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Katarina Ilijašević

I am often inspired by a quote from a famous choreographer about my artistic practice and creativity, including in my private life.

“ Falling is one of the ways of moving. “ Merce Cunningham

Katarina Ilijašević was born in Belgrade in 1999. She graduated from the "Lujo Davičo" Ballet High School in 2018 at the Department of Contemporary Dance in the class of Isidora Stanišić and Ana Ignjatović. She is currently a third-year student at the Institute for Artistic Dance, Department of Choreography.
She presents here’s author's work "Die (Women)" within the finals of the 22nd Festival of Choreographic Miniatures (2018) and at the F. A. K. I. Festival in Zagreb (2019).
She collaborates as a choreographer with director Luka Jovanov on the plays "Jasan kraj" which was performed on the small stage of the Youth Theater in Novi Sad (2018); "Love Readings" at the DADOV Youth Theater (2020); "Back to the sea, away from the island" in the small theater "Dushko Radovic" (2020).
At the 23rd Festival of Choreographic Miniatures in 2019, she won the third prize, the Critics' Award and the Encouragement Award with the choreographic miniature "Vita Brevis".
At the 24th Festival of Choreographic Miniatures, as a choreographer, she realized the Encouragement Award in the form of the play "Vita Brevis" at the "Bitef Theater" produced by the Association of Ballet Artists (2020).
She opens the "Showe case" of the Institute for Artistic Play in 2021 at the Museum of the City of Belgrade with the performance "I am, therefore, a restless gentle movement", shows a set of photos "Let me serve you", and videos "They told her focus is most important" and "Waltzen".
Katarina was choreographer and assistant for theater director Branislava Stefanović in the play "The Stolen Prince and the Lost Princess", a production of the small theater "Duško Radović" in 2021.
Author and choreographer of the dance performance "Don't let me down" premiered on 21.05. at the Student Cultural Center in 2021.
She won the second prize at the national competition of ballet schools in the category of modern dance in 2018 in Novi Sad.
As a dancer, she is realized in numerous plays and performances, among which are "Everything (is) the bottom" choreographed by Luka Stojković (Student Cultural Center, produced by the Association of Ballet Artists of Serbia 2018); “Un-becoming” choreographed by Maciej Kuzminski (2019); “White Bolero” choreographed by Merav Dagan and “I II III x VI” choreographed by Dagmar Dachauer (UK “VukKaradžić”, produced by the Institute for Artistic Dance 2019),
"Year without summer" choreographed by Jovana Rakić, Marko Milić and Dušan Murić (BITEF Theater, co-production with Stanica-service for contemporary dance 2019),
"What would you give for the last scroll?" By Neda Kovinić (Cultural Center Belgrade 2020).

They told her that focus is the most important, 4’02’’

Visual identity: Dunja Maksimović
Performers: Luka Jovanov i Katarina Ilijašević
Video editing: Pavle Milošević
Sound editing: Nemanja Obrenović

They told her that focus is the most important, 4’02’’

The video They told her that focus is the most important was created as the author's personal questioning of leaps from reality, moments of silence during daily routines and the influence of not paying attention to other people. The video is made in two phases: The first is presented in the form of the text as a response to the question of how difficult it is to start moving. Then, in relation to the previously written text, it is explored how difficult it is to separate oneself from the real world and enter into the research of one's personal body language. This work aims to establish communication between body movements and text like an unbreakable thread, the flow of our intermittent thoughts and ideas that we never realize as well as going into the world of fantasy intermittently during everyday life. Being alone provides insight into the inner state, a place where every fantasy turns into action, a place where we are not interested in what we look like while doing something, but what and how we do it.


What is the language in common for the young people today?

For me, the common language of young people is when our ideas, united minds, sacrifices, our indestructible energy and enthusiasm come together. When we invest everything we have for the same higher goal.

What does the process of making one of your pieces look like?

The process of creating my work looks like a roller coaster that always knows where to end after a big trip. So a great journey of research, questioning, writing, patience, rehearsals, dancing movements, connecting and exchanging ideas with colleagues.

Which challenges have you faced while making art as you know it?

The challenges of creation are just a process of creation. Challenging yourself and your inner world to do something that everyone will be able to see is a challenge in itself. As a choreographer and movement person, the biggest challenge is to find the naturalness of the movement, how to surprise myself with each of my subsequent movements and projects. How my body can be something more than a body.

Do you consider yourself an artist, and what does that word mean to you?

He absolutely feels like an artist and I am striving more and more towards that. For me, an artist is a person who considers the outside world in detail and manages to transfer his feelings in relation to the outside world to "their artistic world". That is, an artist is a person who is influenced by all circumstances and that he manages to create from influence. Also a person who experiences, understands and sometimes does not understand his process of creation.

What is your escape from reality? Do you even have a need to escape from something?

I find the escape for reality in my inner world, where I decide what I will accept and what I will not accept from the outside world. Also sometimes I need an escape from my inner world, I find that escape in other people, works of art and nature.

What does the word innovative mean to you?

For me, innovative means being consistent with ourselves completely and allowing ourselves to change the angle of view or trying to cross and destroy certain rules of normativity, that is, to allow ourselves everything for the sake of a new change.

Do you have a plan for the future? Where can your artistic practice take you?

I don't really have a plan for the future, I see myself creating further wherever I am. I would like to be in our country, but I don't know where my practice would take me in our country.

What made the biggest influence on you to become what you are today and do what you do now?

Ballet school teachers, parents, positive and beautiful people around me, negative people also had a bigger impact because they reminded me what I shouldn't be. I was most influenced by my daily workout in the gym as a player and choreographer where I explored my inner world and boundaries.

How would you describe Serbian (Balkan or European-depends on where you live and work) contemporary cultural scene?

Young people are trying and that's what makes me try.

In which way does your creative process shape you or changes you as a person, if it does at all?

It absolutely shapes me because I create out of a personal need to share opinions or it's just my personal purification of emotions, states and frustrations ... My actions are all my unspoken words and it's nice when you hear in silent form that affect you.