FOTO: Aljoša Rebolj
In 2010, dancer/choreographer/teacher Kjara Starič Wurst founded Kjara’s Dance Project (KDP) to give young dancers the opportunity for more stage experience. KDP has rapidly become Slovenia’s most successful contemporary ballet company for young dancers.
KDP premiered five full shows, featuring Ms. Starič Wurst’s choreography: “Prints” (Odtisi), “Compassion”, “Crossroads” (Razpotja), "Thriptych, "Human" - performing on Slovenia’s best-known stages, including multi-night runs at Cankar Theater (the country’s biggest venue), Festival Ljubljana, Festival Lent, Anton Podbevšek Teater, Tanzfestival Graz (Austria), Teatro Ariston (San Remo, Italy), Pula Theatre (Croatia), Slovene Theatre Trieste (Italy) and many others.
Ms. Starič Wurst's choreography and KDP were featured in well-known Slovene director Matjaž Berger’s production of “The Jungle Book,” which toured throughout Slovenia, and "Detonacija človeka z bombami," as part of Project EPK, celebrating Maribor, the 2012 European Culture Capital. KDP was also chosen by renowned choreographer Edward Clug, who set new work on the company for National Celebration performed on Slovene biggest stage, Cankar Hall.
Her choreography and co-direction of a video cover version of R.E.M.’s “We All Go Back To Where We Belong,” featuring an all-star cast of Slovenian musicians, as part of an environmental awareness campaign, was hailed by R.E.M. themselves.
In 2014, "Crossroads" was adapted into an original full-length film, which opened in Cankar Theater, it continues to be screened in film festivals, including Art Kino Odeon (Izola, Slovenia) and Neu/Now Festival (Glasgow, Scotland), La mente artistica (Rome)...
KDP has also performed original pieces by Christopher Huggins, Edward Clug, Rosana Hribar and Lotem Regev.