Deborah Hay:
Inside the Outside

dance performance, 2023

“I have little interest in ‘dance movement’ or telling a dancer what to do. What makes a difference to me is how a dancer performs. I choreograph structure to guide a performer’s attention through a given dance. I give the dancers very little to lean on combined with an aesthetic preference to pull the rug out from under them… when I can.  The same set of tools, which I provide, are used by each dancer to navigate coherence in performance.”  Deborah Hay

photos: Sunčan Stone

Since 2017, a group of dance artists and producers gathered around Nomad Dance Academy Slovenia have been in conversation with Deborah Hay, an icon of postmodern dance, about the possibilities of collaboration and about presenting her rich body of work to Slovenian and regional audiences.

At the invitation of NDA Slovenia, she came to Ljubljana in June 2022, opening up a process of exchange and experiential learning in conjunction with the tools from her long-standing practice. In this way, she introduced the participants to her perspective on dance and choreography, while enriching, challenging and further guiding our individual artistic processes.

For us as dancers, the work with Deborah Hay is a gift, a learning experience, an affirmation of dance as a daily practice and a research of forms, formats and the fluidity of perception. In this process, dance is paralleled with learning, individual and collective. Choreography comes as a structure, which supports and challenges the dancers. The possible readings of it are infinite - firm and fluid at the same time.

Choreography: Deborah Hay
Performed by: Dragana Alfirević, DISKOlective, Jana Jevtović, Beno Novak, Jan Rozman, Dejan Srhoj
Costume design: Dajana Ljubičić
Lighting design: Špela Škulj
Production: Jasmina Založnik and Dragana Alfirević
Public relations: Urška Comino
Photos: Sunčan Stone
Produced by: Nomad Dance Academy Slovenija,
Coproduced by: Bunker, Kino Šiška, DUM - Društvo Umetnikov

The project was supported by: Mestne Občina Ljubljana - Oddelek za kulturo, Ministrstvo za kulturo RS, Ministrstvo za javno upravo RS, DANCE ON PASS ON DREAM ON, Creative Europe