Lively, Vibrant, Exuberant, Playful
Dear lovers of contemporary performing arts, dear subscribers,
Despite all the challenges it had to face, The Magnificent 7 season series has remained the same: lively, vibrant, exuberant, playful. That is one of the reasons it is the backbone of Cankarjev dom’s international dance and theatre programme for 2020.
This means that notwithstanding the current highly precarious situation international dance and theatre projects will continue to be one of CD’s mainstays in the forthcoming season.
Given that Cankarjev dom is virtually the only Slovenian venue to feature an international performing arts programme this must remain one of our top priorities, as omitting touring performances would considerably weaken our link with the international art scene.
We must not allow ourselves to become self-sufficient. This is because keeping abreast of international artistic production affords insight into our own. It shows us how the world is seen by others and, above all, helps us arrive at our own understanding of the world.
It is not due to improvisation, but careful planning that the season series has not been finalised yet. There are simply too many loose ends preventing us to complete all the arrangements. But several facts are unquestionable: the project by celebrated dancer and choreographer Carolyn Carlson is to open the M7 season in October. Islands is a quartet of soli and a duet performed by Carlson’s dance company, an ensemble that vividly illustrates the strongest aspect of her work – work with dancers.
As an introduction to the programme, saxophone player Guillaume Perret, a prominent new voice on the French jazz scene, will give a small live set and then also provide accompaniment to the first dance solo.
We are settling our previous season’s debt with the November (third time lucky!) project by the Faso Danse Théâtre from Burkina Faso. Legendary music by equally legendary Fela Kuti coupled with rhythmically charged choreography by Serge Aimé Coulibaly and a ‘gang’ of six brilliant dancers make Kalakuta Republik a veritable energy bomb. Like the rest of Coulibaly’s works Kalakuta Republik does not offer answers but vehemently asks questions.
The month of December should be festive, family-oriented, tender and delicate, that is why French choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot has created a very special and inimitable version of Cendrillon. It will be performed by the brilliant ballet ensemble of the Slovene National Theatre Maribor on the last nights of the year.
And a brief glimpse into the beginning of the new year: in January, our Gallus Hall will host the ballet Spartacus coproduced by CD and the Slovenian National Theatre Opera and Ballet Ljubljana.
As luck may have it, we can look forward to seeing a show by Needcompany in the second half of the season. Unrelenting pursuit of theatre research, a combination of dance, theatre and performance art, and music are the hallmark of the company, and of the project All the Good.
The Ljubljana audiences are well familiar with Akram Khan. We look forward to welcoming him to Ljubljana again in April with an evocatively titled project – Outwitting the Devil.
Canada is an inexhaustible source of world-class artists. As a rule, only few tend to tour Slovenia. As the exception that proves the rule Daniel Léveillé Danse will be appearing at CD with the project Some Hope for the Bastards by choreographer Frédéric Gravel. We can expect a live band and a group of uncompromising dancers seeking to find what they hunger for – a pleasure in and salvation through dance and music.
Andrej Jaklič, Theatre and Contemporary Dance Programme Director