Atanas Maev has studies Economics in Germany and has been working as a cultural manager since 2002. He is a co-founder of the first center for contemporary dance in Bulgaria - Derida Dance Center as well as Derida Dance company. As a result of his work Derida Dance Center is recognized as a partner in numerous international projects, runs an eduncational and training program in contemporary dance and works with various social groups. In January 2014 Derida Dance Center Residency Program was recognized by experts of the European Commission in Brussels as a best practice for exchange of artistic experience in Europe together with other four examples. In 2015 the management model of Derida Dance Center is chosen among 240 cases from all over the world and was included as an example of successful cultural entrepreneurship in the postgraduate textbook “International Arts Entrepreneurship: Innovative Strategies and Cases” by the Canadian Publisher Routledge.The textbook will be distributed in 500 universities and libraries.

We asked Atanas to tell us a bit about himself and anything else that he would like to share with the ISPA family. Check-out what he had to say:

Atanas, What are the three adjectives that describe you? 
Confident, calm, and motivated!


What’s your favorite city in the world?
Atanas: It is s not a city but a village called Dzhurkovo which is located at very high part in the Bulgarian Rodopy mountain. This is a magical place where I feel my roots and where one day I would love to spend a part of my life.

Can you name one channel that you subscribe to or frequently visit to stay up-to-date with news about the arts and culture in your region?
Atanas: A friend of mine is running a web portal called Dancing Opportunities where the current news for all that is happening at the European and world dance stage is very well updated. Also the biggest European platform for contemporary dance Aerowaves has a google group which works well, for example, with one email info get distributed among 40 significant dance organization partners in the platform.

Is there anything else that you would like our ISPA family to know about you or your work?

As manager and co-founder of Derida Dance Center I would like to share with you what we are doing. Derida Dance Center's main purpose is to support the development of contemporary performing arts at national and international level. The activities related to its mission are as follows:

  1. production and co-production of independent contemporary dance productions;
  2. education and training program in the field of contemporary dance trough program called  Dance PORT Derida supported by "America for Bulgaria" Foundation for five years in a roll;
  3. an international residency program that runs each year;
  4. execution of projects aimed at professional exchange practices and capacity building in the field of contemporary performing arts, cultural management and cultural entrepreneurship.

Derida Dance Center is a member of Aerowaves platform, East European Performing Arts Platform (EEPAP), IETM and Global Practice Sharing NYC (GPS). As a part of Aerowaves platform, Derida Dance Center is a presenting partner since 2015 and takes an active role in the distribution of contemporary dance productions throughout Europe. In 2015 Derida Dance Center got the award of the Municipality of Sofia for bright achievements in the development of the contemporary arts.


Thank you to ISPA’s Patron and Challenge Campaign Donors for their generous support of the Global Fellowship Program. Learn how you can help support the Global Fellowship Program.

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