The Atelier at Kino Šiška in Ljubljana was conducted by Nina Božič Yams and Dejan Srhoj, both with a strong background in dance and performance.

Nina moved to Sweden and is currently working at the University in Mälardalen in the field innovation. Furthermore, she is preparing a big project with the employees of a mid-scale city in the south of Sweden.

Dejan is working as a dancer, dance teacher and choreographer in Slovenia and is still living in Ljubljana. In fact of being such different characters, Nina and Dejan complement one another and therefore they define the Atelier with a strong personal frame and setting.

All participants of this workshop are having a background in the dance or theatre domain and are all coming from different European countries, as well as from different dance and theatre institutions. Each one of them is representing a diverse position or job in this field. This interesting mixture gave the participants the possibility, to share their professional and personal background, as well as their experiences, what they frankly enjoyed. Surprisingly for all of us, they do not differ from one another quite much.

Nina and Dejan were excellent moderators of this event. The methodology they shared with us in those 2,5 days has been truly effective and understandable. After this Atelier, everyone felt enlightened, enriched and strengthened in what they are doing.

Nina and Dejan developed a very clever approach with the aim to equip employees with some choreographic tools in order to enable decision- and working processes in their innovation and/or business contexts. Similar to the creative processes of a choreographer, those tools are defined as “body”, “time”, “composition” and “space” (corresponding to the process stages “exploration”, “reflection”, “sharing” and “tuning-in”).

We explored those tools in different exercises, in which we were constantly reflecting our perception and shared our experiences in different kind of groups.

In summary, we all felt unbelievably inspired and got an amazing opportunity to reflect our daily business and behaviours with each other. We are thankful to Nina and Dejan, offering us this wonderful opportunity to develop our skills and widen out our personal horizons while using artistic methods in daily practices.

Ulrike Kuner
Head of Artistic Administration at Tanzquartier Wien and Supervisor at EDN
2 March 2017


Picture: © Urska Boljkovac