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Autonomy to Dance

Maska - Performing Arts Journal, nos. 181–182 (Summer – Autumn 2016/2017)

Special thematic issue of Maska Autonomy to dance: Case studies of contemporary practices in the former Yugoslavian was published in cooperation with the Nomad Dance Institute (NDI), the research program of the balkan dance network Nomad Dance Academy (NDA), which has been operating since 2013 and includes 28 active participants. In the desire to "create our own contemporary archive where it doesn't exist yet," the Maska issue contains an in-depth re-contextualized insight into the state of the countries of the former Yugoslavia. In spite of the different starting points of archiving and historiography, and the ways and style of writing, it is common to all the contributions to include the historical and contextual record of the process, how contemporary dance was actually "liberated" either from the field of theater, ballet, institution or society, and became a unique artistic genre, but in the same time, an integral part of the broader social movements and changes brought by the sixties, eighties or nineties of the previous century. Extensive articles (as pioneering works) reveal the contexts of Macedonia (Slavcho Dimitrov & Biljana Tanurovska Kjulavkovski), Serbia (Milica Ivic & Igor Koruga), Slovenia (Rok Vevar & Jasmina Zaloznik) and Croatia (Ivana Ivkovic, Iva Nerina Sibila, Katja Simunic ). As stated Rok Vevar in the editorial:

»In my opinion, the current work of the Balkan dance network’s NDA and of the NDI project – including the archiving of choreographic practices in the Balkans, and perhaps especially with it, where we would by no means want to exclude the Bulgarian group, as systemic differences discernible when comparing different historical contexts are always illuminating for us as well as for them – is to bear witness to the heritage of the common Yugoslav art, cultural, social and political space and to emphasize that the process of identities and differences can be turned into manifold opportunities for continuing this inspiring cultural context through other means and possibilities. In the context of post-Yugoslav and post-socialist experience, our work aims to be developed inter and trans-locally, with a great potential to provide a reflection and a re-examination of certain demonized concepts associated with the former Socialist Yugoslavia, including, for example, self-management and cultural unitarism. In the politically, socially, culturally and artistically eroded contexts of the former Yugoslavia republics, which have completely surrendered to the neoliberal ideology in the post-socialist period, I see this as a productive and even subversive gesture.«

(Executive editor Andreja Kopač)



Rok Vevar:

Slavčo Dimitrov, Biljana Tanurovska-Kjulavkovski:
Mapping the Archives of Choreographic Practices in Macedonia (1970–1990)

Milica Ivić, Igor Koruga:
Issues with Institutionalization, or On Betraying the ‘Independence’ of the Local Dance Scene

Rok Vevar in Jasmina Založnik:

Ivana Ivković:

Iva Nerina Sibila:

Katja Šimunić:
LITERARY DANCE: A personal reflection about two dancers in Zagreb in the Eighties

Performing Arts Journal
Since 1920
vol. XXXII, nos. 183–184
Summer - Autumn 2017 

ISSN 1318-0509 

Published by: Maska, Institute for Publishing, Production and Education | Metelkova 6, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia | TelPhone: +386 1 4313122 | Fax: +386 1 4313122 | E-mail: info@maska.si | www.maska.si | For the publisher: Janez Janša 

Editor-in-chief: Amelia Kraigher | Executive Editor: dr. Andreja Kopač | Editorial Board: Nika Arhar, Pia Brezavšček, Janez Janša, dr. Nikolai Jeffs, dr. Nenad Jelesijević, dr. Andreja Kopač, dr. Bojana Kunst, Nika Leskovšek, Gašper Malej, Rok Vevar | International Advisory Board: dr. Daniela Hahn, dr. Stefan Apostolou-Hölscher, dr. Thomas Irmer, mag. Martina Ruhsam, André Schallenberg 

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Maska was founded in 1920 by the Ljubljana sub-committee of the Association of Theatre Players of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (Udruženje gledaliških igralcev Kraljevine SHS). In 1985, the Association of Cultural Organisations of Slovenia (Zveza kulturnih organizacij Slovenije) revived this publication under the title of Maske. In 1991, its original name was restored and its co-founder – Institutum Studiorum Humanitatis – reinstated.

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The journal is supported by the Slovenian Book Agency.

Published in cooperation with Nomad Dance Academy, within the program Archiving Contemporary Practices in the Balkan Region.

Co-financed by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union within the frame of DANCE ON, PASS ON, DREAM ON