Critical Practice (Made in Yugoslavia)

© Heiko Schäfer

Critical Practice (Made in Yugoslavia) is a long-term program (2013–2018) oriented toward empowering discursive reflections on contemporary performing arts and their breakthrough to the larger public.

Its purpose is to advance the professional development of authors from region and abroad and to encourage a more profound, more visible and more accessible critical reflection on the contemporary performing arts, enhancing their visibility and stimulating dialogue with audiences.

This Critical Practice edition draws on the conceptual performing arts platforms that have been recently developed at the geo-politically non-existing territory of Yugoslavia, such as those generated by TkH [Walking Theory], Nomad Dance Academy, Maska, Frakcija etc. It consists of three one-year non-residential program cycles focused on the education and practical work of participants. Its purpose is to advance the professional development of authors from the region of former Yugoslavia and elsewhere, and to encourage a more profound, more visible and more accessible critical reflection on the contemporary performing arts, enhancing their visibility and stimulating dialogue with audiences. Its concrete outcomes will be articles, essays, reviews and other formats of critical writing published online or in diverse publications, as well as live discussions, interviews and talks with dance and performance makers.

The cycles have a modular structure, combining seminars, workshops and practical engagement at certain events (festivals, conferences, exhibitions, etc.) as group work structures, with the continual individual or collective work of participants.

The third program cycle went from April 2016 to April 2017. Within this cycle, four mandatory gatherings in different European cities were organized:

2-7 May 2016

Skopje

26-31 August 2016

Berlin

21-25 October 2016

Belgrade

25-30 October 2016

Skopje

Participants

Alexandra Balona (Portugal)
Nassia Fourtouni (Greece)
Aleksandar Georgiev (Macedonia)
Nina Gojić (Croatia)
Ana Letunić (Croatia)
Ellen Söderhult (Sweden)
Mateusz Szymanówka (Poland)
Aniko Szucs (Hungary)