The Old Power Station archive

SCHMIEDS PULS (Austria)

February 1, 2019 10:15 pm

»Schmieds Puls make delicately devastating music. Rich, lyrical songwriting, the band’s approach is effortlessly simple but resolutely complex, matching crystal clear melody to lyrical introversion.« Clash

Fronted by Mira Lu Kovacs, whom you might have met at MENT 2018 when she performed with her band 5K HD, and featuring Christian Grobauer (drums) and Walter Singer (bass), Schmieds Puls are an Austrian outfit that have been making waves in their home territory for some time. Spanning genres, refusing to be pigeonholed and politically outspoken, particularly regarding Mira’s feminism, has cemented them as one of the country’s most interesting outputs, earning them prestigious accolades such as the Amadeus Austrian Music Award. Their new album »Manic Acid Love« (Play Dead Records) is a triptych leading us through the spectrum of human emotion.

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Photo: Ina Aydogan

PORTO MORTO (Croatia)

February 1, 2019 9:15 pm

In the alternative sector, the best album was released by Zagreb-based art rock band Porto Morto, whose self-titled debut is the biggest domestic surprise of the past season.« Ilko Čulić, 24Sata Express

The eight-piece from Zagreb won over Croatian reviewers and audiences. Their self-titled debut was mentioned numerous times as one of the best Croatian releases in recent years, taking the group to numerous local festivals. Porto Morto is a sort of mini big band of various influences. They’re currently preparing their second album for release in spring 2019.

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YEGOR ZABELOV (Belarus)

January 31, 2019 10:15 pm

One of the most original accordion players in Eastern Europe is a composer, an author of music for theatrical performances and movies. Zabelov’s music can be described as an experimental mix of accordion, avant-garde, jazz and neo-classical sounds. After performing all over Europe with his duo Gurzuf, Yegor focused on his solo career which sometimes expands to a trio where Zabelov continues to reveal the creative possibilities. He’s known to produce amazing sounds beyond the usual accordion music.

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SLUMBERLAND (Belgium)

January 31, 2019 9:15 pm

»Beautiful to watch, heavenly to hear.« Humo

Slumberland is characterised by unique musical recycling, masterful sonic experimentation and nearly ritualistic performances. Jochem Baelus’ homemade sonic factory is constructed from discarded sewing machines, deformed knitting needles, old hairdryers, antique projectors and similar props. The mechanical noise of the improvisational installation is complemented by his dark vocals and raw guitar parts. Think Suicide vs. Swans. Live, drummers Alfredo Bravo (Flying Horseman) and Frederik Meulyzer (Stray Dogs) provide an organic counterpoint. In February, Consouling Sounds will publish Slumberland’s second album »Sea, Sea, Sea, Drifter/See, See, See, Drifter.«

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ÄTNA (Germany)

January 31, 2019 8:15 pm

»Somewhere between Björk, Fever Ray, Kamasi Washington and plenty of other references, the dynamic duo created something that is hard to find these days: a sound that is truly unique and fresh compared to most of contemporary music’s releases.« Nothing but Hope and Passion

ÄTNA unfold an energetic, highly percussive, dark and twisted version of pop. Their music is an adventure riding between powerful extremes, whether sensual tenderness or raw fury. »La Famiglia – An Audiovisual Suite« was released in September on Berlin‘s House of Strength Records and is a joyous artwork of audio-visual one-shot recordings.

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Photo: Josefine Schulz

Jana Menger & Rok Vevar: LOAD MEASURERS

January 12, 2019 8:00 pm January 13, 2019 8:00 pm

Premiere: 12 January 2019, 20.00
Repeat Performance: 13. January 2019, 20.00

The performance Load Measurers presents a series of relational choreographic situations, based on rhythmical, spatial, physical and kinetic interdependencies of the dancers. Even in the cases when the dance material becomes independent, there is always some other body imprinted on it. Or at least on its space. Več …

