The Old Power Station archive
Sound play on the maternity myth, premiere
My womb is a holy machine,
crucial for society and state.
My breasts are the fountain of life,
they feed her and him,
I’m a container of the highest quality class,
the best, all-natural, the only one,
the cleanest flower of paradise,
wonderful dawn, the miracle of reproduction, the guarantee of the well-being of nations.
Come. Fill me up gently.
Step with me.
Melt together with the mother.
An interdisciplinary research about changing/changeless views on motherhood.
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Focused on contemporary performing arts, we question ways in which to form the process of archiving so as to preserve the life of artistic works (performances, happenings, installations) and allow them to be seen and experienced by a broader public. What does the process of archiving brings in terms of content? How to contextualise the material? How to classify it? How to avoid the ‘character of a museum’? How to not close the work into a canon, a drawer, history?
Preparation and implementation: Lana Zdravković (Kitch & City of Women, Ljubljana)
Participants: Ana Čigon (Red Dawns, Ljubljana), Barbara Orel (AGRFT, Ljubljana), Bettina E. Knaup (re.act.feminism – a performing archive, Berlin), Ida Hiršenfelder (Modern Gallery – Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Ljubljana), Jelena Višnjić (BeFem, Beograd), Kristina Lelovac (Tiiiit! Inc., Skopje), Leila Šeper (Blasfem, Banja Luka), Phoebe Patey-Ferguson (Live Art Development Agency, London), Sabina Potočki (City of Women, Ljubljana), Tanja Petrović (ZRC SAZU, Ljubljana), Tihana Bertek (Vox Feminae, Zagreb), Vedrana Frašto (CURE, Sarajevo).
10.00am – 11.15am
How To Think Archive (of Contemporary Performing Arts)?
What Do We Do with Art When We Archive It?
Tanja Petrović, ZRC SAZU (Ljubljana), Barbara Orel, AGRFT (Ljubljana)
Introduced and moderated by: Lana Zdravković, Kitch & City of Women (Ljubljana)
11.30am – 1.30pm
How Do They Deal with Archiving in the Region of South-Eastern Europe?
Tihana Bertek, Vox Feminae (Zagreb), Vedrana Frašto, CURE (Sarajevo), Leila Šeper, Blasfem (Banja Luka), Kristina Lelovac, Tiiiit! Inc. (Skopje), Jelena Višnjić, BeFem (Beograd), Ana Čigon, Rdeče zore (Ljubljana)
Introduced and moderated by: Sabina Potočki, City of Women (Ljubljana)
2.30pm – 3.45pm
How to Archive and Preserve the Life of Archived Material?
Bettina Knaup, re.act.feminism – a performing archive (Berlin), Phoebe Patey-Ferguson, Live Art Development Agency (London)
Introduced and moderated by: Ida Hiršenfelder, Modern Gallery – Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova (Ljubljana)
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In the frame of the project nEXtYU.
Production and organization: City of Women. In cooperation with Bunker.
Performing Gender – Dance makes differences is a two-year European Cooperation Project between Italy, Slovenia, Spain, Netherlands and England. It investigates gender and dance, and provides skills useful to develop new forms of narrative for LGBTIQ identities in Europe. Five international makers and five dramaturgs will train, research, exchange and create within different local communities, and cultural and social environments. The first Training Week, hosting the five makers and the local dramaturge is taking place at City of Women Festival from 7th to 13th October.
On the last day of the training week, the international makers will share the process and their first sketches with the audience.
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The networking of local, regional, and international feminist and LGBTIQ groups working in culture is going to start off with brief presentations of specific socio-political contexts that affect their respective thematic focuses and working methods. If political art speaks the unspeakable, envisions the unseen, how do they, as initiators and producers, navigate between the Scylla and Charybdis of institutionalisation and capitalisation of both art and gender politics?
Discussions’ Moderator: Tea Hvala
Contributors: Cultural Gender Practices Network (SI/HR/RS/BA/MK), Nordijc/Baltic Queer Art Network (Dk), Gender Bender / Il Cassero (IT)
The discussion will be in English.
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Who in Slovenia can be a parent and who is childless against their will due to legal obstacles? How to render parenthood a social matter, beyond wider blood relations and institutions? How to revolt against the idealisation and essentialisation of motherhood? In what kinds of family forms do we live and what kinds of family forms would we want? We shall be discussing all these questions, despite conservative and liberal standpoints that would dictate their answers to us.
Discussions’s Moderator: Tea Hvala
The discussion will be in english.
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The class starts with a yoga-style warm up, using the body and the lungs to relax and open the mind. We will move into a led improvisation working with images of Concrete, white Peacocks, magma, Manuka honey, drugs, Jaxson Pollock, Francis Bacon, Carravagio, mistakes of the father and glory white, Ascension into Lazarus. Because the number of the participants is limited, you need to register in advanced.
