Studio Contemporary Dance Company was founded in 1962/63 in Zagreb under the artistic leadership of Ana and Vera Maletić, as the first contemporary dance company in Croatia and the region.
Art directors Ana and Vera Maletić (from 1962), Tihana Škrinjarić (from 1968), Zaga Živković (from 1979) and Bosiljka Vujović-Mažuran (from 1997) successfully realized a great number of productions, co-productions and collaborations with artists from different artistic practices; they changed and formed the company, they motivated dancers to seek more education and knowledge based on the tradition of innovations in the field of contemporary dance.
During the more than fifty years of its continuous activity on the Croatian and international scene, Studio produced a great number of dance projects and formed generations and generations of exceptional dance performers, teachers and choreographers. New forms of cooperation on various projects and co-productions resulted in our readiness to engage in new challenges. In its collaboration with artists from the other fields of art, Studio Contemporary Dance Company is always open for the unpredictable and fresh explorations in art. Studio has also won many awards. Some of the most prominent ones were multiple Croatian Actor Awards and the award of Croatian Dance Association in 2012 for fifty years of existence.
Traditionally, Studio initiates choreographic experiments with the participation of dancers active in the Company and external associates in the frame of the Small Forms (Male forme) programme. Studio attributes equal importance to shows aimed to attract young audience, i.e. some of the pieces for children where performed even 260 times. Beside constant focus on education of its members through various forms of cooperation among Croatian and foreign dance pedagogues and choreographers, Studio is very proud to train new members in the ﬁeld of creative education in the framework of the Youth programme (Podmladak). Studio Contemporary Dance Company is also focused on decentralisation of contemporary dance and audience development in Croatia, through various workshops and performances. Workshops are held by company members who are all professionally educated in the ﬁeld of contemporary dance performance and dance pedagogy.
Through the programme Small Forms we encourage company members and external young associates in creating their first choreographic works. We provide professional production and opportunity to work with professional dancers from the company. For some choreographers, well renowned today, the programme Small Forms was their first opportunity to show their work as authors and in the mean time they became awarded choreographers that had their work shown around the world.
Developing different dance practices, we have a lot of experience in coproductions and we want to develop that even more within bigger company performances, as well as in Small Forms. Exchange of dancers, choreographers and teachers is our aim for further development and stronger connection with European dance scene.
The realization of Studio projects in 2020 is co-financed by Croatian Ministry of Culture, City of Zagreb and Foundation Kultura Nova.
Teslina 7, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
+ 385 91 783 4881
+ 385 95 918 7311