Calendar

Sep
20
Tue
Mamela Nyamza (South Africa) – Hatched @ Abrons Arts Center
Sep 20 @ 8:00 pm
New Dance 2009. Prog. 9 Wits Theatre, Johannesburg. 'Hatched' choregraphed, directed and performed by Mamela Nyamza. Photograph : John Hogg

‘Hatched’ choregraphed, directed and performed by Mamela Nyamza. Photograph : John Hogg

HATCHED, created and performed by South African artist Mamela Nyamza, is an autobiographical work that seeks to convey deeply personal and challenging issues of culture, tradition, and a woman’s evolving sexuality within the customary rites and rituals of marriage. Telling the story of a woman faced with a life of dualism—between countries, identities, relationships—Nyamza is battling with her identity as a mother, while still clinging on to her life as a performer. But Nyamza also faces another conflict, as a South African woman performing in Western/European contexts. Nyamza addresses this by juxtaposing movement vocabulary and accompaniment from both cultures, referencing classical Western music and dance, and also traditional African vocal scores and grounded movement. Nyamza has created a poignant story that speaks to feelings of conflict with one’s own identity and questioning where we belong in the world.

The performance by Mamela Nyamza is part of an African diasporic focus curated by Marýa Wethers featuring work that confronts questions of identity within Black and queer contexts from international and intergenerational perspectives.

Post-Show Discussion with Mamela Nyamza moderated by Marýa Wethers.

This performance is made possible with support from The Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium, a program of MAPP International Productions.

Co-presented with 651 Arts

Sep
21
Wed
Ina Sladić (Croatia) – This is not my piece @ Dixon Place
Sep 21 @ 7:30 pm

This is not my piece is a new work by Ina Sladić which reflects on ways in which historic performances could be presented today – and what presentable means.

The work is inspired by the original work Art must be beautiful, artist must be beautiful which was performed by Marina Abramović in 1975 at Charlottenburg Art Festival in Copenhagen and was in retrospect focusing on the then very relevant but simple and obvious question if art should be beautiful according to the definition of beauty formed in petit-bourgeois salons or if it should instead hold a critical position towards the reality of society and not care about the classical definitions of beauty. At that time, the art scene was introducing aesthetic of pain, aesthetic of the ugly, aesthetic of shock. 40 years since that piece, and many others that questioned the position of art in society, it seems other pressing matters surround art. Today, we as artists are not that much concerned about beauty in art – and rightly so. Today, it is all about ownership. Nobody dared yet to call it aesthetic of ownership, but it is here.
So, This is not my piece reflects on questions of ownership of memory, of artistic freedom, of possession of image.

This is not my piece reflects also on young artist´s development through works she did for other artists. The work is characterised by a working relationship in the world of visual and performance art through collaborations and re-performances, which
influence the material, texture and structure of the final piece. Or is it product?

Ina Sladić (1986, Zagreb) works and lives between Germany and Croatia and collaborates with numerous artists (Xavier Le Roy, Marten Spangberg, Marina Abramović, Joan Jonas, Simone Forti, Mike Kelley, Johannes Wieland, Kainkollektiv, Vrum, Isabelle Schad&Saša Božić, Irena Mikec…). Ina Sladić continuously explores the phenomenons of pop culture, social networks and spectacle-oriented society in her works. 

Reno – Ignorance is No Excuse @ Dixon Place
Sep 21 @ 7:30 pm

Being alive comes with all kinds of unsolicited responsibilities. Reno has still not come to terms with that.

Reno is an opinionated, radical feminist alternative voice who creates heavily improvised stream-of- consciousness topical monologues with incredible wit, political consciousness and common sense.  Starting with her first HBO comedy hour, Reno In Rage And Rehab through her HBO feature film, Reno Finds Her Mom, her Bravo series, Citizen Reno, to her live show commissioned by Hartford Stage, The God Show, Reno wrestles with the “way it is” and points to the “way it’s supposed to be.”

