Platform of Contemporary Dance 2020 - CREATIVE REFLECTIONS

Matevž Dobaj

Neighborhood of Lost Meanings

dance performance – premiere

Neighborhood of Lost Meanings <em>Photo: Matevž Dobaj</em>
Photo: Matevž Dobaj


Choreography: Matevž Dobaj
Co-creation and performance: Neus Barcons Roca, Tilen Beigot, Matevž Dobaj
Music: Tilen Beigot
The performance was made with the help of Artist Commons Brussels

The original environment of events is the place in which the author wants to create a metaphorical transformation of breath into word, words into space, space into time. An echo of time. The author creates diverse landscapes, reflects on and changes their meanings. How do newly formed vistas develop from a hill. From which street does our view come? At which house is it pointed? Whose window? Which body is watching and being watched? What is hidden beyond its gaze? Do people respond to his looking, his body, his movement beyond his gaze? Sometimes the meanings develop from the body itself, sometimes from the forced images assigned to the body. Perhaps sometimes, meaning doesn't matter at all.

Neighborhood of Lost Meanings is a continuation of the exploration of the relationships between the body and meanings it produces, which the author has already looked at in the performance Divided Things. In the current work the author explores the semantic shifts which occur with the transfer of the performance from an outdoor space to that of a theatre.  

Matevž Dobaj is a Slovenian dancer and choreographer. Following studies at the University of Medicine in Maribor, he enrolled at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD). Matevž continues his work and education in various European cities. At the moment he is devoted to researching somatic practices. Through learning and working he is also perfecting his choregraphic-dance language. He collaborates with a number of choreographers and groups. He has been creating and teaching together with Neus Barcons Roca for several years, in Belgium, Spain, and Slovenia.

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