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Neža Jamnikar is a contemporary dance artist from Slovenia. She holds a BA (Dance Academy Ljubljana, Slovenia) and MA (IWAMD, University of Limerick, Ireland) in Contemporary Dance Performance.

Since 2012 she has (co)created various dance pieces and performances (Ladies Coupe, Spacebound, 4 in a row, Saudade), has danced in several dance projects in Slovenia and Ireland (Triptych – Temptation, Kjara’s Dance Project; Brookdance ‘14) as well as dance films (In Vitro, CIRCULAT). She has been an artist in residence at Shawbrook (Longford, Ireland), TRY! Residence in Tipperary (Ireland), Oddstream Festival (Nijmegen, the Netherlands) and Lake Studios Berlin. She co-created a dance video Spacebound (2013), which was screened at Sans Souci Film Festival (Colorado, USA), International Dance Retreat (Udaipur, India), 22. Quinzena de Danca de Almada International Dance Festival (Lisbon, Portugal) and Festival Živa (Ljubljana, Slovenia). She is a co-founder, dancer and choreographer at Collective Frankies (SLO), which mainly creates site-specific work (InVitro, InSitu, Domus Fabula), and has created a site-specific dance video series ‘Moving Spaces’. She currently lives in New Zealand, where she is performing her recent solo Saudade (Dunedin Fringe Festival – award for Best Dance Performance; ‘Friday Features’ at Wellesley Studios, Auckland).

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During this residency I will work around the themes of displacement, distance and disconnectedness, looking at these themes through the lenses of physics, psychology and sociology, and drawing parallels between each of them and the art of movement. I will use these fields to seek inspiration and ideas for forming tasks and creating choreographic tools for generating movement material. Therefore, my choreographic research is going to focus on finding balance between highly structured tasks and approaches for/to generating movement material, and free improvisations.



Performed by: Talitha Maslin (AUS) and Efrat Galai (ISR)

Creating pathways from A to B, valuing distance.
How far away is a matter of perspective.
Close enough is a moving dot on the horizon, completely displaced from known.
Finding home at different places.
Far can be extremely close, and when close, distances are formed.
Going towards or moving away from? Randomly structured meetings and departures.
Dreams or brutal reality is being very far when you are so close.
How to decide where to go and where to be?

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