‘Mala channels what I would love to call immaterial presence: immaterial because this presence is of a different nature from bodies and objects that are born, grow and perish; presence, because this presence is not of that very present moment; no, it is the intersection of the future and the past; Mala connects past and future; Mala is that personality that connects us to the beings not present in that space at a specific moment. Mala connects us to that transcendence. “Transcendence” that is here, that is in the air – air that I love and enjoy to breath.’
Georg Weinand, the Managing Director of Dampfzentrale, Bern
A choreographer, performer and author, Mala Kline (Ljubljana, SI/ Brussels, BE) constantly challenges the boundaries of performing arts both in practice and theory. She's been using dreaming as a creative method. Her works have been staged at Barcelona's Mercat de les Flors, Novi Sad's Infant Festival, Prague's 4+4 Days Festival, etc.
A choreographer, performer, researcher and writer, Mala Kline won a series of major Slovenian awards for her choreographic works, including the Golden Bird Award (2005), two Triton Awards (2005), four Moving Cake/Gibanica Awards (2005, 2013), and the Ksenija Hribar Award for choreography (2013).
She holds a PhD in Philosophy (Univesity of Ljubljana) and an MA in Theatre (DasArts, Amsterdam).
Her artistic and theoretical work is embedded in the practice of dreaming. In her author-based choreographic work she uses Saphire™ to facilitate individual and communal dreaming to create unique singular worlds weaved from and generated through the language of our dreaming. She is also a certified practitioner and teacher of Saphire™ dream and imagery work. She has private practice in Brussels and teaches Saphire™ internationally, in diverse educational, research and production settings.
Kline has been extensively engaged in various research, educational and publishing activities. She founded Emanat, an Institute for affirmation of contemporary dance; School of Images Slovenia, and Dreamlab, a mobile laboratory for research and development of imagery and dream work as related to performing arts practices.
Kline's latest book on the possibility of ethical and political power of art in the emergent present times, titled The Inoperative Theatres: Contemporary Performing Arts between Ethics and Politics, will be published in 2017.
Currently she is doing her post-doctoral research on the alternative concepts and uses of time at the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy (UG) and within S:PAM research centre in Gent.