Jasna L. Vinovrški / Public in Private
Jasna L. Vinovrški works as a performer, choreographer and teacher. She grew up in Zagreb but lives and works abroad since the disintegration of Yugoslavia. At the beginning of the 90s she studied in Essen, at the Folkwang Hochschule. After her graduation, for 12 years, she has been working as a professional dancer and performer for various European dance companies. Already during that period, she created her first choreographic works, such as solo ”Which Club?” which was awarded several times. In 2006 she received the scholarship from Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg and DanceWeb scholarship from Goethe Institute. The last has supported many of her future tours and residences all over the world. After moving to Berlin in 2008, together with her partner Clément Layes, she founded the company Public in Private.
In 2012 Jasna gains her MA degree in choreography at the HZT University in Berlin. In 2014 she was invited by the Croatian Institute for Contemporary Dance to participate in the two-year EU-Canada project “Migrant Bodies”. This collaboration resulted in her solo work “Staying Alive”, which has been on tour in Europe, Canada and New York since 2016. In addition to her artistic activities, she regularly teaches at art academies such as the HZT in Berlin, the HfMT in Cologne, the ADU in Zagreb and the Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul. Last but not the least, Jasna is the mother of her two children, Calissa and Alva.
Public in Private company was founded in 2008 in Berlin by Clément Layes and Jasna L. Vinovrški. Its goal is to broaden up the borders of choreographic language, intriguing different thinking, perceiving and reflecting about own and about other media. The most relevant aim however is a further development of choreography as a contemporary art form. The two artists are until today developing separate choreographic signatures, but in close artistic support to each other. Their main working space is Studio Public in Private, which is situated in the Atelierhouse Flutgraben in Berlin.
“Just as important for our work as the dialogue between us is the dialogue with our environment: without the independent performance scene in Berlin, the development of Public in Private in its current form would have been unthinkable. Through initiatives like “how do we work it?” – a monthly jour fixe of 30 choreographers – it became clear to us that the rapidly growing local dance scene lacked platforms to put their own work up for discussion in front of audiences and colleagues. Therefore, from 2014 to 2017, we organized the series “3AM” at the Atelierhaus am Flutgraben – where our own studio is also located. In 2019, we have further committed to strengthening the local dance scene with the event series “Flutgraben Performances” and “Montag Modus Klimata”.
Jasna L. Vinovrski, Clément Layes