Mersiha Mesihovic founder and artistic director of CircuitDebris.

Hailed as "rising NYC Choreographer" (TheWorldDances.com) Mesihovic has choreographed at such prestigious events as the 8th International Dance Festival Venice, Italy (to which Mesihovic was one of only ten young choreographers invited), Arts in One World Conference & Bates Dance Festival.

Artistic highlights include Immigrant Artists Mentoring Program Fellowship with New York Foundation for the Arts and a performance at Between the Seas Festival of Mediterranean Performing Arts at the Wild Project in July 2014.

BIO
Born and raised in the 80’s in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mesihovic’s artistic upbringing is grounded in classical piano, Bosnia’s cultural traditions, region’s history of conflict in addition to an intense influence of America’s popular culture. Mesihovic’s work expresses her passion for movement invention, human behavior and pushing boundaries of what dance should address with a strong emphasis on rhythm. The work frequently addresses themes such as freedom and identity through raw, provocative yet sensual vocabulary. Mesihovic initiated CircuitDebris (circuitdebris.org) in 2011, while attending California Institute of the Arts, as a dance company and a platform to formally conceptualize her collaborations with artists across disciplines and passion for community engagement.

At home she is regarded as “new generation of choreographers, who show as a new way to feel, to tell and animate us to free thinking with emotional touch" and placed in the hall of fame by the YU2MEDIA (presents artists and their works from Southeast Europe)

Mesihovic is a transdisiplinary artist with experience of making and directing multidisciciplinary dance works with a cast over 15 artist. She is a dance artist interested in movement invention and dedicated to research and development of new concepts and movement ideas within the field of dance.

While in New York she continues to perform extensively with CirciutDebris in the city as well as her long time collaboration with the Sony Recording Artist James Brandon Lewis, Film Artist Victoria Sendra (screened at Lincoln Center, Dance Camera West etc..) and with CircuitDebris Rehearsal Director Amanda McNussen( dancer at Bodyart).

In addition to managing and choreographing for her company, Mesihovic performs as a dancer and composes music for her works. Mesihovic has performed worldwide and danced in works by some of worlds most renowned choreographers as well as many young exciting up and coming choreographers:Shobana Yeyasingh Colin Connor, Rami Beer, Ohad Naharin, Trisha Brown, Daniel Charon, Anne C Moore, Bianca Mendoza, Megan Kedzior, Omar Carrum, Vivake Khamsingsavath, to name some.


BACKGROUND
Mersiha Mesihovic was born in Mostar, a city situated on the emerald-green river Neretva and known as the cultural capital of Bosnia & Herzegovina. When war broke out in 1993, her family was forced to sell all of their possessions in exchange for bus tickets and flee as refugees to Sweden. Since then Mesihovic has traveled the world and performed throughout Europe. In 2008 Mesihovic attended California Institute of the Arts on scholarship and received a BFA in Dance & Choreography under direction of Stephan Koplowitz.


ARTIST STATEMENT

I am interested in the subterranean, presenting the human somatic and visceral experience in the context of the society we live in and our relationship to the world at large through looking closely at the connections, rhythms and energy that exist within our movement, our bodies. Through juxtaposition, fragmentation of what is familiar (the normative rhythms, recognizable imagery) and less familiar (non-normative impulses), in the stories of our bodies, I pose questions related to freedom and what is accepted as normal in our society. Through examining the body, the energy that exists within it and connects us to everything else on earth, I can strip away the phantom images we have created of our reality and find answers to what freedom truly means.

My Balkan origin is evident in my work. The underlying tone of nostalgia that is clearly expressed in the culture of Balkan is found in my choreographic work and my sense of poly- and uneven rhythms found in the region’s music, play an important role in my dance making. As evident is my Swedish heritage. Growing up in Sweden I learned patience and calmness that to me is an essential characteristic in Swedish people, which is the opposite to the wild and impatiente Balkan in me. These two very opposite cultural expressions are often in juxtaposition in my work and my work usually deals with cultural dissonance/double consciousness of this kind.