No words - dance does not need them
In 2002, Drugajanje was conceived as a response to a gap in the supply of cultural content for the young – already back then, the gap in the performing arts was the largest in contemporary dance and contemporary theatre, which evades dramatheatre and classical formats. This year, at the 18th Drugajanje festival, we can once again conclude that contemporary dance is still a “gap”. And this is why this year’s programme is dominated by dance. It is also marked by cooperation; so, dance and cooperation – how convenient, considering it is precisely contemporary dance that is characterized by exploration of different types of cooperation.
In Grosse Erwartungen, Beton Ltd. collective are partly giving up their voice and build their performance on choreography, using it to address identity politics.
In their third performance, which will premiere right here, at Drugajanje, the Heroes will also go “beyond words”, also addressing the topic of identity politics. Wednesday’s performance, Just for Today, organized in collaboration with the “Nagib on Stage” programme, which is continuously bringing contemporary dance to Maribor, builds on the last year’s dance season, also dealing with cooperation, the structure of teamwork. Poíesis of Self is part of the festival precisely because it was chosen in collaboration with the Young Selectors Club, which selected the performance as a challenge for their generation.
Drugajanje invites you to another dance festival, taking place in Ljubljana at the same time. We are inviting you for a trip to CoFestival with two performances and a film.
Drugajanje thus stands out as a crossroad of cooperations – between artists, producers, organizations – let it also become a crossroad between art and audiences!
FESTIVAL PROGRAM 2019
more about drugajanje
Since 2001 Bunker is organizing Drugajanje festival in Maribor. It started on the initiative of the headmaster of a high school II. gimnazija Maribor Ivan Lorenčič and it grew into a permanent and fruitful partnership between Bunker and the school and also built a very successful bridge between Ljubljana, the capitol of Slovenia and Maribor, the second largest city in Slovenia.
Drugajanje is a concentrated short contemporary arts festival organized in collaboration with secondary school in Maribor at their theatre and at other venues in Maribor. The focus is on performing arts, especially contemporary theatre and dance. The festival was founded with the purpose of bringing the young generation and the whole city some fresh and vibrant performance art. At the same time it enables Slovene performances to spread out from Ljubljana, where most of the national contemporary scene is being produced.
Contrary to the belief that special performances for the youth should be produced for the youth, Drugajanje has always had a strong artistic contemporary profile and the program through the years always consisted of state-of-the-art contemporary theater and dance.
In the last years the festival has developed from a Slovene focused to internationally focused festival in terms of geographical distribution and has also had a shift in the format: from merely presenting finished works of art to youth and other inhabitants of Maribor we have started developing more process oriented festivals that strongly takes into consideration the festival’s home: Maribor.