“We are thrilled that Mersiha Mesihovic/CircuitDebris and Mersiha Mesihovic are showcasing with us at BOOKING DANCE FESTIVAL NYC at Jazz at Lincoln Center this year. This company is so fresh and compelling and creative and driven. Beyond.”
—Jodi Kaplan, Producer
Dissonance (20+ minutes – in development as an evening length work)
“Dissonance” explores a perverse position: that the sense of despair Mesihovic associates with her native Bosnia and Herzegovina is fertile ground for the extreme joy expressed in the region’s art. The work express the relationship between despair and joy and the contradictions of being human. Dissonance brims with emotion. As the piece progresses, the surreal chain of images make our existence seem even more impossible. It is loaded with sad, amusing and shocking events that challenge our values and questions our perception of what is normal.
I am (6 min solo)
With its raw and honest physicality, “I am” takes on a personal journey where anything seems possible. With it s captivating strength and emotional complexity played out to gritty, percussive yet ambiguous sounds created by Paul Matthis in collaboration with Mesihovic, “I am” brings us face to face with the surreal and raw nature of our existence where we can only but once again be astonished with the inconceivability of our reality. The only thing left to do is to reach inwards in the ever so ephemeral yet incessant encounters with the absurdity of our world.
Mersiha Mesihovic, founder and artistic director of CircuitDebris, is hailed by TheWorldDances.com as a “rising NYC Choreographer” and has already 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 and most recently LCA’s Women in Dance Project 2013.
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, the region’s history of conflict and an intense influence from 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.
While in New York she continues to perform extensively with CircuitDebris in the city as well as with 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.