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Marjana Krajac & Marko Kostanic "Next: Austerity" 

In economics, austerity is a policy of deficit-cutting, lower spending, and a reduction in the amount of benefits and public services provided. Austerity policies are often used by governments to reduce their deficit spending while sometimes coupled with increases in taxes to pay back creditors to reduce debt. Austerity was named the word of the year by Merriam-Webster in 2010.

During the two-weeks residency at Uferstudios/Tanzfabrik Croatian authors, choreographer Marjana Krajac and dramaturg Marko Kostanic will elaborate on this topic collaborating with some invited guests. Our main concern in this project is to delineate conditions and modes of the labor process in dance on three levels - technical, poetical and institutional/political. The aim is to investigate and to articulate how these levels intersect and why are they interdependent. Epistemological pre-condition is the introduction of historicity as a mode of mapping the field. The introduction is arranged through two allegedly disparate entry points - the body of the dancer and the recent cuts in funding in the cultural field due to the so called austerity measures. Our claim is that these issues need to be articulated together if we want to understand the way dance as the artistic, cultural and social practice is reproducing itself - there is always more or less visible historical relation between technicalities of an abstract choregraphic sequence and broader political implications of a certain cultural policy.

Realized with the support of City Office of Culture Zagreb, Ministry of Culture of Republic Croatia, Zagreb Dance Center, Croatian Institute for Movement and Dance, within the project NEXT OR NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

Marjana Krajac is one of the most known choreographers and authors of younger Croatian contemporary dance scene. She graduated from State School for Contemporary Dance “Ana Maletić” in Zagreb and has also studied theology and religion science at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. She worked with Grupe Dunes in Marseille, collaborated with Mårten Spångberg and Meg Stuart in projects Choreographers’ Venture - The Adventure and Everyday Heroes/Extern Sources. Her textual works had been published in New York’s Movement Research Performance Journal, Croatian journal for dance Kretanja, Croatian Performing Arts Magazine Frakcija, and her latest publishing project THE BOOK can be found online at In 2009 her project THE STORE was nominated for T-HT Award of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb.
Author of 11 full-evening works, her choreographic work reaches to limitless formats always stretching the notion of what choreographic practice, as well as what art as such, can and dare to propose as aesthetic and cultural statement. She worked for and with numerous regional and internationals venues and festivals, in 2008 her choreographic work to R. Strauss: „Ariadne on Naxos“ was selected for Enhanced danceWEB Europe Contemporary Dance Coproduction Programme, Vienna. She lives and works in Zagreb where she founded collaborative SODABERG. More on works:
Marko Kostanic is one of the upcoming dramaturges on the contemporary scene in Zagreb. He published numerous reviews referring to the theatre activity concerning performances, books and theory in Croatian magazines Zarez and Frakcija, in performing arts magazine tanzjournal and on the 3rd Programme of Croatian Radio.
His dramaturgical activity reaches from contemporary dance to research projects (“Forensics and Fugue for the Folder” at the Conference Performance Studies International#15, “Simple Life” for Festival of Dance and Non-verbal Theatre in Sanvincenti, “Work Every Day” for Tanzfabrik Berlin/Zagreb Dance Center).
In the international project What to Perform? What to Affirm? (which is a joint project by Centre For Drama Art (Zagreb), National Dance Centre (Bucharest), Maska (Ljubljana), Tanzquartier (Vienna) and Allianz Kulturstifftung) he organized the symposium “Cinematic modes of choreography”.
He is a member of Frakcija's editorial board currently editing an issue on the work of art in the age of austerity and also this year he is as a member of Centre for Drama Art organizing a series of lectures and discussions on the problems of valorization methodologies in arts and politics. He is also engaged as political activists and writes commentaries on current political and economic situation and analytical texts on political theory and strategy for the left.

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