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Cultural and Congress Centre

Season 2017/18

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Ljubljana, Slovenia

Cultural and Congress Centre


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Uršula Cetinski Director General Jana Kramberger Managing Director Breda Pečovnik CD Congress and Event Management Director, MSc Karmen Klučar Technical Director

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Culture and the Arts Ingrid Gortan Classical Music, Opera and Ballet Programme Director Bogdan Benigar Jazz and World Music Programme Director Andrej Jaklič Theatre and Contemporary Dance Programme Director Simon Popek Film Programme Director Nina Pirnat Spahić Exhibitions Programme Director Barbara Rogelj Humanities and Cultural Education Programme Director Saša Globačnik Head of the Marketing and PR Department

Stage. Image. Memory. The collection of interviews conducted by Patricija Maličev with some of the world’s finest theatre and dance artists, featured as part of the 2016/17 Magnificent 7 Series, includes rich pictorial content. Published by Delo, Časopisno založniško podjetje d.o.o., Cankarjev dom Edited by Ali Žerdin

The book is available for purchase at the CD Box Office or by contacting E Price € 10

Celebrating the Year of Ivan Cankar When a new cultural and congress centre In programming our new season we have was built, erected in the centre of Ljubljana heeded the axiom that first-rate culture and and designed by architect Edvard Ravnikar, important scientific and social meetings there was supposedly no doubt whatsoever leave a lasting impression on the local after whom the venue would be named. and wider community. Our programme is Therefore, our centre has been the proud a gratifying journey into as yet uncharted bearer of the name of Ivan Cankar for the spiritual territory. We are also guided by our mission – commitment to art and science; past several decades. We are entering the forthcoming season we nurture the achievements of the classics with optimism and great fervour. Our new and celebrate the accomplishments of programme encompasses artistic and so- contemporaries. cial events and congresses that will not fail In commemoration of the centenary of the to inspire countless visitors, both ardent death of Ivan Cankar, the main part of our followers of culture and science, and those programme will be devoted to presenting who are only beginning to realise that Can- the lifework of this notable Central Eurokarjev dom (literally: Cankar’s home) could pean author. actually become their home away from home. On behalf of the 150-member collective of CD Uršula Cetinski, Director General

Ingrid Gortan, Barbara Rogelj, Breda Pečovnik, MSc, Uršula Cetinski, Jana Kramberger, Bogdan Benigar, Nina Pirnat Spahić, Andrej Jaklič, Simon Popek, Saša Globačnik, Karmen Klučar (photo Tina Ramujkić)

THU, 21 September – SAT, 23 September 2017

4th European Jazz Conference 2017 The European Jazz Conference 2017 is co-organised by Europe Jazz Network (EJN) and Cankarjev dom, producer of the Ljubljana Jazz Festival, the oldest jazz festival in Europe, and is supported by the Ministry of Culture of Slovenia, the City of Ljubljana, European Green Capital and UNESCO City of Literature and by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. The theme chosen for 2017 Conference is “What if…” The huge challenges of contemporary societies cannot be ignored by cultural and music operators. Jazz and creative music have always been standard-bearers for freedom, justice and human rights. With the Conference of this year we would like to explore how we, as music professionals, can tackle these issues, and how music and creativity can be the vehicle for “looking into the unknown”.

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Goran Bojčevski (photo Tomaž Črnej)

What if… it’s time to create a new vision for a new world? What if… we’d immerse ourselves in a utopian journey for new ideas, new questions, new debates and new coalitions? What if… we’d start right here and right now? The European Jazz Conference is composed of inspiring keynote speeches, high-level discussion groups and workshops, networking sessions for professionals of the creative music sector, cultural visits and in the evenings a showcase programme of the best new artists from the host country, this year Slovenia.

Rabih Abou-Khalil

Bojan Z

THU, 21 September 2017, at 19.00

SAT, 23 September 2017

Opening gala concert, Music of the World Series Bojan Z & Goran Bojčevski Project Rabih Abou–Khalil Trio Linhart Hall, € 18, 20, 23, 14*

21.00 Feminized.Science.Deniers Igor Lumpert/Eve Risser/Dre Hočevar 22.00 Kristijan Krajnčan: 21 - 24 Septem 2 Drummingcellist Cankarjev dom C 23.00 Teo Collori & Momento SLOVENIA S Cigano CD Club, € 16, 12*

