Contemporary Dance Association Slovenia


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Društvo za sodobni ples Slovenije
Metelkova 6, SI-1101 Ljubljana
Pia Brezavšček, President
Phone386 (0) 31 662 970
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Founded in 1994 as a non-governmental professional association, the Contemporary Dance Association Slovenia (CDAS) aims at an all-round development of the area of contemporary dance in Slovenia by providing service support to the non-governmental organisations in this field, establishing the necessary conditions for professional activities, networking, advocacy, as well as by establishing or (co-)organising different educational programmes.

Since 2010, the association manages the Gibanica (Moving Cake) Festival of Slovene Dance. In 2012, the CDAS initiated the Ksenija Hribar Awards for special achievements in the field of contemporary dance, awarded at the biennial Gibanica Festival.


Bringing together dancers, choreographers, educators, critics and theorists of contemporary dance at the national level, the association's main purpose is to actively cooperate with the competent Slovene institutions in the processes of adopting decisions regarding the contemporary dance field. The CDAS also actively supports activities for the development of contemporary dance theory and criticism, it organises public lectures, panel discussions and workshops, cooperates in various events in Slovenia and abroad, and sets up databases. It supports activities for the establishment of suitable educational institutions and other institutional and human infrastructure and facilities for contemporary dance.

Since 2013, the CDAS has been organising together with the Bunker Institute, Via Negativa and Maska Institute a series of public discussions titled The Audience Council aimed at constituting a space for reflection and exchange between the makers in the contemporary performing arts field and their spectators.

The CDAS is also a partner of the year-round pilot training course in contemporary dance "Practicum in Contemporary Dance Art", organised by the Contemporary Dance Module at the Pre-School Education and Grammar School, Ljubljana and Emanat Institute, intended for dance and art graduates and semi-professionals in the field who wish to upgrade their knowledge and skills.

The association also closely cooperates with the project "Plesna Nacionala" (National Dance Gathering), a showcase of Slovene contemporary dance production that presents excerpts from the current production as well as the activities of associations, institutes and individual makers in the field. The project is organised by Public Fund for Cultural Activities of the Republic of Slovenia and En-Knap Productions.

In collaboration with Radio Študent (RŠ), the CDAS has been preparing a digital radio dance archive DRADAR, a radio platform intended for archiving and examining the contents, poetics and practices of the current contemporary dance production in Slovenia.

Contemporary Dance Network

The Contemporary Dance Network, a project of the Contemporary Dance Association Slovenia, involves 41 dance producers and endeavours to increase the quality of professional work in the field of contemporary dance. It was formally established in 2010 with goals to connect organisations that develop and produce contemporary dance art, to arrange better conditions for the contemporary dance artists and, finally, to increase awareness of contemporary dance in Slovenia and abroad.

The activities were partly funded by the European Union from the European Social Fund. The operation was carried out as part of the Operational Programme for Human Resources Development 2007–2013, the Institutional and Administrative Capacity priority axis.

The association is a member of Asociacija, Association of Arts and Culture NGOs and Freelancers.

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