Beton Ltd.: GROSSE ERWARTUNGEN|GREAT EXPECTATIONS

January 16, 2019 8:00 pm January 17, 2019 8:00 pm March 10, 2019 7:00 pm

The second performance of the German cycle

Beton Ltd. are a collective of authors: Katarina Stegnar, Primož Bezjak and Branko Jordan. Große Erwartungen|Great Expectations is their sixth performance. They say they always begin a performance from ground zero, but for a performance to emerge from nothing, personal grips are almost always of key importance for them. They do not enter narrations and dilemmas through individual stories alone, but also through personal ones. »We can only legitimately speak about ourselves.« Več …

Sanja Frühwald: TIGER LILLIES

January 21, 2019 6:00 pm January 22, 2019 10:00 am

In the frame of Bobri festival.

January 21 at 6 p.m. (general public)
January 22 at 10 a.m. (schools)
There will be a 15 minute discussion with the director after fter the performance for schools. The discussion will be translated to slovene.

Six women, six stages of life, six stories. The youngest is nine, the oldest eighty years old. A whole life between them. What have they experienced and what still awaits them? Več …

ŠIFT#4: KEEMO

January 26, 2019 8:00 pm

According to the latest data from the International Agency for Research on Cancer – IARC, the number of cancer patients in 2018 increased to 18.1 million, with 9.6 million deaths. The World Health Organization (WHO) expects this disease to become the leading cause of death in the 21st century. However, the number of people affected by the disease is much larger. Več …

Festival MENT Ljubljana

January 31, 2019 8:15 pm February 1, 2019 9:15 pm

The fifth edition of the winter festival of musical creativity is taking place in different venues across Ljubljana.

At the Old Power Station we will host: Več …

WEDNESDAY AT ELEVEN / WEDNESDAY AT FIVE

February 6, 2019 11:00 am 5:00 pm

February 6 at 11 a.m. (for schools) and 5 p.m. (for general public)

It’s nice to watch good performances. And one can learn a lot. It’s nice to create performances that you would like to see yourself. The kind of performances that can be discussed. That one can ask questions about. Več …

VIA NEGATIVA: 365 FALLS

January 25, 2019 8:00 pm February 23, 2019 8:00 pm February 24, 2019 8:00 pm

Each performance is a dangerously slippery situation. Both for performers and for the audience. We are all looking for something unique, exceptional, unforgettable. This path is filled with unexpected slips, falls, and failures. This is precisely why we’re doing theatre, why we are eager to see the shows. We are risking. The one who does not risk anything does not gain nor lose.

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Matija Ferlin: STAGING A PLAY: ANTIGONE

February 28, 2019 7:00 pm

In the frame of Gibanica – Biennial of Slovenian Contemporary Dance Art

In his performance, Staging a Play: Antigone, Matija Ferlin continues with his reflection on the concept of solo performances, and on the expanded concept of his Staging a Play series. By choosing Antigone, Ferlin decided to adopt the approach of complete reduction of the stage, for a minimalism, with which he wants to reduce the character heterogeneity of the play in its functions to a single performing body, while at the same time preserving the entire narrative and logic of dramatic situations. Več …

Leja Jurišić and Marko Mandić: TOGETHER

March 1, 2019 6:00 pm

In the frame of Gibanica – Biennial of Slovenian Contemporary Dance Art

The performing duo Jurišić–Mandić, in collaboration with director Bojan Jablanovec and writer Semira Osmanagić, addresses the timeless ideal of performing arts and the eternally unsolvable issue of politics: what does it mean to be together, and how to be together. Več …

Irena Tomažin Zagoričnik: MOVED BY VOICE

March 2, 2019 8:00 pm

Moved by Voice by Irena Tomažin Zagoričnik is always somewhere else; always somewhere at the other dividing line between the body, voice and space. In this project, the author and her collaborators undertake a study of the various sources of voice, its flesh, its materiality and spirituality, and scrutinize its meaning and place in everyday life. Več …

