Marjana Krajač is a choreographer and choreographic researcher from Zagreb (Croatia), and a Ph.D. Candidate in Dance Studies at the Department of Dance at The Ohio State University (US).
Her choreographies were commissioned by numerous international institutions, theaters, venues, and festivals, and she has created more than 20 works for various dance companies and in a wide range of formats. Her complex choreographic panoramas are often created in collaboration with composers of contemporary and experimental music and explorations in sound and cinematography are central to her artistic processes. Her research is focused on the emancipatory potentials of dance, foregrounding contemporaneity as a radical, structural, and emancipatory practice.
She was awarded the Croatian Theatre Award for the Outstanding Choreographic Achievement and the Annual Award of the Croatian Dance Artists Association for the choreographic achievement of the year (2014). Dance ensemble of her durational choreography variations on sensitive was awarded the best dance ensemble of the year (2015). In 2010 her work was nominated for the T-HT Award of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb.
She was selected as Choreoroam Europe Artist by CSC Bassano del Grappa: Opera Estate Festival (Italy), The Place London (UK), Rotterdam Dansateliers (Netherlands), a-2/Certamen Choreography Paso de Madrid (Spain), and Croatian Institute for Movement and Dance (Croatia), where she developed her research mentored by choreographer Rosemary Butcher (2011). She collaborated and danced for and with numerous choreographers in Germany, France, and Croatia, and has participated in choreographic research projects with dance artists such as Meg Stuart and Mårten Spångberg as well as in several academic research projects.
She graduated from the State Conservatory for Dance Ana Maletić in Zagreb (Croatia), a conservatory of 8 years duration focused on ballet, contemporary dance, classical music, and choreography. She continued her studies at the Academy of Performing Arts in Berlin (Germany) graduating with a BFA degree in Dance. Afterward, she expanded her studies to theology and history at the Humboldt University in Berlin (Germany). She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Dance Studies and Graduate Teaching Associate at The Ohio State University (US).
She was a jury member of the Ana Roje Award, a yearly ballet award at the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb. Her ballet for sixteen dancers titled dark landscapes, created for the Ballet of Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, premiered in November 2016 and was in the 2017/2018 repertoire.
Marjana continuously writes about dance and choreography and her texts have been published in New York’s Movement Research Performance Journal, Croatian Performing Arts Magazine Frakcija and Croatian Journal for Dance Art Kretanja/Movements. In August 2018, a collection of her essays was published as a book, titled choreographic journal: seeing / vidjeti.
She is artistic director of Sodaberg Choreographic Laboratory in Zagreb, a platform for choreographic and dance research.