Anja Bornsek is a dancer, choreographer, teacher and a somatic movement educator based in Slovenia. She graduated in contemporary dance from Salzburg Contemporary Dance Academy SEAD, holds a Masters degree of Contemporary Dance Education from Frankfurt University HfMDK and a Somatic Movement Educator’s certification for Body-Mind Centering method.
Her artistic interest as a performer, choreographer as well as a teacher is shaped by the decade long experiences in somatic studies and performative methodologies, which focus on embodiment, perception, textures of presence and their communicative potentials in the context of the stage as well as their potential to strengthen the value of experiential knowledge in artistic, individual and social practices.
She performed in the works of other artists (Maja Delak, Maayan Danoch, Andreja Rauch Podrzavnik, Matija Ferlin, Snježana Premuš), creates her own work and teaches at various independant venues as well as institutions such as Zagreb Dance Academy, MA for Contemporary Dance Education – HfMDK Frankfurt, Tanzhaus nrw among other places. In the last years Anja has also been deeply invested in facilitating and developing an audience format called Physical Introduction, a pedagogic/artistic project initiated by prof. Ingo Diehl.
Through it she is creating a space for practicing embodied watching and fostering more experience based conversations about “dance” in the performing arts. She has been facilitating Physical Introduction in places like Tanzhaus nrw, Tanz im August, Konzerthaus Berlin, Saarländische Staatstheater, HfMDK Frankfurt, Sommer Szene Salzburg, Tanz NRW and other places.
In the last 3 years she has co-authored and danced in several works (“Sonihanja” with Petra Kapš, “Oči, ki letijo” in “Pronicanja” with Tina Valentan and Barbara Kanc, “Dotik Tkivo Tkanina” with Snježana Premuš). In 2021 Anja received the Ksenija Hribar Award for an emerging choreographer.