LAST WISH

November 25, 2018 8:00 pm

Concept and directing: Maja Dekleva Lapajne
Performers: Alenka Marinič, Christoph Jungmann, Ladislav Karda, Lee White, Matthieu Loos, Michaela Puchalková, Peter Frankl, Sara Šoukal, Vanda Gabrielova, Vid Sodnik
Music: Goran Završnik, Hannu Risku
Lights: Borut Cajnko

At the bitter-sweet end of the festival all ensemble members and the audience meet one last time. This time after days of intense work – performances, rehearsals, workshops, discussions and evening get-togethers. Many a word has been said but not every word. A lot has happened and yet certain possibilities are still up in the air. Many a wish has been fulfilled, yet some have not even been expressed yet. At the final festival performance visiting artists will have an opportunity to express their wishes regarding what they still desire to experience on this stage with this particular cast and with this particular audience in this particular space and time.  The rest will do their best to fulfil these wishes. It’s now or never.

Tickets: 5 EUR.
Ticket booking and information: info@bunker.si, 00386 51 269 902
The performance is in English.

CHAKA CHAKA

November 23, 2018 9:00 pm

Concept and performing: Alenka Marinič, Hannu Risku, Julie Doyelle, Matthieu Loos
Music: Hannu Risku
Lights: Borut Cajnko

The Japanese sound for brushing teeth is an American slang word for sex: »Did you guys chaka chaka yet?«. Now it’s also the name of a European improvised performance focused on physical connection and musicality. Chaka Chaka.

The cast is a combination of many duos : Alenka and Matthieu have met brushing their teeth in silence on one of the French stages. Chaka Chaka. Years later they accidentally caused a festival paper-snowfight in Ljubljana. Chaka Chaka. Julie and Hannu met around a Slovenian blackboard before drawing unforgettable diagonals in Scandinavia. Chaka Chaka. Matthieu and Julie also share two French kids. So let’s Chaka Chaka!

Tickets: 5 EUR (per performance), 8 EUR (for both performances of the evening)
Ticket booking and information: info@bunker.si, 00386 51 269 902
The performance is in English.

INVITATION TO DANCE

November 23, 2018 7:00 pm

Concept: Maja Dekleva Lapajne
Performers: Julie Doyelle, Ladislav Karda, Lee White, Michaela Puchalková, Peter Frankl, Rok Bohinc, Tomaž Lapajne Dekleva, Urša Strehar Benčina, Vanda Gabrielova and others
Music: Hannu Risku
Lights: Borut Cajnko

The performance is in English. The performance will be limited to 30 audience members.

Just as you wish you could invite someone from across the dance floor to a dance and figure out, in that compressed time of one song, what lingers between you and how for a moment you meet in celebration of life, you can wish to meet someone on stage and let the resulting content flow freely.

International improvisers will invite each other and members of the audience to short sparkling impro encounters. Everyone present on the evening’s playground can embark upon researching a contact. They can sincerely decline the performer’s invitation to a “dance” or accept it and venture into wonderful landscapes of the unknown.

The Invitation to Dance is an event especially designed for this year’s Naked Stage that centres on the theme of connection. It toys with the roles of the performer and the observer, and forefronts relations that weave between everyone involved. In this case the short but sweet, clumsy or focused close encounters between performers and audiences take place on stage.

The event replaces the originally scheduled performance Here You See by Berlin-based artist Christoph Jungmann who unfortunately had to cancel his participation at the Naked Stage festival due to health issues.

Tickets: 5 EUR (per performance), 8 EUR (for both performances of the evening)
Ticket booking and information: info@bunker.si, 00386 51 269 902
The performance is in English.

YOUR 15 MINUTES OF FAME

November 22, 2018 9:00 pm

Concept and performing: Lee White
Music: Hannu Risku
Lights: Borut Cajnko

​Legendary performance Your 15 Minutes of Fame by a charismatic Canadian artist had a world premiere at the Naked Stage Festival in 2005. After thirteen years of successful international tours it is coming back to its birthplace, where it will come to life with greater performing maturity. It is a sparkling performance, where the topmost improviser Lee White invites spectators with no theatre experience on stage and together with them creates touching and witty stories. The show, which gets its inspiration also from the works of Stephen McIntyre and his Theatre X, bases its idea on two principles: each one of us has a wonderful ability of spontaneous storytelling and all rules of improvisation have to be questioned.

