I'm an artist, performer, and writer 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, multimedia performances blending social experiments, live performance, dance, 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 one day. The research and development of Rootless Node is supported by Arts Council England.
In November 2020, I started developing new digital classes in somatic movement. I enjoy leading workshops in somatic movement and dance and consequently have presented peer-reviewed research around dance, somatics, digital spaces, and health and wellbeing internationally.
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 from Brooklyn, New York. Professional performance credits include with the Hartford Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet Ensemble, and the Cleveland Repertory Project, working with and performing the work of choreographers such as Alonzo King, Mats Ek, Doug Varone, Bebe Miller, Danna Uchizono, David Gordan, David Zambrano. While living in Israel, Zjana worked with Vertigo choreographer Noa Wertheim, and choreographer Roy Assaf.
Commercial dance credits include dancing alongside musical artists Shaggy, Chaka Khan and working with noise band Sonic Youth, iconic interactive media artist Scott Snibbe and film director Harmony Korine.
Zjana's own choreographic works have been presented and she's performed as a dancer at venues specifically 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 Behar 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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