Making Dances

MAKING DANCES is a prolonged playshop experience, directed to youngsters and young adults aged 13 to 20 years old with a specific interest in creative expression of own ideas. During this playshop participants will dive into the world of contemporary dance choreography and direction, discover the language of the body and have an opportunity to create their own first dance (theatre) concepts. With a lot of fantasy, improvisation and composition exercises, participants will create their own pieces and their own hype. Out of nothing, out of themselves, their potentials, their soft spots, their affinities, preferences, desires, together we will find inspiration for our very own little master pieces. In the course of one week (duration of this playshop is imagined in minimum 5 x 3 hour sessions), playshop leader will, together with the participants, look for stories within the bodies and how to stage them in a perfect way. 

This playshop has a showing potential! At the end of the week, a public presentation of the created material can be organized, according to the possibilities of the venue. We have already experienced wonderful site-specific presentations too! 

An extra possibility connected to this playshop is that a whole team of dancers can be booked additionally next to the playshop leader, so that the participants – young choreographers get a unique opportunity to play and create with professional dance performers being ready for collaboration, assistance, and some great time together in developing new ideas. 

Participants: maximum 10 

Necessary physical resources: dance hall / studio / room with a dance(able) floor, large enough to accommodate the number of registered participants and where is not too cold. Participants should wear comfortable clothes and no shoes. Any additional necessary material is of an individual need and can be discussed separately. 

Sanja Tropp Frühwald

Sanja Tropp Frühwald is a choreographer for contemporary dance with a focus on dance for young audiences. Born in Croatia, she lives with her family in Vienna, from where she manages the bi-national sister organizations VRUM art & culture association in Vienna and the artistic organization VRUM in Zagreb.  

In addition to her executive and artistic work, she is a board member of Assitej Austria and the international organization Young Dance Network. She is the initiator and co-founder of KLIKER – first Croatian network for the development of contemporary dance for young audiences and coordinates GENERATOR – international collaboration platform for the development of contemporary dance for young audiences. 

Sanja has been awarded several times for her artistic work, but also for her extraordinary contribution to the development of contemporary dance in Croatia. 

The project was made possible with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia and the City of Zagreb.