Talk no. 9: Teja Reba & Zala Dobovšek

a talk about continuous research /of presence/

Pogovor št. 10: Teja Reba & Zala Dobovšek foto/photo by: Nada Žgank


Zala Dobovšek and Teja Reba will talk about continuous research /of presence/.
About presence in a performance situation, which is as much in the domain of the viewer as it is in the domain of the performer. On both sides: the observing body, the observed body. Mutual/witnessing/as a partnership of minimally two bodies, in which a situation of unpredictability and shared presence is created. /Situation/ that necessarily involves /reaction/ that makes certain we don’t stop thinking.
About presence in an artistic process, which is as much in the domain of /others/ as it is in the domain of the maker: in the domain of other people, other thoughts, other spaces, other times, other arts. Surfacing through these presences, fragmented in time, there is language. /Language/, as a misunderstanding that makes certain we don’t stop thinking. And feeling.


Teja Reba is a practitioner in the field of contemporary performing arts (choreographer, performer, dancer, director). Since 2008 she has been collaborating closely with Leja Jurišić, but has developed works also with Loup Abramovici and other makers (Petra Veber, Bara Kolenc, Meta Grgurević, Jaša, Eduardo Raon). Her work has been presented in local and international venues, festivals, and biennials.
As performer she has worked with Forced Entertainment, Janez Janša, and many other Slovenian and international directors and choreographers. She was part of the European project A Space for Live Art and the research platform Identity Move!. She is president of the Contemporary Dance Association Slovenia, member of the Prešeren Foundation Awards Board, and programme head of the City of Women Festival.
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Zala Dobovšek graduated with a BA in dramaturgy from the Academy for Theatre, Radio, Film and Television (AGRFT) in Ljubljana. In 2008/09 she studied at DAMU in Prague (Divadelní fakulta Akademie múzických umění v Praze). Since 2005 she has been writing for the Culture and Humanities Department of Radio Student Ljubljana; from 2009 to 2014 she worked as a theatre reviewer and critic at the Slovenian daily Delo; since 2015 she has been contributing to the fortnightly arts and culture newspaper Pogledi and the daily Dnevnik. Her contributions are published also in professional magazines (Maska, Dialogi...). She was a member of different expert juries (Borštnik Theatre Festival, Week of Slovenian Drama, Gibanica – Biennial of Slovenian Contemporary Dance, MESS Festival Sarajevo, Ministry of Culture) and a programme selector (MESS Festival 2014 – national programme, Golden Stick 2013 - Festival of children’s and young people’s theatre). She is member of the Association of Theatre Critics and Researchers of Slovenia. As dramaturge she has collaborated with the following theatres and institutions: Mini Theatre, Ljubljana City Theatre (MGL), Senzorium Institute, Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, Maribor Puppet Theatre, and DAMU in Prague. She received the Prešeren Award for Students for her graduation thesis. Currently she is pursuing a doctoral degree in performing arts at AGRFT in Ljubljana with a research topic Theatre and War: basic relations between performing arts and the wars in the area of the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. She is assistant professor of dramaturgy and performing arts at the Academy for Theatre, Radio, Film and Television in Ljubljana.

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