18 Apr 19:30

Akram Khan: Outwitting the Devil


Akram Khan is one of the most celebrated and respected dance artists today. His reputation has been built on the success of imaginative and relevant productions created over the course of two decades, including Until the Lions, Kaash, iTMOi (in the mind of igor), DESH, Vertical Road, Gnosis and zero degrees.

Outwitting the Devil is inspired by a fragment of the twelve broken clay tablets which together make up one of the world’s oldest great works of literature, the ancient Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh. Akram Khan’s new work embodies a violent chapter in young Gilgamesh’s life, read and recalled by his older, dying self. It tells the story of Gilgamesh’s domestication of and friendship with the wild man Enkidu, their journey to the vast Cedar Forest, home to wild beings and spirits, and the slaughter of its guardian Humbaba. Fuelled by strength and pride, young Gilgamesh determines to establish his fame and fortify the city of Uruk as a monument to himself. But the killing of Humbaba and destruction of the forest and its animals angers the gods, who punish the young king by taking the life of his beloved Enkidu. Confronted with the truth and sorrow of human mortality, Gilgamesh passes into history, to become a fragment among the broken remnants of human culture and memory. Outwitting the Devil is a myth of all times, for our times.

 

Outwitting the Devil is a myth of all times, for our times.

Akram Khan: Outwitting the Devil

18 Apr 19:30
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Artistic Director/Choreographer Akram Khan
Dramaturg Ruth Little
Lighting Designer Aideen Malone
Visual Designer Tom Scutt
Original music score and sound design Vincenzo Lamagna
Costume Designer Kimie Nakano
Writer Jordan Tannahill
 

Production: Akram Khan Company, Great Britain

6 Jun 19:30

Frédérick Gravel: Some Hope for the Bastards

Frédérick Gravel graduated from UQAM’s (Université du Québec à Montréal) dance faculty. He joined DLD (Daniel Léveillé Danse) as an associate creator in 2010 and was appointed artistic director of the company in 2018.

The choreographer, dancer, musician and lighting designer turns the structures of choreography upside down, merging into his work various elements from rock and performance art. Some Hope for the Bastards begins as a melancholic party, a dark celebration. A poetic hymn dedicated to the feelings of helplessness and apathy when everyone is waiting for something. However, this wait is a ticking time bomb ready to blow. Which doesn’t take long to happen.

The Bastards’ uncompromising energy finds release in dance pushed to its limits, a series of scenes driving further the stubbornness of rhythm, the punch, the beat. Always searching for the pulse whose racing beat is dictated by a live ‘rock’ pendulum.

End result? Blending choreography and music, with its narcotic, pounding pop beats, Gravel has composed a masterpiece for the senses. For anyone who loves pure rock music and edgy contemporary dance.

 

For anyone who loves pure rock music and edgy contemporary dance.

Frédérick Gravel: Some Hope for the Bastards

6 Jun 19:30
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Concept and artistic direction Frédérick Gravel
Choreography Frédérick Gravel in collaboration with the dancers
Musicians Philippe Brault, José Major, Frédérick Gravel
Music direction Philippe Brault
Composition Philippe Brault in collaboration with Frédérick Gravel and José Major
Light design Alexandre Pilon-Guay
Sound design Louis Carpentier
Costume design Catherine Théroux
External eye Angélique Wilkie
 

Production: Daniel Léveillé Danse, Canada

23 Feb 19:30

Jan Lauwers: All the Good

The defining characteristics of Needcompany’s artistic work are socially engaged themes and an approach treading the fine line between theatre and performance art, between music, drama, and documentary theatre. Created under the artistic direction of its founder, Jan Lauwers, the company’s work displays organic coherence, an almost casual approach. Not shying away from provocation, it is a thought-provoking theatrical experience both with reference to its dramatic visual effect and thematic content.

All the good is a fictional self-portrait interwoven with autobiographical elements. On the one hand, there is the life of an Israeli elite soldier and war veteran and, on the other, Lauwers’ with his wife and their children in their family house, an old bakery in the infamous district of Molenbeek. It is also a story of a young girl Romy who meets an Israeli soldier while on a journey to China. This meeting changes her life.

