Accompanying program

Pre-festival event PLATFORM BEFORE PLATFORM – Youth Platform. The performance is part of the PLATFORM OF CONTEMPORARY DANCE produced by the MOJA KREACIJA Institute, Maribor with collaboration 37th Winter Dance School (JSKD OI Maribor)

Saturday, February 26, 2022, Little stage at Narodni dom Maribor at 8 p.m.

Teja Modrijan
BODY SELECTION
a dance performance

Author, Choreographer, Dancer: TEJA MODRIJAN
Dramaturgy: SAMO OLEAMI
Movement Advisor: JELENA OLEAMI
Lighting Design: ALJAŽ ZALETEL
Producer: GAŠPER KUNŠEK
Produced by: URBANA SCENA LJUBLJANA – ŠKD SAJFR
Co-produced by: PLESNI TEATER LJUBLJANA

In Teja Modrijan’s dance debut “The Body’s Choice”, the artist sketches into her body the experiences of her artistic journey so far, where the hip-hopper’s mastery of the body’s external image meets contemporary dance improvisation and the exploration of intracorporeal intensities and muscle impulses. In this work, Modrijan continues the development of the specific stage presence she developed in her award-winning 2019 dance miniature “Wisdom of the Body”, in which she observes herself from the outside while performing a dance, and from this “directorial” position, she kneads the stage image through vibrant improvised movement.

The female role is rendered on a membrane between the performer’s body and the audience for whom the role is performed. In the tension between the moving body, the performer’s subjectivity and the role projected onto her by society, a re-examination of gender is raised. According to Judith Butler, gender is not an essential category, but both a performative action and an externally projected image. This also underlines the position of the spectators, who sustain the regime of spectatorship and thus the hierarchy of gender roles.

TEJA MODRIJAN (1997)
Dancer, co-leader of the Urban Dance Scene. She collaborates with Gašper Kunšek and Žigan Krajnčan. With the help of hip hop starting point and the synthesis of modern dance techniques, she develops contact improvisation and various movement principles. In 2017, she participated in the Chorus performance project – an author’s project by Gašper Kunšek, Žigan Krajnčan and Jan Krmelj, produced by Kino Šiška. She participates in the show as one of the performers (dancers) and co-creators. The show is still touring around the world and in Slovenia.
Chorus received the audience award at Gibanica – the biennial of Slovenian contemporary dance art. Her first participation in the OPUS (JSKD) competition took place in a duet with Kunšek, where she won a silver award. In 2019 she represents Slovenia at Redbull Dance Your Style. In the author’s solo dance entitled “Wisdom of the Body” she won the main prize for the best concept at the International Dance Miniature Competition OPUS in Celje and 1st place at the FKM (Festival of Choreographic Miniatures) in Belgrade.

Tickets:

– for the participants of the Winter Dance School (ZPŠ): entry with the ZPŠ card – free of charge
– others: voluntary cultural contribution (from 3 to 5 euros)

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Monday, February 28, at 8 pm – Minorite Church and at 8.40 pm – Maribor Puppet Theatre

Minorite Church, at 8 pm
April Veselko, FALLING IN LOVE

Author and dance performer: April Veselko
Music: Joran Teraš – WRONG1DEA, April Veselko
Produced by: Plesna Izba Maribor
Duration: 20 min

The performance deals with different movement approaches to falling. Falling symbolizes trust, commitment, vulnerability, risk. How to connect the theme of love and interpersonal relationships with the concrete phenomenon of falling. The term ‘falling in love’ beautifully describes infatuation. It’s an intertwining of the physical feeling with the abstract concept of human emotion. Through movement research, the author focuses on the contrast between falling as collapsing and falling as surrendering. Falling and falling in love is an act we allow to happen and then gets out of control.

April Veselko is a dancer, choreographer, and dance pedagogue. She completed her Dance’s Start-Up training at the Leggere Strutture Art Factory in Bologna (Italy) in 2016 and MoDem PRO under the patronage of Zappalà Danza in Catania (Sicily) in 2018. She has created several authorial projects under the production of the Federation Institute (Dvomine in 2010, Ostro in Slano in 2012, Fleš in 2017), Cultural Society Dance Centre Maribor (Breze in 2018), and Scenario Pubblico (Dream Room in 2018). She has collaborated with internationally renowned choreographers (Matjaž Farič, Seiffedine Manai, Daniel Conant, Magdalena Reiter, Mattia Gandini, Gioa Maria Morisco, Gregor Luštek, Eduardo Torroja, Barbara Kanc). April was awarded the best choreographic idea award six times at the OPUS1 competition and received the second prize at 3… 2… 1… DANCE! with her dance miniature What the Body Dreams (Be a Body) in a 2017 choreographic competition in Krakow, Poland. In 2019 she also qualified for the finals of the FKM choreographic competition in Belgrade.

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© Matic Ačko

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© Matic Ačko

Maribor Puppet Theatre, at 8.40 pm
Dance collective Š.I.K., WHERE DID YOU SCATTER THE SECONDS?

Choreography, concept and performance: Vanja Kolanovič, Jasha Robnik, Anja Spasovski, Nadja Spasovski, Vita Trantura and Nika Zidar
Video: Eva Leber
Music production: Vanja Kolanovič and Nadja Spasovski
Props: Peter Horvat
Costume design: Renata Medvešek
Graphic design: Nika Zidar
Help with dramaturgy: Mojca Kasjak
Special thanks to: April Veselko
Produced by: Plesna Izba Maribor
Supported by: Republic of Slovenia Public Fund for Cultural Activities and the Municipality of Maribor
Duration: 50 min

WHERE DID YOU SCATTER THE SECONDS?
The hands of a clock are always moving at a constant speed, yet I am passing faster than you. Are you able to stop me? I cannot escape from you; I cannot catch you. You are the present, moving along the attenuated boundary line that is being built by the past from one end and demolished by the future from the other.

And where are we then? Where are our seconds? We are trapped in a moment. Ruthlessly wedged between the past and the present. Determined to escape despite our heavy feet. Burdened by our worries, but hopeful for there is a promise of someday obtaining the moments, which have been slipping through our fingers continuously. And where will we be until then? We’ll be looking for seconds that we have strewn along the way.

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© Boštjan Lah

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© Boštjan Lah

Tickets:

– for the participants of the Winter Dance School (ZPŠ): entry with the ZPŠ card – free of charge
– others: 5 eur

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