MLADI LEVI 2021

Bright Prospects

How do we introduce a festival, more than a year in the making, which this year alone suffered the loss of its founder; which was created during a seven-month closure of stages; which was almost completely severed from international stages? And yet, the upcoming festival Mladi Levi fills us with cautious joy and hope. It was envisioned on a grand scale, hoping to prove that the stage remains a relevant public space and that festivals endure as segments of time which create communities, provide space for international and local exchange, communicate with audiences – and give space, time, and attention to art.

It was also created as homage to Nevenka Koprivšek, the founder of the festival: Mladi Levi is her legacy, bequeathed to us all, including, we hope, our descendants. This years’ festival is a testament to importance of maintaining relationships, both in our small, local communities as well as on an international scale. Our inability to travel connected us in a way which demonstrated that, despite not being able to experience art together, we could still talk about it – beyond borders, lockdowns and isolation.

Nevertheless, our joy remains cautious. Ideas never translate directly into reality, but today planning seems to be the domain of the naive. This year’s festival is the corona edition, of course. But just as women authors at Mladi Levi do not merely produce female performances and refugee writers do not merely write refugee novels, we are trying to steer clear of the label. Even though our outlook, experience and creativity are inevitably marked by the spirit of the times, it would be too limiting to label an entire festival with a designation that only applies to a crisis of the last year and a half. How do we consider all the crises of today? Where do we find our intellectual bearings, signposts around which to organise our questions and answers: alternatives, utopias, revolutions, or a simple hanging on to things which are good, worthy of keeping alive, of maintaining, of caring for?

Art is often given the mandate to think about the future, to intuit and feel it. So what is the future predicted by this year’s festival, what are our prospects? All our festival events and performances are markedly dialectical, a step away from being categorical or didactical; a departure from dry dialogue into multilayered spaces and experiences, where we have to think while transiting several orbits at the same time. Where we need to consider and experience matters with empathy.

And so, spurred by the referendum victory, which was won by the young and by inter-generational solidarity, hopeful because we were still able to organise an international festival, and encouraged by our joyful anticipation of the future, whose occasional glimpses are green and a promise of solidarity, safety, and plurality – we invite you to the 24th festival Mladi Levi!

Mladi Levi festival team

FESTIVAL PROGRAM

FRI. 20.8.

4.00 p.m. / Športno društvo Tabor
Cultural exchange rate Tania El Khoury
interactive performance installation

CANCELED

6.00 p.m. / Miklošičev park
Closet
Siniša Labrović
durational performance

6.30 p.m. / Športno društvo Tabor
Cultural exchange rate Tania El Khoury
interactive performance installation

CANCELED

8.00 p.m. / Stara mestna elektrarna
Farm Fatale
Philippe Quesne
performance

SOLD OUT

9.00 p.m. / Športno društvo Tabor
Cultural exchange rate Tania El Khoury
interactive performance installation

10.00 p.m. / Športno društvo Tabor
MAiKA
concert

SOLD OUT

SAT. 21.8.

All day / Miklošičev park
Closet
Siniša Labrović
durational performance

4.00 p.m. / Športno društvo Tabor
Cultural exchange rate
Tania El Khoury
interactive performance installation

SOLD OUT

6.30 p.m. / Športno društvo Tabor
Cultural exchange rate Tania El Khoury
interactive performance installation

7.30 p.m. / Športno društvo Tabor
Continuum
Benjamin Verdonck
performance

SOLD OUT

8 p.m. / Stara mestna elektrarna
Farm Fatale
Philippe Quesne

8.00 p.m. / Nova pošta
Solo
Nina Rajić Kranjac
performance

SOLD OUT

9.00 p.m. / Športno društvo Tabor
Cultural exchange rate
Tania El Khoury
interactive performance installation

9.00 p.m. / Športno društvo Tabor
Continuum
Benjamin Verdonck
performance

SUN. 22.8.

All day / Miklošičev park
Closet
Siniša Labrović
durational performance

4.00 p.m. / Športno društvo Tabor
Cultural exchange rate
Tania El Khoury
interactive performance installation

6.30 p.m. / Športno društvo Tabor
Cultural exchange rate
Tania El Khoury
interactive performance installation

SOLD OUT

7.30 p.m. / Športno društvo Tabor
Continuum
Benjamin Verdonck
performance

SOLD OUT

8.00 p.m. / Plesni teater Ljubljana
Pleasant Island
Silke Huysmans & Hannes Dereere / CAMPO
performance

9.00 p.m. / Športno društvo Tabor
Cultural exchange rate
Tania El Khoury
interactive performance installation

9.00 p.m. / Športno društvo Tabor
Continuum
Benjamin Verdonck
performance

SOLDOUT

MON. 23.8.

All day / Miklošičev park
Closet
Siniša Labrović
durational performance

4.00 p.m. / Športno društvo Tabor
Cultural exchange rate
Tania El Khoury
interactive performance installation

4.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. / Stara mestna elektrarna
Slovenian Theatre Publishers
pop-up shop

4.30 p.m. / Stara mestna elektrarna
On this Merry Day of Culture
Tomaž Grom
sound installation

5.00 p.m. / Stara mestna elektrarna
Debate Café

6.30 p.m. / Športno društvo Tabor
Cultural exchange rate
Tania El Khoury
interactive performance installation

SOLD OUT

8.00 p.m. / Plesni teater Ljubljana
Pleasant Island
Silke Huysmans & Hannes Dereere / CAMPO
performance

SOLD OUT

9.00 p.m. / Športno društvo Tabor
Cultural exchange rate
Tania El Khoury
interactive performance installation

TUE. 24.8.

