Proposed as a modul-dance artist by Plesna Izba Maribor [Slovenia]
We all have more or less same parts (research work) / As we begin, so shall we go (stage work)
My field of interest is performance as an intersection of artistic and personal-every day practice - understanding performing and “stage” experience within various contexts, with various purposes and outcomes.
Tackling phenomenon in terms of modes of being, modes of embodiment, perception, awareness, spectatorship and similar sheds more light on the state (of dancing), I call the optimum, where a performer is alive, aware, available in his/her body as well as the mind. I am interested in the process of getting into that state.
Through experience I have found 2 intriguing processes that allow me to explore those topics. Both of them were enriched, encouraged by and take the work of Vanessa Le Mat and Julian Klein as a role model. In the continuation they are referred to as switch process and performance/discussion format.
Switch process is a score of fast improvisation one might say. Through it the notion of spectatorship is addressed, especially the idea of the performer being his/her own first spectator – understanding how one employs different parts of oneself in the process of improvising and how that can resonate with the spectator later on.
On a larger scale switch process reflects on diversity, tolerance and acknowledgement of different modes of being, inhabiting this world, this life other than the ones we experience ourselves or call normal. Its potential lies in the implication of borders, disorders, individual´s psychological structure and the ability to explore it, use it and employ it.
A more general take on the switch process leads to the second format mentioned earlier – Performance/Discussion. This is roughly put a process for a group of people that meet and discuss around a table. It is a practiced/choreographed conversation, where people address wider questions with their specific artistic talents and skills serving as an argument. Such questions are:
How do we value our work, why do we do what we do, what makes an artist or a work artistic, what kind of tradition do we rely on to define those terms, what or how much does an artist have to have to say to the audience, what is the purpose, use, goal and similar considerations of artistic process, production, research, artistic versus scientific...how do such notions differ due to the various backgrounds we have?
Both processes explore the same thing – the experience of performing and its nexus of applications and implications. The difference between the two processes is that one demands a group of people to be tried by while the other is a solo research. One works through the mechanism of repetition, while the other commits itself to constantly producing new material.
This proposal suggests contextualizing the switch process through other than artistic practice and to realize the discussion part of the idea through the performance context. To gain more insight in the area in between ₋ artistic (as ready to be shared) and “domestic” (individual, personal, every day) practice the outcome is envisioned as a conglomerate of different types of media, such as a performance and a publication for instance. The working title tries to point out the essence – experiencing/understanding performance as a choice, an aid or a tool in enriching our own embodiment. Having more or less same parts; be it body parts or the roles we engage in, whether we are spectators or actors insinuates the transient nature of human practice!
Lili Mihajlović comes from Slovenia, where she received her BS in physics. Despite her vast interests and engagements; journalism, radio-moderation, literary engagement, years of competitive fencing, she pursued her greatest passion. Lili was a recipient of Nomad Dance Academy scholarship, rewarded a residency at ReRc (Centre Choreographique National de Montpellier) as part of the program WILD CARD, supported by Jardin d’Europe, and a recipient of the first prize of National competition of young dance creators Slovenia. In 2012 she finished master study program in contemporary dance pedagogy, at Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt, Germany where she currently lives and works as a freelancer. Her master thesis is written on the topic of stage presence in the context of communication among dancers, pedagogues and choreographers. It has been presented at the international dance conference in Slovenia in October 2012.
Mainly concentrated on her own work, she has until now been supported by Mousonturm theater as a part of their program for emerging artists, and by ID Frankfurt. Her teaching practice has been developing in various environments such as Tanzlabor 21, HfMDK, Plesna Izba Maribor and many others.
Upcoming artist events
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Past artist events
- 23-09-2013 - 29-09-2013
Lili M. As we begin so shall we go/We all have more or less same parts. Research. Kino Šiška Ljubljana
- 06-12-2013 - 13-12-2013
Lili M. As we begin so shall we go/We all have more or less same parts. Residency. Plesna Izba Maribor
- 02-06-2014 - 12-06-2014
Lili M. As we begin so shall we go/We all have more or less same parts. Residency. Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf
- 22-09-2014 - 29-09-2014
Lili M. As we begin so shall we go/We all have more or less same parts. Research. Dance Gate Lefkosia Cyprus
- 28-09-2014 - 28-09-2014
Lili M. As we begin so shall we go/We all have more or less same parts. Presentation. Dance Gate Lefkosia Cyprus