Petra Zanki
Petra Zanki is award-winning Croatian-American Seattle based choreographer and theatre maker. After obtaining her Graduate degree in Comparative Litterature and French from the University of Arts and Philosophy in Zagreb, she continued her studies at the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris (UFR Theatre et Arts du Spectacle). As dancer and performer, she worked with Oliver Frljić (HR), Borut Šeparović (Montažstroj HR/NL), Shadow Casters(HR), Via Negativa(SLO), and Emily Johnson (US) among others. Petra was granted multiple residencies across Europe among which two-year choreographic scholarship from ICK-Amsterdam/Emio Greco and Croatian HIPP-TSP, in 2012-2013. Named best Croatian young choreographer in 2010, her works have been shown across Europe, Canada, UK, and Australia. In the US she presented her works in New York, Seattle, and New Orleans, among which at Movement Research at Judson Church, Coil13/PS122/Dixon place, Wow Café Theatre, La Mama, On the Boards, Seattle International Dance Festival, 12 Ave Arts/Washington Ensemble Theatre, Base, and at Velocity Dance Center. In the US Petra has received residencies awards: bst residency from The University of Washington School of Dance, IMP series at the Velocity Dance Center, Base Residencies at 2017, and 2018, James Ray Residency 2018. Petra is recipient of 4CULTURE, smART ventures, and Bossak-Heilbron Foundation Grants, and was nominated for the NEA Creativity Connects Fellowship and James W. Ray Venture Project Awards in 2018. The texts about her works have been published in Dance and Performance magazines such as Tanz, Performance Art Journal-MIT, Performance Research Journal, The Bomb, Kretanja, and Frakcija. She is currently attending low residency MFA Choreography at CODARTS/Fontys in Netherlands. Growing up in Croatia during the war, Petra’s main interest remains transformation of pain into landscapes of beauty for the benefit of humanity.