Boundary Crossing 2023

At the beginning of April, we launched the new season of the international education programme that brings together Glej Theatre and two renowned art universities - HKU in Utrecht and Kadir Has in Istanbul. The programme consists of a combination of lectures, evaluations, talks and creative work in the space and will run until the end of May 2023.

The aim of the programme is to offer a quality educational process that is challenging due to its methodology: working in an (international) collective, working in a multilingual space and interdisciplinary creativity. The three separate performance works that will result from this project can be a potential source of further dialogue between the participants.

We received many high quality applications to the open call for 3 places in this year's programme. The chosen Boundary Crossing 2023 programme makers are:

  • Nina Goropečnik,
  • Đejmi Hadrović,
  • Katja Markič.


© Nada Žgank / Matjaž Markič / Edina Hadrović
© Nada Žgank
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© Matjaž Markič
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© Edina Hadrović

Nina Goropečnik (1993) works in the field of visual and performance art. She is interested in processuality and questions the relationship between visibility and the viewer. In 2022, she completed her master's studies at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana. Since 2019, she and Rea Vogrinčič have been co-creating the Pita Project platform which is nominated for this years YVAA Young Visual Artist Award. She is a member of student pop-up Gallery 7:069 and the visual-musical collective MATERE. She participated in various solo and group exhibitions at home and abroad.

Đejmi Hadrović (1988) is an ultracontemporary post-war artist. She won the YVAA Young Visual Artist Award in Slovenia in 2022. In 2018, she was the recipient of the City of Vienna award, and in 2017 she was a scholarship recipient of the Austrian Federal Chancellery. Since 2017 she is a doctoral scholar at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, under the mentorship of Prof.Dr. Marina Gržinić. Đejmi creates short films, video artwork, photos, performances, and installations. With a conceptual approach, her works reference post-colonial theory and the avant-garde or the post-modern. Her works demonstrate how life extends beyond its own subjective limits and often tell the story of the effects of global cultural interaction over the latter half of the twentieth century.

Katja Markič (1995) is a dramaturg, playwright and theatre creator awarded with Best Young Playwright award in 2015. As a dramaturg and often co-creator of text and concept she worked on performances SHOUT: FIRST CALL (Creative Work in Progress), Life is a Dream (SNG Drama Maribor, director Dragan Živadinov), Utopia, Archeology of Paradise and Bitter Fruits of Justice (SNG Drama Ljubljana, direcotor Jan Krmelj). Her interests lie in creative process and divised theatre. She is one of the founding members of art collective REAKTOR.


Glej Theatre, Ljubljana - Glej Theatre is the oldest independent theatre in former Yugoslavia. Apart from experimental performing arts they are renowned for their work with the youth. Their programmers are reaching from specialized work with high-school students to promoting and developing emerging professional artists. More information.

HKU University of the Arts Utrecht - HKU is one of the largest universities in Europe, specialized for education in the fields of arts and media. It consists of nine schools, including the one for theatre. More information. 

Kadir Has University, Istanbul - Teaching in this university is based on small scale approach, internationalization and interdisciplinary work. University consists of five schools, including one for fine arts. More information.

More about Boundary Crossing

Boundary crossing means reaching across borders. In the pilot project the border crossing takes place between countries and theater practices, as well as the in thinking processes and working methods of each individual theatre maker. The underlying methodology of this pilot project is aimed at enabling the maker to develop their theatre making practice through negotiating multiple contexts. Participants learn to develop and evaluate work from multiple perspectives, work relationships, cultures and roles.

Participants from three countries enter into international and interdisciplinary collaboration. They do this live at the rehearsal space as well as through an online collaboration. Participants in the pilot project are 3 young artists from Slovenia, 5 theater students from Kadir Has university, Istanbul and 5 graduates from HKU school of Theatre, Utrecht.

Each participant in the project takes 3 roles:

- Theatre maker in a group of 5 participants in their own country.

- Co - participant (in a different role) in a country of their choice.

- Feedback provider in the other country.

During the project the work is developed collectively, but there is also room for the development of individual skills through the co-participatory roles. All three participating countries will also be working on a related themes. The three works resulting from this pilot project may possibly form an ongoing dialogue with each other.


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Boundary Crossing 2022

Participants from Slovenia

Theatre makers: Lučka Centa, Urška Preis, Tery Žeželj

Coaches: Anja Pirnat and Marko Čeh

Flying expert: Branko Jordan and Barbara Poček

Participants from Turkey

Theatre makers: Büsra Albayrak, Serhat Gücüm and Robin Krijgsman

Coaches: Zeynep Günsür Yüceil, Ayse Dras and Özlem Hemiş

Participants from Netherlands

Coaches: Ronen Abas, Sanne Jonkers, Henny Dörr, Marcel Dolman, Nirav Christophe

Boundary Crossing 2021

Participants from Slovenia

Theatre makers: Nika Batista, Nina Ramšak Marković and Barbara Ribnikar

Coaches: Branko Jordan and Anja Pirnat

Flying expert: Barbara Poček and Inga Remeta

Participants from Turkey

Theatre makers: Yaren Ozkoca, Gulsah Yigit, Kardelen Koc, Suzan İda von Schmalansee, Aybuke Ozturk

Coaches: Ozlem Hemis, Ozlem Ozhabes, Zeynep Gunsur, Bora Aksu

Participants from Netherlands

Theatre makers: Jorim Kroon, Rick Snelderwaard, Dagmar Ketelaers, Barend van Daal, Yorinde de Ronde

CoachesMariella van Apeldoorn, Marcel Dolman, Sanne Jonkers, Ronen Abas