Choreographer Milka Djordjevich (Los Angeles) will develop CORPS, a new work exploring how labor and gender are addressed under the lens of regimented movement. The work is a continuation of Djordjevich’s ongoing questioning of dance practices preoccupied with producing neutrality and anonymity. CORPS aims to unravel and disorient the militaristic conditioning of groups keeping together in time. The work reveals similarities across traditional, militaristic, ritualistic, athletic, and folk movement forms.
Djordjevich’s BAC Residency is followed by a weeklong residency at New York Live Arts culminating in an outdoor ambulatory work-in-process rendering of CORPS. Audiences are invited to join CORPS, a procession on Friday, June 18 beginning at 5PM at New York Live Arts (219 W. 19th). The artist-led procession travels West on 19th Street, turns North onto 10th Avenue, and ends at BAC (450 W. 37th). The event is free; reservations are available here.
Milka Djordjevich is a choreographer, performer and educator who questions preconceived notions of what dance should or should not be. Her work has been shown at many venues across the country, including the American Realness Festival, BAMPFA, the Chocolate Factory Theater, Danspace Project, the Hammer Museum, the Kitchen, Machine Project, MAK Center, PICA’s TBA Festival, The Philadelphia Thing, REDCAT, Santa Ana Sites and the Whitney Museum, and internationally in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Macedonia, Poland, Serbia, and the UK.
Djordjevich was a 2020 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award recipient, a 2017-2018 Princeton University Hodder Fellow, a 2006-2007 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence and a 2008/2010 danceWEB Europe Scholar. She has had residencies at Abrons Arts Center, ARC Pasadena, Baryshnikov Arts Center, CAP UCLA via Los Angeles Performance Practice, Fabrik Potsdam, Jacob’s Pillow Lab, LMCC Swingspace, MANCC, PACT-Zollverein and Workspace Brussels, among others. Other projects include serving as guest editor for Movement Research’s Critical Correspondence, initiating the Monday Morning/Night Class series at Pieter and teaching in higher education. Djordjevich has co-authored works with composer Chris Peck, filmmaker Justin Streichman, choreographer Dragana Bulut, designer Samuel Yang, and artist Marcos Luytens. In 2016, Djordjevich established STANA, an organization cultivating local, national and international dance connections.