MN DANCE COMPANY
Young innovative dance company that researches the unique ways of moving and places dance in the new light of expression.
The company, led by artistic directors Michal Rynia and Nastja Bremec, was founded at the end of 2009. The MN Dance Company are playing a vital role in a popularisation of dance among all generations. Their performances and workshops are moving the borders of different styles. They are trendsetters who inspire a lot of dancers all over the globe. The group perform at many international dance festivals and theatres in Slovenia, the Netherlands, UK, Germany, Italy, Serbia, Israel …
Lately the company has been creating pieces for Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica, Opera and Ballet Ljubljana, Cankarjev dom Ljubljana, Opera Graz, De Gouvernestraat Theatre Rotterdam.
Choreographers Michal Rynia and Nastja Bremec, both graduates of CODARTS – Rotterdam Dance Academy, are creating their own recognisable dance style and body language. Their training methods are based on new ways of body movement and expression. Influenced by their backgrounds they create pure, powerful and expressive dance.
“We express ourselves through dance. We feel a need to create and to tell an abstract story through the movement. Inspired by daily live situation and our intuition we express beauty and chaos of the world we are living in and the world that we imagine.” (MN)
Company is active at many fields concerning performances, production, promotion and dance education.
CHOREOGRAPHY AND CREATION
Constant creating is one of the main aims of the company. Intuitive dance creation, mixed with different dance techniques and supported by objects of research, brings unique expression and vocabulary to their dance works. Company work involves choreographing new pieces as well as teaching existing repertoire pieces to other dance companies, dance academies, theatres or music artists.
MN Dance Company are not only performing but also producing a whole evening dance and theater performances. Company’s creative team and studio facilities are making it possible to create in a nice and creative environment. Collaboration with Slovene National Theatre of Nova Gorica supports the production with their organisation team, theatre venue and other facilities.
The MN Dance Company was created back in 2009 by:
Nastja Bremec began her career in ballet and modern dance when she was six years old. She has won many awards at competitions in both ballet and modern dance. After graduating from high school (Secondary Preschool Education School and Gymnasium Ljubljana – specializing in modern dance) she was chosen by the Italian choreographers Mauro Astolfi and Erika Silgoner to receive a scholarship for training with their dance ensembles (Spellbound Dance Company and Esklan). After finishing this six-month course she successfully passed entrance exams at CODARTS – Rotterdam Dance Academy. Among 900 candidates from all over the world she was admitted directly into 3rd year of study. She graduated in 2008. During her stay in the Netherlands she worked with numerous choreographers such as Nacho Duato, Mauro Bigonzeti, Michele Poglini, Neel Veerdorn, Jerome Meyer and Isabelle Chaffaud. In addition, she was a member of Scapino Ballet Rotterdam dance ensemble.
Nastja has presented some of her choreographic miniatures at various choreographers’ competitions. She worked as a choreographer in Classics and Tango at the Slovene National Theatre Opera and Ballet of Ljubljana and collaborated with the Slovene National Theatre of Nova Gorica as movement director or choreographer on multiple occasions. In 2009 she founded MN Dance Company together with Michal Rynia. They call their dance style ‘Contemporary Fusion’.
Michał Rynia began his career as a hip hop dancer. He was very successful in dance competitions and won the world-championship five times. It was actually as a hip hop dancer that he was first invited to collaborate with the theatre in Wrocław, this collaboration inspired him to continue his studies at CODARTS – Rotterdam Dance Academy, where he graduated in 2007. During his stay in the Netherlands he worked with numerous well known choreographers such as Ed Wubbe, Club Guy & Roni and Andre Gingras. In addition, he danced at Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, where he collaborated with artistic director Ed Wubbe to create the choreography B.A.M. His first solo project Dream of Electric Sheep was presented at the Royal Opera House in London and at iTs Festival in Amsterdam. Moreover, he created the duo Switched, which was performed at Lucent Theatre under the organzation of Nederlands Dans Theatre. He was endorsed by some of the large production houses such as Korzo Theatre Den Haag and Theater Lantaren Venster Rotterdam. These two theatres produced his first miniatures Made in Rotterdam, as well as feature-length dance productions Dust in the Wind and Mit.
He has been living and working in Slovenia since 2009. Together with Nastja Bremec he has created the Slovene-Polish duo known as MN Dance Company. His work as artistic director and choreographer is focused primarily on creating feature-length dance performances which are being shown in Slovenia and Europe.
Lately company is working with this creative people:
Diaphane (Régis Baillet). French musician proceeds in his compositions by accumulation of drones and sounds revealing a sensitive music, with melancholic and contrasted atmospheres. Some critics of good taste characterize his musical style as being in constant evolution. Regis has made music for MN Dance Dance Company films: Infra and Room With a View and to the latest dance creations: Urban Tales and performance Conspiracy of Silence.
Tereza Gregorič began her career in theatre at the theatre department of the High School of Arts in Nova Gorica and continued her education at the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television in Ljubljana, specializing in dramaturgy. She wrote and published articles for various theatre programme booklets. Since 2012 she has been employed at the Slovene National Theatre of Nova Gorica as in-house dramaturg.
After her studies at the Faculty of Arts of Ljubljana and many years of involvement in theatre and dance ) she decided to study acting at the State Theatre Arts Academy in Saint Petersburg. She finished her four-years programme with highest grades in all subjects and therefore obtained the Red diploma. Since 2006 she has been employed at the Slovene National Theatre of Nova Gorica, where she has created a wide range of roles.
Siniša Bukinac began his professional career at the Slovenian dance project Ljubljana, led by Mr. Fred Lasserre. He won a number of prizes at international dance contests, e. g. Choreographic Miniatures in Belgrade, The dancer of the year 2000 at the Choreography competition in Piran, Slovenia. He worked with Laurence Levasseur at Sweet Move Paris and at the National theatre Opera and Ballet Ljubljana.
Giovanni Leonarduzzi Italian brackdancer founder of Feet for Funk crew. He represented Italy in the final of Just Debout in Paris in 2007 and 2008. He studied contemporary dance and in 2012 founded the Bellanda group. His choreography Nè di più nè di meno received first prize for best choreography at Cortoindanza Cagliari 2012, third prize at Oriente Occidente and first prize at Milano danza Expo 2012.
Tamás Tuza is a Hungarian dancer. He studied at the Budapest Dance School. In 2010 he joined EnKnap Group where he continued to dance and create until the beginning of 2016. During this time he collaborated with Simone Sandroni, Club Guy and Roni, David Zambrano, Jordi Casanovas and others. He was also a part of the hit dance performance by Iztok Kovač that won the Župančič Award. In the six years of collaboration with EKG he toured all of Slovenia and Europe as a member of the group.
Tjaša Bucik began her dancing career with ballet classes at the Music School of Nova Gorica. She has participated at various advanced dance training events. In 2014 she took courses at Steps on Broadway and Peridance Capezio Dance Center studios in New York, while in 2015 she took a course at Henry Jurriens Foundation studio in the Netherlands. She has appeared in many feature-length dance productions at MN Dance Company, Slovene National Theatre Opera and Ballet of Ljubljana.
Kaja Lin Jagodič Avguštin, danced with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company II, Fresco Dance Company and took part of Batsheva Dance Company Project in Tel Aviv. In 2015 she joined ImPerfect Dancers Company in Italy and stayed there for a season. During this time she was creating on her own, presenting choreographies in Suzanne Dellal Theatre (Tel Aviv), Španski borci (Ljubljana), at the International Festival in India and directed her own projects in collaboration with international artists.