CHOREOGRAPHIC FANTASY No. 1 premiered on November 21, 2013 at the Art Pavilion in Zagreb. It was awarded with the two most relevant Croatian awards in the field of performing arts: Croatian Theatre Award for the outstanding choreographic achievement and Annual Award of the Croatian Dance Artists Association as the best choreography of the year.

Performed by five dancers; Lana Hosni, Irena Mikec, Nika Lilek, Irena Tomašić and Katarina Rilović, CHOREOGRAPHIC FANTASY No. 1 formulates choreography as pure manifestation. Exploring in depth different dance archetypes, all of which are anchored in our current understanding of dance, this work can be understood as phantasmagoric; as phantom but also pandemonium. While the dance exposes its fragility and its core, a sense of fluid memory is being created, that understands the form as articulation of aesthetic ideas and their historic attainments, but also their transformations and recontextualizations.

An autonomous sound-concept amplifies the specific radicality of this piece: a soundscape made of low and high frequencies, white and grey noises, creates a hybrid-movement-sound environment, that transports viewer’s imagination towards deep, concentrated and urgent level of negotiation between what is present and what is yet to arrive. In a certain sense, there is an alienation of that imaginative space, and the very consequences thereof are creating a continuous, drifting loop in perception.

CHOREOGRAPHIC FANTASY No. 1 was developed and premiered at the Art Pavilion in Zagreb. Built in 1897, in stunning art-nouveau style, Art Pavilion is one of the oldest large galleries in the Southeast Europe. Throughout its history the gallery presented artists ranging from the Earth Group collective to George Grosz, Henry Moore, Auguste Rodin, Andy Warhol, Mimmo Rotella, Joan Miró, Auguste Rodin, Alberto Giacometti and many others. It was under renovation works for a long time, that have completed in 2013.

“All five dancers are very sensible, committed and convincing in following the choreographic poetics of Marjana Krajač. She was not interested to push on to the dancers some outside structure of movements or external or imposed gestural meaning of a performance, but has clearly and directly exposed her choreographic search for, what I would call, a signal of the immediate, a primary dance. Marjana approached this task of capturing of a slightest vibration of a pure dance with a consciousness of a grounded and experienced dance artist, who is fully aware of the risk in which she engages. CHOREOGRAPHIC FANTASY No. 1 is therefore a sophisticated dreamery about the fragile and the precarious, but also, the fully free dance.”

Katja Šimunić,

“Political character of this work is in its determination to build a choreographic space not for the sake of an evidence, but for the sake of a desire for a constant materialization of the space that would, on empirical basis, provide a sense of politics which is governed by horizontal un-hierarchy. This space is provocative; and that alone, in its duration and in its unimposing, allows a viewer to travel from the intellectual to the sensory, from the sensory to the imaginary, and then to the meaningful, linear and narrative. ”

Pavle Heidler, Zarez

“Within the double process, from the outside to the inside and from of the inside to the outside, CHOREOGRAPHIC FANTASY No. 1 refuses to be a product ready for consumption, largely relying on cooperation and perceptive abilities of the audience’s imagination that, based on their own experiences, must initiate a re-evaluation of existing categories.”

Ivana Slunjski, Vijenac

Duration: 55 minutes Author, choreography, concept: Marjana Krajač / Performed by: Lana Hosni, Irena Mikec, Mia Zalukar/Nika Lilek, Katarina Rilović, Irena Tomašić / Collaboration on the project: Hrvoje Hiršl / Costume design: Link/Ogi Antunac & Zoran Mrvoš / Sound concept: Marjana Krajač / Sound technicals: Miroslav Piškulić / Technical direction: Duško Richtermoc / Technical assistance: Leonardo Krakić / Design of graphic materials: Valentina Toth / Communication: Anita Klapan / Production and realization: Sodaberg koreografski laboratorijRealized with the support of Ministry of Culture of Republic Croatia, City Office for Culture Zagreb, and created with the support of Art Pavilion in Zagreb, Croatian Institute for Movement and Dance, Zagreb Dance Center and Tanzfabrik / Uferstudios Berlin. Program Notes PDF