Artist Statement

I am an artist with several developing streams of practice, including principally, a seven-year training in architecture. Through this spatial framework, I arrive to dance as an intersecting artistic form. I have built into this, through experience and professional activity, a deep interest in the body and the expanded choreographic fields. I continue to train in body-based practices, including Somatic Experiencing trauma-therapy and Systemic Family Constellations. 


Biography/CV


Stefan Jovanović is an architectural designer (AA Dipl ARB/RIBA Part II) trained at the Architectural Association in London, dancer, theatre-maker and story teller.

He is currently in the creation period of his first group dance-theatre work, entitled Radical Togetherness/Constellations, funded by Arts Council England, in partnership with Sadler's Wells and Siobhan Davies Dance. He is also in the creation period of a dance  & short film, entitled Blackbird, supported by Dance Hub Birminghma, Dance 4, and Dance Xchange. He collaborates with architect Tarek Shamma on a regular basis.

He received the danceWEB scholarship in 2016, under mentorship of Tino Sehgal (Artist) & Louise Höjer (Artist), and was one of the resident dance-artists of the Sadler’s Wells Summer University in London (2014-2018), under direction of Jonathan Burrows (Choreographer) and Eva Martinez (Sadler’s Wells Artistic Programmer).

In 2016, he was featured in the digital project, 52 Portraits, a Sadler’s Wells Theatre production commission by Jonathan Burrows, Matteo Fargion (Musician) & Hugo Glendinning (Film-maker).

2015 marked the beginning of his collaboration with Mark Lorimer (Dancer), creating two dance-works, Les Traces du Serpent for the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum in Albi; and Le Corps Écrivain for the Goya Museum in Castres, France. Throughout 2015 he also worked as an architectural designer for Dean Griffiths (ARB Architect) at Astronaut Kawada Architecture. The same year he would perform in Boris Charmatz’ Roman Photo in If Tate Modern were Musée de la Danse?

In 2014 he was a resident dance-artist in the What Now? Festival organized by Independent Dance in collaboration with Siobhan Davies Dance. This would be the beginning of his future collaborations and endeavours within the expanded choreographic field, leading to the publication of a text entitled Out of Several Rooms, this One, commissioned by Chrysa Parkinson (Dancer-Academic) for the Dancer as Agent series, in collaboration with Frank Bock (Psycho-therapist) & Katye Coe (Dancer).

In 2013 he collaborated with New York-based artist Peter Macapia, on a series of filmic scores for the city, mapping the relationship of geo-political tension and ruin cracks in the edifices of Manhattan.

Between 2011 and 2012 he worked as the architectural designer of Pret a Diner, a series of temporary extreme social and dining experiences, in collaboration with neon-artist Olivia Steele and German food-caterers Kofler & Ko. The dining installations were featured in Art Basel 2012, Berlinale 2012, and London Frieze 2011.
   


Photograph by Camilla Greenwell.