Dance and choreography
Urša Rupnik is a cultural studies graduate (2009, Faculty of Social Sciences, UL), a dancer and choreographer (2013, Academy of Dance, Ljubljana) and a PhD student in the Teacher Education and Educational Sciences programme (Faculty of Education, UL). She is self-employed in culture as a dancer, choreographer and dance pedagogue.
In the field of dance, she collaborates with several educational institutions, as a higher education assistant at the Faculty of Pedagogy of UL, lecturer at the KGBL Higher Ballet School and senior lecturer at the Academy of Dance AMEU. She also teaches as a visiting professor at the Belgrade Institute of Artistic Dance and the Ballet Department of the Academy of Music of the SS. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. She is the President of the Studio for Free Dance, an association with public interest status in the field of culture; Artistic Director of the Ursus Dancers collective and guest teacher of EN-KNAP Group, the only permanent contemporary dance ensemble in Slovenia. In the field of culture, she collaborates with several production institutions (Plesni Teater Ljubljana, Zavod Flota, Zavod En-Knap, Balkan Dance Project, Magical Theatre Serpentes, Cankarjev dom, Zavod Studio 25) and festivals, organises her own dance workshops, courses and summer schools, and is a mentor for younger dance artists.
As an independent dance artist she collaborates with major Slovenian choreographers, directors and other artists (Jasna Knez, Maša Kagao Knez, Rosana Hribar, Gregor Luštek, Matjaž Farič, Mateja Bučar, Igor Sviderski, Mojca Majcen, Niko Goršič, etc.For more than a decade, she has been an assistant choreographer and workshop teacher for the world-renowned American dancer, choreographer and teacher Joe Alegado and a member of his international dance company Jalegado Dance Company. Starting from his method Shifting Roots - Alegado Movement Language, she developed her own dance language and teaching methodology.
She is a recipient of the Mete Vidmar Charter (2012), awarded by the Public Fund of the Republic of Slovenia for achievements in the field of contemporary dance art; a recipient of the Silver Award of the Association of Cultural Societies of Ljubljana (2019) for her outstanding contribution to the field of contemporary dance; and a recipient of the the LOK Award (2021) for outstanding dance creation in the film and audiovisual field, awarded by the Association of Slovenian Audiovisual Actors.
In recent years she has co-created the award-winning dance performance Measure of Pleasure (M. Majcen, U. Rupnik, I. Sviderski, 2020) and Measure of Pleasure 2, contributed an original dance in the musical dance spectacle Afrophony (M. K. Knez, 2021), and is dancing in Rosana Hribar's current performance To Admit the Unbearable. I Love You (2022) and actively explores the heritage of Slovenian expressive dance through various performance formats (U. Rupnik: Looking for You, 2022).