Tina Dobaj

dancer, choreographer, dancer, pedagogue

Tina Dobaj studio_fotoCMatjaz Wenzel_julij 2014_01

Tina Dobaj (photo: Matjaž Wenzel)

Tina (Martina) Dobaj (1980, Maribor) finished her dance studies at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels (2002). She later joined the dance company ROSAS, led and founded by the acclaimed Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, and also performed in William Forsyth’s The Vile Parody of Address. Upon returning to Slovenia Tina started teaching professional classes in Ljubljana and in the Slovene National Theatre Maribor. She later reconnected with the Belgian scene and began giving classes and workshops there. From 2003 to 2018 she has been active as pedagogue of contemporary dance and, later, classical ballet at the contemporary dance programme at the Pre-school Education, Grammar and Arts Grammar School in Ljubljana, which she also helped to prepare and write. Since 2018, he has been teaching modern dance techniques at the Maribor Ballet Conservatory.
Tina received two Povodni mož Awards for her choreographic debut The Road as well as the Munich Festival Award for her performance Geiko. Her performances Ring (2006) and Kore wa tada no sen desu (2007) were produced by Flota Institute. As choreographer she collaborated with choir conductor Karmina Šilec at Carmina Slovenica in the projects Adiemus (2003) and CS LIGHT (2007). She co-created two dance performances with choreographer and dancer Gregor Kamnikar: Open from to and Capital. The latter was invited to the Brisbane Festival (Australia) in 2011. While there Tina taught at the Queensland University and co-created the performance with the University’s students. In 2013 she taught at the Montclair Academy of Dance and Laboratory of Music, run by Maja Milenović Workman, and later also performed in Workman’s performance Virtual Truth, which premiered in 2013 at the Old Power Station in Ljubljana. Also in 2013 she participated in a series of improvisation events that took place in New York with the legends of jazz Reggie Workman and Ken Vandemark and Maja Milenović Workman as director. Between 2014 and 2019 she has been creating performances with musician Andrej Hrvatin under the name LaMuG-Zi.