In her recent works, awarded choreographer Marjana Krajač embarked on a complex mission of revoking the very substance of a dance medium, that is exposing its own ontology and deconstructed historicity. In such intervention, which deals with the very nature of dance, modes and conditions of substance can seek their cause only in themselves. To dance a dance, means then also that the very dance must go through the experience itself. This suggests that something beyond the experiential horizon of dance can only be a projection of its function but not the dance itself. What inhabits a dance event becomes part of its foundation. Performed by five dancers: Lana Hosni, Irena Mikec, Katarina Rilović, Irena Tomašić and Mia Zalukar, this durational dance work invites you to spend time with it, coming gradually into the layers of its texture.
The work is rounded by the minimalist durational piano composition from 1959, of an American composer Dennis Johnson titled "November". A composition was lost and not available over 50 years until the pianist R. Andrew Lee manage to reconstruct it and released it in 2013.
There is also a book that accompanies this piece: philosopher Jacques Rancière made his text titled 'Moment of Dance' available for this process, which was translated in Croatian and published along.
PDF download: sodaberg.hr/wp-content/uploads/publikacije/pdf/VARIJACIJE_O_OSJETNOM.pdf
VARIATIONS ON SENSITIVE, that premiered in September 2014, was curated by House of HDLU in Zagreb. Also known as Meštrović pavilion, the venue is one of the most renowned places for contemporary arts in Zagreb, curated within the Croatian Association of Visual Artists. Built in 1938, it has served several functions in its lifetime. It was subsequently transformed into the Museum of the Revolution in post-war Yugoslavia and in 1990, it was given back to the Croatian Association of Visual Artists.
FROM THE REVIEWS
"VARIATIONS ON SENSITIVE noticeably consistently reflect dance as something that holds a duration, a time, as one of the essential poetic tools, and kinesthetic sensory connection between a dancer and a viewer as an essential element of communication. This work is in its way therefore a continuation of a research initiated by the award-winning piece CHOREOGRAPHIC FANTASY No. 1, which is just as radical, intriguing and beautiful."
Jelena Mihelčić, Plesnascena.hr
"The isolation in time and space in which this dance performance has sinked you in, forces you to perceive all its traces; long-term, short-term, current – performative, with the 'heartbeat' of the Dennis Johnson's composition “November” that wonderfully coalesce with its movement and spatial aspects. It seems to me that precisely in these variations – in the reflections of our own senses in time (and considering dance as itself) – is a success of this performance."
Mario Kikaš, Kulturpunkt.hr
"By creating a dance gesture in its fragile self-sufficiency, by establishing dance in its precarious autonomy, by attesting its everydayness and ongoing vibrancy, VARIATIONS ON SENSITIVE speak of the world whose ‘flesh’ is made of the same matter as our body. Indirectly they speak about the world here and now, the contemporary world."
Katja Šimunić, Dance Magazine Kretanja
Created in cooperation and residencies at Santarcangelo dei Teatri, Uferstudios / Tanzfabrik Berlin and the Zagreb Dance Centre. Realized with the support of the City of Zagreb, Croatian Ministry of Culture, Zagreb Dance Centre, Croatian Institute for Movement and Dance and the Curatorial board of Croatian Association of Artists / House of HDLU in Zagreb.
Curated by House of HDLU in Zagreb. Performed at Symposium Poiesis & programmed by the Danceweek Festival in Zagreb.
Author and choreographer: Marjana Krajač
Dancers: Lana Hosni, Irena Mikec, Katarina Rilović, Irena Tomašić, Mia Zalukar
Publication editor: Igor Marković
Graphic design: Valentina Toth
Technical director: Duško Richtermoc
Sound technician: Miroslav Piškulić
Assistance: Leonardo Krakić
Communications: Anita Klapan
Produced by: Sodaberg koreografski laboratorij
Duration: 150 minutes, no intermission.
SODABERG KOREOGRAFSKI LABORATORIJ
Recorded on 12th of June 2015.