Jurij Konjar was born in Ljubljana, where he studied judo, singing and where he received his first technical dance training. He then studied musical in London and contemporary dance at PARTS in Brussels.
He’s worked as a dancer with Les Ballets C de la B, then created created his own work. In 2007 he suffered a head injury that shifted his focus towards the potential of the present moment. In 2009 an in-depth observation of Steve Paxton’s Goldberg Variations video, with conversations that sprouted from it, triggered the development of a personal improvisation practice.
In recent years he’s mostly created and performed solo performances, such as Ulysses (2007), Goldberg Variations (2010) and For Juliano Mer-Khamis (2013), while also working with Maja Delak, Janez Janša, Boris Charmatz, Martin Kilvady. He’s worked with the Tuning Ensemble, with Lisa Nelson on the Goldberg Observations publication, and with Steve Paxton on the reconstructions of his solos Bound (1982) and Flat (1964), on Satisfyin Lover (1967) and danced in the creation Quicksand (2016).
He does improvised performances internationally (Goldberg Variations, Monday at eight, Biodegradables…), is active in the Contact Improvisation community, regularly teaches workshops, and organizes temporary working environments (Habitat, YIP, the Walkaround) while being active in mixed ability education & art project Skok čez Luno / Dance ouf of Line. He currently resides in Ljubljana.