FRI, 22 September 2017 21.00 Zsamm: Maja Osojnik & Patrick Wurzwallner play Let Them Grow 22.00 Drago Ivanuša: La Bête Humaine 23.00 Artbeaters 24.00 Bowrain CD Club, € 16, 12*


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21 September 2017 – 14 January 2018

Columbus’ Daughter Alma M. Karlin Cultural-historical and anthropological exhibition Celje-born Alma M. Karlin (1889–1950), globetrotter, writer, amateur explorer, polyglot and theosophist, travelled all over the world between 1919 and 1927. She journeyed alone, for eight uninterrupted years, and earned her own livelihood en route. According to the exhibition curator, the nature of her travels ranks Alma among the greatest travellers of all time. Commemorating the 90th anniversary of Alma’s return from her globetrotting, the exhibition features the objects that Alma collected on her travels and had dispatched

home, including the mysterious figurine of Li Tieguai, to whom she ascribed supernatural powers, Japanese graphic prints, an outstandingly large collection of postcards, photographs, personal belongings and furniture. Many of the exhibits have not enjoyed public presentation before. The showcase includes film footage of interesting and invaluable interviews with informed observers (some of whom knew Alma personally) and two play corners, one for adults and another for children, Alma’s and Thea’s rooms.

Devised and curated by: Barbara Trnovec; Layout and design: Takkolektiv; Co-production: Cankarjev dom, Celje Regional Museum

Accompanying programme See page 73

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CD Gallery, € 5, 3* 4

Source: Manuscript Collection of the National and University Library Ljubljana

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MON, 16 October 2017, at 19.30 The Magnificent 7 Subscription and Non-subscription Series

The Glembays Ballet of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb Choreographed and directed by: Leo Mujić Music: Ludwig van Beethoven, Sergei Rachmaninov Miroslav Krleža’s most famous drama, The Glembays, first premiered in 1929 in the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, and was an instant success, becoming one of the most performed Krleža’s dramas, both locally and internationally. The ballet production of The Glembays represents a big challenge for the choreographer and his assistants. The story begins with the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Glembay Bank, in the palace of old Glembay, the head of the family. The entire family reunites after a long time, including the

estranged son Leone, who cannot resist sarcastically narrating the family’s history. When fears of approaching bankruptcy are confirmed, all the long hidden secrets, adulteries, insanity and deceit come out in frenzied scenes that follow each other in a mad tempo, and everything ends in blood. After attending Belgrade’s Ballet School Lujo Davičo, Leo Mujić graduated from L’Ecole-atelier Rudra Béjart in Lausanne and immediately started performing as a very successful soloist in famous European dance theatres. Dedicating himself to choreography, he worked in big European and Croatian ballet theatres. For the Ballet of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, he choreographed The Silence of My Murmur, as well as the extremely popular ballet Anna Karenina.

Main sponsor of The Magnificent 7 Series

Photo Marko Ercegović

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Gallus Hall, € 23, 20, 18, 14, 11* 5

MON, 23 October 2017, at 20.00 Slavoj Žižek

The Triple Life of Antigone Ethical and political exercise Anton Podbevšek Teater Novo mesto Directed by: Matjaž Berger How many times have you wished you could turn back time, and change the course of history post festum? Slavoj Žižek didn’t hesitate for a moment – he did it with a paradigmatic character from Greek tragedy, Sophocles’ Antigone. Displeased with Antigone’s gesture of burying her brother’s body being mythologised beforehand, Žižek reversed the course of events twice – thus making two attempts to change the twentieth-century social order: the fascistic rule of the masses and the communist rule of class avant-garde. It is precisely by changing diverse sequences of events and their denouements, through temporal hiatuses and logic teasers, that a spectator actually penetrates the complexity of a thought, which never consents to a given reality, but sees every supposed presupposition, even if it concerns anthological and sacred figures, however untouchable they might be, as an opportunity for re-examination and taking an alternative perspective. When making a decision whether it’s harder to be an Antigone-esque rebellious dissident or Creon-esque autocratic ruler, you will soon be left to your own devices. But if you pay close attention to what the chorus is saying, you might envisage a community linked by bonds stronger than destiny. Gallus Hall, € 10 6

