Risima Risimkin is one of the leading Macedonian choreographers and artistic director of Dance Fest Skopje, Skopje Dance Theater and full-time professor PhD, at the State University “Goce Delchev” in Shtip, N.Macedonia, where she founded and become Dean of The Contemporary Dance Department.
She received her PhD in the University of “St. Cyril and Methodius” in Skopje, Macedonia on the thesis: “Contemporary dance styles in 20 century – Europe” and holds a master’s degree from the University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria, at the Academy for Music and Dance Art (AMTI) in the field оf Choreography, Ballet Directing and Pedagogy and was awarded the title ballet master.
Risimkin is founder of the Interart Centre for Culture (1996), whose activities have helped the development of the Macedonian contemporary dance scene. In the season2012/2013, she was working as Head choreographer of the State Ballet of Antalya, Turkey.
Risimkin is one of the most prolific contemporary Macedonian choreographers – an avant-garde representative in contemporary art. She actively represents Macedonia on the international stage for contemporary dance with her performances, which receive excellent reviews both in the country and abroad. Risimkin has won several awards, including the award for outstanding contribution to the development of culture in the Republic of Macedonia. In 2011 she was awarded as one of the Top Ten Women Managers in Macedonia. With her work, Risimkin is in constant motion towards the development of contemporary dance in Macedonia.
Risimkin has made around forty authorial projects, which established her as one of the most fruitful Macedonian creators in the contemporary dance area. Risimkin has represented Macedonia as a choreographer in New York, USA; Beijing, Hangzhou & Quanzhou, China; The Hague, Amsterdam & Rotterdam, Netherlands; Aarhus, Denmark; Dusseldorf, Leipzig & Cologne, Germany; Belgrade, Serbia; Burgas, Bulgaria; Podgorica, Monte Negro; Thessaloniki, Greece – European Capitol of culture; Lisbon, Portugal – EXPO – National day of Macedonia; Niamey, Niger; Ljubljana, Slovenia etc. In 2010 she was guest choreographer in the National Ballet of Ljubljana, Slovenia; in 2012 she participated in the Culture Olympiad in London with the choreography for the play Henri, VI of National Theater Bitola, Macedonia, for the “Globe to Globe” program of Globe Theater. Her performance “Hope” made with National Ballet of Antalya, Turkey has excellent review in Dance Europe magazine. In 2015 and 2016 she was a part of the First & Second International Chinese Summer Camp for contemporary dance and has two different guest performance on “Meet in Beijing” festival in Beijing, China with Skopje Dance Theater. In 2016 Risimkin has premiere “R.E.M. – A dream section” with Nine Contemporary Dance Company in Beijing, China. The same performance was on European tour in April 2017: in Dance Fest Skopje, Macedonia; Exodos Festival in Ljubljana, Slovenia and De Nieuwe Regentes Theater in The Hague Netherlands. In 2018 Risimkin has premiere of her new creation “Orlandina” for Slovenian contemporary dancer Rosana Hribar, at Ljubljana Dance Theater in Slovenia. Her choreography “Cauldron” with Skopje Dance Theater was presented in Maritime Silk Road festival in Quanzhou, China in December 2017, in the program of Holland Dance Festival in February 2018 and on the Closing ceremony on Battery Dance Festival in New York on 18 August, 2018. Her piece “Existence – We are the Fancy people” was presented on International evening of the Festival of Beijing Dance Academy in Beijing in October 2018. Her performance “Identities” was present in “National theater de Chaillot” in Paris, France in March 2022.