Jelena Dabić is composer, musician and curator living in Hamburg. The motivation and aesthetic of her work have consistently been driven by non-musical elements, specifically the absurdity of everyday life, of the society and of our context. She often integrates other media into her work, such as movement, visual elements, use of site-specific contexts, utilising staging possibilities. Her field of work includes concept, composition and performance.
Jelena Dabić's musical oeuvre includes more than 40 works, including solo and chamber music as well as orchestral works and music theater, performed in Europe, Asia, North- and South America. She worked with well- known interpreters and conductors such as Heinrich Schiff, Howard Griffiths, Liana Isakadze, Claudio Cohen, Markus L. Frank, etc. Her opera "SpiegelSpiel", after a libretto by Micaela von Marcard, was premiered at the Munich biennial festival 2010 for contemporary music theatre. She also received further commissions among others from the Kassel Music Days, Siemens Arts Program, Hamburg Kunsthalle, Young Euro Classic Festival, Loh-Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic. In her last music theater work “Der Riss”, which was premiered on October 5th, 2017, she was searching for the new possibilities in music theater and staged the performance in a bunker from the second world war - where the original plot of the play takes places.
Jelena Dabić gradueded composition in Novi Sad, finished her postgradueded studies with honors in Munich, and is currently finishing her PhD in Hamburg.
In addition to her compositional work, Jelena Dabic is the founder of the association COOLTUR CONNECT and she is curating the concert series fresh::sounds-silk road. It combines contemporary music and performance with traditional music from the silk road countries. This creates an unusual mix that is brought into a new context by using new media elements.