Coming off her popular residency in the Dixon Place Lounge during the 25 th Anniversary HOT! NYC Celebration of Queer Culture,

Co-presented during the Queer New York International Arts Festival 2016

Sep
23
Fri
Efrain John Gonzalez – LES queer history tour
Sep 23 @ 7:00 pm

Meeting point: Sunshine Cinema

Sep
24
Sat
An evening of work by Eleo Pomare, Brother(hood) Dance! and Jumatatu M. Poe @ The Actors Fund Arts Center
Sep 24 @ 8:00 pm

TICKETS

Eleo Pomare / Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company (NYC)
Narcissus Rising (1968)
A signature solo choreographed by Eleo Pomare in 1968, Narcissus Rising portrays the psyche of a modern-day leather and biker person. Originally performed by Pomare himself with a musical collage by Michael Levy, this version is performed by Donna Clark of Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company. “In Clark’s interpretation, the bold hip undulations as she rode her imaginary bike were more a dare of anger and danger rather than any sort of sexual seduction that might have been suggested by the black leather. And underlying all of this was a hint of pride that made every slow lean around a curve and even the quivering legs surrounding the bike’s powerful engine a statement about control. This was a woman proudly reveling in showing that she had the upper hand in all things – on and off the bike.” (Dance Magazine)

Brother(hood) Dance! (NYC)
Black Jones
Orlando Hunter and Ricarrdo Valentine of the interdisciplinary duo Brother(hood) Dance! will perform Black Jones, a duet about the complexity of black male identity and that explores the possibility of male intimacy in different spaces globally and how these bodies are navigating, connecting, and/or resisting in a society with harshly limited perceptions.

Jumatatu Poe /idiosynCrazy productions (Philadelphia)
Let ‘im Move You: This is a Success
Let ‘im Move You: This is a Success, an iterative duet performed with Gilbert Reyes for QNYIAF, is a continuation of Jumatatu M. Poe’s work with and around J-Sette movement vocabulary and performance aesthetics. The work explores notions of African-American exceptionalism as Poe describes, “expressed through middle class, Black American values reiterated through the J-Sette movement form and incorporating our respective relationships to Blackness, gender, and queerness.”

Post-Show Discussion with Donna Clark, Orlando Hunter, Ricarrdo Valentine, and Jumatatu Poe, moderated by Marýa Wethers.

The 2016 Queer New York International Arts Festival presents an evening of work by Eleo Pomare, Brother(hood) Dance!, and Jumatatu M. Poe, curated by Marýa Wethers as part of an African diasporic focus that confronts questions of identity within Black and queer contexts from international and intergenerational perspectives.

This program is made possible with support from the QNYIAF Andre Von Ah research grant.

Sep
25
Sun
Scottee (UK) – Are Queers Ageist? @ Bureau of General Services-Queer Division
Sep 25 @ 6:00 pm

Award winning artist Scottee thinks theres a problem with ageism within the queer community. Our elders are often invisible, the older generation think the young queens know nothing about their history and the youngsters think 40 is old.

Scottee is hosting a dinner party discussion without the food and you’re invited. Around the table will sit some old queers and some young queers to share their ideas, explore where the problem is and ask the burning question – are queers ageist?

This discussion is part of the development of a new theatre piece Scottee is creating titled Queen, supported by AFO theatre.

scottee.co.uk
@scotteeisfat

Suggested donation of $5 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

* Presented in association with Queer New York International
www.queerny.org

ABOUT SCOTTEE

Scottee is an artist from London, his work is often about outsiderness; race, sexuality, class, age and gender. He creates spaces where the perceived underdog is celebrated, at the forefront and no longer ignorable.

His work has been performed for audiences across the globe; Australia, Asia, Europe and America. In London his projects have been presented at some of the worlds leading spaces; Barbican, Royal Opera House, Tate Britain, Roundhouse, ICA and Southbank Centre but he prefers to make work in dodgy gay bars, public toilets, bedrooms, disused tanning shops and forgotten community centres.

