MLADI LEVI 2008
last year, when we celebrated, evaluated and discussed the role and the meaning of the Mladi levi festival on its 10th anniversary together with critics, theoreticians, artists and audience, we all agreed that we should keep the proven and successful profile of the festival as an innovative, progressive and topical landscape of art and a hospitable meeting place.
On the one hand, we would like to see more renowned international perfor-mances and established names in Slovenia, and on the other hand we would like to see more risk, innovation and courage, which are mainly expressed by artists at the beginning of their careers. Therefore, we considered the suggestion from one of last year’s round tables and tried to unite both festival pro-gramme orientations. We see the following option – to alternately focus on more established artists and then on younger artists and newer trends. This year we decided to give our attention to the latter. Some of the projects are cre-ated under our “production umbrella” and will be premiered at the festival.
Although the programme is increasingly interdisciplinary, it basically still stays within the field of the performing arts. Nevertheless, this year it flirts with the visual arts or image to an even greater intensity than before – as a shift of gaze, a disturbance in perception, or as a disappearance of borders among performances, installations, film, video, dance, animation, theatre, circus and interventions in public spaces.
Every year the Mladi levi team faces the challenge of how to create an even more alluring programme and how to tackle some of the issues of today’s society. Environmental problems are undoubtedly some of these issues. This year we want to bring our attention to recycling, whether in the literal sense of recycling and reusing of waste or in the broader sense of recycling ideas and concepts. We don’t want to wag our fingers or to evoke a sense of guilt in people – on the contrary, we wish to encourage a discussion, a reaction, an exchange of ideas, play and imagination.
Therefore we try to include not only artists but also willing individuals and adventurers in our creative process, our organization and the programme itself. We are happy and proud to say that their number increases every year and that they participate in different forms: some of them bring T-shirts, other sell tickets or enthusiastically express their complaits in a song.
We are looking forward to your company and to your enjoyment in the arts.
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 can be picked up and paid for at the box office of the event venue, which opens an hour before the beginning.