The show Exercise for Choreography of Attention “Point of no Return” is a joint work of the choreographer and the visual artist, Siniša Ilić - an experiment and a voice in the debate on the definition of choreographic practice, which is getting ever broader. During the development of the show the traditional roles of a dancer and choreographer were given a new context: Dalija suggested work framework and generated specific (choreographic) tasks which Siniša (like a dancer improvising an assigned topic) used in order to create the visual material. Editing it together, they gradually composed the choreography.
The same principle governed the process of editing and making the graphic design: texts and pictures made during the collaboration were collected in a book. The show itself takes place on two planes: an individual plane between a reader and a book (during the show part of the audience reads a book) and the readers’ collective action in the theatrical space. The project proposes a new perspective on choreography - as an attempt to control the attention (appearing in the title of the show) of the audience by arbitrary decisions of the show creators, represented by texts and images collected in the book. At the same time, the show invites to freely “join the dots” in order to make a whole and create individual performances.
Concept, choreography: Dalija Aćin Thelander
Drawings performed as a choreographic task: Siniša Ilić
Graphic design and layout performed as a choreographic task: Katarina Popović
Production: Station, Service for contemporary dance, Belgrade 2012
Dalija Acin Thelander is a choreographer and cultural animator. In 2008 she received the Prix Jardin d’Europe for her show Handle with great care. Her works are shown during international festivals such as Impulstanz, Tanz im August, Les Particules, Perforations or BITEF. She creates predominantly choreographies for theatre shows, but is also the author of shows for children and infants. She is the co-founder and coordinator of Station - service for contemporary dance, co-founder of Nomad Dance Academy as well as co-founder and one of the curators of performing arts festival Kondenz in Belgrade. Since 2012 she has been living in Stockholm, where she works as an independent artist.
Siniša Ilić graduated from the Department of Fine Arts in Belgrade. He works in the area of visual and performing arts, deconstructing social mechanisms and phenomena. He is the co-founder of an editorial collective of an artistic and theoretical platform TkW (Walking Theory) based in Belgrade, artist-in-residence of Kultur Kontakt in Vienna, ISCP in New York and Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart.