Dunja Jocic

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.

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Dunja Jocic is one of the most exciting new choreographers in the Netherlands. She received the Prize of the Nederlandse Dansdagen in 2018. From an equally original as uncompromising view of dance, she creates hallucinatory, cinematic performances with an electrically charged and capriciously virtuoso dance language. In her latest performance The Protagonist we follow a narcissistic young woman who is a computer-addict. She becomes increasingly entangled in the digital world and finds it more and more difficult to maintain herself. In an attempt to get control over her life, she rigorously decides to go offline. Her escape into the analogue world sets off a stream of surreal daydreams, where the present merges with the past in the person of the mythic, violent, and tragic Mary Queen of Scots. In an astonishing stream of images the woman fights to protect her identity.

Conny Janssen Danst provides opportunities for young talent through DANSLOKAAL, the talent development project, where young artists are invited to develop new work together with the dancers of Conny Janssen Danst. For each event artistic director Conny Janssen, one of the leading choreographers in the Netherlands, collaborates with a variety of partners and selects promising choreographers with diverse backgrounds. For the 6th edition these are: Dunja Jocic (Korzo), Ingrid Berger Myhre (Dansateliers) and Tu Hoang (Conny Janssen Danst). They get the opportunity to work on the development of their own signature within the professional context of the company. The result is a surprising dance evening with three new pieces, created for and with the dancers of Conny Janssen Danst.

After a series of performances in Rotterdam, Conny Janssen Danst provides a nationwide platform to the young choreographers. Wondering what the results of this collaboration look like? Come and find out during DANSLOKAAL on tour!

The passionate students of the Modern Theatre Dance department from Amsterdam are challenged to push the limits of their physical and creative capacities as well as their dance-theatrical personalities. Bold in Motion is a collaboration of leading choreographers and up-and-coming dance talent in a varied program with four performances in one production.

Dunja Jocic works for the Korzo production house and danced with companies such as Club Guy & Roni, Ballet du Nord (France), and Emio Greco /| PC. She worked with the first year students on a new production. Eldad Ben-Sasson worked for companies such as Batscheva Dance Company and worked with he second year students. Milan Tomášik works as a choreographer and was cofounder of Les SlovaKs Dance Collective; he created a new production together with a group of third year students. Matej Kejžar worked with the rest of the third year. Kejžar graduated from the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam and was associated with Rosas and works as a freelance choreographer.        

Dunja Jocic, for years an eye-catching performer with Club Guy & Roni, surprises as a choreographer with startlingly original dance projects and films. Terra Incognita is a physical and interdisciplinary duet, based on the short story of the same name by Vladimir Nabokov. Friends who have escaped to the tropical hell of Badonia try to reach the unknown land of Gurano Hills. The mission, however, proves fatal. Hallucinations blend with the harsh surroundings and the quest pushes the travelers to their limits. Illness and death are just around the corner and friendships burst apart.

With the successful formula of DansClick, Korzo offers the public a great experience with the newest generation of dance makers. An evening of DansClick begins with a video portrait where the creatives introduce themselves. After the performance, the audience is invited on stage for an Aprés Dans to talk with the artists and to enjoy drinks. The 18th edition of DansClick consists of a varied triple bill, taking three brand-new talents on tour through the Netherlands, after their impressive deburs. An acquaintance with the work of Dunja Jocic, Wubkje Kuindersma and Rutkay Özpinar.

Club Guy & Roni dancer Dunja Jocic surprises with her first creation Don’t talk to me in my sleep
…brilliant performance…”  Dagblad van het Noorden ★★★★★
The dance scenes are overwhelming. Accompanied by Hugo Morales’ electronic soundscape, the oppressive atmosphere is sublimely established.  theaterkrant.nl

Wubkje Kuindersma presents her credentials with intriguing duet doubleyou.
Doubleyou is an elegant powerful men’s duet. theaterkrant.nl
A subtle mirror duet about identity and the mystery behind reality. De Volkskrant ★★★★

Rutkay Özpinar surprises as youngest dance maker in this country with the duet Grip.
"...a penetrating and moving account by a talented choreographer.” Dans Magazine.

Dunja Jocic, for years an eye-catching performer with Club Guy & Roni, surprises as a choreographer with startlingly original dance projects and films. Don't talk to me in my sleep premiered at the 2015 Noorderzon Festival in Groningen, the Netherlands.

The light of passing hours and bygone days moves over small walls, past mirrors, plastic flowers and teacups of the house where a man still lives together with his mother and their cat. Though time passes outside, inside it seems the vacuum of their synchronized schizophrenic relationship made it stop. As the repetition of daily patterns creates soil for mutual irritations, driving them both to the edge of sanity, dreams of breaking free into his own independent life emerge in the mind of the man. Standing at the footsteps of where dreams can be turned into reality both start to wonder, can one be without the other? Loosely based on the relationship between Andy Warhol and Julia Warhola.

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