19th consecutive edition of the Mladi levi international festival of contemporary arts is set and ready to perk up the late summer scene in Ljubljana and bring leading-edge stage artists from all over the world. An allegorical performance by the French director Philippe Quesne, Night of the Moles, will open the festival and have us follow gigantic magical creatures as they lead us into the cavity of the world in their search for shelter.
Mark Twain’s quote “never let the truth get in the way of a good story” has its dark side. Cognitive science is increasingly establishing that facts don’t necessarily affect our perception of reality. Translating this into the language of mythology, one could say that myths are impervious to the negating and exposing power of fact, no matter how irrefutable.
The greatest myths of our time are those of the omnipotence of capital, the impossibility of true democracy, of irreconcilable differences between us and them, myths of the divinity of the nation-state, not least myths claiming change is impossible, that passivity and chaos are the order of the day. More …
The bridge between being principled and practical is called survival. In theatre, we always use stories to be able to talk about the world, we play roles to be able to speak of human nature, and we pretend that a table is a table. But we were aiming for a reverse principle. Since we cannot speak with any certainty and artistic integrity of anything else than ourselves, our position, our principles and non-principles – all the rest are moralistic discourses or whining excuses and guilt washing – precisely the things that an artist should not possess can emerge between practicality and integrity: detachment, fascism, sexism, narcissism, misanthropy … It is these little perversions which show that we are not exempted, even if we pretend that we are.
In the end, we have to admit to ourselves that we can do no other. Ich kann nicht anders. More …
Locations: University Botanic Gardens Ljubljana, Ljubljana Marsh Nature Park, Planina Cave
Participants of the Imagine 2020 Summer Lab will engage in a 3-day field trip, starting from the University Botanic Gardens Ljubljana to the Ljubljana Marsh Nature Park and the Planina Cave.
They will focus on the changing interrelations and co-relations imposed by the increasing pollution on the fragile equilibrium of Ljubljana’s marsh ecosystem, by observing and giving voice to its non-human dwellers whose languages we may only imagine – waters (rivers, sources, undercurrents), plants (invasive and indigenous species), animals (birds, frogs, wild pigs, mosquitoes) – and entities such as the geological period, micro-climate and specific geography of the locations. More …
It is about a woman and a man in a complicated relationship. They are standing on the stage confused, surrounded by clothes and hoping to solve their misunderstanding. Their feelings and thoughts are expressed through the movements of their bodies and their clothes, which seem to live a life of their own. Black and white cinematic aesthetics of the performance borrows from various film inserts by Michelangelo Antonioni, rummaging through the issues of strangeness, absurd and noise in communication between the two individuals. The action evokes a sense of floating in a dream, and a sense of complete illusion, thus triggering a unique theatrical experience that combines circus, magic, dance, audio and visual elements. More …
Statement by the initiative Let us put our heads together
On the borders of Fortress Europe the pressure of those who are fleeing from violence and war in search of a better life is increasing. They turn to Europe because it prides itself on nurturing values of solidarity, humanism and the right to freedom of movement. Yet the institutions of Europe, including those of the Republic of Slovenia, are not living up to those ideals. More …
The theatre-dance season ticket Transferzala brings together a selection of five independent Ljubljana stages - Center kulture Španski borci, Gledališče Glej, Mini teater, Plesni Teater Ljubljana and Stara mestna elektrarna – Elektro Ljubljana. Establishing a merging cooperation amongst the above institutions, whose bold and visible theatre and dance production incessantly enriches the Ljubljana’s cultural offer, derives from a simple desire of all players involved: allowing the visitors of cultural events to have access to the very best of what independent stages have to offer.
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An hour before the event at the counter of the Old Power Station (Stara elektrarna)
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- 29 August:
On the road
- Lyrical Minutes in the City at the Spectrum Theaterfest (Austria)
- Betontanc & Umka.lv at the Spectrum Theaterfest (Austria)
- Lyrical Minutes in the City at the Berlin Festival