Jurij Konjar (SI): Still

The principle and the vocabulary of »Still« build on working experience with Lisa Nelson and the Tuning Ensemble, focusing on Nelson's Tuning Practice.

Jurij Konjar: V iskanju mirovanja / Still foto/photo by: Nada Žgank


I define as »still« that time and place of arrival, where for a moment my otherwise constant need for change vanishes. How long does this moment last? How do I recognize it? Can my partner and I agree on it, as it occurs? How do we get there and how does it dissolve? How is it seen from the outside? Where is »outside«? 
The principle and the vocabulary of »Still« build on my working experience with Lisa Nelson and the Tuning Ensemble, focusing on Nelson's Tuning Practice. »Still« is also the name of a project taking place in residencies with different collaborators. The focus of »Still« are research and understanding of the processes that take place in an improvisation performance.       

We'll observe what is already happening and name it, so it becomes material to track and compose with. Such as the difference between foreseeing form and feeling sensation. Being simultaneously the performer and the public; observing and being observed. The clarity of proposals, as seen in other's reactions. How we can be together, without being the same. The awareness that the audient sees it all for the first time. Looking at the Whole in space and time, its composing enabled by tracking the past. Applying the same scrutiny to discussion about what had happened. What can we possibly understand about the other's experience; and how useful is it to recognize what we can't understand.


Jurij Konjar was born in Ljubljana, where he trained Judo and singing from an early age. He began dancing with Ballroom competitions, received technical dance training in Slovenia, studied musical in London, then trained at PARTS in Brussels. 
He worked with Les Ballets C de la B, Maja Delak, Janez Janša, Boris Charmatz, Lisa Nelson, Steve Paxton. Some of his own works are Catharsis for Beginners, Ulysses, Goldberg Variations and For Juliano Mer-Khamis. 
In 2007 he suffered a head injury that shifted  the focus of his work towards the potential of the present moment. In 2009 an in-depth observation of Steve Paxton’s Goldberg Variations video triggered the development of a personal improvisation practice. For the last four years he’s been developing this practice further, while touring his solo Goldberg Variations, Steve Paxton’s solo Bound and teaching internationally. 


The workshop will take place at PSEGSL / SVŠGL, Kardeljeva ploščad 28 A.


Fee for the 2 day workshop is 40 €.
Please send the applications on praktikum.svsgl@gmail.com.
Enrolments are possible from Monday to Thursday from 6.15 PM untill 8 PM in Pre-School Education and Grammar School Ljubljana, in the dance-theatre hall, Kardeljeva ploščad 28 A, Ljubljana. We kindly ask you to pay the fee before the beginning of the workshop.


Program was proposed in collaboration of two programmes: Agon and Practicum in Contemporary Art

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