In 2010 Scottee won the title of Time Out Performer of the Year, his debut solo tour
The Worst of Scottee won Total Theatre Award for Innovation in 2013 and in 2015 Scottee was included on Independent’s Rainbow List as one of Britain’s most influential LGBTQI+ people. He is currently an associate artist at the Roundhouse and with performance company Duckie.

Scottee is a co-host on BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends; in 2015 his debut radio documentary My Big Fat Documentary was made BBC Radio 4’s Documentary of the Week. He also writes a weekly column for Vice’s i-D channel.

Scottee is not easily definable; artist, troublemaker, loudmouth, showoff and attention seeker. His work is live, brash, clumsy and will often leave you covered in confetti.

Sep
26
Mon
Oral history of homosexuality in Croatia 1945 – 2000 @ Harriman Institute, Columbia University
Sep 26 @ 4:00 pm

Oral history of homosexuality in Croatia 1945 – 2000

discussion / book promotion

An Oral history of homosexuality in Croatia is the first book that collected the testimony of 25 LGBT people who lived in Croatia at the time when homosexuality was forbidden by law, when LGBT people were detained and subjected to public ridicule and nailed to the pillar of shame.

The main idea behind this research was to shed light on the existence of LGBTQ identities in Croatia in the period of 1945-2000; to reveal experiences of self-identifications, sexualities, behaviors and life styles which were mostly hidden and silent, denied, ignored or excluded by society and culture of those times. By producing this “unwritten history”, we wanted to testify to the ever-presence and historical continuity of our identities and expressions, and to confirm both uniqueness and commonality of LGBTQ experiences.

Nine years after its release in Croatian, in collaboration with Dean Vuletić, a historian who specializes in the cultural and political history of modern Europe, Domino published an English translation of the first Oral History of Homosexuality in Croatia ever written. The original and English books were edited by Zvonimir Dobrovic and Gordan Bosanac, well known Croatian LGBTIQ activists and research was done by Amir Hodzic, Natasa Bijelic and Karmen Ratkovic.

The book will be presented by Zvonimir Dobrovic and guests.

Sep
28
Wed
Reno – Ignorance is No Excuse @ Dixon Place
Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm

Being alive comes with all kinds of unsolicited responsibilities. Reno has still not come to terms with that.

Reno is an opinionated, radical feminist alternative voice who creates heavily improvised stream-of- consciousness topical monologues with incredible wit, political consciousness and common sense.  Starting with her first HBO comedy hour, Reno In Rage And Rehab through her HBO feature film, Reno Finds Her Mom, her Bravo series, Citizen Reno, to her live show commissioned by Hartford Stage, The God Show, Reno wrestles with the “way it is” and points to the “way it’s supposed to be.”

Coming off her popular residency in the Dixon Place Lounge during the 25 th Anniversary HOT! NYC Celebration of Queer Culture,

Co-presented during the Queer New York International Arts Festival 2016

Bruno Isakovic (Croatia) – Denuded (solo version) @ La MaMa
Sep 28 @ 8:00 pm

TICKETS

Denuded is a rigorous exploration of the relationship between the breath and physical tension, and the ways in which they permeate the body in each moment. Isaković first created Denuded as a solo in 2013, and then as a duet in 2014. With multiple bodies, he transforms his approach to movement to bring into play the dynamics of a diverse ensemble, examining various aspects and levels of interaction among the performers, as well as the relationship between the performers and the audience. The body is engaged in organic, brutally decelerated, and controlled movement that gradually shifts in texture and scale. “Movement and the relationship within the group is suspended in the natural speed of the breath,” says Isaković. “The movement’s weight, muscle tension, position in space; and even the associative links between the performers are suspended within it.” With the body in constant transformation, the viewer is faced with a continuous rereading of Denuded‘s shifting shapes, distortions, and images.

Bruno Isaković was born in Zagreb. He studied dance at the Rotterdam Dance Academy, and graduated from the Amsterdam School of Arts. The recipient of numerous scholarships and awards, he has worked internationally as both a dancer and choreographer. Isaković is a collaborator in the newly opened BA course in the field of dance art at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb and at Bilgi University for the Performing Arts in Istanbul. In 2004 he created Sounded Bodies Festival, where he invited various performers working with voice and sound in relation to movement. His recent works Denuded (solo version), Guernica, and Disclosures have been touring extensively in North and South America, Asia, and Europe.

