I'm a contemporary dancer, performing artist, and choreographer making work in my hometown of New York City and since 2015 in London. I was one of Moving Digits: Augmented Dance for Engaged Audience artists and awarded a Creative Europe travel grant to join the Oulu Dance Hack presenting collaborative work at Oulu Museum of Art in Finland (2019).
For my own work, I create research-driven, interdisciplinary performances blending social experiments, live performance, and innovating with digital media. I like working with new technologies and I'm particularly interested in art, science and embodiment.
I frequently play with the expectations of my audience, using humour to convey political concerns, and I've completed an MA in Performance Studies from Tisch, New York University with distinction.
Right now, I'm developing a new show Rootless Node; my current show Touching From A Distance first performed in London in December 2019 will hopefully resume touring in Fall 2021. The research and development of Rootless Node is supported by Arts Council England.
In November 2020 I started developing new somatic movement digital classes.
I have a once a year newsletter where I share what’s to come for me and information on other artists I personally like.
Classically trained as a dancer from a very young age, Zjana is a contemporary dancer, choreographer and digital media artist. Performing across the UK, the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East with the Hartford Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet Ensemble, and the Cleveland Repertory Project. Zjana has also performed the work of Vertigo, and choreographer Roy Assaf in Israel. Commercial credits include dancing alongside musical artists Shaggy, Chaka Khan and Jamelia. Zjana has worked with noise band Sonic Youth, iconic interactive media artist Scott Snibbe and film director Harmony Korine. Her wide range of experiences as a performer inform her choreographic work which has been presented and she’s performed at venues including Tribeca Performing Arts Center (New York, USA), The Bushnell (Hartford, USA), Boston Opera House (Boston, USA), REDCAT (Los Angeles, USA), Chinnaswamy Stadium (Bangalore, India), Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance and Theater (Tel Aviv, Israel), Mercat de les Flors (Barcelona, Spain), Gerard Behard Centre (Jerusalem, Israel), Grec Fest La Caldera (Barcelona, Spain), Complesso Monumentale di Santa Sofia (Salerno, Italy), The Place (London, UK), Turner Contemporary (Margate, UK), Sheung Wan Culture Centre (Hong Kong), Laban Theatre (London, UK), Oulu Museum of Art (Finland), Roundhouse (London, UK), Stone Nest (London, UK), and Space Studios (London, UK).
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