Critical Practice (Made in Yugoslavia)

Deadline: February 10, 2015


Emerging authors (writers, critics, researchers, theoreticians) and those interested in further professional development in the field of critical practice in contemporary performing arts can advance their writing and discussing skills within the Critical Practice (Made in Yugoslavia).

This Critical Practice edition draws on the conceptual platforms of performing arts, which have been recently developed at the geographically non-existing territory of Yugoslavia, such as those generated by TkH [Walking Theory], Nomad Dance Academy, Maska, Frakcija etc. It consists of three one-year non-residential programme cycles focused on the education and practical work of participants. Its purpose is to advance the professional development of authors from the region of former Yugoslavia and Europe and to encourage a more profound, more visible and more accessible critical reflection on the contemporary performing arts, enhancing their visibility and stimulating dialogue with audiences. Its concrete outcomes will be articles, essays, reviews and other formats of critical writing published online or in diverse publications, as well as live discussions, interviews and talks with dance and performance makers.

The cycles have a modular structure, combining seminars, workshops and practical engagement at certain events (festivals, conferences, exhibitions, etc.) as group work structures, and the continual individual or collective work of participants.

The programme of the first cycle started in April 2014 and will end in April 2015.

The second programme cycle will start in April 2015 and end in April 2016.

Within this cycle, four mandatory gatherings in different European cities will be organised:

  • mid-April 2015, Belgrade (cultural centre Magacin in Kraljevića Marka)
  • mid to late October 2015, Belgrade (Kondenz – Performing Arts Festival)
  • the end of October 2015, Skopje (Locomotion – Festival for Contemporary Dance and Performance)
  • early December 2015, Amsterdam (Het Veem Thaater).

Furthermore, there will be occasional Skype conferences, regular email communication and work on the program’s blog, as well as the possibility of self-organised work and further gatherings.

Tuition fee, as well as travel costs and accommodation (Belgrade / Brussels / Belgrade / Skopje) in average amount of 3.500,00 EUR for each participant will be covered by the programme. The participants are required to pay 350,00 EUR registration fee after the approval of their participation.

This Critical Practice edition offers a small-scale educational, research and working studio based on self-organisation and group interaction, whose disciplinary framework is predicated on issues and questions coming from critical theory, artistic practice and cultural policy. Against this backdrop, our program is envisaged to produce a vivid transversal discussion within and about the performing arts – among the participants as well as in public.

What we offer:

We offer a temporary work frame for advancing participants’ critical writing and discussing skills, for making contacts with colleagues coming from other contexts, and for a broader enhancing critical reflection on the contemporary performing arts.

Speaking concretely, we offer you: several seminars and workshops with theorists, dramaturges, and cultural producers coming from the region, mentoring your writing, professional help in preparing public discussions and talks, consultancy regarding relevant literature and prominent works at the contemporary performing arts scene in the region and in Europe, travel and accommodation during selected (mandatory) events, tickets for the performances involved in the selected events, a space for internal work during the events, professional proofreading for your writing, budget, consultancy and practical help in editing and publishing your final publication, as well as help with publishing your writings in other magazines, journals and publications.

What we expect:

We expect your participation in all four mandatory gatherings, presence at the organized group Skype discussions/meetings (once a month), as well as an active reflection on performing arts through talks organised at the selected events and texts to be published on the blog and in the final publication.

Concrete results and outcomes should be: instant writings about the events attended (at least one per event) and organising other formats of instant critical practice such as talks, discussions, etc. (at least one per event), publishing your texts on the website of the venues that organise events and the blog of the Critical Practice (Made in Yugoslavia) edition (during or up to one week after the event ends), editing of participants’ writings at the end of the cycle (as a chapter in a magazine, online volume,  or printed publication).

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Admission criteria:

  • Ca. MA level of education in art, humanities or social sciences
  • No age limit
  • No official diplomas required

This year we will be able to accept six applicants to partake in the program.

Required documents:

  • Curriculum vitae (two pages maximum)
  • Motivation letter, with an explanation of the reason for applying to the programme (two pages maximum)
  • Examples of your own published or unpublished writing on performing arts (three examples maximum)
  • Contact

Application deadline:

10 February 2015

We will let you know the results of the first round of application process by email by 16 February 2015. Skype interviews with the candidates selected in the first round will be organized on the weekend, 21-22 February 2015. Final results will be sent by email on 25 February 2015.

Jury: Marijana Cvetković, Angelina Georgieva, Biljana Tanurovska Kjulakovski and Ana Vujanović


For all the questions regarding the selection procedure, please contact the programme team, Marijana Cvetković, Biljana Tanurovska Kjulavkovski and Ana Vujanović at:

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Critical Practice (Made in Yugoslavia) partner organizations:

Nomad Dance Academy

Station Service for contemporary dance, Belgrade

Lokomotiva – Centre for New Initiatives in Arts and Culture, Skopje

Tala Dance Center, Zagreb

Workspace, Brussels

Hetveem theater, Amsterdam


This program is realised as an edition of Critical Practice – training for emerging dance writers, initiated within the Life Long Burning project and supported by the Culture Programme of the European Union.

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