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Sep
29
Thu
CAMPFIRE! Queer Storytime @ Dixon Place
Sep 29 @ 7:30 pm

Join Burlesque Star World Famous *BOB* & Style Icon Dust Tea Shoulders at CAMPFIRE! Queer Storytime for tales of hilarity & heartbreak & a chance for a storyteller from the audience to take the stage.

The World Famous *BOB* (Untitled Feminist ShowOne Man ShowThe Lily’s RevengeVienna Boylesque Festival), known for her over the top blonde bombshell image, has captivated audiences all over the world with her unique burlesque stylings, humorous performance art, and MC skills.

Dust Tea Shoulders (Director – The Love JunkieDirty Laundry & Dear Stranger I Love You (Bridget Barkan) & Me and Mr. Jones, My Intimate Relationship With David Bowie (Raquel Cion), NYC’s legendary costume designer and fashion personality, is a downtown darling.

Co-presented during the Queer New York International Arts Festival 2016

Bruno Isaković (Croatia) Denuded – (group version) @ La MaMa
Sep 29 @ 8:00 pm

TICKETS

Building on Isaković’s solo of the same title, this latest version of Denuded is performed by an international ensemble of nine dancers from Croatia and the U.S. Denuded will be presented Thursday–Saturday, September 29–October 1, at 8pm, and Sunday, October 2, at 6pm. The solo will also be presented (for one performance only) on Wednesday, September 28, at 8pm.

Denuded is a rigorous exploration of the relationship between the breath and physical tension, and the ways in which they permeate the body in each moment. Isaković first created Denuded as a solo in 2013, and then as a duet in 2014. With multiple bodies, he transforms his approach to movement to bring into play the dynamics of a diverse ensemble, examining various aspects and levels of interaction among the performers, as well as the relationship between the performers and the audience. The body is engaged in organic, brutally decelerated, and controlled movement that gradually shifts in texture and scale. “Movement and the relationship within the group is suspended in the natural speed of the breath,” says Isaković. “The movement’s weight, muscle tension, position in space; and even the associative links between the performers are suspended within it.” With the body in constant transformation, the viewer is faced with a continuous rereading of Denuded‘s shifting shapes, distortions, and images.

Denuded is performed by Branko Banković, Željko Drmić, Dina Ekštajn, Kaia Gilje, Lana Hosni, Ana Mrak, Ana Vnučec, Bosiljka Vujović-Mažuran, and Mia Zalukar. The solo will be performed by Bruno Isaković. The creative team includes Zvonimir Dobrović (artistic advisor), Mila Pavičević (dramaturg), and Aleksandar Čavlek (lighting designer).

Bruno Isaković was born in Zagreb. He studied dance at the Rotterdam Dance Academy, and graduated from the Amsterdam School of Arts. The recipient of numerous scholarships and awards, he has worked internationally as both a dancer and choreographer. Isaković is a collaborator in the newly opened BA course in the field of dance art at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb and at Bilgi University for the Performing Arts in Istanbul. In 2004 he created Sounded Bodies Festival, where he invited various performers working with voice and sound in relation to movement. His recent works Denuded (solo version), Guernica, and Disclosures have been touring extensively in North and South America, Asia, and Europe.

The program is realised under the platform of active spectatorship within the Be SpectACTive! network.
www.bespectactive.eu

DENUDED

Denuded is produced by Domino and the Studio for Contemporary Dance in Zagreb. Funding for Denuded has been provided by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, City of Zagreb Office for Education, Culture and Sports, realized in the framework of the European project “Be SpecACTive!”, CapoTrave/ Kilowatt (Sansepolcro, Italy), Bakelit Multi-Art Center (Budapest), B-51 (Ljubljana), Domino (Zagreb), LIFT (London), Tanec Praha (Czech Republic), Teatrul National Radu Stanca Sibiu (Romania), and York Theatre Royal (UK), with the support of the Creative Europe Program of the European Union.

