Call for applications

CRITICAL PRACTICE programme of Life Long Burning project
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS //Deadline: 10 February, 2014

Critical Practice (Made in Yugoslavia)

Mentor of programme: Ana Vujanović

Coordinators: Marijana Cvetković and Biljana Tanurovska Kjulavkovski


Emerging authors (writers, critics, researchers, theoreticians) and those interested in further professional development in the field of critical practice in contemporary performing arts can advance their writing and discussion skills within within the framework of Critical Practice (Made in Yugoslavia).

This Critical Practice edition draws on the on conceptual performing arts platforms that have been recently developed at the geo-politically non-existing territory of Yugoslavia, such as those generated by TkH [Walking Theory], Nomad Dance Academy, Maska, Frakcija etc. It consists of three one-year non-residential programme cycles focused on the education and practical work of participants. Its purpose is to advance the professional development of authors from the region of former Yugoslavia and elsewhere, and to encourage a more profound, more visible and more accessible critical reflection on the contemporary performing arts, enhancing their visibility and stimulating dialogue with audiences. Its concrete outcomes will be articles, essays, reviews and other formats of critical writing published online or in diverse publications, as well as live discussions, interviews and talks with dance and performance makers.

The cycles have a modular structure, combining seminars, workshops and practical engagement at certain events (festivals, conferences, exhibitions, etc.) as group work structures, with the continual individual or collective work of participants.

The first programme cycle will start in April 2014 and end in April 2015.

Within this cycle, four gatherings in different European cities will be organised:

  • early May 2014, Belgrade (cultural centre Magacin in Kraljevića Marka)
  • mid-June 2014, Brussels (Working Title Platform, Workspace Brussels)
  • October 2014, Belgrade (Kondenz – Performing Arts Festival)
  • November 2014, Skopje (Locomotion – Festival for Contemporary Dance and Performance)

Furthermore, there will be occasional Skype conferences, regular email communication and the programme’s blog as well as the possibility of self-organised work.

Tuition fee as well as travel costs and accommodation (Belgrade / Brussels / Belgrade / Skopje) amounting on average to 3,500 EUR for each participant will be covered by the programme.

This Critical Practice edition offers a small-scale educational, research and working studio whose disciplinary framework is predicated on issues and questions coming from critical theory, artistic practice and cultural policy. Against this backdrop, our programme is envisaged to produce a vivid transversal discussion within and about the performing arts – among the participants as well as in public.


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Admission criteria:

  • Approximately MA level of education in art, humanities or social sciences
  • No age limit
  • No official diplomas required

This year we will be able to accept six applicants to partake in the programme.

Required documents:

  • Curriculum vitae (two pages maximum)
  • Motivation letter, with an explanation of reasons for applying to the programme (two pages maximum)
  • Examples of your own published or unpublished writing on performing arts (three examples maximum)
  • Contact information


Marijana Cvetković, Tom Engels, Iva Nerina Sibila, Biljana Tanurovska Kjulavkovski and Ana Vujanović

 Application deadline:

Please send your application by 10 February 2014 in electronic form at:

We will let you know the results of the first round of the application process by email by 16 February 2014. Skype interviews with the candidates selected in the first round will be organised on the weekend of 1–2 March 2014. Final results will be sent by email on 5 March 2014.

For all the questions regarding the selection procedure, please contact the programme team – Marijana Cvetković, Biljana Tanurovska Kjulavkovski and Ana Vujanović – at:

For more information about Critical Practice (Made in Yugoslavia) visit:

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Critical Practice (Made in Yugoslavia) partner organizations:

Nomad Dance Academy

Station Service for contemporary dance, Belgrade

Lokomotiva – Centre for New Initiatives in Arts and Culture, Skopje

Tala Dance Center, Zagreb

Workspace, Brussels

Hetveem theater, Amsterdam


This programme is realised as an edition of Critical Practice – training for emerging dance writers, initiated within the Life Long Burning project and supported by the Culture Programme of the European Union.