Balkan Dance Project (BDP)is an international dance platform bringing together young, successful and promising choreographers, dancers and other artists from Serbia, Macedonia, Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Through their stories, the artists share their individualism as well explore many experiences of living in the balkan region. Each of them through its unique aesthetic touches on both, individual and universal topics that concern us all. Main producer of BDP is Festival Velenje from Slovenia. The project brings creativity, integration of artists from different countries but with common cultural heritage, mobility of cultural workers and intercultural dialogue in the language of art. BDP as well develops and promotes modern and contemporary dance in balkan region and presenting dance productions in smaller towns. With BDP we encourage balkan dance scene to reunite and connect as a platform for exchanging ideas of choreographers, dancers, musicians, costume designers and visual artists. BDP connects countries with unique cultural identity and is communicated through the universal language of dance, music and theatre.
BDP was established in 2013, since then we produced one full length evening ballet about Yugoslavia called "He He Helium”, short choreographies combined in a double bill programme under the name Balkan Dance Project Vol.1, Vol. 2 and Vol. 3, a performance for children “Twinkle Sleepyhead” and the latest “Crave”. Balkan Dance Project continually presents its productions at theatres and festivals in Slovenia, Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Bulgaria .
Since BDP is an international platform, all the productions were coproduced by different institutions in collaboration: Festival Velenje Slovenia, House of Culture Slovenia, Happy Family Theatre Sarajevo, Directorate for arts and culture Skopje Macedonia, Professional association of ballet dancers, choreographers and ballet pedagogues of Serbia, Madlenianum Opera&Theatre Serbia, The Institute for Contemporary Dance in Belgrade, Tanzelarija from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Atom Dance Theatre from Bolgaria.
The founders of Balkan Dance Project are choreographer and director of Croatian national ballet in Split Igor Kirov from Macedonia, dancer Mojca Majcen from Slovenia, choreographer and 1st soloist of National ballet Belgrade Aleksandar Ilić from Serbia and director of Festival Velenje- Barbara Pokorny and producer Silvija Bašnec.