Tanja Skok

choreographer, dancer, pedagogue, researcher of historical forms of dance

Tanja Skok (EnKnapGroup Archive)

Tanja Skok (1971, Koper) holds a BA and an MA from the London Contemporary Dance School. In the last year of her studies, she was a member of the London Contemporary Dance School Performance Group. She has been active in the contemporary dance scene since 1996 and has worked with many different Slovenian choreographers (Sinja Ožbolt, Matjaž Farič, Branko Potočan, Uršula Teržan, Iztok Kovač), theatre and film directors, musicians and multimedia artists. As a choreographer she has created several evening-length performances as well as worked with other artists, also in theatre productions. During her studies in London she came into contact with historical dances and in 2003 decided to further her education in Renaissance and Baroque dances as a student of renowned historical dance instructors. She continued her education in this field with specialists in countries such as Italy, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany and Spain. She has danced in many historical dance related productions, the most outstanding being the baroque opera Amadis de Gaulle by composer Johann Christian Bach, produced by Òpera Còmique in Paris and the Royal Opera in Versailles.

Her choreographic works Bassa Continua,  Barok and BACH eMotion can best be described as a synthesis of historical dances and contemporary dance forms and approaches. Between 2013 and 2015 she was developing the platform “Skok v barok” – Sessions of Baroque Dance.

As a choreographer and movement specialist, she co-directed the operas “King Arthur” by composer Henry Purcell and “St.Alessio” by composer Stefano Landi. Both pieces were created at the Opera Omnia Baroque Opera Studio in Moscow, led by renowned harpist and music director Andrew Lawrence King.
She has also choreographed for theater performances at SNG Drama, Ljubljana, SNG Nova Gorica, Glej Theatre, and the “Siglo de Oro” Foundation in Madrid.

She regularly collaborates with the early music ensemble Laberintos Ingeniosos from Spain. In Slovenia she has collaborated with the Ensemble Musica Cubicularis and co-created for many years with the Ensemble Capella Carniola.  She was the head of the Dance Studio Intakt, where she also choreographed and taught; between 2000 and 2006 she taught contemporary dance at the Pre-school Education, Grammar and Arts Grammar School in Ljubljana; between 2009 and 2017 she was rehearsal director for the EnKnapGroup. At present she is active as a freelance artist, and teaches dance and choreography at the Alma Mater Europaea Dance Academy Ljubljana.

As a specialist in historical dance, she teaches in many programmes and festivals, including: Master Guitarra Alicante (Spain), Amherst Early Music Festival (USA), Las Portes de Temps (France), European program EEEmerging, Festival a in Ambronay (France), the Academy of Music and Theater in Lithuania.

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