Valeria Januškevitš acquired the profession of choreographer and dance teacher in 2017 at the University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy, Estonia and currently works in Estonia as a freelance dance artist and dance teacher. During her university studies she had exchange studies in Austria and Portugal. In the past her movement research focus has been on identity, authenticity and memory- creative and research residencies at Viljandi Koidu Seltsimaja, Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava. For the past year she has been in a collaborative research process that evolved into performance Artefakturism: farces and ruins. Also in the past year she’s been in TantsuRUUM residency (Estonia) focusing on creating parallels between eco- anxiety and movement research, finding tools to connect body and physicality with her performance idea. In recent years, Valeria has collaborated with performance artists as choreographer, dancer, director, artist and dramaturg.
Artefactourists* are a collective of four choreographers Valeria Januškevitš, Keity Pook, Sigrid Savi and Kadri Sirel and the dramaturge Kerli Ever. The dancers share a history of studying at Viljandi Culture Academy and the group recently worked together on a performance at Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava (2022). Their autobiographical investigation includes memory, labour, and the inherited working body in the Eastern European context. The group is developing a co-creative nomadic performance practice that, emerging from the body, remains truthful to individual needs within a group while concentrating on the experience of rooting amongst scattered identities.
* the act of remembering through movement; memories triggered by travelling through places and artefacts.
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