Talk no. 16: Mateja Bučar & Maša Radi

a talk about the unconventional relation between the choreoghrapher and the space

Pogovor št. 16 / Talk no. 16: Mateja Bučar & Maša Radi Foto / Photo: Nada Žgank


Works of Mateja Bučar, who has been present on the dance scene for more than 20 years, stretch throughout multiple platforms. We can see them on stage and in galleries and we might also spot one on the street or in the parking lot.

In this edition of Metodologije beleženja we will talk about the unconventional relation between the choreoghrapher and the space, whose role this time isn't solely as a place for performance; it is also one of the main sources of inspiration and one of the key points of Bučar's works. We will touch upon the role of visual and scenic aspects as well as the themes that the artist talks about but first and foremost we will try to shine a light on the unique position of her works, which seem to freely move between the traditional definitions of artistic disciplines.


Mateja Bučar completed ballet and  modern techniques in Ljubljana and at the Centre de Danse International Rosella Hightower in Cannes (France). Between 1980 and 2004 she was engaged at the Slovene National Ballet and 1986  joined the Dance Theatre Ljubljana. in 1999 she founded DUM – Society of Artists where she is artistically present together with Vadim Fiškin and Tevž Logar (previously Gregor Podnar). She was granted, in 2005  the Zupančič Award of the City of Ljubljana, in 2014 the  Ann Sayers Award, at the Trinity Laban Conservatory for Music and Dance, she also  received a PhD from the  City University of London in the field of aesthetics and choreography. The same year she was awarded the Ksenija Hribar Life-Achievement Award by the Slovenian Society of Contemporary Dance for  her opus choreographic opus in last 20 years. (more on:

Maša Radi finished her studies of Dance at Secondary Preschool Education and Gimnazija Ljubljana in 2017. She continues her education by following a course on Sociology of Culture at University of Ljubljana. In addition, she writes for a web platform Koridor and was a participant of Mala šola kritike, which took place during the season of 2016/2017.

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