YOU

31. 5. 2015. / 21:30 / ZPC

YOU

MASA dance company (HR)

The dance performance YOU was created based on the idea of staging and video inscenation of the world of poet Enes Kišević (The Sun, The Wind and You). Through the impressionable dance duet which evolves on stage, the audiences witnesses the unraveling of an intimate story which questions and communicates human intimacy, life and its cycle. The poem is interpreted by acclaimed Croaian actor Robert Kurbaša who intiated the video input as integral to the representation of poetics in our daily lives and complementing the embodiment of the poem on stage.

“An impressive use of poetry in a dance performance is first what jumps out in the performance “YOU”, authored and performed by Aleksandra Mišić and Ognjen Vučinić. They seem to have embarked on this not yet fully explored field of endless possibilities, of which an important one is the promotion of dance, however also raising awareness for Croatian poetry in the broader context.”
Bojana Radović, Večernji list

Masa dance company is an arts organization focused on production and education in the feld of dance arts. Its co-founders, Aleksandra Mišić and Ognjen Vučinić, are both acclaimed dance artists who have received multiple awards for their achievements in the Croatian dance scene. They frequently collaborate with different cultural institutions and their works can often also be found contributing to more commercial endeavors. They are recent recipients of the Critic Award, at the Competition of Dance Miniatures in Belgrade, Serbia (2013).

Aleksandra Mišić and Ognjen Vučinić both started their first dance steps in Pula at the ballet studio ZARO. They continued their education both in Croatia and abroad through regular dance school programs and courses and through working with different and diverse teachers and choreographers (Laban London, Impulstanz, Ismael Ivo, Rasmus Olme, Iztok Kovač, Karen Levi, Robert Hylton, Francesco Scavetta, Rob List, Damien Jalet, and Laura Aris for example).

Throughout their career they worked together and independently. They danced in numerous projects and productions. Both are members of the Zagreb Dance Company, ,Ognjen since 2000 and Aleksandra since 2009. They also create together and have cofounded the MASA dance company.
They both were awarded the Critics Award at the Festival of Choreographic Miniatures. Ognjen is also the recipient of the Croatian Artist Award as best dancer in 2006 and 2010, while Aleksandra received the award as the most Promising Young Choreographer in Croatia in 2004.

For the performance “You” Aleksandra Mišić and Ognjen Vučinić were awarded the 2014. Grand Prix prize at the International Festival of Contemporary Dance in Algeria.