Aldina Michelle Topcagic
is a contemporary dancer and founder of the philosophy "Art Alive". She was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Aldina spent her childhood in Germany, where she started to play the piano at the age of nine. By moving back to her native country, she proceeded her artistically education in piano and music theory at the Music School in Bihac and started her dance education at the age of twelve, trained by choreographer and dance coach Dijana Jajcevic at the dance institute "PK Virus" Bihac. From 2004 she toured with the company of Dijana Jajcevic, which recieved the World Award in Modern Ballet, internationally at performances as a company member and soloist. In 2007 she moved to Austria and studied at the Karl-Franzens University in Graz. There she was an ensemble member of the dance company "Tanzauftrag" from 2009 - 2012, touring in Austria and Europe-wide with Contemporary Dance, African Dance and Capoeira. During her stay in Austria, Aldina was teaching at the University-Sportinstitute and different dance institutions in Graz. Saison 2011/2012 she performed in pieces at the opera house in Graz and the Schauspielhaus. 2012/2013 she was dancing at IGTanz Stmk with int. choreographers, led by artistic director Ursula Gigler-Gausterer.
Her passion for dance led her into the field of traditional Cuban Salsa combined with African dance and percussion music, where she focused on body isolations and the root of movement impulses. Aldina Michelle is a freelance Artist who danced with international choreographers in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Germany, France, Finland, Belgium and Cuba. 2016/2017 she is part of a production "La Rondine" under the direction of Rolando Villazon in the Oper Graz as a freelancer dancer. Her performance "Timeless in Space", which premier was in March 2016 at Universalmuseum Joanneum Kunsthaus Graz, Austria is currently on international tour. Her recent performance of "Timeless in Space", together with Isael Cruz Mata Rojas and the local based dancers in Havana, took place at the "Fabrica de Arte Cubano" in Cuba in April 2017. In May 2017 she was announced the Artist of the month by the "Östereichisches Kulturforum Brüssel" in Brussels, Belgium. Through the interaction of spirituality and physicality, her work is marked of profundity and focused on personality.
Philosophy: Concept "Art Alive"
"Art Alive" is a philosophy which was developed by Aldina Michelle Topcagic. The focus is in approaching the truthfulness in artistic work by awaking the subconsciousness and raising the awarness of the consciousness. The base of the concept is to reach the innermost being, the root of inspiration through the spirit, body and mind.
The interaction happens with different fields of immaterial and material art: in dance of the soloist, in interaction within the group, as part of an exhibition in museum or gallery, in movement, in simplicity transmitting the concept and philosophy in transdisciplinarity and interdisciplinarity of music, sound and vocal design, psychology, literature and visual arts such as film & video design, architecture, product design and painting.
Each creation is marked by passionate work, which includes the spirit of vulnerability, sensitivity, strenght, awareness of the consciousness, awaking the subconsciousness, persistence, courage and willingness to challange a further transcendence of artistic work and of human personal being. The developement of the innermost being is in a continuous relation to the creative process and work of the artist - whether it is about the movement, expression, creativity or any other work.
"Art Alive" can be reflected onto material art as well.
"Timeless in Space" is a Contemporary Dance Performance which is based on the philosophy "Art Alive".
Since August 2016 "Art Alive" is a registered association in Austria under the name "Art Alive Kulturverein", founded by artistic director Aldina Michelle Topcagic and co-director Rigulio Graak.
Contemporary artistic performer Aldina Topcagic, international dancer, gives life into the art space by exploring space and time, while connecting them with her physicality of movements and the simplicity of pure being. She is transforming the being into living art and the space into an exhibition.