Photo: Luca Truffarelli
Registration: firstname.lastname@example.org until October 1st.
Fee for the individual day of the workshop is 10 EUR.
On the 20th anniversary of the Mladi levi festival, our state of mind is marked by – remembering the Gramsci’s maxim – pessimism of the intellect and the optimism of the will. The circumstances are increasingly pressing and difficult for the festivals like ours, and on the other hand, we find them increasingly necessary. Therefore we feel that we have to diagnose well all the pressures on the festival, to anticipate all the problems and at the same time to believe in the power of festivals, in the power of socializing events, where art is used to create transformative moments or states.
Of course, the purpose of anniversaries is to look back, but more importantly, to try and chart the future course of the festivals. What are the challenges that await them, how are we supposed to profile them at the time when almost anything can be called a festival, how to resist the pressures of commercialization, confining to local environment, how to resist curating dictated by financial, geopolitical and logistical circumstances. In the near future, we see two key driving forces in the development of the festivals: connecting with tourism – where we believe in nano‑ and microtourism, that is sustainable tourism rather than in mass tourism – and preserving the position of internationality, of exchange, rather than growing nationalism and populism.
In the coming months, we will organize a series of discussions, lectures and presentations on the future of festivals, and this year’s Mladi levi festival will host a roundtable discussion on the topic of festivals and cultural tourism. We will talk about how to establish a link between tourism and festivals in the next two years, when culture will be at the core of Slovenia’s national tourist strategy, in a way that would benefit culture and tourism, and above all, visitors to art events and tourists.
Janez Leban, president of the Festival Sajeta, Union of Associationa of yound and creative Tolmin
Deborah Pearson, performing artist, co-founder of the festival Forest Fringe
Anže Zorman, journalist and editor at Culture.si and Kulturnik
Jadranka Plut, president of Asociacija
Tanja Hladnik, Initiative of film festivals of nongovernmental organisations
Nevenka Koprivšek, Alma R. Selimović
In collaboration with: Društvo Asociacija
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The Stara mestna elektrarna is an iconic building in Ljubljana that will celebrate its 120th anniversary next year. Its chimney is one of the city’s landmarks. Elektrarna leads a double life – it is still the electric heart of Ljubljana, but at the same time also serves as a theatre. Sometimes though, its theatre role is somehow invisible, hidden deep in its bowels. Therefore, we have decided in cooperation with Elektro Ljubljana to mark our presence in Elektrarna from the outside as well. And what better way to do it than with art?
The first to take on the challenge of the great wall will be Toni Soprano, an intermedia artist and set designer, who is a regular guest of Elektrarna. So far, the wall has only belonged to Elektro Ljubljana and graffiti artists, but from now on, it will belong in part to every artist creating in Elektrarna, to all those who live across the street, and to all passers‑by.
Foto: Toni Soprano
For the closing of the festival, we invite you all – children, adults, families, , residents of the Tabor neighborhood, and all friends of the Mladi levi festival – to join us at the relaxing atmosphere marked by music and gourmet cuisine on the last day of the festival.
You are welcome to come between the shows or just like that, for a refreshing tea, snack, selected music, chat, or a game of ping‑pong. Free child care will be available between the performances at kindergarten Lion Cubs, with a bunch of fun games and Workshop of protests, where children will be able to express all their complaints and write them on banners to show them to the adults.
3.00 pm–midnight: Chill out and hot-up music by MC Kitch, with oriental flavors by special guests
3.00 pm–midnight: Games (table tennis, elastics, hula hoop, hopscotch, etc.)
4.00 pm and 6.00 pm: Workshop of protests
4.00 pm–10.00 pm: Tasting of delicious dishes made by chefs from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan
7.30 pm: Toni Soprano: THE WALL, opening
7.30 pm: FPZ Z’borke, concert
Idea and implementation: Kitch
Workshop of protests led by: Urška Boljkovac
Set design: Kitch, Tanja Radež
Lighting design: Igor Remeta
Producer: Lea Kukovičič
We invite you to join us at the opening of the 20th Mladi levi festival at Španski borci Culture Centre in Moste on August 18 at 8.00 pm!
The 20th festival will be opened by the international coproduction Pursuit of Happiness, created by the directors Nature Theater of Oklahoma, Kelly Copper and Pavol Liška, in collaboration with EnKnapGroup. The performance embodies the spirit of the Mladi levi – bold, engaged, full of humour, pushing the limits of theatre territory, and combining the best of the local and the international.
After 10.00 pm, the performance will be followed by the traditional Mladi levi dance! The indispensable ladies from the Day activity centre for the elderly, under the supervision of the chef Primož Dolničar, will once again prepare us snacks to make the night sweeter and spice up our dance moves to the rhythms of DJ Šanti Prija.
Producer: Mojca Jug
Set and lighting design: Tanja Radež & Igor Remeta
Photo: Nada Žgank