Contemporary dance art will satisfy the curiosity of dance lovers already in pre-festival time on the stage of the Maribor Puppet Theatre and on the small stage of SNG Maribor in the first days of the Lent Festival. The program is varied and diverse, as it aims to present selected projects of the younger generation as well as of experienced and profiled dancers and choreographers.

The programme presents premieres of the performances TRAVELLING STONES, performed by the dancers of the ŠIK Plesna izba Maribor, which is artistically led by April Veselko, Monja Lorenčič and Maja Lamovšek; LOOP THE LOOP, choreographed by Maja Lamovšek, performed by Maya, Rebeka Hanžel, and Simona Štangova from Slovakia, and produced by the Dance Centre; and BIRCHES, choreographed and performed by April Veselko and Rebeka Hanžel. The evening brings a taste of the varied and convincing dance poetics of young performers.

The second day of the programme hosts the international group of performers, the Balkan Dance Project, Vol.3.  BDP dancers build bridges between the peoples of the Balkan region, which are interconnected through the same traditional roots, religion, history, and national art. Exceptional young dancers of BDP will present Ivan Cankar’s burlesque SCANDAL IN ST. FLORIAN VALLEY, choreographed by Aleksandar Saša Ilić and directed by Aleksandar Nikolić (SRB). The evening will also present a project WHY AREN’T YOU HERE, choreographed by Igor Kirov (MKD) and inspired by the music of sevdah. Sevdah music is a unique national musical expression of Bosnia and Herzegovina, intensely intertwined with the spirit of melancholy.

In the first two days of the Lent Festival, the Open Dance Scene will host dance projects of guest artists at the small stage of SNG Maribor. Katarina Barbara Kavčič will present her solo piece SSPJ, produced by the Dance Theatre Ljubljana, which offers the viewers a platform for a different perception of movement on stage, which fluctuates somewhere between abstraction and concretization.

The 2018 Open Dance Scene will conclude with a dance-theatre performance MARBLE SHOES, choreographed by Anja Mejač and performed by herself and Voranc Boh. The performance deals with interpersonal connections, more specifically with relationships between men and women, and problematizes the psychological conditions that put the individual in conflicting situations. In terms of the genre, the performance is based on flamenco dance, which undergoes many transformations as the story unfold, while continually shifting between natural and strongly stylised movement.

20. 6. 2018, at 20.00, Maribor Puppet Theatre, Great hall

DANCE CENTRE MARIBOR and PLESNA IZBA MARIBOR: premier dance evening

BIRCHES
Wordless, with her roots anchored deep in the soil, her only company being the wind, whispering about foreign places. About a dream you can hardly imagine, swishing through thin branches and shivering leaves. The birch is a tree of a faraway promise, forever young and agile, but infinitely grieving. She offers consolation in solitude, softens the edges, and melts the boundary between the sky and the earth. She is one – and all. Micro connections and shared consciousness. Forgetting all memories, having no expectations, this is not a story, it is only a flash of now and here, or never and nowhere.

Choreography: April Veselko Performed by: Rebeka Hanžel, April Veselko Costume design: Nena Florjančič Music: April Veselko Produced by: Dance Centre Maribor Co-produced by: Plesna izba Maribor Supported by: RS Ministry of Culture

www.centerplesa.si

SAILING STONES Sailing stones are a geological phenomenon where rocks inexplicably move and inscribe long tracks along deserted landscapes. The trails they leave behind differ in both direction and length. The rocks, weighing several kilograms, move on their own or simultaneously in groups. The sailing stones phenomenon has been studied for over a century; however, the mystery of the moving rocks remains unresolved. The performance brings together three young choreographers: Monja Lorenčič, April Veselko, and Maja Lamovšek, whose specific choreographic approaches have broken down the theme of the performance in three parts: Time, Dark Clouds, and I Move, Therefore I Am.