Lee White is a world renowned theatre artist – performer, director and teacher. A Canadian, who lives in Berlin and spends a lot of his time on tours in Europe, Asia and North America. He is especially famous for the duo Crumbs in which together with Stephen Sim they have been co-creating the trends of contemporary improvisational theatre for more than 15 years. He has been involved in the birth of several new formats such as The Big Smart Improv Show and Knowledge and Punishment, the Improv/Game show. He has been collaborating in many international productions, namely in No Exit with Marko Mayerl and Matthieu Loos, in Paradigm together with Joe Bill and in Sincerely Yours with Maja Dekleva Lapajne and Hannu Risku.

Tickets: 5 EUR (per performance), 8 EUR (for both performances of the evening)
Ticket booking and information: info@bunker.si, 00386 51 269 902
The performance is in English.

CHILDHOOD IN FLASHBACKS

November 19, 2018 12:00 am

Concept and directing: Michaela Puchalková
Performers: Christoph Jungmann, Julie Doyelle, Ladislav Karda, Matthieu Loos, Sara Šoukal, Tomaž Lapajne Dekleva, Vanda Gabrielova
Music: Goran Završnik
Lights: Borut Cajnko

A childhood in the 1970s Prague was quite different from a childhood in West Berlin. Growing up in Ljubljana in the 80s was quite different than growing up on the border between Germany and France. Then those childhoods, when they are no longer childhoods but deep memories and key components of adults, meet at a festival in one of small European cities. They compare each other, laugh and cry at their fundamental differences and their eternal familiar similarities, process each other and take the stage.

Within the Our Lives project, Michaela Puchalková focuses on life’s milestones. Working with an international cast she has been developing methods of translating personal memories into stage material. The source of inspiration is very individual and intimate for each perfomer, but when it is translated into a physical stage situation it becomes a playground for collective processing. In her performance at the Naked Stage, Mihaela Puchalková continues her exploration of working with personal memories in an international aspect, but this time she focuses exclusively on childhood.

Tickets: 5 EUR (per performance), 8 EUR (for both performances of the evening)
Ticket booking and information: info@bunker.si, 00386 51 269 902
The performance is in English.

I AM AN ENVELOPE

November 21, 2018 8:00 pm

Concept and directing: Matthieu Loos
Performers: Alenka Marinič, Christoph Jungmann, Julie Doyelle, Ladislav Karda, Lee White, Michaela Puchalková, Urša Strehar Benčina, Vanda Gabrielova, Vid Sodnik
Music: Goran Završnik, Hannu Risku
Lights: Borut Cajnko

First there is my shell, my skin, my trace. Around me it is what you think of me, how you feel about me, and what others have told you about me. Can all that be neglected and forgotten? You see and experience my work of art through a prism of all that you already know about me. Before you read the contents you look at the envelope. I am not anybody from anywhere, I am an envelope. Finnish, German, Slovenian, French, Canadian, Czech – these are the envelopes.

I Am an Envelope, a performance by an international improvisational cast from six countries, directed by Matthieu Loos, is the opening performance of the Naked Stage festival. It is an evolution of an idea and approach that took shape at the Our Lives festival in Berlin in March with a performance called 28 which included 28 performers from 28 European Union countries. Whether they liked it or not they carried labels and representations of countries they came from. They could utilise those for a big celebration of diversity, or they tried to escape the label and simply make a human connection.

Tickets: 5 EUR (per performance), 8 EUR (for both performances of the evening)
Ticket booking and information: info@bunker.si, 00386 51 269 902
The performance is in English.

Culture Camp – Theater Playground 2.0

November 26, 2018 10:00 am - November 30, 2018 3:00 pm

Theater Playground 2.0 is a pilot project of cultural and artistic education for the young, which aims to integrate contemporary art and formal education through the development of learning models involving artists.

