Philosophy: Concept "Art Alive"
"Art Alive" 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 intention of Art Alive´s work is to share tools and inspire people for the personal growth through art and performance. This growth is leading to the highest truest expression of ourselves - of who we really are. I believe that everyones desire leads to the same point - to be more of who we are. To allow ourselves to be led by love, truth and authenticity instead of being led by traumas, old mind musters, fears, blockades and expectations of other people. To find out our pure self, we need to connect to our source, our innermost being. The source of who we truely are, is where real authentic art can happen.
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.
Official registered institution "Art Alive" in Austria
Aldina Michelle founded "Art Alive" in August 2016. Art Alive is developing and supporting international inter- and multidisciplinary contemporary dance art Projects.
I think that the desire of each soul of us is to be who we really are. Pure. Like our source (god, elemental force) is. This is where we come from and where the soul is going to. Having no fear to allow love and truth and in best case to inspire other people with it. This is the most valuable feeling ever and this is where any spiritual path starts, out of my point of view. Exactly this is where art begins, if you ask myself. Everything else are only tools, which we are using… dance, singing, photography, film, paint, music, ...
Ich denke, dass das Verlangen jeder Seele ist, zu sein wer man wirklich ist. Rein. So wie unser Ursprung (Gott, die Urkraft) ist. Da wo wir herkommen und wo die Seele hingeht. Keine Angst davor zu haben Liebe und Ehrlichkeit zuzulassen und im besten Fall auch andere damit zu inspirieren. Das ist das wertvollste Gefühl überhaupt und da fängt jede Spiritualität an, aus meiner Sicht heraus. Genau da fängt auch Kunst an, wenn man mich fragt. Alles andere sind nur Instrumente die wir nutzen... Tanz, Gesang, Fotografie, Film, Farbe, Musik, …
Aldina Michelle Topcagic
Aldina Topcagic, contemporary dancer, creator, producer and director of "Art Alive" 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.
Aldina Michelle Topcagic is a contemporary dance artist, choreographer, producer and founder of "Art Alive. She is born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but since 2007 she is based in Austria. 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 artistic education in piano and music theory at the Music School in Bihac and started her dance education at the age of twelve, trained at the dance institute "PK Virus" Bihac. In the further years she proceeded her education with international choreographers like Isael Cruz Mata Rojas, Liz King, Robert Pool, etc. 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. During her stay in Austria, Aldina has been 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.
Aldina Michelle Topcagic 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 was part of the production "La Rondine" under the direction of Rolando Villazon in the Oper Graz. Her performance "Timeless in Space", which premier was in March 2016 at the "Universalmuseum Joanneum Kunsthaus Graz", Austria is currently on international tour. It reached out to art houses like the "Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium", "Artlemo Galerie Berlin", "Musiikkitalo - Helsinki Music Center", "Fabrica de Arte Cubano" in Havana, Cuba. She created and produced her own international dance productions: "Timeless in Space", "Voice of the Silence", "Zeitlos", "Crossing Arts", "Inroots", "Living Sculpture" , "Transition" and "A Woman In Any Century". Through the interaction of spirituality and physicality, her multi-disciplinary work is marked of profundity and focused on personality. Season 2017/2018 she is performing at the Opera Graz in the production "Ragtime". In May 2017 she was announced the "Artist of the Month" by the "Österreichisches Kulturforum Brüssel" in Belgium. In May 2018 Aldina Michelle Topcagic is representing Austria with her solo Dance Installation "A Woman In Any Century", beyond chosen artists of eight other countries, in the European Cultural Project “To Soon to Late” onto the topic of "Remembering 1918" at BOZAR in Belgium. In June 2018 she is the producer and the artistic director of the Performance Installation "Living Sculpture" in collaboration with Joel Suarez Gomez at the "Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium", which is part of the performative installation "Space Series 1-10". It is reaching out to outstanding museum and art houses world-wide. In September 2018 Aldina is creating, directing and producing the performance "Transition", which is opening the "Balet Fest Sarajevo" in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the galery "Novi Hram".
"Timeless in Space" is a Contemporary Dance Performance which is based on the philosophy "Art Alive".
On top: "Timeless in Space" at The Museum of Modern Art "Kunsthaus" Graz, Austria, March 2016. Performer Aldina Michelle Topcagic. Photography: Andrea Copony
At end: "Crossing Mediuns-The Beginning" at the Goethe Institute in Helsinki, Finland, October 2016, Producer: Rigulio Graak, Performer: Aldina Michelle Topcagic