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Marjana Krajač


Marjana Krajač

Graduate Fellow


316 Sullivant Hall
1813 N High St
Columbus OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Experimental Choreography
  • Choreographic Research
  • Form, Spatiality, and Process
  • Architecture, Urbanism, and Environment
  • Film Studies, Cinema, and Media
  • Modernism, Avant-Garde, and Contemporaneity
  • Dance Literature, History, and Theory in Eastern Europe, Croatia, and Yugoslavia


  • History and Theology Studies, Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany)
  • BFA in Dance, Academy of the Performing Arts in Berlin (Germany)
  • Conservatory Degree in Dance, State Conservatory for Dance Ana Maletić in Zagreb (Croatia)

Marjana Krajač (Zagreb, Croatia) is a dance studies scholar, choreographer, choreographic researcher, and a Ph.D. candidate in Dance Studies at the Ohio State University. Her research examines the concept of dance and its experiment in relation to spatial histories, built environments, and the discourse of space. Her work investigates the intersections of modernism, postmodernism, and contemporaneity in dance, involving site, space, environment, text, media, and process. She has received numerous awards for her choreographic work that explores symptoms, consequences, and temporalities of form. She has published in Movement Research Performance Journal, Performing Arts Journal Frakcija, Journal for Dance Inquiry Movements, International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, and Body, Space & Technology Journal. A collection of her essays titled Choreographic Journal: seeing / vidjeti was published as a book in 2018. She graduated from the State Conservatory for Dance in Zagreb, earned a BFA in Dance from the Academy of the Performing Arts in Berlin, and has studied theology and history at Humboldt University in Berlin. Her areas of expertise encompass dance history and theory, experimental performance in Central and Eastern Europe, architecture and urbanism, continental philosophy, critical theory, and film and media studies.

She has presented her research at Princeton University, the Graduate Center at the City University of New York, Birkbeck University of London, Kingston University of London, the Midwest Slavic Association, the Central Eurasian Studies Society, the Dance Studies Association, Chapman University in Orange, California, the University of Glasgow, Ruhr University of Bochum, The New School, New York University Tisch School of the Arts, the Theatre Academy at Østfold University in Fredrikstad, Saint Louis University in Madrid, the Centre for Expanded Poetics at Concordia University in Montréal, and the Research Academy at Zurich University of the Arts.


Marija Leaves the Theater: Reimagining the Dance Studio, Imagining Revolution, lecture at the Center for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies, March 29, 2024, 1:00-2.30 pm, 160 Enarson Classroom Building, Ohio State University. 

Unfolding Spaces: Avant-Garde Horizons, Experimental Choreography, and Politics of Space in Milana Broš and Dubravko Detoni's 'La voix du silence' at the 1973 Music Biennale Zagreb, conference presentation at the European Studies Council, Yale University, May 9, 2024. 

Unfolding Spaces: Avant-Garde Environments, Experimental Choreography, and Politics of Space in Milana Broš and Dubravko Detoni's 'La voix du silence' at the 1973 Music Biennale Zagreb, presentation at DocTalk Series at the Emilio Ambasz Institute at MoMA, June 18, 2024. 

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