PUBLICATION: “AN UNTIMELY BOOK” – Critical practice (Made in Yugoslavia) 3
The publication An Untimely book is part of the Critical Practice (Made in Yu) programme realized as collaboration of Lokomotiva – Centre for New Initiatives in Arts and Culture, Station Service for contemporary dance, and Nomad Dance Academy in the frame of Life Long Burning project.
On the basis of the main thematic frame developed within the Third circle of Critical Practice (Made in Yu) programme , the publication continues to investigate it in the same direction. There are ten contributions/ texts in the book with these specific thematic:
Aniko Szucs– INTRODUCTION: CRISIS AS A MODE OF BEING-WITH. Ana Letunić– ON DANCE AS A CIRCUMSTANCE Reflections on the “Dance vs. Circumstances” symposium. Aleksandar Georgiev– THERE IS NO PRIMARY VOICE SPEAKING, THERE IS NO ONE WHO IS SMARTER Interview with Biljana Tanurovska — Kjulavkovski. Ana Letunić– HOW TO UNGOVERN DANCE IN CRISIS: NOMAD DANCE ADVOCATES. Nassia Fourtouni– and Nina Gojić SECOND THOUGHTS. Ellen Söderhult– OUT OF THE BODY INTO THE EARTH a.k.a Earth-Self Meditation. Ellen Söderhult-SOME SCORES TO BE PRACTICED TO RITE OF SPRING BY IGOR STRAVINSKY. Nina Gojić– THIS SCENE DISAPPEARED: ON ABSENCE AS A GESTURE. Alexandra Balona– WERE WE BETTER IN THE FUTURE? Ana Letunić– APPENDIX: REPORT ON NOMAD DANCE ADVOCATES “Make Room for Dance!”
For publisher: Biljana Tanurovska Kjulavkovski. Authors and Editors: Alexandra Balona, Nassia Fourtouni, Aleksandar Georgiev, Nina Gojić, Ana Letunić, Ellen Söderhult, Aniko Szucs. Additional contributors: Biljana Tanurovska Kjulavkovski. Proofreading: Kate Foley, Jean Hartig, Maria Oliveira. Graphic Design and Layout: Lana Grahek. Photography: Vladimir Opsenica. Printed by Polyesterday, Skopje.
This publication is funded with support from the European Commission and the City of Skopje.
This publication (communication) reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
THE CRITICAL PRACTICE (MADE IN YUGOSLAVIA)
The Critical Practice (Made in Yugoslavia) programme was created through collaboration of Station Service for contemporary dance, Lokomotiva – Centre for New Initiatives in Arts and Culture (as partners of Nomad Dance Academy) and Ana Vujanović as the programme’s mentor. The programme is oriented towards empowering discursive reflections on contemporary performing arts while enabling their breakthrough into the larger public.
In contextual terms, it is focused on, but not restricted to, the post-Yugoslav region. Among the reasons for such an orientation are, on the one hand, a lack of continual and publicly visible critical writing about contemporary performances and performing arts events in the region and, on the other, the strong recent development in performing arts theory coming from this context. Therefore, this venture draws on the already existing platforms generated by the magazines TkH (Belgrade), Maska (Ljubljana) and Frakcija (Zagreb), as well as the Nomad Dance Academy (The Balkans). Its purpose is to advance the professional development of emerging authors (writers, critics, researchers, theoreticians) from the region and elsewhere and to encourage a more profound, more visible and more accessible critical reflection on the contemporary performing arts, enhancing their visibility and stimulating dialogue with audiences.
Within this programme we understand the notion of critical practice not only as a topic to be studied and an activity to be done, but also as an all-compassing politics and ethics of working together. This obliges all of us involved in the programme to engage in self-reflection, to give thought to our doings in critical dialogue, learning how to question our approaches and positions by means of analysis and argumentation while fostering processes of learning by doing. Accordingly, the participants and the mentor are seen as a working group of colleagues facilitated by the mentor, wherein mutual respect and confidence constitute the backbone of collaboration.