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CPP 2024




As we gain solid footing within the landscape of the 21st-century time-based art, it is evident that traditional definitions of genres and disciplines are being transcended in favor of multiple, fluid, hybrid art forms. Along with the rise of site-specific, devised, immersive and virtual-reality projects, the role of the performer is rapidly evolving, away from being simply an interpreter of scripts / scores to becoming a co-creator of work – one whose contributions are integral to the vision and identity of the new creations.
Contemporary Performance Practices (CPP) program aims to acknowledge and expand the performing arts canon, tracking current trends and discovering new ones, for the benefit of contemporary performers and performance-makers. We will be offering intensive education, taught by prominent international practitioners and educators, focusing on developing strategies for jump-starting new work from scratch by layering compelling visuals, vivid relationships, coherent text, and propulsive narrative.
CPP is a two-week summer intensive training geared towards a broad range of performing arts students and practitioners. Launched in July 2019, the program has featured instructors from some of the world’s leading performing arts companies: SITI Company, co-founded by Anne Bogart and Tadashi Suzuki (New York, USA,) SCOT/Suzuki Company of Toga (Japan), Sasha Waltz and Guests (Berlin, Germany,) and Jan Fabre’s TROUBLEYN (Antwerp, Belgium.) After a hiatus during COVID-19 pandemic, CPP made a return with a successful edition at the Croatian National Theater in Split in the summer of 2022, and now takes places annually. It is now my pleasure to announce the launch of CPP 2024, featuring training sessions with Ellen Lauren (SITI Company, USA + SCOT/Suzuki Company of Toga, Japan) and Sarah Dowling, a longtime associate of Punchdrun. (London, UK,) the company behind the global hit of immersive theatre, Sleep No More. Each will spend one a week each focusing on intensive training and knowledge-sharing of their respective methodologies. While the two artists approach performance-based work from different angles, both are deeply committed to developing truthful, compelling, rigorous visions for the stage, honoring the performer’s intuition and intelligence to advance their development as co-creators rather than merely interpreters of work. I chose these two instructors for our program’s 2024 edition, as I find their visions to complement each other in a way that will afford participating artists a well-rounded preparation, inspiring them to generate their own unique creations in the future.

Ivan Talijancic, Artistic Director, Contemporary Performance Practices / Co-founder, WaxFactory (USA)



CPP 2024 International Summer Intensive in Dubrovnik, Croatia, to take place June 24 - July 6, 2024.

The application season is currently closed, and will reopen in late 2024 for CPP 2025.