INTERART CULTURE CENTRE

Skopje, North Macedonia

(Founded in 1996)

Interart Culture Centre, led by the artistic director and choreographer Risima Risimkin, is a unique centre in the Republic of N. Macedonia dedicated to development of contemporary dance. In the past 20 years, the centre has established a wide program for development of the contemporary dance in N. Macedonia, through different project lines, designed on multiple levels: education, production and presentation.

From the beginning (1996), the Interart culture centre is connected with different contemporary dance centres, festivals and academies in Europe and the USA, as the Choreographic competition in Bagnolet, Paris, Rotterdam Dance Academy, Holland Dance Festival, American Dance Abroad and the Dance Union between CEE Countries and China. Through those connections, N. Macedonia has gained the ability to host performances from different choreographers, real representatives of the contemporary world dance stage; from Salia Sanou & Seydou Boro, Boris Charmatz, Elsa Wolliaston, Katsura Kan to Jiri Kylian, Hans Van Manen, Itzik Galili, Johan Inger, Mehmet Balkan, Mauro Bigonzetti, Nacho Duato, Matz Ek, etc. Companies like the Netherland Dance Theatre, Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, Galili Dance Company, National Ballets from Portugal, Hungary, Turkey, Serbia, Slovenia; Battery Dance company (NY), Philadanco! Dance Company (USA); State Ballet of Hildesheim, Germany; Zagreb Dance Theatre, Croatia; Bitef Dance Company, Belgrade; Derida Dance Company, Bulgaria, National Opera and Drama Dance Theatre, Dragon Kung Fu Contemporary Dance Company & Nine Contemporary Dance Company from Beijing, China and many others visit Macedonia on the projects of Interart in Ohrid: “Week of modern Ballet” – part of the biggest festival in N. Macedonia – Ohrid Summer Festival (1996-2002) and Skopje: “April-month of dance!” (2003-2004) and “Dance Fest Skopje” (2005/present). The new project line is DANCELAB – international competition for young choreographers (2014/present).

Interart has established a complete infrastructure for contemporary dance in N. Macedonia, in 2010 the centre establishes Skopje Dance Academy as part of the ESRA University in Skopje, which is first Academy for contemporary dance in N. Macedonia, in partnership with Rotterdam Dance Academy, CODARTS University from the Netherlands; in 2011 founded Skopje Dance Theatre, which is the first official contemporary dance company in N. Macedonia. In 2012, it founded the new dance stage ZEBRA. In 2012 Interart Culture Centre signed a contract with the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia, which supports and promotes entrepreneurship in culture, as a new model of working in the country, coordinated with the worldwide trends.

Through those activities, Interart has become a leader in the development of contemporary dance stage in the country. From 2010, the centre developed new project line, educational program with children from 4 years up, under the name Risimkin Research Centre which includes more than 100 children per year.

Interart Culture Centre has worked under patronage of CID UNESCO since 2003, with constant promotion of the values of UNESCO, for preserving and development of the spiritual and non-material heritage. The centre has organized several congresses of CID UNESCO in Macedonia, a conference for dance: “Dance as an expression of the cultural diversity”, supported by UNESCO, several conferences for dance: “Contemporary dance (culture) as a factor of changes in the society”, supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Macedonia.

Interart culture centre published several books for dance: “The Art of Dance” (supported by UNESCO); “On the wings of Dance”; “New Dance Theatre”; “The path of changes”, “Skopje dance Academy – The beginnings” and the last one “the Wonderful world of Dance – 10 years of Dance Fest Skopje”.

Interart culture centre produced over 40 dance productions, many guest performances abroad, on prestigious festivals and manifestations, presenting Macedonia on the highest level.

At the moment, Interart Culture Centre is working on the Inkubator Culture Program, a platform for developing the youth artistic stage in N.  Macedonia in the fields of contemporary dance, music and visual arts. We invited the Inkubator model for young artists, where they can work, make researches and get knowledge for articulating their artistic expression and about the production process overall.


