A Late Night Theory of Post-Dance (a selfinterview)

(Ana Vujanović, 2017)

It was around 10 P.M. when I arrived. I found her in one of her temporary apartments. A spacious living and dinning room, almost empty, with wooden floors and big windows, curtains wide open. It was in a small, three story building facing Westerpark, in Amsterdam. She made tea and at first looked willing to talk, but when she sat at the table she briefly glanced at the computer screen and then turned her head and looked towards the glass door of the balcony… I saw her withdrawing into herself like a candle in the dark… She sucked the whole energy of the room. Soon after that thought— or was it a feeling? — had arisen, I saw it leave me, and before it was immersed in the energy flow, the feeling-thought turned back, grabbed me by the hand and took me outside of myself. Now externalized, I was observing that wild woman with clear thoughts, who has been ready to abandon them whenever she was asked the right question. I hovered between her and myself. The screen lightened her profile. It didn’t say much. She was perfectly calm and only her eyes were moving rapidly as if she were reading or dreaming. I was under the impression she had forgotten that I was there, and it was not easy to break the silence in which she apparently felt comfortable. But I promised Mårten Spångberg that I would write 15 pages about post-dance and I knew I couldn’t do it without her. So… well, fuck it.

AV: It’s very late for an interview but I was told you wouldn’t mind.

AV: In fact, I prefer it this way. Now I’m a little tired after the whole day of teaching, and it’s similar to being drunk or drugged: borders dissolve.

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Examining communitas (2011-2016)

theoretical-artistic research and performance by Ana Vujanović and Saša Asentić

 

The domain of the project Examining communitas (Communitas na ispitu) is the performing arts, dance in particular, by means of which we are trying to understand our recent social history and its actual state of affairs in terms of body images, behaviour in public, and relations between human beings as social subjects.

sinisa ilic, katarina popovic: on trial together - an illustration

sinisa ilic, katarina popovic: on trial together – an illustration

The project is context-based, as these images of the body are informed by two main social contexts of the twentieth century, both of which we have lived in – Eastern socialism and Western neoliberal capitalism. We start with our life-experienced limbo between them.

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An Introduction to Performance Studies

An Introduction to Performance Studies (Uvod u studije performansa), with Aleksandra Jovicevic, Belgrade: Fabrika knjiga, 2007
(in Serbo-Croatian language)

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reviews / prikazi:

  • Lada Čale Feldman, “Introduction to Performance Studies. By Aleksandra Jovićević and Ana Vujanović”, TDR no. 52: 4, 2008. Download here
  • Branislav Jakovljević, “Aleksandra Jovićević i Ana Vujanović, Uvod u studije performansa”, Frakcija nos. 39-40, 2008

translations / prevodi:

  • to Slovakian – Bratislava: International Theatre Institute, 2012
  • to Italian – Roma: Bulzoni editore, (forthcoming)

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