Concept and choreography: April Veselko, Monja Lorenčič, Maja Lamovšek Performed by: Študijski Izbin Kolektiv / ŠIK: Eva Rakić, Vita Trantura, Vita Rosc, Manca Božič, Katarina Kolar, Jasha Robnik, Julija Tertinek, Nika Zidar, Hana Pivljakovič, Vanja Kolanović, Nadja Spasovski Guest dancers from Plesna izba Maribor, Contemporary 3: Ana Edelbaher, Hana Ledinek, Hana Perkovič, Jerneja Brumec, Lana Pavšič, Anja Spasovski Artistic direction: Nina Milin Costume design: Nena Florjančič Graphic design:  Robert Veselko Executive production: Živa Vrbič Produced by:  Plesna izba Maribor Supported by: Republic of Slovenia Public Fund for Cultural Activities

www.plesnaizba.si

LOOP THE LOOP Do bodies move from their own impulses or as a consequence of a system? Do bodies move from their own impulses or as a consequence of a system? Do bodies move from their own impulses or as a consequence of a system? Loop the question until you get the answer. The project presents an interplay of pre-structured compositions and the search for authentic artistry of movement, performed by three diverse movers and inspired by the compositions of Karlheinz Stockahusen. We loop inside our mental patterns – fearing we might come up with something new. The closed system of a dance academy pushed the author of the project to ask herself about her freedom (as mover as well as a person) and to address the question of how much the systems around us block us in our endeavours. Do we want to loop on the same spot or can we step out of the loops, patterns, and systems, and recognise the connections? Connection play a vibration in the rhythm of your body play a vibration in the rhythm of your heart play a vibration in the rhythm of your breathing play a vibration in the rhythm of your thinking play a vibration in the rhythm of your intuition play a vibration in the rhythm of your enlightenment play a vibration in the rhythm of the universe mix these vibrations freely and leave enough silence in between (Composition by Karlheinz Stockhausen, From the Seven days, 1968)

Concept and choreography: Maja Lamovšek Performed by: Rebeka Hanžel (SLO), Simona Štangova (SVK), Maja Lamovšek (SLO) Music: Maja Lamovšek, Karlheinz Stockahusen, Bjork, Alva Notto Video: Matic Ačko Production: Dance Centre Maribor Coproduction: Festival Lent, Open Dance Scene Maribor

www.centerplesa.si

21. 6. 2018, at 20.00, Maribor Puppet Theatre, Great hall

BALKAN DANCE PROJECT VOL. 3 

BDP dancers aim to build bridges between the people of the Balkan region. They are connected through the same traditional roots, religion, history, and art. The exceptional young dancers of the Balkan Dance Project will perform Cankar’s Burlesque.

SCANDAL IN ST. FLORIAN VALLEY As a tectonic cataclysm, the scandal, woven out of the bright colours of life, passion, love, and challenges, brings to the surface the people’s self-centred egotism, lies, double morality, and greed – which is so carefully hidden under the cloak of innocence and honesty. Choreography: Aleksandar Ilić in cooperation with Mojca Majcen Direction, dramaturgy: Aleksandar Nikolić Costume design: Neira Sinanbašić, Melisa Musić Music arrangement: Lana Toković @ Studio Lana Performed by: Mojca Majcen (SLO), Ema Janković (CRO), Zujejha Kećo, Branko Mitrović (BiH), Luka Živković, Jakša Filipovac (SRB) Production: Festival Velenje, Tanzelarija Sarajevo, Inštitut za umetničku igru Srbije Supported by: Ministry of Culture RS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9R-yOyC4TQ

WHY AREN’T YOU HERE (ŠTO TE NEMA)

(Inspired by the beauty of sevdalinka)

Sevdalinka is a unique national musical expression of Bosnia and Herzegovina, intensely intertwined with the spirit of melancholy. The combination of the traditional and the modern has enabled choreographer Igor Kirov to express himself and his choreographic poetry. Choreography, set design, costume design: Igor Kirov (MKD) Music: Božo Vrećo, Amira Medunjanin, Marko Luis Performed by: Mojca Majcen (SLO), Ema Janković (CRO), Zujejha Kećo, Branko Mitrović (BiH), Luka Živković, Jakša Filipovac (SRB) Production: Festival Velenje, Tanzelarija Sarajevo, Inštitut za umetničku igru Srbije, Profesionalno udruženje baletskih umetnika, koreografa i pedagoga Srbije, Balkan Dance project 2017 Supported by: Ministry of Culture RS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZ7k6iOfod0