All the good is about loss and hope. A love story at a time in which Europe is sacrificing its values and masses of people are succumbing to hate and incomprehension.

 

All the good is a love story at a time in which Europe is sacrificing its values.

Jan Lauwers: All the Good

23 Feb 19:30
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Text, direction, set Jan Lauwers
Music Maarten Seghers
Costumes Lot Lemm
Dramaturg Elke Janssens
Lighting design Ken Hioco, Jan Lauwers
Sound Ditten Lerooij
 

A Needcompany production, Belgium

In partnership with RIJEKA 2020. In the framework of Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture, Croatian National Theatre “Ivan pl. Zajc”

Opening in January, the SNG Opera and Ballet Ljubljana and Cankarjev dom’s coproduction brings a new energy and scale to Spartacus, one of the post-war Russian repertoire’s most popular ballets. With the character of a rebellious gladiator, an example of oppressed people fighting against a slave-owning oligarchy, Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian succeeded in displaying affinity to his own time, Soviet Union in the 1950s, whilst trying to capture the atmosphere of ancient Rome in order to bring to life images of the remote past and the universal theme of humanity’s fight for individual and collective freedoms.

An ambitious stage production, Spartacus relies heavily upon the qualities of the brilliant male dancers. The new re-imagining has been entrusted to Jiří Bubeníček, a choreographer recognised for creatively abstracting his themes and infusing them with a sensitive modern outl

Spartacus is one of the post-war Russian repertoire’s most popular ballets.

Spartacus

14 Jan 19:30
15 Jan 19:30
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Music Aram Khachaturian
Set design Dario Gessati
Costume design Nadina Cojocaru
Lighting design Andrej Hajdinjak
Choreography Jiří Bubeníček
 

Coproduction Slovene National Theatre Opera and Ballet Ljubljana, Cankarjev dom Ljubljana

28 May 20:00

Orquesta Akokán

Also within the framework of the 37th International Druga Godba Festival

José “Pepito” Gómez, lead vocals; Jacob Plasse, tres; Mike Eckroth,  piano / Music Director; César López, alto saxophone / flute; Evaristo Denis, baritone saxophone; Jamil Schery, tenor saxophone; Reinaldo "Molote" Melián, trumpet; Harold Madrigal, trumpet; Yoandy Argudin, trombone; Heikel Fabián, trombone; David Faya, bass; Roberto Jr Vizcaino Torre, conga/bongo; Reinier Mendoza, timbales

When we already believed that Cuba had nothing more to offer, Orquesta Akokán came like a bolt from the blue, a band of deeply soulful mambo reminiscent of Cuban legends Benny Moré, Pérez Prado, and banda gigante of the 1940s and 50s. Straight out of Havana, with Cuba's finest players, young and old, led by the inimitable and dynamic singer José "Pepito" Gómez. The ferocious and pedigreed wind and rhythm sections consist of musicians from storied groups including Irakere, NG La Banda, and Los Van Van. An ensemble that will have the audience on their feet from the very first song.

 

Orquesta Akokán

28 May 20:00
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8 May 20:00

Oumou Sangaré

Oumou Sangaré, lead vocals; Kandy Guira, Emma Lamadji, back vocals; Guimba Kouyate, guitar; Abou Diarra, kamele n'goni

Widely acknowledged as an African diva, Oumou continues to explore her themes with the same freedom and audacity that marked her debut some 30 years ago. It is the fighter, the undefeated rebel that you find on Mogoya Acoustic, Oumou’s snapshot of an album bound by neither tradition nor modernity. An artist of global repute, Sangaré has spent a significant part of her career using her voice to fight for the rights of women across Africa and the world, treading a fine line between traditional music and a new approach. Her new release provides further proof of her courage and generosity and consolidates her position as Mali’s leading opinion-maker, established with her defining debut Moussolou, an album that sold over 250,000 copies and did much for the feminist cause in West Africa. It was then (in 1994) that Oumou first appeared in Ljubljana, at the Druga Godba Festival, and we are looking forward to her third visit to Slovenia and first to Cankarjev dom.

