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Milka Djordjevich

“Materials—the body, sound—merge exquisitely in this hourlong dance-song (song-dance?) … the song unravels into something wild, then plain, bodies as they are.” —The New York Times on MASS, Djordjevich’s last work
ANTHEM is a multifaceted dance for four women viewed from four sides, choreographed by Milka Djordjevich with music by Noveller/Sarah Lipstate. The work questions contemporary dance’s post-Judson era predisposition towards neutrality, authenticity and de-sexualization of the female body, by embracing theatricality, virtuosity, sensuality, fashion and sass. The dancers attempt to dismantle the gaze through its reclamation, embracing pluralistic and contradictory ideas of female identity. The quartet’s individual and collective effort creates a dance juxtaposing glamour, failure, empowerment, labor and (in)authenticity.

ANTHEM is also a pseudo contra dance examining female-identified dancing archetypes alongside genderbending alteregos. Djordjevich develops a distinct movement language offering actions, which blur the distinction between dance, behavior and spectacle. She transforms postures, undulations, shapes and ever-moving steps into four-sided social dance configurations over the course of multiple episodes. The choreography is layered together out of existing, outmoded and invented dance styles, creating a dance as an act of consumption as well as a mode of production. Using pizzazz and a deadpan sense of humor, the dancers will create a space for misbehavior.


New Work

Co-commissioned by The Chocolate Factory and Los Angeles Performance Practice

  • Joan Didion's THE WHITE ALBUM
    Lars Jan + Early Morning Opera
    The Institute of Memory (TIMe)
    Lars Jan + Early Morning Opera
    Tungsten (artery)
    Janie Geiser / Erik Ehn
    Fugitive Time
    Janie Geiser / Automata
  • Surfacing
    Holcombe Waller
    Lars Jan + Early Morning Opera
    Clouded Sulphur (death is a knot undone)
    Janie Geiser + Erik Ehn / Automata
    This World Made Itself
    Miwa Matreyek
  • Half Life
    Cloud Eye Control
    You Should Have Stayed Home, Morons
    RADAR LA 2013 / with support from Center Theatre Group
    Cooking Oil
    by Deborah Asiimwe, directed by Emily Mendelsohn / Kampala, Kigali, Los Angeles 2010-2013
    A Suicide Bombing by Invitation Only
    Early Morning Opera / Hi-Lite Gallery / Los Angeles 2011