CPP / Contemporary Performance Practices program, created by Croatian-American theater artist Ivan Talijancic, co-founder of WaxFactory (New York, USA) aims to acknowledge and expand the performing arts canon, tracking current trends and discovering new ones – bringing together the world’s leading international practitioners and educators for the benefit of contemporary performers and performance-makers.


The pilot edition of CPP, held over two weeks in July 2019 in Rijeka, Croatia, was a two-week summer intensive training geared towards a broad range of performing arts students and practitioners. Senior members of two of the world’s leading performing arts ensembles: SITI Company (New York, USA), co-founded by Anne Bogart and Tadashi Suzuki, and Jan Fabre’s TROUBLEYN (Antwerp, Belgium) were our faculty, and we were happy to host a diverse group of students from Canada, the United Kingdom, Slovenia and Croatia. While the two ensembles' philosophies approach performance-based work from different angles, both are deeply committed to developing truthful, compelling, rigorous visions for the stage, honoring the performer’s intuition and intelligence to advance their development as co-creators rather than merely interpreters of work. I chose these two companies for our program’s inaugural edition, as I found their visions to complement each other in a way that afforded participating artists a well-rounded training, inspiring them to generate their own unique creations in the future. 


Bolstered by this success, I am happy to announce the second edition of the program in the summer of 2021, with the extraordinary participation of faculty mentors from Sasha Waltz & Guests (Berlin, Germany) and SITI Company (New York, USA.) Waltz’s company will be represented by her long-time associate and ensemble member Claudia de Serpa Soares, and SITI by the company’s artistic co-director and senior ensemble member and instructor Ellen Lauren, both teaching for a week each. We are thrilled to be able to bring together two of the world’s leading international performing arts ensembles, combining theatrical methodology (taught by SITI) with choreographic / dance-based techniques (taught by Waltz’s ensemble,) bringing a deeper, multi-dimensional approach to training that will prepare the students for a wide range of diverse performing arts projects, both classical and contemporary, text- and movement-based work alike, affording them an unprecedented level of rigor and versatility. We will preserve an intimate training setting, where faculty can devote meaningful amount of attention to each individual student. Two weeks of intensive training will take place virtually – via Zoom – in observance of current restrictions on travel and public gatherings due to COVID-19 pandemic. We are also planning a virtual final presentation, and look forward to offering the worldwide audiences a rare, intimate insight into this professional training program. Visit the following pages to find out about 2021 workshops and instructors, and then apply if you wish to be considered for inclusion in this year's cohort of international participants.


We look forward to welcoming you to the program this summer! 



_Ivan Talijancic, Founder + Artistic Director, CPP/Contemporary Performance Practices

Photo: The cast of KÖRPER by Sasha Waltz & Guests. © Bernd Uhlig