Jana Bitterova is a dance artist, improviser and creative movement facilitator.

Originally from Prague, she became a traveling artist working worldwide. She has been based in Cornwall, UK (assisting and teaching at Falmouth University), in Quimper, France (assistant in choreographic structure T.E.E.M.), in Oostende, Belgium (in educational department for Mu.ZEE), in Bratislava, Slovakia (student of Academy of Performing Arts) and she regularly returns to her homeland Czech Republic to run various projects and deliver workshops.

As a choreographer and performer she creates solo performances and also collaborates with musicians, visual artists and digital media artists. She is a member of Free Three improvisational company.

(You can find more about Jana’s artistic practice in the Performance section.)

One of her main interest lies in Contact improvisation, being a founder of Bratislava Contact improvisation and then organising Wednesday Contact Improvisation Jams at Falmouth University. She enjoys connecting artistic work and introducing dance to people of all levels of experience; she led creative movement workshops for a range of participants from children (e.g. projects in primary schools) to people of an older generation.

Jana studied for her Masters degree in Pedagogy of Contemporary Dance at Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava in Slovakia in conducting under ones of the main personalities and founders of Slovak contemporary dance Anka Sedlačková (also Body-Mind Centering Practitioner) and Marta Poláková (also Laban Movement Analyst).

Her professional interest in movement expression led her firstly to study Dance Research at Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, making her BA based on theoretical analyses and dance history. She continued her education focusing more on exploration of the moving body and somatic techniques, being a student of Milan Kozánek and Zuna Kozánková (Artyci Dance Company and www.shiatsu-terapie.sk)

Subsequently, she had an opportunity to meet in studios of such personalities of postmodern dance and improvisation such as Nancy Stark Smith, Lisa Nelson, Daniel Lepkoff, Ruth Zaporah, Julyen Hamilton, Stephanie Skura, K. J. Holmes, Malcolm Manning, Frey Faust and others. Their propositions are important sources of inspiration for her work.

Collaborations and links

– collaboration with visual artist and engineer Ian Biscoe, Biscoe Bitterova Project

– member of improvisational trio with dancer Kuldip Singh-Barmi and cellist Oak Matthias

– teaching in Dance program of Falmouth University (2015-2016)

– long-term collaboration with French choreographic structure T.E.E.M. (assistant 2012–2013)

– Center of choreographic development, delivering program “School dances” within KorespoDance Festival 2016

– training in Shiatsu (2008, 2009)

– long-term collaboration and education with Zuna Kozankova and Milan Kozanek

– member of editorial staff of Dance actualities, the first Czech internet dance magazine (from 2008)

– collaboration with singer and composer Ivana Mer, project Coexistence

– member of Mu-zee-um, organization for culture and art education, Oostende, Belgium (2011–2012)

– dance workshop for children within festival Theatre aan Zee, Oostende, Belgium (2012)

– project Dance to Schools, Dance and movement education at primary schools in Prague (2011–2014)