Zrinka Šimičić Mihanović
Zrinka Simicic Mihanovic (MA, RSME, IDME, CMA-SP) is a dance artist, teacher and somatic practitioner based in Zagreb, Croatia.
Zrinka completed the Laban/Bartenieff Somatic Studies International, CMA-SP training program in 2017, as well as the Somatic Movement Education and Infant Developmental Movement Education, both certified programs of the School for Body-Mind Centering ®. She finished two years of Dance Movement Psychotherapy Education Program in Zagreb (in 2011) and she obtained her M.A. degree in History of Art and French Language and Literature at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in 2004.
For the past 20 years Zrinka has been active as a dancer, author and choreographer. Her choreographic work has been influenced by her somatic inquiry and marked with collaborations with artists from other media, particularly visual arts.
Zrinka’s teaching includes working with diverse population groups, including students, professionals, dance and visual art students, amateurs, children and people with different challenges. Motivated by a need for connecting, exchange and transformation through somatic experience, in 2020 she initiated SomaHut, project envisioned as an imaginary roof under which different initiatives, groups, projects, practices and individuals meet. Zrinka also co-founded international improvisation festival Improspekcije in Zagreb and co-directed it from 2007 till 2022. Moreover, she is a co-founder and the artistic director of Multimedia Hut (Multimedijalna koliba) organisation.
Since 2018 Zrinka has been a faculty member of the Dance department of the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb where she has been teaching Experiential Anatomy and Laban Movement Analysis. She is a guest teacher on the Postgraduate Specialist Study of Creative Therapies programme of The Academy of Arts and Culture in Osijek and on the Dance Movement Psychotherapy education program in Zagreb. She is a professional member of International Somatic Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA) and of Croatian Dancers Association.