Photo by Camilla Greenwell.
Stefan Jovanović is a queer choreographer, therapist and ARB-registered architect working at the boundary between ritual-making and performance design. He trained as a dancer in parallel to his undegraduate studies at the AA. His professional career in the performing arts accelerated upon being accepted as a resident dance-artist in the Sadler’s Wells Summer University (2015-2018). Throughout his time there, he developed strong collaborations with other dance institutions across London, including Siobhan Davies Dance and London Contemporary Dance School. In 2017, upon graduating from the AA, he launched a performance salon in London, called Velvet Fools, via invitation of the late Will Alsop, gaining attraction for his architectural-choreographic work. He frequently collaborates with choreographer Jonathan Burrows, having featured in his work 52 Portraits, as well being a dramaturge for Burrow’s and Fargion's current performance series, Music for Lectures. Stefan has been teaching since 2015, facilitating workshops and project briefs in the AA first year, London Contemporary Dance School and Independent Dance.
In 2018, Stefan began receiving funding from Arts Council England for the creation of his first group-work, Radical Togetherness, supported by Siobhan Davies Dance, Sadler’s Wells, Stone Nest and Maverick Projects. His first show Constellations was presented at Sadler’s Wells in June 2019. Between 2017 and 2019, he trained in somatic therapies including Somatic Experiencing and Family Systemic Constellations, focusing on incorporating new strategies of mental well-being and collective trauma-healing in choreography, design, and pedagogy.
He completed his ARB Part 3 Examination whilst working with AA alumnus Tarek Shamma. He is currently working as a dramaturge on new projects by Katye Coe, Pau Aran Gimeno, Mark Lorimer and Matthias Sperling. He has previously collaborated with Tanztheater Wuppertal/Pina Bausch (2018), Astronaut Kawada Architecture (2014-2015), Boris Charmatz/Musée de la Danse (2015), Peter Macapia/labDORA (2012). He was the recipient of the danceWEB scholarship in ImpulsTanz International Festival of Dance (2016) and the New Museum IdeasCity Athens Fellowship (2016).