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Dunja Jocic (Belgrade, 1978) started training in rhythmic gymnastics as a child, and was the youngest competitor at the 1992 World Cup in Brussels. She was part of the Olympic Team until 1996. She had to stop competing due to the closing of borders following political tensions in former Yugoslavia. However, she found a substitute when she enrolled in the ballet school Lujo Davico in Belgrade. She went on to study at the Rotterdam Dance Academy. Since then she has been working as a freelance dancer.
Dunja has danced with a.o. Club Guy and Roni, Ballet du Nord (France), Emio Greco / PC, and started to collaborate with theatre director Nikola Zavisic as choreographer for numerous theatre productions (Serbian National Theatre, Belgrade National Theatre, Yugoslavian National theatre).
In 2007, Dunja made her first work No flowers, please, for which she was awarded Best Choreography, Public Award and Special Award for Innovation at the Festival of Choreographic Miniatures in Belgrade. The same festival commissioned her to create the full-length production Not Me, together with Grand Theatre in Groningen. In 2011, her short film Mirroring won the Best Short Film at the Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival, and other awards at Jumping Frames Festival, Ficbueu FF Spain, and Thessaloníki International Short Film Festival. In 2012, Dunja was commissioned to create Sonnet 66 - Shakespeare for Bitef Dance Company in Belgrade. In 2013, she was nominated for the Swan ‘most impressive dance performance’ for her role in Midnight Rising by Guy & Roni. Her second film Bird premiered at the Netherlands Film Festival 2015 and competed for a Golden Calf. Her production Don’t talk to me in my sleep premiered the same year during the festival Noorderzon in Groningen. In 2016 she received the BNG Bank Dance Prize for Excellent Talent, and choreographed La Mode, a piece by Tomoko Mukaiyama danced by Spellbound Dance Company in Rome. This piece premiered at the opening of the National Taichung Theatre in Taiwan.