Gibanica, Biennial of Slovenian Contemporary Dance Art is considered the most important contemporary dance platform in Slovenia. It offers a curated selection of performances, which are always selected for the festival by a three member international selection team, and the selected performances of the competition programme compete for the Gibanica Audience Award and Jury Award for Best Performance. At the 11th Gibanica, 8 performances will compete for both awards.
The Gibanica 2023 selection team – composed of Pia Krämer, Germany (with more than 35 years of experience in managing organizations and projects in the field of performing arts), Biljana Tanurovska Kjulavkovski, North Macedonia (curator, researcher and cultural producer, co-founder of the Nomad Dance Academy (NDA) platform and the project space Kino Kultura (KK), and programming director of the Skopje based NGO Lokomotiva), and Maja Kalafatić, Slovenia (dancer, choreographer, dance educator and yoga teacher who lives and works between Ljubljana, Belgrade and Helsinki) – wrote in the justification of the selection: “As the selection team, we were faced with the very difficult task of choosing between very diverse and high-quality performances, which would represent a certain selection of Slovenian production of the last two years. Therefore, we decided to present works that unfold choreographic approaches to the body, space, time and materials that reveal advanced perspectives on dance art.”
Thus, Gibanica brings to Ljubljana an overview of the quality of Slovenian contemporary dance creativity of the last two years, and offers foreign guests the opportunity to consider art that could be included in various art programs. In addition to the competition programme, Gibanica always hosts a rich discursive programme, and for the first time, the 11th edition of the festival will also feature a fringe programme with installations, workshops, performances, shows, etc.
Slovenian contemporary dance is characterized by diverse poetics, formats, and the coexistence and co-creation of different generations.
Welcome to the contemporary dance carousel.
Festival Pass: 30 €
Tickets for individual events: 6 € (youth under 25, people over 65, Self-employed in culture and pensioners), 8 €
Contemporary Dance Association Slovenia
Cankarjev dom, Bunker, Emanat, Maska, Dance Theatre Ljubljana, Pekinpah, Društvo Nagib, MOja KreacijA Associacion, Association DUM, EN-KNAP, NDA Slovenija, NEST Platform, City of Women, Public Fund for Cultural Activities of Republic of Slovenia
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia
City of Ljubljana