MENT 2023

MENT Ljubljana is one of the leading showcase festivals and music conferences in Central and Eastern Europe and the largest event of its kind in the region. It is a festival of music discoveries, presenting music performers from all over Europe.FESTIVAL TICKETaccess to all of the concerts during the festival: 29–31 March 2023- presale: 49,00 € (available until 28 March 2023)- walk-up: 59,00 € (29 March 2023)DAILY FESTIVAL TICKETS available from 1 March 2023.Presale: 22,00 € / walk-up: 25,00 €Tickets and informations: MENTThis year in the frame of MENT Festival the Old Power Station is hosting seven concerts:Thursday, 30th March:20.30 – 21.10 - GMB & jesusonecstasy: NEXUS A/V (SI)21.30 – 22.10 - Katarina Gryvul (UA)22.30 – 23.10 - Wojciech Rusin (PL)Friday, 31st March:20.00 – 20.40 - 3:rma (SI)21.00 – 21.40 - JAUSMĖ (LT)22.00 – 22.40 - KAČIS (SI)23.00 – 23.40 - GUGUTKE (SI)

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The Stronger Peripheries: A Southern Coalition network is a partnership of arts and research organizations from the outskirts of Europe. We aim to connect artists and organizations that are well locally anchored in an international network that connects different peripheries, thus not placing them in the centre, but rather establishing a dispersed network of alliances and collaborations. Together, the partners organize various trainings and collaborations, we organize residencies and produce performances, and we also design new tools for work and communication among ourselves, with audiences, and with decision-makers.Ljubljana will host a network workshop aimed at facing the future, and at the same time a premiere of a new piece by Neja Tomšič - Nonument group, who is creating the performance Circle in co-production with Bunker, CCCluj and L'arboreto – within the framework of the network. The futuring workshop will invite participants to work together and learn about two of the key topics of the future – the culturalisation of space and life in the post-Anthropocene.Monday, August 22 at 10 a.m.Robertina Šebjanič: EMPATHIC STRATEGIES WORKSHOPTuesday, August 23 at 10 a.m.Dragan Živadinov: INFORMANSBlaž Šef: FIVE PLANS FOR MICROGLOBALIZATION, theatre essayMore about the project: strongerperipheries.euThe project Stronger Peripheries: A Southern Coalition is supported…


Andreja Rauch Podrzavnik: The Origami project

The Origami project deals with co-movement and confrontation of motive bodies, material, and space. It develops the ideas of dynamics and forms that occur in relation to materials – physical, motive and sonic. Origami strives toward a performance in which five performers use their movement and coordination of their paths to develop and modulate the chosen material; they spread, bend, turn, fold and unfold it. The duration and processuality of each phase of the changing sculpture offers a simple but elusive metaphor – everything changes and modulates, nothing is permanent, and yet in its fluidity, it also has small micro stops that provide a starting point for the next modulation. Duration is directly related to the movement of matter; the duration of establishing the surface, of folding, gluing, shaping. Through its own structure of compositions, the performance thus thinks its own process of passing, appearing, and disappearing and returning again.“Passing” is woven into the very medium of the live event, or into its ontology, and it appears to us, at its core, as an ephemeral, elusive form.But it is precisely through the elusive correlations created by the performers in their collective actions on stage that transform the choreography into a…

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Alicia Ocadiz & Tery Žeželj: Multispieces Landscapes: A Dinner of Liquid Tales

/…/ Would you like to taste a story about me? /…/ Some say that I looked different a while ago. If you want, I can whisper to you all the different versions about my past /…/ Maybe my story is a story about you. I remember you there, or some similar beings./…/ On the shortest day of the year, and just before the moment from when the days start getting longer again, we will gather and celebrate the darkness by fabulating the encounters with the unknown. /…/ Come hungry and let's digest together! /…/A Dinner of Liquid Tales is the last of four chapters of an artistic research project MULTISPIECES LANDSCAPE  created by the artist Tery Žeželj. Every chapter takes place on the day of the change of season, the last chapter takes place on 21st December, the first day of winter.Idea and realisation: Alicia Ocadiz & Tery ŽeželjSound design: Blaž PavlicaProducer: Maja VižinProduced by: Bunker, LjubljanaSupported by: Ministry for Culture of Republic of Slovenia, ACT – Art, Climate, Transition,European Union - Creative Europe Programme: Culture

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GIBANICA – 11th Biennial of Slovenian Contemporary Dance Art

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…

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CHAPTER 2: Dreaming of landscape