About the Producers

Domino is a non-governmental, nonprofit organization based in Zagreb that produces numerous festivals and events in Croatia and internationally, including the Perforations Festival, Queer Zagreb, and the Queer New York International Arts Festival. Domino was established in 2003 and has since grown to be the biggest independent art organization in Croatia, producing, presenting, and commissioning over 100 performances and events a year.


Studio for Contemporary Dance
, founded in 1962, is the first Croatian contemporary dance ensemble in Zagreb. Its current work is based on innovation in the field of contemporary dance, always accepting and seeking new elements in artistic research. The ensemble has worked with numerous Croatian choreographers as well as with many leading choreographers and teachers from France, the U.K., the U.S., Spain, Slovenia, the Netherlands, and many others.

Sep
30
Fri
Bruno Isaković (Croatia) Denuded – (group version) @ La MaMa
Sep 30 @ 8:00 pm

TICKETS

Building on Isaković’s solo of the same title, this latest version of Denuded is performed by an international ensemble of nine dancers from Croatia and the U.S. Denuded will be presented Thursday–Saturday, September 29–October 1, at 8pm, and Sunday, October 2, at 6pm. The solo will also be presented (for one performance only) on Wednesday, September 28, at 8pm.

Denuded is a rigorous exploration of the relationship between the breath and physical tension, and the ways in which they permeate the body in each moment. Isaković first created Denuded as a solo in 2013, and then as a duet in 2014. With multiple bodies, he transforms his approach to movement to bring into play the dynamics of a diverse ensemble, examining various aspects and levels of interaction among the performers, as well as the relationship between the performers and the audience. The body is engaged in organic, brutally decelerated, and controlled movement that gradually shifts in texture and scale. “Movement and the relationship within the group is suspended in the natural speed of the breath,” says Isaković. “The movement’s weight, muscle tension, position in space; and even the associative links between the performers are suspended within it.” With the body in constant transformation, the viewer is faced with a continuous rereading of Denuded‘s shifting shapes, distortions, and images.

Denuded is performed by Branko Banković, Željko Drmić, Dina Ekštajn, Kaia Gilje, Lana Hosni, Ana Mrak, Ana Vnučec, Bosiljka Vujović-Mažuran, and Mia Zalukar. The solo will be performed by Bruno Isaković. The creative team includes Zvonimir Dobrović (artistic advisor), Mila Pavičević (dramaturg), and Aleksandar Čavlek (lighting designer).

Bruno Isaković was born in Zagreb. He studied dance at the Rotterdam Dance Academy, and graduated from the Amsterdam School of Arts. The recipient of numerous scholarships and awards, he has worked internationally as both a dancer and choreographer. Isaković is a collaborator in the newly opened BA course in the field of dance art at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb and at Bilgi University for the Performing Arts in Istanbul. In 2004 he created Sounded Bodies Festival, where he invited various performers working with voice and sound in relation to movement. His recent works Denuded (solo version), Guernica, and Disclosures have been touring extensively in North and South America, Asia, and Europe.

The program is realised under the platform of active spectatorship within the Be SpectACTive! network.
www.bespectactive.eu

DENUDED

Denuded is produced by Domino and the Studio for Contemporary Dance in Zagreb. Funding for Denuded has been provided by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, City of Zagreb Office for Education, Culture and Sports, realized in the framework of the European project “Be SpecACTive!”, CapoTrave/ Kilowatt (Sansepolcro, Italy), Bakelit Multi-Art Center (Budapest), B-51 (Ljubljana), Domino (Zagreb), LIFT (London), Tanec Praha (Czech Republic), Teatrul National Radu Stanca Sibiu (Romania), and York Theatre Royal (UK), with the support of the Creative Europe Program of the European Union.

