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The Biennale of New Movement is an interdisciplinary international project by the author and choreographer Marija Šćekić in the Croatian – Canadian co-production (Histeria NovaAeriosa Dance Society) which is performed at selected locations in the Republic of Croatia during 2023 and in the province of British Columbia and the city of Vancouver in Canada during 2024.

The project deals with the topic of the human drive for survival as a philosophical, existential and anthropological question of "...the responsibility of man to continuously search for meaning, to be focused on something outside himself, to discover and realize true values within oneself and find personal meaning" (Viktor E. Frankl, The Unheard Cry for meaning).

The goal of the project is to collect and preserve information about the work of individuals whose work, identified with their way of life, leaves a big mark in theirs, but also the lives of others.



Starigrad Paklenica

Pilot projekt: ADAPTATION
  • September 24 (Sunday)
from 2:00 to 5:00 PM (Camp Hall – near the Paklenica National Park office)
Cyanotype and cyanotype toning workshop led by visual artist Sarah Fuller
from 7:00 – 8:00 PM (Local Hall of the Starigrad Paklenica municipality)
Embodied Landscapes Artist Talk led by visual artist Sarah Fuller
  • September 24 – 27 (Monday – Wednesday)
from 2:30 – 5:00 PM (climbing direction Ljuska – Caramara, Velika Paklenica canyon)
The Shell – Experimental rehearsals in the field of contemporary and vertical dance at the intersection of art, of science and new technologies under the artistic direction of Julia Taffe and Marija Šćekić (Award: Chrystal Dance Prize)
  • September 25 (Monday)
from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM (climbing direction Zava, Velika Paklenica canyon)
Cyanotype and vertical dance workshop for children led by visual artist Sarah Fuller, dancer Ishita Raina (India) and dancer Alex Tam (Canada).
  • September 27 (Wednesday)
from 6:30 to 7:15 PM (climbing direction Ljuska – Caramara, Velika Paklenica canyon)
The Shell – public performance (work in progress) under the artistic direction of choreographer Julia Taffe and Marija Šćekić and the performance of Aeriosa Dance Society dancers (Meghan Goodman, Chandra Krown, Cara Siu, Alex Tam)
from 7:30 to 8:00 PM (Bunker Hall, Velika Paklenica canyon)
Round table – open to the general public


  • September 28 – 29 (Thursday – Friday)
from 1:00 to 6:00 PM (Mediterranean Garden – Kava)
Artist Residency – Interdisciplinary collaboration of visual artists Sarah E. Fuller (Canada – Iceland) and ac. by painter Sergije Mihić under the artistic direction of choreographers Julia Taffe and Marija Šćekić and rigging system designer Colin Zacharias
  • September 29 (Friday)
from 7:30 to 8:00 PM (Mediterranean Garden – Kava)
Celestial flyers – an exhibition of graphic works by the academic painter Sergije Mihić, inspired by vertical dance
from 8:00 PM to 8:30 PM (Mediterranean Garden – Kava)
Kava – Site specific dance performance (work in progress)


Đakovo • Osijek

  • October 2 (Monday)
from 10:00 to 11:00 AM (J. J. Strossmayer University Academy of Arts and Culture, Osijek)
SLAVONIJA VERTICAL TRAINING CENTER – multimedia presentation and pilot presentation project led by Julia Taffe and Marija Šćekić
  • October 2 – 5 (Monday – Thursday)
from 7:30 to 8:00 PM (Đakovo Cultural Center)
Artist In Residence – Exploring new forms and techniques of assembly and rigging
  • October 6 (Friday)
od 7:00 – 9:00 PM (Đakovo Cultural Center)
Dance on Earth in Air (Center for Culture Đakovo) – A Vertical Dance Retrospective of two Companies: Croatian Histeria Nova and Canadian Aeriosa Dance Society. Presenting an evening of dance created with support of Dance Victoria Chrystal Dance Prize for international collaboration 2022/23
  • October 7 (Saturday)
from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (location TBD)
A different perspective – Vertical dance for everyone – multimedia lecture/seminar on plans to launch the first inclusive vertical dance workshop in the Republic of Croatia under the leadership of Marija Šćekić and Marijana Rajić, president of the Association that takes care of children with cerebral palsy and persons with disabilities of Šibenik – Knin County "Aurora".
Human Error / Just Music Predstava

Completed program

APRIL 2023

Đakovo: SLAVONIA VERTICAL TRAINING CENTER – New Horizons – Opening ceremony

  • April 26 – 29, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Artist In Residence – the 1st international artist residency for the exploration of new art forms.
Program supported by Arts Council England (Develop Your Practice Grant – David Greeves)
  • April 26 – 27, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Vertical animals – Contemporary dance and somatic movement workshop for children led by Ishita Raina (India/UK) i Marija Šćekić.
  • April 28 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Animalism – master class for actors, dancers and stage performers led by choreographer David Greeves from Cornwall, Great Britain.
  • April 29 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Vertical dance and local community – two seminars/lectures with lots of audio-visual content, a short live performance and film projection according to the following schedule:
  • 4:00 – 4:15 PM • Biennale of the New Movement – introductory speech by the author
  • 4:20 – 4:35 PM • Vertical Movement – episode 1 – vertical dance performance
  • 4:45 – 5:20 PM • Estah's story – multimedia lecture led by David Greeves
  • 5:30 – 6:00 PM • Gates of Velebit – multimedia lecture led by Marija Šćekić
  • 6:15 – 7:00 PM • Alka dance of liberty – movie screening of a vertical dance show

MAY 2023.


  • May 2 – 5, from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Moving Bodies – artistic research and creation in the spaces of Kneževa and Providurova palaces – II Palaces.