Migrant Bodies - Moving Borders

Migrant Bodies/Moving Borders is an EU project that develops a shared international research, focusing on identifying, developing and testing new and relevant actions for the inclusion of refugees and migrants with dance and movement based initiatives.
The research brings together dance artists in Italy, Austria, Croatia and France, in dialogue with writers, filmmakers, organizations and associations which assist refugees, educational institutions, universities, members of the partner organizations, experts and citizens.
Inclusive dance practices are being conceived and held for migrants and refugees within the communities they live in, enabling project participants to gain new skills and enrich their professional life, embracing new opportunities in working with migrants. Migrants and refugees are invited to dance classes, events and performances, experiencing being part of a collective, and living a common experience with citizens, in theatres and artistic contexts.


Dance for50+


THU | 6 / 6 / 2019 | 14:00 | ZPC

Liz King, renown Autrian and UK born dance artist always approaches the authenticity and source of movement. Whether working with professionals or non-professionals, she applies her long researched method as a tool for looking inward to the origins of movement and as a source to understand ourselves and our bodies better, in ordert to maximize our own potential be it creative or otherwise. The workshop is aimed for women over 50, but also for all women who simply want to move and express themselves!

The workshops is conceived as a place to celebrate womanhood and new encounters through dance and movement. Entry is free.

Liz King studied at the Royal Ballet School, London. Following her dance career at the Stuttgart Ballet under John Cranko, she returned to London to study movement with actors, and later went on to dance with the Ballet Royale de Wallonie, Belgium. In 1978 she moved to Vienna, where in 1982 she founded Tanztheater Wien. The company soon found International recognition with full length evenings such as, "Wien Wien du bist allein", "Der Schrei des Kardinals" or "Winterreise" which were shown at festivals throughout Europe (Centre Pompidou, Paris, Europalia Brusselles and The Berlin Festival) to name a few. In 1982 she became Director and Choreographer of the Heidelberg Ballett and created seven full length works ( including: "Westwest" which was taken which toured to Norway and to Italy). Upon return to Vienna, and restart of her Tanztheater Wien, the Company toured to Germany, Jerusalem and to Sarajevo. Between 1999 - 2003 she was the Dance director and choreographer at the Volksoper Wien. A complete re-structuring of the ballet there to a contemporary basis. Created "Schwanensee Remixed" with Cathrine Guerin which was performed during 4 years reaching 50.000 people in all. In 2005 Liz King co-founded D.ID dance-identity with her partner Manfred Biskup, where she now continues to further collaborations with international partners as well as strong community based activities. She is Artistic Director and is one of the mentors for the Artists in Residence Programme. D.ID is co partner with OHO, Offenes Haus Oberwart where the annual festival, Burgenländische Tanztage is held in May.

Morning Training


FRI & SAT | 7 & 8 / 6 /2019 | 10:00 | ZPC

Drawing upon a practice created during the project Migrant Bodies - Moving Borders, artists and dancers share their experience and dance. Training is open to everyone interested in movement and dance! Artists: Žak Valenta, Jordi Gali, Katharina Senk and Andrea Rampazzo

Workshop for Kids


FRI | 7 / 6 / 2019 | 15:00 | MSU

Within the Migrant Bodies - Moving Borders project we are organising a range of events for children and grownups, which are continuing through the 36th Dance Week Festival. Migrant Bodies is a yearsolong research project which gathers dance artists from Italy, Austria, Croatia and France, who collaborate with writers, video artists and organisations that work with refugees, educational institutions, universities, members of partner organisations, experts and citizens.
A new inclusive practice is being formed, which enables its particišants to acquire new skills and enrich their professional lives, by accepting new possibilities through working with migrants.
This dance workshop, aimed at children and youth, seeks to enable a different type of communication through the physical language of dance, as a way to express their creative potential and have some fun.
The workshop facilitator is Žak Valenta, a dance pedagogue with years of experience in art programmes for children and adults.
Parents are welcome to attend too!



Max Biskup: Migrant Bodies

Film screening

FRI | 7 / 6 / 2019 | 19:30 | ZPC


Speaking of Dance

The series of talks aims to offer a platform for the exchange of ideas and opinions around issues related to contemporary dance, providing inspiration to seek solutions to current challenges dance artists in Croatia and across Europe face. These conversations, although at the core intended for those professionally engaged with this art form (students of dance academies and schools, may find it of particular interest) invite the general public to the table in the desire to engage all those interested in the art form, which all too often and unjustly is labelled elite, and which today is among the most dynamic of art professions in the world. The position of the dance artist in Europe and in the world today is not possible observe in isolation from other art disciplines, as it exists alongside and often intertwined with other disciplines, offering a lasting inspiration to new artistic endeavours and often beyond the world of arts themselves.

Artists as Migrants


THU | 6 / 6 / 2019 | 17:00 | ZPC

Artists today are growingly becoming migrants themselves, from the many opportunities to attend international schools and pursue professional development opportunities, participate in artistic residencies, international collaborations and touring across borders. What challenges do artists who return to their countries of origin face? What challenges do they deal with as they step across the border? What does it mean to be an artist in the Europe of today? Is the a future in assimilation? Is there a fear of colonization, or is it simply opening wide a future without borders in which the artists is in charge of their destiny?

International Collaborations


FRI | 7 / 6 / 2019 | 17:00 | ZPC

Find out more about the ways of working in the sphere of international collaboration through dialogue with some of the most prominent international dance professionals in Europe today, trying to provide insights into what determines characteristics of a successful international collaboration and how to establish and sustain relations to the international community.

Sol Pico on migration and creation of Halab


SAT | 8 / 6 / 2019 | 17:00 | ZPC

Spanish choreographer Sol Picó's visit to year's edition of Dance Week Festival will include a performance of Halab, a piece inspired by the suffering of refugees from Aleppo. Zagreb's performance will be embodied by the students of Ana Maletić Contemporary Dance school from Zagreb.
At this presentation, Sol Picó will talk about the process of making Halab.

Dance and Knowledge Exchange


SAT | 8 / 6 / 2019 | 17:45 | ZPC

There are many artists in Croatia today who graduated dance studies abroad, and there are those who have done so within the different options available in Croatia. Informal dance training and education is also gaining traction, as is the interest, need and opportunity for life-long learning as part of the practice but also perhaps an opportunity to transition. Life-long learning is still a novel concept in Croatia. Let’s exchange examples of best practices, talk about what life-long learning but also skills enhancements and opportunities to learn new skills mean in today’s life of a dance artist in Croatia (and in Europe), what are the challenges, what are the opportunities?

Dance and Inclusion


SUN | 9 / 6 / 2019 | 12:00 | ZPC

Inclusive practice is one which focuses on a broad range of vulnerable communities and not only towards persons with disabilities. HIPP has over the past couple of years expanded the practice to reach out both to the disabled community as well as working with migrants-refugees, asylum seekers in Croatia. How does inclusion function in the arts and which minorities does it include, what are Croatian experiences? Addressing equal opportunity through strategies for inclusion in dance, accommodating differences and needs of individuals.