About the Producers

Domino is a non-governmental, nonprofit organization based in Zagreb that produces numerous festivals and events in Croatia and internationally, including the Perforations Festival, Queer Zagreb, and the Queer New York International Arts Festival. Domino was established in 2003 and has since grown to be the biggest independent art organization in Croatia, producing, presenting, and commissioning over 100 performances and events a year.


Studio for Contemporary Dance
, founded in 1962, is the first Croatian contemporary dance ensemble in Zagreb. Its current work is based on innovation in the field of contemporary dance, always accepting and seeking new elements in artistic research. The ensemble has worked with numerous Croatian choreographers as well as with many leading choreographers and teachers from France, the U.K., the U.S., Spain, Slovenia, the Netherlands, and many others.

Oct
1
Sat
Bruno Isaković (Croatia) Denuded – (group version) @ La MaMa
Oct 1 @ 8:00 pm

TICKETS

Building on Isaković’s solo of the same title, this latest version of Denuded is performed by an international ensemble of nine dancers from Croatia and the U.S. Denuded will be presented Thursday–Saturday, September 29–October 1, at 8pm, and Sunday, October 2, at 6pm. The solo will also be presented (for one performance only) on Wednesday, September 28, at 8pm.

Denuded is a rigorous exploration of the relationship between the breath and physical tension, and the ways in which they permeate the body in each moment. Isaković first created Denuded as a solo in 2013, and then as a duet in 2014. With multiple bodies, he transforms his approach to movement to bring into play the dynamics of a diverse ensemble, examining various aspects and levels of interaction among the performers, as well as the relationship between the performers and the audience. The body is engaged in organic, brutally decelerated, and controlled movement that gradually shifts in texture and scale. “Movement and the relationship within the group is suspended in the natural speed of the breath,” says Isaković. “The movement’s weight, muscle tension, position in space; and even the associative links between the performers are suspended within it.” With the body in constant transformation, the viewer is faced with a continuous rereading of Denuded‘s shifting shapes, distortions, and images.

Denuded is performed by Branko Banković, Željko Drmić, Dina Ekštajn, Kaia Gilje, Lana Hosni, Ana Mrak, Ana Vnučec, Bosiljka Vujović-Mažuran, and Mia Zalukar. The solo will be performed by Bruno Isaković. The creative team includes Zvonimir Dobrović (artistic advisor), Mila Pavičević (dramaturg), and Aleksandar Čavlek (lighting designer).

Bruno Isaković was born in Zagreb. He studied dance at the Rotterdam Dance Academy, and graduated from the Amsterdam School of Arts. The recipient of numerous scholarships and awards, he has worked internationally as both a dancer and choreographer. Isaković is a collaborator in the newly opened BA course in the field of dance art at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb and at Bilgi University for the Performing Arts in Istanbul. In 2004 he created Sounded Bodies Festival, where he invited various performers working with voice and sound in relation to movement. His recent works Denuded (solo version), Guernica, and Disclosures have been touring extensively in North and South America, Asia, and Europe.

The program is realised under the platform of active spectatorship within the Be SpectACTive! network.
www.bespectactive.eu

DENUDED

Denuded is produced by Domino and the Studio for Contemporary Dance in Zagreb. Funding for Denuded has been provided by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, City of Zagreb Office for Education, Culture and Sports, realized in the framework of the European project “Be SpecACTive!”, CapoTrave/ Kilowatt (Sansepolcro, Italy), Bakelit Multi-Art Center (Budapest), B-51 (Ljubljana), Domino (Zagreb), LIFT (London), Tanec Praha (Czech Republic), Teatrul National Radu Stanca Sibiu (Romania), and York Theatre Royal (UK), with the support of the Creative Europe Program of the European Union.

About the Producers

Domino is a non-governmental, nonprofit organization based in Zagreb that produces numerous festivals and events in Croatia and internationally, including the Perforations Festival, Queer Zagreb, and the Queer New York International Arts Festival. Domino was established in 2003 and has since grown to be the biggest independent art organization in Croatia, producing, presenting, and commissioning over 100 performances and events a year.


