Ana Mrak, Ana Vnučec, Martina Tomić, Ida Jolić, Tea Maršanić
Jasna Jasna Žmak
Zdravka Ivandija Kirigin
PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO
Tena Bošnjaković, Ivan Mrđen
Studio Contemporary Dance Company
Premiere 10.10.2020. High school yard Elipsa
The performance has been supported by the Zagreb City Office for Culture, Croatian Ministry of Culture and Media, and Foundation Kultura Nova
New performance by Studio Contemporary Dance Company ’SPECTACLE’, choreographed by Irma Omerzo, questions the heritage of this eldest Croatian contemporary dance company. However, instead of a classic hommage performance, the author approaches Studio’s tradition by using it for questioning conditions, meanings and reasons of collectiveness in present time, on stage and outside of it. By generating dance vocabulary from selected photographies of dance performances produced by Studio, specific dance experience of performers and massive ‘spectacular’ choreographies, in this work Omerzo questions perspectives of unison movement and the possibilities of its deconstruction while, at the same time, searching for boundaries, frames and combinations of collectiveness. The title of the performance is at the same time a reference to the fascination by unison movement in mainstream culture, but also a reminder of the potential which surfaces as a consequence of its persistence. ’SPECTACLE’ in this sense denies traditional protocols of spectacularity which insists on uniformity, replacing it with emphasis on the potential of being together in a way that affirms also individuality in this collectiveness.
Jasna Jasna Žmak
Irma Omerzo , choreographer, certified instructor of Feldenkrais method, teacher at Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb. She gained her dance education in France, at Centre Nationale de Danse Contemporaine – Angers. She worked in France from 1991 till 2005 with Andy Degroat, and also in the DCA Company with Philippe Decoufle, where she was active for ten years as a dancer and choreography assistant. She also worked with director and choreographer François Verret. Additionally, she also completed her education in Feldenkrais method, in Paris, Accord Mobile, with guidance from Myriam Pfeffer, who was an assistant to Mosha Feldenkrais, the inventor of the method. In 2001, she creates artistic organization MARMOT, in Zagreb. Irma is the author of internationally renowned dance performances: Mi-Nous, Meni ti to nije baš, Euro vizija, Kratki program br. 1, Foto-plession, Treći kratki program – Trisolistice, Odijelo ne čini čovjeka, Vizita, Ništa, Tehnika, Meteo, Do kosti, U hodu, Razlikovanja, te nekoliko plesnih filmova: Plesati sa…,Trisolistice, U našem gradu.
She is also the creator of short dance installations for non-theatre spaces, performances, dance related sociology researches, programming of dance movies, and collaborations with visual artists and performers. As a movement advisor in a number of theatre drama projects, she has been rewarded several times. In 2011, she won the Award of Croatian Dancers Association for her work as a choreographer and teacher, for her commitment to improving the status of contemporary dance. Since 2013, Irma is a teacher in the Department of Dance at the Academy of Dramatic Arts, where she holds regular classes in choreography, Feldenkrais and performance workshops.