Photo Barbara Čeferin

TUE, 24 October 2017, at 19.30 Silver Subscription and Non-subscription Series

Grigory Sokolov Piano recital

Grigory Sokolov ranks among the greatest pianists of all time. Sokolov’s prodigious talent was recognised when he gave his debut recital at the age of twelve. In the light of the political situation in his native Soviet Union, the pianist’s artistry evolved and matured away from the international spotlight. Reticent and modest, the artist has waived his privileges of stardom – his sole concern is intimate articulation of music. Sokolov’s unparalleled style is characterised by maturity of delivery, expressive power, fresh perspective

on familiar works and absolute technical mastery. The partnership between artist and his piano is critically important to the flow of Sokolov’s musical ideas: entering into a close relationship with the music, he transcends sheer showmanship and evokes an astonishing breadth of timbres and subtle dynamic nuances – sharing his deepest feelings with the audiences. Deciding to focus exclusively on giving solo recitals, Sokolov has immersed himself fully in live exploration of music.

Photo Matej Kerec

Gallus Hall, € 16, 18, 21, 24, 14* Silver Series on page 34

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TUE, 7 November 2017, at 19.30 The Magnificent 7 Subscription and Non-subscription Series

Tristan and Isolde Choreography: Saburo Teshigawara Dancers: Rihoko Sato, Saburo Teshigawara Music: Richard Wagner: Tristan and Isolde (excepts) The timeless myth about Tristan and Isolde based on a Celtic legend was first recorded in the form of episodic poems of the late 12th century. In adapting the tragic story about a destructive passion between knight Tristan and princess Isolde, who is promised in marriage to King Mark of Cornwall, Richard Wagner expressed his yearning for Mathilde Wesendonck. The operatic version was composed between 1854 and 1859, and premiered in Munich in 1865. Tristan and Isolde by Saburo Teshigawara and Rihoko Sato is constructed around excerpts from Wagner’s monumental work, re-imagined as an original music and dance piece. The musical texture of the piece is repetition, stemming from the belief in the fatality of doomed romance, the infinite spiritual and metaphysical bond between the two lovers and the only possible consummation of their (total) love in death. In keeping with the choreographer’s artistic vision, the piece is a poetical journey employing diverse means of expression. Ostensibly lacking in narrative, it gives precedence to the sensual over rational. Saburo Teshigawara (1953) began his unique creative career in 1981 in his native Gallus Hall, € 25, 21, 19, 15, 13* 8

Tokyo after studying plastic arts and classical ballet. The art of Teshigawara ranks alongside those of Kazuo Ohn, Sankai Juku and Kei Takei, whose creative endeavours display tendencies towards a symbolic, non-narrative representation, towards blending natural elements and advanced technology in performing arts.

Photo Mariko Miura

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WED, 8 November – SUN, 19 November 2017

28th Ljubljana International Film Festival – Liffe

TUE, 21 November 2017, at 20.00 Music of the World Series

Rokia Traoré Dream Mandé – Bamanan Djourou Traditional songs (bambara), adaptations of French chansons and original compositions Rokia Traoré, vocals, guitar, Artistic Director; Mamadyba Camara, kora; Mamah Diabaté, ngoni; Habib Sangaré, bolon; Adama Koné, guitar; Aliou Coulibaly, calabash; Michèle Kaniba Traoré, Fatim Kouyaté, Dassoûn Diabaté, Kadidiatou Sangaré, Virginie Dembélé, Aliou Kouyaté, back vocals

Photo Hervé Legall

Gallus Hall, € 21, 26, 29, 35, 18* Music of the World Series on page 40 10

One of the most successful female singers/ songwriters in Mali and West Africa today, Rokia Traoré will return to Ljubljana only two months after delivering a keynote speech at the European Jazz Conference (see pages 2, 3). The concert will feature the music part of her multi-genre trilogy, Dream Mandé. “My roots are deeply anchored in the Mandingo culture. Yet I wasn’t immersed in Malian music at the source, having spent most of my childhood outside Mali moving with the work of my father who was a diplomat. As a noble Bambara, not belonging to a griot caste prevented me from learning and interpreting traditional griot songs. (...) The Dream Mandé - Bamanan Djourou project is structured around the griot tradition of oral history storytelling. At the same time it is a modern project born out of inevitable changes to the form that can complement the past using contemporary concepts, a vision of contextualised perception that goes against tradition. I have the privilege to base my work on a music that is one of the most beautiful and delicate of Africa.” (Rokia Traoré)

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WED, 22 November – SUN, 26 November 2017