Studio for Contemporary Dance
, founded in 1962, is the first Croatian contemporary dance ensemble in Zagreb. Its current work is based on innovation in the field of contemporary dance, always accepting and seeking new elements in artistic research. The ensemble has worked with numerous Croatian choreographers as well as with many leading choreographers and teachers from France, the U.K., the U.S., Spain, Slovenia, the Netherlands, and many others.

Oct
2
Sun
Bruno Isaković (Croatia) Denuded – (group version) @ La MaMa
Oct 2 @ 6:00 pm

TICKETS

Building on Isaković’s solo of the same title, this latest version of Denuded is performed by an international ensemble of nine dancers from Croatia and the U.S. Denuded will be presented Thursday–Saturday, September 29–October 1, at 8pm, and Sunday, October 2, at 6pm. The solo will also be presented (for one performance only) on Wednesday, September 28, at 8pm.

Denuded is a rigorous exploration of the relationship between the breath and physical tension, and the ways in which they permeate the body in each moment. Isaković first created Denuded as a solo in 2013, and then as a duet in 2014. With multiple bodies, he transforms his approach to movement to bring into play the dynamics of a diverse ensemble, examining various aspects and levels of interaction among the performers, as well as the relationship between the performers and the audience. The body is engaged in organic, brutally decelerated, and controlled movement that gradually shifts in texture and scale. “Movement and the relationship within the group is suspended in the natural speed of the breath,” says Isaković. “The movement’s weight, muscle tension, position in space; and even the associative links between the performers are suspended within it.” With the body in constant transformation, the viewer is faced with a continuous rereading of Denuded‘s shifting shapes, distortions, and images.

Denuded is performed by Branko Banković, Željko Drmić, Dina Ekštajn, Kaia Gilje, Lana Hosni, Ana Mrak, Ana Vnučec, Bosiljka Vujović-Mažuran, and Mia Zalukar. The solo will be performed by Bruno Isaković. The creative team includes Zvonimir Dobrović (artistic advisor), Mila Pavičević (dramaturg), and Aleksandar Čavlek (lighting designer).

Bruno Isaković was born in Zagreb. He studied dance at the Rotterdam Dance Academy, and graduated from the Amsterdam School of Arts. The recipient of numerous scholarships and awards, he has worked internationally as both a dancer and choreographer. Isaković is a collaborator in the newly opened BA course in the field of dance art at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb and at Bilgi University for the Performing Arts in Istanbul. In 2004 he created Sounded Bodies Festival, where he invited various performers working with voice and sound in relation to movement. His recent works Denuded (solo version), Guernica, and Disclosures have been touring extensively in North and South America, Asia, and Europe.

DENUDED

Denuded is produced by Domino and the Studio for Contemporary Dance in Zagreb. Funding for Denuded has been provided by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, City of Zagreb Office for Education, Culture and Sports, realized in the framework of the European project “Be SpecACTive!”, CapoTrave/ Kilowatt (Sansepolcro, Italy), Bakelit Multi-Art Center (Budapest), B-51 (Ljubljana), Domino (Zagreb), LIFT (London), Tanec Praha (Czech Republic), Teatrul National Radu Stanca Sibiu (Romania), and York Theatre Royal (UK), with the support of the Creative Europe Program of the European Union.

About the Producers

Domino is a non-governmental, nonprofit organization based in Zagreb that produces numerous festivals and events in Croatia and internationally, including the Perforations Festival, Queer Zagreb, and the Queer New York International Arts Festival. Domino was established in 2003 and has since grown to be the biggest independent art organization in Croatia, producing, presenting, and commissioning over 100 performances and events a year.


Studio for Contemporary Dance
, founded in 1962, is the first Croatian contemporary dance ensemble in Zagreb. Its current work is based on innovation in the field of contemporary dance, always accepting and seeking new elements in artistic research. The ensemble has worked with numerous Croatian choreographers as well as with many leading choreographers and teachers from France, the U.K., the U.S., Spain, Slovenia, the Netherlands, and many others.