Choreographic Fellow | October 3 - 15, 2021
Los Angeles-based choreographer Milka Djordjevich worked remotely with MANCC in October 2021, to further her work CORPS, which she previously developed at MANCC during a March 2019 site-visit and May 2019 residency. An evening length work, CORPS examines labor and the feminine body through the lens of regimented movement, and reveals similarities across traditional, militaristic, ritual, athletic, and folk movement forms.
In response to the COVID-19 Delta variant, MANCC staff worked together with Djordjevich to facilitate a distance residency at the Madrid Theatre in Los Angeles, where Djordjevich, performers and a videographer, Justin Streichman, continued to develop and document the work with administrative, logistical, and technological support from the MANCC staff. Djordjevich and collaborators used this residency to prepare the work for its premiere, and to document the work with the help of Streichman and MANCC's Media Specialist. The residency ended in an engagement with the FSU School of Dance’s graduate Theory of Directing and Dance Performance class taught by Gwen Welliver and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar’s, where Djordjevich lead a workshop detailing the research and movement structure behind CORPS.
Djordjevich is also in the process of creating a handbook, in collaboration with dance artist and writer Dot Armstrong, that serves as a companion to the work. The handbook will include a glossary of movement to allow for transparency around its various origins, as well as primer activities for audience members to engage with the work in other ways. Additionally, Djordjevich’s collaborator conversations will be transcribed for partial inclusion in the handbook.
This residency was supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. CORPS will premiere November 11 - 13, 2021 at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater REDCAT. Both virtual viewing and in-person options will be available. Tickets for CORPS will be available here: https://www.redcat.org/event/milka-djordjevich-corps