One of the activities within the project is culture camp – there will be two camps within the festival. The idea of Culture Camp comes from the redefinition of Summer Camp, only in urban instead of rural environment, and with the topic of culture instead of nature. An intensive three‑day course that pulls the children and teachers out of the school environment and immerses them into the cultural events – both creating and experiencing.

Culture Camp is a mix of workshops, discussions, performances, concerts and films, visits of cultural institutions, with professional artists as mentors. Another important element of the camp is getting to know the cultural landscape of the city, encompassing, which includes learning about everything from important institutions and architectural marvels to graffiti landscapes of individual neighborhoods and culinary offerings.

This year’s culture camps as part of the Drugajanje Festival are led by Nika Bezeljak, Teja Bitenc and Tajša Perović.

 

Maruša Kink, Gregor Strniša: FROGS (SI)

November 29, 2018 7:00 pm

Lazar (to Devil): There is no soul. Have you  s e e n  the soul?
(Gregor Strniša: The Frogs)

“If the eye were an animal, sight would be its soul.”
(Aristoteles: On the Soul)
What happens, when two people who have been playing since forever, stop and look into each other’s eyes – calmly, and for real? When they admit to each other that this is all that really is? That all the rest is … nothing, a game, a fantasy? That the most important thing – and by far the hardest, at the same time – is to simply be yourself, to be here. And to be together. To look into each other’s eyes, and to keep eyes locked on each other. That they are constantly inventing new worlds and new ways to get together, even if just a tiny bit. To drop the masks. That the best, the most frightening, the most powerful feeling is to stand in front of another person the way you are. Only you. And to be together.

What is a soul? Where is it? Is it?

The devil is in the details.

A concert performance, a part of the two year long theatre explorations of Strniša’s FROGS by Maruša Kink.

Poems and Texts: Gregor Strniša and team
Director: Maruša Kink
Performers: Maruša Majer, Nika Rozman, Nejc Cijan Garlatti, Stane Tomazin, Nataša Keser, Matija Vastl
Live Music: The Frogs – Jure Maček (percussion), Maša Budič (flute), Blaž Podobnik (piano), Danijel Bogataj (violine, guitar)
Tech Team: Igor Remeta, Duško Pušica, Andrej Petrovčič
Set Design: Tina Bonča
Costume Design: Tina Bonča
Producers: Mija Špiler, Mojca Jug, Tajša Perović, Alma R. Selimović
Production: Bunker, Ljubljana
Coproduction: Zavod Margareta Schwarzwald
Photo: Tanja Radež

The performance is in Slovenian.

Janek Turkowski: MARGARETE (PL)

November 28, 2018 7:00 pm 9:00 pm November 29, 2018 5:00 pm 7:00 pm

Janek Turkowski is a Polish theatre author and curator. His main creative focus is the concept of time and narration, or the origins of the storytelling.

In 2008, he discovered a cardboard box containing 64 reels of 8 mm film at a flea market in the north of Germany; each reel contained images of the same woman, Margarete Ruhbe. He embarked on an artistic journey to reconstruct the life of the women discovered on the tapes. A mixture of images and narratives, the performance is a wonderful example of the intimate traversing the global, as we are witnessing Margaret against the backdrop of the former Communist Germany. In 2018, it is also hard to ignore the reflection on the self‑recording, on the images that we are accumulate of ourselves. Will anyone ever use them to create a performance, too?

 
Creator and Performer: Janek Turkowski
Video: Margarete Ruhbe, Martyna Głowacka, Adam Ptaszynski, Marcin Piatkowski, Janek Turkowski
Set Design: Wiesława Turkowska, Janek Turkowski
Music: Roger Anklam, Przemek Radar Olszewski
Translators: Jeannette Boettcher, Marcin Piatkowski, Andrzej Wojtasik
Management: Iwona Nowacka
Photo: Konfrontacje
 

55 minutes
The performance is in English.