http://www.festival-velenje.si/5072

22. 6. 2018, at 20.00, Slovene National Theatre Maribor, Small stage

SSPJ

About the performance Contemporary dance – – – Moving. Resting. Human body, multiple possibilities of expression. Walking, sitting, running, looking, hugging, jumping, turning, screaming. A mediator between an individual’s internal universe and surroundings, with an innovative use of the entire body mechanics. Moving the boundaries of the known, and re‑defining the body. Fluidity, boldness, abstraction. Micro feelings in the body. A serious artistic practice with relatively high entry barriers for outsiders? Free mind. Approaching the body with curiosity, acceptance, and without fearing the unknown. Ground. Rolling. Gesturing. Openness for interpretation, openness to misunderstanding. Accessibility. Every day, everywhere. Applause.

The project will provide the audience with a platform for a different perception of stage movement, which fluctuates somewhere between abstraction and concretization. We will touch upon the issue of misunderstanding‑understanding of contemporary dance, trying to bring it closer to the wider audience with the help of the elements they are acquainted with: sound, video, text, and concise movement actions. Concept, choreography & dance: Katarina Barbara Kavčič Dramaturgy: Nika Leskovšek Music: Marko Jaušovec (EMVI) Song: Кукла; Mitraljez Set design: Vita Kolar (EMVI) Video: Kristina Rešek Light design & technical solutions: Janko Oven Costume design: Nena Florjančič Creative producer: Katja Somrak Produced by: Dance Theatre Ljubljana – PTL Debut 2017 Co-produced by: KD Center plesa Maribor Thanks to: Boris Revo, GT22, all survey participants & extras The programme of Dance Theatre Ljubljana is subsidized by the Ministry of Culture RS and Municipality of Ljubljana, Department for Culture.

https://vimeo.com/245771554?from=outro-embed

http://ptl.si/available-for-tour/2017/12/4/sspj

23. 6. 2018, at 20.00, Slovene National Theatre Maribor, Small stage

MARBLE SHOES

Dance-theatre performance

“The essence of humanity is hidden inside a block of marble. The block was taken from the mountain and now it awaits further processing in the middle of a geomet­ric field. We cannot understand it easily. It is perfect and yet full of cracks, black fluid runs through its white veins. This fluid carries in itself long forgotten ideas and stirs emotions torn from the heart.”

Marble shoes is a contemporary dance-theatre performance that combines various theatre languages to form empty spaces for the dance of the soundscapes. To get to the dance, we fall through the cracks of our own psyche only to be captured by the water that prevails. The state of powerlessness makes communication difficult and altered movement through the liquid can be frightening.

The performance is based on flamenco dance that undergoes structural trans­formations throughout the performance. Flamenco rhythms merge with original electronic music, fragments of the dance communicate with spoken words, com­bining various forms of expression into a whole. Movement and voice, the dance of the sounds that replace words, the dance that finds a word and forces it to answer with a cry, the form that absorbs words, the voice that guides the movement. Sometimes trapped, sometimes support­ed by the rhythm, sometimes completely free.

Art direction: Anja Mejač Choreography: Anja Mejač, Sasha Sasic Dramaturgy: Katja Černe, Mojca Uršič Original music: Tine Grgurević Additional sound creation: Anja Mejač, Tim Crnek, Voranc Boh, Vasja Štukelj Scenography: Anja Mejač, Tomaž Zarifa Costume design: Katarina Šavs Light design: Igor Remeta Dance film: Anja Mejač, Fabris Šulin, Črt Potočnik Photography: Ajda Schmidt Performing: Anja Mejač, Voranc Boh Sound design: Tim Crnek Cajon: Vasja Štukelj Special thanks to: Tanja Zgonc, Jasna Vastl

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0LjZ3NpCUQ

https://vimeo.com/232036456 

https://vimeo.com/228370799

https://vimeo.com/228369659

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Open Dance Scene at Lent Festival is supported by: Festival Lent, Narodni dom Maribor, Public Fund for Cultural Activities of the Republic of Slovenia, Maribor Puppet Theatre, Slovene National Theatre Maribor Executive production: Minka Veselič Kološa Tickets: Lenta or 5,00 EUR Information office: Narodni dom Maribor, Kneza Koclja 9, cell phone +386 31 479 000, +386 40 744 122, E-mail: vstopnice@nd-mb.si