Kosta Karakashyan, Bulgaria
Kosta Karakashyan is a Bulgarian director, choreographer, writer, and performer investigating how to nurture empathy and tenderness through dance, film, and education. A two-time Bulgarian National Ballroom Champion, Kosta has performed and choreographed on Dancing With the Stars Vietnam and across Bulgaria, New York, Canada, Germany, Norway, Vietnam, and Japan. Under his creative production studio Studio Karakashyan, recent works include directing music videos for the artists Acrillics, Bettan, and Matt DeLuca and the documentary dance film WAITING FOR COLOR about the ongoing LGBTQ+ persecution in Chechnya.
He graduated from Columbia University with a BA in Dance, where he served as the inaugural Student Artist-in-Residence at the Barnard Movement Lab. In New York he also choreographed for the Columbia Ballet Collaborative, and performed works by Merce Cunningham, Sasha Waltz, Shannon Gillen, and Chase Brock. He has also written essays and reviewed for Dance Magazine, DanceTabs, Single Step Foundation, Independent Fashion Bloggers, and FashionBeans.