Mil Vukovic Smart

I am a London-based dance and performance artist, writer and choreographer, and a policy, fundraising and organisational development professional.

I hold a BA in Philosophy from Belgrade University and MA in Modern European Philosophy from  Middlesex University  and an MRes, with distinction, in Choreography and Performance from Roehampton University. I studied classical ballet in Novi Sad, my birth town in former Yugoslavia, as well as contemporary dance, contact improvisation, and Laban movement, at Birkbeck College, University of London and Trinity Laban. From September 2018 I will be undertaking a PhD research into choreographic objects and landscape gardening at the department of spatial design at the Chelsea College of Arts.

Developing work that ‘creates a mood’ at the intersection of dance, sport, performance and visual art is at the core of my inquiry. My interests stem from the absurdist literary and theatre tradition of Russian avant-garde, particularly Daniil Kharms, as well as the 20th century European and American visual art.

My current research is looking into the use of madness in ballet and opera, with particular focus on ‘Mad Scene’ in Giselle. My new piece titled HILT was premiered at the Place as part of Resolution 2018, and a performance presentation titled Gisellitis was presented at the Dance in the Age of Forgetfulness Conference organised by Society for Dance Research at the Royal Holloway University in April 2018.

Recent Works – Choreography/Installations/Performance Art

RUBICON, Grove House, Roehampton University, June 2016
‘Playtime’, Open Performance, Movement Research, New York, April 2016
‘Me, Martha, and Toys’, Roehampton University, London, February 2016
‘Gentle is the Wind’, Roehampton University, London, November 2015
‘Pictures at the Exhibition’ – Sketch One and Two, The Room, London, May 2015
‘The Practice of Nothing’, Roehampton University, London, December 2014
‘Sidekicks’, Cue Positions – Bellyflop Symposium, Toynbee Studios,   November 2013
‘Wish you were here’, Kingsway College Theatre, London, March 2013
‘This moment in summer’, Birkbeck College/The Place, London, July 2012

Performing in other people’s work

Critical Magic, HYENAZ, The Underdog Art Gallery, September 2017
‘Millions of Years’, ENO Akhnaten, Community Opera, British Museum, March 2016
‘to find a place’, Rahel Vonmoos, Greenwich Dance, January 2016
‘Square Dances’, Rosemary Lee, Dance Umbrella, October 2011
‘Danse Macabre’, Laban Dance Project, Blackheath Hall, December 2010
‘Romeo and Juliet’ Laban Dance Project, Blackheath Hall, November 2009
‘Club Class’, FrenchMottershead, Tate Modern, 2006
‘Multiple Clothing’, Steven Willetts, Cork Street/Tate Modern, 1998/2006
‘Sun isn’t Moon’, Andrei Bartenev, Royal Festival Hall, 1998
‘The Infernal Triangle’, Anthony Howell, Chapter Art Centre, Cardiff, 1998

Training & Development

Doing Dramaturgy, with Martin Hargreaves, South East Dance/The Place, June 2017
Darwin’s Dance, with Mark Lorimer, Independent Dance, December 2015
The Choreographic Condition, with Rosalind Crisp, Independent Dance, June 2015
Inclusive Dance Practice – Candoco Dance Company, Magpie Dance and Trinity Laban, 2015
Creating Site-Specific Dance and Performance Works, with Stephan Koplowitz, California Institute of the Arts, Coursera, 2013
The Forsythe Company Workshop, The University of Roehampton, 2013
Relatedness in Motion, Trinity Laban, July 2012
Living Architecture: Laban technique, Trinity Laban, July 2009


New Age in Dance Funding – a view from London, TiLLT Magazine, August 2017
‘Dance Manifesto – What Next?’ Dance UK News, February 2014
The Body of The Speech, a contribution to Speeching by Hamish MacPherson, April 2013
Reviewer – Resolution! Review 2013, The Place