Art stations fundation - by Grażyna Kulczyk

Słodownia +2
Dalija Aćin Thelander Point of no return. Exercise for choreography of attention OLD BREWERY NEW DANCE AT MALTA FESTIVAL 2013

concept, choreography 
Dalija Aćin Thelander 

drawings performed on choreographic assignment
Siniša Ilić

graphic design and layout performed on choreographic assignment 
Katarina Popović

produced by 
Station, Service for contemporary dance, Belgrade 2012

40-50 mins

Thur 27.06, 16:00, Słodownia +2
Fri 28.06, 17:00, Galeria Art Stations
Sat 29.06, 16:00, Słodownia +2

“Exercise for Choreography of Attention – Point of no Return” is a joint work which aspires to contribute to the notion of an expanded choreographic practice. Developing the work, the artists translated the dancer-choreographer roles to a setting where the choreographer created frameworks that were used by the visual artist to generate material. Through collaborative editing of the material the choreography was gradually composed. As a final stage the graphic design and layout was performed based on assignments given by the choreographer. In “Exercise for Choreography of Attention – Point of no Return” the texts and drawings created in the process of working are collected in a book, while the performance itself is performed by the audience alone and takes place in two spaces: in the individual space between the reader and the book; in their direct contact and touch, as well as in the act of collective performance of a group of readers in the theater venue.
The performance, which combines individual and collective act of performing in a proposed set up, is based on choreography as an attempt to direct attention through arbitrarily set proposals of the performance text and drawings in the book.
Exercise can be performed in the frame of various set ups which concern the space (gallery space, theatre stage, site specific, library), number of the audience, position of the audience, instructions for the audience, duration etc.

Dalija Acin Thelander works within the performing arts field as a choreographer, theatre maker and cultural worker. 
She presented her works internationally on numerous festivals such as Impulstanz, Tanz im August, Les Particules, Perforations, BITEF etc. In 2008 she received Prix Jardin d’Europe for the performance “Handle with great care” on 8:tension, Impulstanz Festival, Vienna.
Her current work aspires to contribute to the notion of choreography as expanded practice and focuses on the participatory role of the audience.
Five years ago she became involved in intensive explorations in the field of contemporary dance for children and babies. Her performance for children “The Book of wandering” (2008) was awarded on several international festivals and successfully toured in Japan and Korea. She created a dance performance for babies (2010) and choreographed installation for babies “Baby Space” (2011).
She is co-founder and coordinator of Station Service for Contemporary Dance Belgrade, co-founder of Nomad Dance Academy for which she initiated, curated and produced, many programs and productions. She is a co-founder and co-curator of Kondenz festival for performing arts in Belgrade. 
She collaborated with numerous theatre directors and won several awards for choreography for drama theatre.
As a free lance artist she lives in Stockholm, Sweden since 2012.

Siniša Ilić works in the fields of visual and performing arts. Through his work he deconstructs social phenomena and mechanisms, such as forms of labour and violence in society, concepts of education, etc. His works are often oriented towards collective and collaborative self-organized projects with co-authors from different artistic fields of visual arts, but also theory, theatre and performance. Co-founders of the editorial collective of TkH (Walking Theory) theoretical-artistic platform from Belgrade. MFA in painting at Faculty of Fine Arts, Belgrade. Artist in residence at Kultur Kontakt, Vienna, ISCP, New York, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart. Born in 1977 in Belgrade.