Mojca Majcen - Slovenia

Mojca Majcen - dancer
Photo of Mojca in "Moki's Wedding" by Kathee Miller.

Mojca Majcen is a dancer and ballerina, who started to dance as a young girl. In 1998 she graduated with honors from the National Ballet Conservatory Maribor. During her educational period she danced several classical ballets in the Slovenian National Theatre Maribor. After graduation she continued her dance education abroad (Budapest, St. Petersburg, Scotland, Vienna, Netherlands). In 2000, she joined Dance Theatre Igen, where she focused on modern dance techniques and its integration with the theater. In 2009 she was promoted to a soloist of Dance Theatre Igen, during her engagement to Igen she participated in several full-length dance performances, and danced in numerous dance festivals abroad. As a dancer of Dance Theatre Igen she has received numerous international awards:
    •    First prize at the Choreographic Miniatures in 2000 in Belgrade
    •    Second Prize and Special Jury Prize at Tokyo Dance Platform
    •    Jarmila Jerabkova third prize award in Prague
    •    more awards in the competition of young dancers of Slovenia OPUS.

 In the past two years as a soloist of Dance Theatre IGEN she danced in Lady of the Camellias. The performance has toured in many major international festivals, within the invitation of the renowned dance artist , in 2010 it was presented at the Venice Biennale and in the finals of international competitions in Poland and in 2011 in.Choreographic competition, Beijing China.  In 2011 she received an award for artistic achievements in dance by the Municipality of Celje, Slovenia. She is a member of Ballet Association of Slovenia, a guest dancer of happy family Theatre Netherlands and Art Bark from USA. She worked with many Slovenian and international choreographers.

In 2012 she became a co-founder of ArtBark International with Stephen and Misa dancing in MISA KELLY'S choreographies: "A BAO QU", "MOKI'S WEDDING" and STEPHEN KELLY'S "FALLING AND FLYING" and "GOLDEN."  Performances occurred in Santa Barbara, Pasadena, New York, Vienna AUSTRIA and Paris FRANCE as a part of the Affinity Project, the ADaPT Festival Series and Green Space's Fertile Ground and Take Root Series. 

In 2013 they will meet up once again at the Dragon's Egg in Connecticut as a part of a week long residency to begin work on their Alma Karlin Project and will then travel to NY and CA for ADAPT Festival activities.

Press Quotes
Slovenian reviews associated with her award for artistic achievements and when she was voted the most outstanding female dancer in 2011.

"Mojca Majcen is a modern ballerina with an incredible power of physical expression, strong performing and acting skills. Her dance expression is conquering stages and the audience around the world and promoting the Celje and the Slovenian culture far beyond our borders.

Without doubt Mojca Majcen is one of the most distinctive dancers from Slovenia, her virtuosity and passion for dancing will help her to dance in the future on many world stages and will continue to promote the Celje and the Slovenian culture.
Artist Statement
Beauty of the dance: Seek beauty, Show mutability, Move like a blaze of consciousness, Perfection is the devil, Express the eroticism of gravity, Experiments in balance. Serve to convey emotions and ideas!
Sometimes Giselle but always a Black Swan, who is not afraid to change, to experiment and to go in unusual directions. Creativity lies in exploring alternatives, in new directions, in old revisited and changed, in breaking of patterns and reshaping new ones, in using media in ways other than traditional, in using traditional media to see in a different way. Result? Great satisfaction producing new waves of creativity.
To be physical is to be present, to be present is to be fully alive, to be fully alive is to animate the moments, animate the moments is to dance, dance comes as a religion to me! Follow your passion, and success will follow you. MODERN BALLERINA. The primary source of my work and a basic technique is classical ballet, which serves me as a foundation, by combining ballet with new thinking about what ballet is today, and how this basic technique links with others dance techniques. Still very sure of the statement:
“If you want to be a professional dancer you should be aware of all the techniques and have to be very curious and know how to risk”. AS A DANCER I enjoy any moment of the movement and the energy that was provided by the movement, when feeling free always trying to put everything what I have ever experienced, learned the movement and analyze it emotionally.
IN DANCE drive is the base, determination is its upgrade, and success is its result. The challenge is the X-Factor, because dancing itself is always considerable physical challenge, stage is one step more and the audience is the answer.
For a ballet dancers who have usually being told what to do. My challenge is always to be collaborative, to trust others to make choices, to be part of the development. “Knowing the rulebook and then torching it.
Feeling pain and then beating it,” is my motto.

Description of the Creative Work Moja will be contributing with Michael and Valerie Green.

is a  stage performance that investigates personal stories of a catastrophe on 13, 14 and 15 April 1912 in connection with today's world.

Historical facts about the mighty ship and the terrible crash of the RMS TITANIC (14 April 1912) TITANIC.SI uses a frame of a historical story and connects it with today's life that touches the fate of an individual in the midst of a catastrophic dive of the world, civilization, moral values.

The Route from the old continent to the new world, all the hopes, aspirations and expectation crushed in a single moment.

The famous  ship in connection with the global  civilization.  All the hopes, aspirations and expectations, however, by colliding in the icy mountain crashed in the dust. With its dive Titanic represents a lost opportunity..The life boat Nr. 15 was the bout with two passengers from Slovenia that survived the catastrophe. There is a hope after all.