The Curators' Piece (A Trial Against Art)

Tea Tupajić + Petra Zanki

photo by Monica Santos Herberg

US Premiere


Jan 14, 15, 2013

The Curators’ Piece (A Trial Against Art)
Tea Tupajić + Petra Zanki (CROATIA)

Working in partnership with an international team of curators, who not only serve as the cast but also as presenters of an international tour of the work, Tea Tupajić (direction, lighting) and Petra Zanki (dramaturgy, choreography) present The Curators’ Piece (A Trial Against Art) as a “trial” against art and its protagonists, challenging the utopian ideal of the responsibility of art to a wider society. Charges are raised against all participants: the artists who create a piece, the curators responsible for presenting the work, and the audience.
“Six curators take turn on the bench of the accused and get to speak in defense of art and try to prove what it is capable of – that a world without art is a dead world – it is convincing.”
Dagens Nyheter
75 minutes
Tea Tupajić, Petra Zanki and Florian Malzachar will participate in SPAN on January 15 at 12pm at the COIL HUB.

Tea Tupajić (Sarajevo, 1984) is a Croatian theatre director. As an independent artist she works on theater and gallery projects. In the period 2010-2012 creates “The Curators’ Piece” in collaboration with Petra Zanki and several performances and conferences as a part of “The agora project” initiated by Jan Ritsema. Her projects are presented in venues/festivals such as BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), Bastard (Trondheim), TUPP festival (Uppsala), Tanzquartier Wien (Vienna), Kaaitheater (Brussels), steirischer herbst (Graz), PACT Zollverein (Essen)… Guest editor for the magazine Frakcija. Published in various magazines. Lectures and contributes to conferences internationally.
Petra Zanki is a performance and dance maker born in Split. After graduation at the University of Arts and Philosophy in Zagreb, she continued her studies at the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris (UFR Theatre et Arts du Spectacle). She is co-founder of Banana Gerila and ekscena within with she has led many projects with Croatian and International artists. As both author and performer she has worked with Oliver Frljić, Borut Šeparović (Montažstroj), Shadow Casters and Via Negativa. Her texts have been published in the journals Kretanja, Kazalište and Frakcija. In 2010, together with Britta Wirthmüller, she won first prize at Young Choreographers Platform of Croatia. 2012- 2013. Petra obtained a scholarship SPAZIO led by Choreographic arts centre (ICK) of Emio Greco/PC, Amsterdam. She lives in Zagreb where she is artist-in-residence in Zagreb Dance Center.


Dixon Place is a non-profit organization founded in1986 to provide a space for literary and performing artists to create and develop new works in front of a live audience. While other venues of its kind have since died off, or now only present established artists, Dixon Place remains at the heart of the New York experimental performance scene. Taking risks is crucial to the life of Dixon Place, its artists and audiences.
Dixon Place’s primary commitments are to bring artists and audiences together through live performance in order to expand the understanding of the creative process and its final product, and to provide a supportive environment for emerging artists to present new work. Over the years, Dixon Place has successfully maintained its intimate atmosphere and unique environment while increasing its programming to fulfill the need for performance opportunities for the New York community of performing and literary artists.

Dixon Place is located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and is accessible by the F, J, Z, 6, M, B, and D subways. This well-known region is home to the Tenement Museum and the New Museum of Contemporary Art. Dixon Place sits one block from Bowery Street, where visitors can find the Bowery Ballroom – and alternative venue boasting live music every night of the week. The Clinton Street restaurant row is only three blocks east of the theater and is complete with pizzerias, tapas restaurants, and local bars.

Directed by Tea Tupajic
Dramaturgy, Choreography Petra Zanki
Performed by Vallejo Gantner, Sven Age Birkeland, Florian Malzacher, Per Ananiassen, Gundega Laivina & Priit Raud.

Presented with support from the Trust for Mutual Understanding. Made possible with commissioning support from PS122; BIT Teatergarasjen, Norway; BUDA; Teaterhuset Avantgarden; MDT; Grant Theatre Groningen; and O Espaço do Tempo. Research supported by PACT Zollverein, On the Boards, and Steirischer Herbst. Additional support provided by the City Council, Zagreb and Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia and the Goethe-Institut New York.

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