Oumou Sangaré

8 May 20:00
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23 Oct 20:00

Birds on a Wire

Rosemary Standley, vocals; Dom La Nena, vocals, cello

An enchanting voice and cello duo, Birds on a Wire perform covers from multiple horizons inviting the public to join them on a musical adventure rich in beauty and emotion. French-American singer Rosemary Standley gained international renown as member of alt-folk band Moriarty and Brazilian singer, songwriter and cellist Dom La Nena made a name for herself as a brilliant solo artist. Rosemary and Dom – both having appeared before Slovenian audiences on a previous occassion – joined forces in Birds on a Wire (a tribute to Leonard Cohen’s Bird on the Wire) to assemble a wonderfully eclectic, minimalist and timeless songbook, a simply heart-stopping compilation of songs.

 

 

Birds on a Wire

23 Oct 20:00
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23 Sep 09:30

Mother Nature

In cooperation with Ljubljana Musical Youth
Youth to Youth in cooperation with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor: Mojca Lavrenčič
Soloist: Meta Fajdiga, piano
Moderated by: Tadej Pišek

Programme
Ludwig van Beethoven,  Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, “Pastoral”, 1st movement
Bedřich Smetana, Vltava, symphonic poem
Johann Strauss II, Thunder and Lightning, polka, Op. 324
Franz Liszt, Totentanz, for piano and orchestra, S. 126
Edward Elgar, Salut d'amour, Op. 12
Mojmir Sepe, Zemlja pleše
 

Mother Nature

23 Sep 09:30
23 Sep 11:00
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29 Oct 19:30

Vlado Kreslin

Vlado Kreslin: Quarantine Songs
Vlado Kreslin, Mali bogovi and Beltinška banda

Vlado Kreslin

29 Oct 19:30
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6 Oct 19:30

Carolyn Carlson Company: Islands

A program of soli and duet

The Seventh Woman
Solo (2020)
Choreography Carolyn Carlson
Performance Sara Orselli
Live music Guillaume Perret

The Seventh Man
Solo (2019)
Choreography Carolyn Carlson
Performance Riccardo Meneghini
Live music Guillaume Perret
Lighting Guillaume Bonneau

Wind Women
Duet (2018), variation of a 2011 solo
Choreography Carolyn Carlson
Performance Céline Maufroid and Sara Simeoni
Original music Nicolas de Zorzi

Mandala
Solo (2010)
Choreography Carolyn Carlson
Performance Sara Orselli
Music Michael Gordon: Weather, Part 1

The solo is Carolyn Carlson’s favourite form since the 1970s and her famous Density 21.5 for which the Californian artist was appointed star-choreographer. Since then, she has never stopped going from group creation and ballet to soli. To her, it constitutes the essential form of the choreographic work. It is a moment of direct link to dance, a possibility to go back to oneself and a search for the ultimate tone of the unique and pure gesture. Carolyn Carlson has created over a hundred pieces, a large number of which are landmarks in the history of dance, including The Year of the Horse, Blue Lady, Steppe, Maa, Signes, Writings on Water and Inanna. In 2006, her work was rewarded with the first ever Golden Lion given to a choreographer by the Venice Biennale.

Islands consist of three soli and a duet: The Seventh Woman, The Seventh Man, Wind Women, and Mandala – works with which Carlson returns to the quest for her own essence, her own intimacy, whilst revealing all the beauty and strength radiated by a dancer’s standalone body.
As an introduction to this programme of visual poetry, Guillaume Perret, an unclassifiable French jazz composer and saxophone player, will give a small live set. In adding electric effects to his instrument, he elevates his notes to a new and surprising level, producing rich and original soundscapes.

 

 

Carlson’s solo is a moment of direct link to dance, a possibility to go back to oneself and a search for the ultimate tone of the unique and pure gesture

Carolyn Carlson Company: Islands

6 Oct 19:30
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