The first year of the Multispecies Landscape by artist Teri Žeželj explores four methodologies for practicing a different relationship with the landscapes in which we live. The central methodology of the second chapter is imagination, I which we are mainly interested as a space of crossroads – a space of multiple worlds and an important space for practicing interspecies relations and synchronizing with different rhythms of life. How can we coexist and maintain relationships with the unknown, invisible, potential or immaterial? How to host a space where different perspectives can coexist?In various traditions and lore, the summer solstice and Midsummer Night (June 23) have magical powers, and one of the well-known ancient religious wisdoms is that on Midsummer's Night, fern seeds enable the understanding of the languages of other living beings with whom we share the world.For this reason, we opened Chapter Two on the summer solstice, June 21, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. with a two-day workshop with Mala Kline, choreographer, performer, writer and expert in individual and collective dreaming. During two two-hour meetings, we experienced and learned about working with imagination, which opens up different ways of knowing and teaches "to read the signs and symbols of the dream…

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The third chapter: TO HOST THE LANDSCAPE

performative walkHave you ever been to the woods?Now, I can imagine, you're smiling gently, but not without a hint of sarcasm.“Of course” you say to yourself. “What kind of question is that?!”But have you really? Have you been to a real forest? The one that makes you pay the price for entering it?Walking is never innocent. It shapes the landscape as we go. It indulges the gaze.Walking is political. It creates realities, depending on where we go, with whom, when, on the weather, clothes, thoughts, feelings, health conditions, terrains, shapes, plants, types of the ground, moisture of the soil and any other element that you can think of.I lost myself in the woods. Come walk through me!Participation in the walk was free, but reservations were required at equipment: smartphone or mp3 player and headphones.We send a link to an audio file, which was downloaded to smartphone or mp3 player and which was used during the walk.AUDIO FILEThe walk was in English.The performative walk is the 3rd chapter of the research art project MULTISPECIES LANDSCAPE by the artist Tery Žeželj.Conceived and executed by: Tery Žeželj & Maria Magdalena KozlowskaSound design and music: Blaž PavlicaProducer: Maja VižinPublic relations: Tamara Bračič VidmarProduced…

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The first chapter of Multispecies Landscapes places observation at the centre of searching and understanding ways of living in and with multispecies landscapes. In early January 2022, Tery set her first goal: observation as a method of learning about the landscape. She began with the daily practice of observing, photographing, and describing a small fragment of the Beatrixpark in Utrecht as a way to explore her own gaze, perception, attention, attitude toward the observed fragment, and to observe the change of all of the above. Over time, the question that became increasingly important was: What influences and shapes the view?By regularly describing a small fragment of the park, it became clear that language and vocabulary strongly influence the perception of the elements that are creating the landscape, which established “landscape literacy” and various practices and approaches to “reading” the landscape as the main topics of the research. The working hypothesis that “landscape literacy” strongly influences our relationship with the environment brings to the debate the importance of learning and unlearning the gaze and ways of observation, and the topic of attention as historically and culturally shaped.The first event of Multispecies Landscapes will be a reading group in which we will…

Lea Kukovičič: FORSALE, artist talk, Produkcija: Bunker, Stara mestna elektrarna, 9.3.2022


Theatre is useless, it does not produce a neoliberal wish to spend. In this artist talk, artist Lea Kukovičič extensively analyses the project FORSALE, a conceptual artwork that goes beyond theatre and plays with the economy.FORSALE is a performance auction house established in 2021 as the first auction house in the world auctioning theatre performances. The historical first auction was held in Slovenia at the contemporary performing arts festival Mladi Levi auctioning the performance Ich kann nicht anders by Slovene collective Beton Ltd. The average sales share at the auction was over 65%, which is higher than the average auction sales shares made by the world-renowned auction houses Sotheby’s and Christie’s. FORSALE is an auction house, yet an intriguing conceptual artwork with provocative content created by artist and theatre maker Lea Kukovičič, who (together with an extensive team of collaborators) stepped right into the void of the most trusted, popular and hyped fiction: money (and law).Artist talk FORSALE reveals the layers of mechanisms beyond money (and law) and maps the matrix of theatre where one needs to step into the heart of darkness with other people. Because FORSALE is not about care or about theatre. FORSALE messes with the economy.Created…



Announcing the programme!We are happy to announce the full programme for this year’s TRIGGER showcase platform of Slovenian independent performing arts. We can’t wait to see you, so take the last chance to apply no later than March 6, 2022!TRIGGER is a platform for internationalization of contemporary independent performing arts. We are developing TRIGGER in co-production with Centre for Creativity and in partnership with Bunker, Glej Theatre, City of Women, Moment, Pekinpah, Mladinsko Theatre and Maska (Nova pošta programme). Each year the showcase features productions from several other Slovenian producers. This year we will show works produced by Delak, Emanat and Sploh.The fourth edition of TRIGGER platform is opening the question of the future of international collaboration and artistic distribution under new circumstances, brought about by health, ecological and social crises. Besides the showcase we will also offer an extensive discourse programme, focusing on decolonization of aesthetics.LAST CHANCE: APPLY NOW!We are closing applications for TRIGGER 2022 on March 6. We are offering free admission to all events. And tones of art that will TRIGGER your mind.If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to reach us on TRIGGER teamPROGRAMMEDiscursive programme is in English with an option of…

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