Productions

2019 – “The Tragedy of the Tiger Beetle” – chor. Yotam Peled, Skopje Dance Theatre

2019 – “IMPULSE#14” – chor. Simon Kuban, Skopje Dance Theatre

2019 – “Identities” – chor. R. Risimkin, Skopje Dance Theatre

2019 – “IMPULSE #13” – chor. R. Risimkin; A. Danchevska; D. Bitrovski, Skopej Dance Theatre

2019 – “Sketch” – chor. A. Danchevska, Skopje Dance Theatre

2019 – “Lucid Joss” – chor. D. Bitrovski, Skopje Dance Theatre

2018 – “Anima” – chor. R. Risimkin, Skopje Dance Theatre

2018 – “treshOut” – chor. D. Bitrovski & An. Danchevska, Skopje Dance Theatre

2018 – „D.O.L.” – chor. A. Danchevska, Skopje Dance Theatre, Dance Fest 2018

2018 – “Existence” – chor. R. Rsiimkin, Skopje Dance Theatre, Dance Fest 2018

2017 – “Cauldron” – chor. R. Risimkin, Skopje Dance Theatre, Dance Fest 2017

2017 – “Wrong” – chor. A. Danchevska, Skopje Dance Theatre, Dance Fest 2017

2017 – “Same source” – chor. M. Kiselichka, Skopje Dance Theatre, Dance Fest 2017

2017 – “The Road” – chor. Anton Rudakov, Skopje Dance Theatre, DANCELAB 2017

2016 – “No name project” – Skopje Dance Theatre, Youth Open Festival (MOT)

2016 – “Important things” – Skopje Dance Theatre

2016 – “Magic world” – Skopje Dance Theatre

2016 – “Stepping ground” – chor. Joan van der Mast, Skopje Dance Theatre

2015 – “SMS (Soul, Mind&Something else)” – chor. R. Risimkin, Skopje Dance Theatre,

2015 – “The other side” – Skopje Dance Thetaer

2014 – “OTHELO” – chor. Risima Risimkin, Skopje Dance Theatre, Dance Fest Skopje

2014 – “IMPULSE 8” – Skopje Dance Theatre, Dance Fest Skopje

2013 – “HOT” – Skopje Dance Theatre, Dance Fest Skopje

2013 – “IMPULS 7” – Skopje Dance Theatre, ITS festival Amsterdam, NL

2012 – “IMPULS 5” – Skopje Dance Theatre

2012 – “ORLANDO” – chor. R. Risimkin, Skopje Dance Theatre, Dance Fest Skopje

2011 – “A World In-Between” – chor. R. Risimkin, Skopje Dance Theatre

2011 – “IMPULSE 3” – chor. Katcura kan, Skopje Dance Theatre

2010 – “The 3 rd ” mus. K. Dzajkovski, chor. R. Risimkin – Rotterdam dance academy

2010 – “IMPULSE 2” – chor.Matraha Gream, Neel Verdoorn

2010 – “IMPULSE” – chor. Katcura Kan

2009 – “Pieces” mus. Blagoj Canev, chor. R. Risimkin – Dance Fest Skopje

2008 – “The House of Alba” – Dance Fest Skopje

2006 – “mozART” – Museum of city of Skopje

2005 – “Dali’s diary” – m. J.S.Bah, chor. R. Risimkin, Dance Fest Skopje

2005 – “Diary for us” – Niamey, Niger

2004 – “Stravinsky diary”* – m. I. Stravinsky, chor. R. Risimkin

2004 – “Three sisters” (Dances miniatures) – m. A.Piazola, chor. R.Risimkin, Skopje

2003 – “Great window”* – m. M. Nechak, chor. R. Risimkin, Museum of city of Skopje

2003 – “TWO” – chor. Mari Fitcgerald (SAD), Week of modern ballet – OSF

2002 – “Memento”* – chor. R. Risimkin, Chifte Amam, Skopje

2001 – “Three faces” – m. Balanesku, chor. R. Risimkin, Festival Risto Siskov,

1999 – “Memories” – m. Foltin, chor. R. Risimkin, MNT

1998 – “Oak wood” – m. V. Stefanovski, chor. R. Risimkin, Ohrid summer festival (OSF)

1997 – “Human. . .man and woman” – m.V. Stefanovski,chor. R.Risimkin, Zagreb, Croatia

1997 – “Wedding (thoughts and picture)” – m. G. Bregovic, chor.R. Risimkin, Leipzig, Germany

1996 – “Vacuum” – m. V. Stefanovski, choreography R.Risimkin, MOT, Skopje


Manifestations/Projects/Workshops

INKUBATOR CULTURE PROGRAM 2018/present – Platform for young artists

DANCE FEST SKOPJE 2005/present – International festival for dance

DANCELAB – 2014/present – International competition for choreographers

Dance conferences in 2009 & 2010 & 2011

“Dance as an expression of culture diversities” – congress supported by UNESCO, Paris, France –