All day / Miklošičev park
Closet
Siniša Labrović
durational performance

4.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. / Športno društvo Tabor
Slovenian Theatre Publishers
pop-up shop

4.30 p.m. / Športno društvo Tabor
NOnpractical Women
Škart
exhibition

5.00 p.m. / Športno društvo Tabor
Discussion Café

6.00 p.m. / Stara mestna elektrarna
On this Merry Day of Culture
Tomaž Grom
sound installation

6.30 p.m. / Športno društvo Tabor
Nevenka’s Grove

7.00 p.m. / Stara mestna elektrarna
Sad Sam Matthäus
Matija Ferlin
performance

SOLD OUT

7.00 p.m.
Concert
Inštitut .abeceda / Brina Kren
concert

8.00 p.m. / New AGRFT
Aškerčeva 5
It Stays As It Is
Mart Kangro, Eero Epner, Juhan Ulfsak
performance

WED. 25.8.

NO SHOWS TODAY

All day / Miklošičev park
Closet
Siniša Labrović
durational performance

THU. 26.8.

All day / Miklošičev park
Closet
Siniša Labrović
durational performance

12.00 a.m. / Miklošičev park
On this Merry Day of Culture
Tomaž Grom
sound installation

6.00 p.m. / Prešernov trg
On this Merry Day of Culture
Tomaž Grom
sound installation

7.00 p.m. / New AGRFT
Aškerčeva 5
It Stays As It Is
Mart Kangro, Eero Epner, Juhan Ulfsak
performance

SOLD OUT

9.00 p.m. / Nova pošta
Bad Company
Vito Weis
performance

SOLD OUT

FRI. 27.8.

All day / Miklošičev park
Closet
Siniša Labrović
durational performance

4.00 p.m. / ŠD Tabor
Europe To Go
God’s Entertainment
guided tour

5.00 p.m.
ACT Summer Lab
guided walk

7.00 p.m. / Stara mestna elektrarna
Performance Auction House FORSALE
Lea Kukovičič
Auction

7.00 p.m. / ŠD Tabor
Europe To Go
God’s Entertainment
guided tour

8.00 / Športno društvo Tabor
My Apartment
Ine Ubben
performance

SOLD OUT

9.00 p.m. / Nova pošta
Bad Company
Vito Weis
performance

SOLD OUT

SAT. 28.8.

All day / Miklošičev park
Closet
Siniša Labrović
durational performance

10.00 and 11.00 a.m. / Centralna tržnica Ljubljana
Lyrical Moments in the City
pop-up opera

4.00 p.m. / ŠD Tabor
Europe To Go
God’s Entertainment
guided tour

7.00 p.m. / ŠD Tabor – joined with tour at 4 p.m.
Europe To Go
God’s Entertainment
guided tour

8.00 / Športno društvo Tabor
My Apartment
Ine Ubben
performance

SOLD OUT

9.00 p.m. / Stara mestna elektrarna
This Building Talks Truly
Filip Jovanovski
performance

10.00 p.m. / Lutkovno gledališče Ljubljana – Oder pod zvezdami
Still Life
Tin Grabnar, Tjaša Bertoncelj
performance

SUN. 29.8.

All day / Miklošičev park
Closet
Siniša Labrović
durational performance

4.00 p.m. / ŠD Tabor
Europe To Go
God’s Entertainment
guided tour

7.00 p.m. / ŠD Tabor
Europe To Go
God’s Entertainment
guided tour

7.00 p.m./ Stara mestna elektrarna
Grannies
Collective Igralke & Tjaša Črnigoj
performance

7.00 p.m.
Concert
Inštitut .abeceda / Lenart De Bock
concert

9.00 / Športno društvo Tabor
My Apartment
Ine Ubben
performance

SOLD OUT

9.00 p.m. / Nova pošta
Bad Company
Vito Weis
performance

10.00 p.m. / Lutkovno gledališče Ljubljana – Oder pod zvezdami
Still Life
Tin Grabnar, Tjaša Bertoncelj
performance

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL MLADI LEVI

International festival Mladi Levi is one of the more prominent annual events of the Bunker Institute, bringing the most current stage performers from all over the world to Ljubljana every end of the summer, since 1998. It bears a mark of a demanding artistic profile, placed within the arena of contemporary progressive theatre and takes pride in its reputation for discovering young talents. The Festival has a distinctive atmosphere, marked with creativity and vibrant spirit, curious audience and social nature.

Festival Mladi Levi inhabits a place of encounters and surprises, continuously opening up to foreign artists and guests, who take pleasure in art and spread contemporary artistic or social topics in front of one another. It is a place of exchange as well as a cradle of new ideas, friendships and co-operations, which frequently extend beyond the local concepts or borders in the process of their growth.

tickets

Ticket reservation and information: +386 51 269 906, info@bunker.si
Tickets have a symbolic price of 1 €. Volunteer contributions can be donated at all festival venues.
Tickets can be picked up and paid for at the box office of the event venue, which opens an hour before the beginning.