Siniša Labrović: FISHING (HR)

November 28, 2018
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Siniša Labrović works mainly in the fields of body‑art, performance and visual art. In Ljubljana, he is best known for his actions and installations in the field of visual arts – he is currently part of the exhibition Heavenly Beings at the Museum of Contemporary Art, and he recently had an independent exhibition at The Match Gallery. Through his work, he addresses the ambiguous and painful aspects of society, such as nationalism, the vampirization of the Catholic Church, reality shows, the understanding of the past, and also the media degradation … His most notable project globally was stado.org, a reality show with sheep. He dressed up the island of Goli otok (Naked Island), sang the text of Gloria magazine to the sound of gusle, licked the feet of the audience … All his projects have a very clear point, but at the same time they are very open to interpretation, as he does his part and leaves the interpretation to the audience.

He is coming to Maribor with Fishing, a performance with an extremely suggestive title, which makes a more detailed description almost redundant. Fishing is a durational performance, which means you can catch it any time during the five hours.

 

Author and performer: Siniša Labrović

Photo: Tanja Radež

Matija Ferlin: Staging a Play: ANTIGONE (HR)

November 27, 2018 7:00 pm

In his performance, Staging a Play: Antigone, choreographer and performer Matija Ferlin continues with his reflection on the concept of solo performances, and on the expanded concept of his Staging a Play series. By choosing Antigone, Ferlin decides to adopt the approach of complete reduction of the stage. He wants to reduce the character heterogeneity of the play in its functions to a single performing body, while at the same time preserving the entire narrative and logic of dramatic situations. By assuming the roles of all protagonists and their relationships, Ferlin exposes his performing tools – his body, movement, and speech – to a series of situations on the limit of performing possibilities.

The author uses stage as a place to search for the nonexistent, all powerful, ideal performing body, which builds and destroys, creates and terminates at the same time. In this mono performance, the director and performer Matija Ferlin enters the deconstruction of the theatre conventions in his performing habitus, with the desire to create a choreographic whole of an extremely delicate physicality in juxtaposition to a spoken word.
Choreography and performance: Matija Ferlin
Dramaturgy: Goran Ferčec
Set Design: Mauricio Ferlin
Music: Luka Prinčič
Lighting Design and Technical Direction: Saša Fistrić
Costume Design: Matija Ferlin
Graphic Design: Tina Ivezić, Matija Ferlin
Translations: Urban Belina
Production: Emanat, Matija Ferlin
Co-production: Mediteranski plesni center, Svetvinčenat
Photo: Nada Žgank
70 minutes

The performance is in English with Slovene translation.

Narodni Dom Maribor as part of “Nagib on Stage”, season of contemporary performing arts, and Drugajanje Festival.

Beton Ltd.: EVERYTHING WE’VE LOST WHILE WE’VE GONE ON LIVING

December 21, 2018 8:00 pm

»The visual cocktail, saturated with hit tunes and enticing rhythms of the time (music by Janez Weiss and Jure Vlahovič), disco balls, neon glow, champagne galore, orgy of action, and entertainment hysteria is conceived as a sort of a gala evening (set design by son:DA, costume design by Mateja Benedetti). Več …

Lana Zdravković / Kitch: No.1

October 6, 2018 10:00 pm

No. 1 is bold. She defies the dominant logic of factuality, counting and recounting that is backgrounded in economy, law-regulation, and marketing of the dominant dispositive of anti-politics. No. 1 is arrogant. She knows that resistance in those circumstances can only be collective, even though she knows very well that the quality of multitude depends on the quality of an individual. No.1 is rude. By constantly working on herself she affirms the gesture of emancipatory subjectivation that refuses the counting logic and reveals a scandalous fact:  politics is based on “incorrect” counting that opens the space of absence of any governance. No. 1 is dangerous as she is self-conscious. No. 1 is human as she is artificial. No. 1 is the one as she is the multitude.

Tickets: 10 EUR, 7 EUR (študentje, upokojenci/students, seniors)

Produced by: Kitch in collaboration with City of Women

Supported by: City municipality of Ljubljana

Foto: Nada Žgank