Macedonian Academy for Science and Arts, Skopje

Celebration of Dance world day 29 April 2003/present

Regional congress of CID UNESCO – 2005, Ohrid, Macedonia

Regional congress of CID UNESCO – 2004, Skopje, Macedonian Academy for Science and Arts

April-month of dance! – Skopje, 2003 & 2004

Week of modern ballet – Ohrid summer festival July to August 1996 to 2004

Workshop for modern dance – Skopje, 2000 – FARE program for culture for Macedonia

Workshop for modern and creative dance, Ohrid, July to August 1996 to 2004


International guest tours

2018 – International Dance Festival, Beijing, China

2018 – Battery Dance Festival, NYC, USA

2018 – Holland Dance Festival, The Hague, Netherlands

2017 – Maritime Silk Road Festival, Quangdzou, China

2017 – Bratislava, Slovakia – Share festival

2015 – Beijing, China – Meet in Beijing festival

2015 – Rotterdam & The Hague, Netherlands – Open stage program

2014 – Düsseldorf, Germany – Dance fair, represent of Macedonia

2013 – IT’s Dance festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2012 – Düsseldorf, Germany – Dance fair, Kulturbunker, Koln, “Man in the corridor”

2011 – Dance festival, Sanvincento, Croatia

2010 – Rotterdam, Netherlands – Rotterdam Dance Academy

2010 – Düsseldorf, Germany – Dance fair, with the performance “Pieces”

2008 – Düsseldorf, Germany – Dance fair, represent of Macedonia

2006 – Düsseldorf, Germany – Dance fair, represent of Macedonia

2005 – Niamey, Niger – Diary for us (Day)

2004 – Düsseldorf, Germany – Dance fair, represent of Macedonia

2003 – Belgrade, SCG

2000 – Burgas, Bulgaria

2000 – Belgrade, SRJ

2000 – Essen, Germany – Dance fair, represent of Macedonia

1998 – Belgrade, SRJ

1998 – Burgas, Bulgaria

1998 – Podgorica, SRJ teaching lecture

1998 – EXPO, Lisbon, Portugal – National Day of Macedonia

1997 – Podgorica, Belgrade, SRJ

1997 – Leipzig, Germany

1997 – Thessaloniki, Greece – European Culture Capital


Domestic guest tours

2018 – Shtip, National Centre for Culture, “Existence”

2018 – Veles, National Theatre, “Existence”

2017 – Shtip – National Centre for Culture, SCIN

2017 – Veles – National Theatre Veles, SCIN

2016 – Skopje – Youth Open Theatre Festival (MOT), “No name project”

2016 – Veles – National Theatre Veles, “Stepping ground”

2016 – Veles – National Theatre Veles, “Magic world”

2015 – Veles – National Theatre Veles, “SMS (soul, mind and something else…)”

2011 – Bitola – National Theatre Bitola, “A World In-between”

2004 – Bitola – Festival of Heraklea, “Stravinsky diary”

2004 – Ohrid – Ohrid summer festival, “Stravinsky diary”

2003 – Shtip – Summer festival, “Great window”

2003 – Ohrid – Ohrid summer festival, “Great window”

2003 – Shtip – Summer festival, “Memento”

2003 – Bitola – Festival of Heraklea, “Memento”

2003 – Skopje – Skopje summer festival, “Memento”

2003 – Ohrid – Ohrid summer festival, “Memento”

2003 – Skopje – Youth Open Theatre Festival (MOT), “Memento”

2000 – Skopje – Youth Open Theatre Festival (MOT), “Three faces”

2000 – Strumica – Risto Shishkov Festival, “Three faces”

1998 – Skopje – Youth Open Theatre Festival (MOT), “Oak wood”

1998 – Ohrid – Ohrid summer festival, “Week of Modern Ballet”, “Oak wood”

1997 – Bitola – National Theatre Bitola “Wedding (thoughts and picture)”

1997 – Ohrid – Ohrid summer festival, “Week of Modern Ballet”, “Wedding”

1996 – Ohrid – Ohrid summer festival, “Week of Modern Ballet”, “Vacuum”


Statistics

Production of performances: 44

Guest tours: 28 abroad; 23 national

Manifestations: 47

Workshops: 30

Presentation of own production: 125

Presentation on manifestations: 190


Audience

31 000 (on own productions)

7 000 (April-month of dance! – 20 performances)

7 000 (Week of modern ballet – 25 performances)

40 000 – DANCE FEST SKOPJE 2005 – 2019


Workshops participants: 450
Presentations participants: 1250 (April-month of dance! and workshops in Ohrid)