Slovenian Book Fair Featured countries The first Slovenian book fair was inaugurated 45 ago, in 1972, at the Gospodarsko razstavišče exhibition venue. In 1917, the Nova založba publishing house published an illustrated version of the tale about Martin Krpan, a Slovenian folk hero, with illustrations by Hinko Smrekar. The cover features Krpan holding a club and a butcher’s axe. We have added another weapon, a book. Thus armed, Krpan has become the symbol of this year’s fair. Reading and books have never been as important as today. Books shape us into creative, enterprising and thinking individuals. Promoting reading culture is firmly on the agenda of the fair. Last year we launched a national campaign aimed towards fostering appreciation of literature, Slovenia Reads, to be resumed and intensified this year. Particular attention will be devoted to children with special needs, who will actively contribute to the fair. New programmes for young people are underway. We are introducing graffiti, skate, rap, etc. One of our

featured guests will be Radovljica, while Eisenkappel and Klagenfurt will act as hosts to a programme section. Focus will be placed on the literary scenes of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and their invited authors. As 2017 marks the centennial of the fist Slovenian picture book, the Publishers’ Ceremony will concentrate its attention on this genre. This year, the fair will be inaugurated by Martin Krpan himself. He’ll doubtlessly share a few incisive thoughts, and also reveal his feelings about the book that has been placed under his arm....

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New Year’s Eve

Shockheaded Peter (photo Peter Uhan) see page 55

Cankarjev dom is an ideal venue for spending the last evening of the year in a merry and festive atmosphere. Although New Year’s Eve is commonly celebrated at evening social gatherings, our centre is illuminated with Christmas lights well into the night, as if wishing to chase away evil spirits that, according to popular myths, haunt people on this night. CD Club is one of the best lookout spots to admire the festive fireworks lighting up the old town of Ljubljana on midnight, scattering thousands of sparkling flowers and stars from the Ljubljana Castle. The halls are thronged by spectators who first attend a cultural event and then gather to welcome the New Year in the majestic Grand Reception Hall or one of CD’s foyers. On Saint Sylvester’s Day we take our leave of the old year, hoping that future might bring us a profusion of 12

beautiful and memorable experiences, wishing happiness to our dear ones and the people in our community. On Old Year’s Day, Gallus Hall will host Romeo and Juliet, an exquisite ballet show by the French dance company Ballet Preljocaj, featuring Prokofiev’s captivating score. The ‘bizarre’ operetta Shockheaded Peter, a production by the Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica will amuse the audience in Linhart Hall. A great film will be screened in Kosovel Hall, while music delights will be enjoyed at the CD Club. A tea party will be organised at the CD Gallery, where Columbus’ Daughter, an exhibition about a world renowned traveller from Celje, Alma M. Karlin, is on view (see page 4). After the events, the visitors will be able to savour music and culinary treats at the Grand Reception Hall.

THU, 28th, at 19.30, FRI, 29th, at 19.00, SAT, 30th, at 18.00 and SUN, 31 December 2017, at 20.00 The Magnificent 7 Subscription and Non-subscription Series

Romeo and Juliet Ballet Preljocaj Choreography: Angelin Preljocaj Music: Sergei Prokofiev, Romeo and Juliet Angelin Preljocaj created the choreography based on Prokofiev’s ballet for the Lyon Opera in 1990. Twenty-five years later the piece was restaged by Ballet Preljocaj, a company based in Aix-en-Provence, and has since then toured a range of venues worldwide. When the piece was created Preljocaj was practically unknown on the international dance scene; the unassertive young choreographer first hesitated to accept Lyon Opera’s commission. It was the essence of Shakespeare’s timeless story that impacted his decision to eventually take up the challenge – the limiting influence of power over one of the most essential individual freedoms, the freedom to love. Being of Albanian descent, Preljocaj is the son of political immigrants to France. The marked shift in spatial and temporal dimensions is echoed in the abridged score, and Preljocaj’s radically envisioned choreography. It allows no room for families, for intimacy, but focuses on the confrontation between clans fighting for their territory. The creation nevertheless retains Shakespeare’s iconic balcony scene, the setting for ultimate love, bloody clan wars and tragic fate. Gallus Hall, € 31, 27, 23, 20, 16*, New Year’s Eve € 35, 31, 27, 23 (including a beverage)

Photo Jean-Claude Carbonne

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January – June 2018


Cankar on Cankar While 2017 was dedicated to Leo Tolstoy, a giant of world literature, 2018 will mark the centenary of the death of Ivan Cankar. What is the modern-day perception of his literary legacy? How do we experience his work as primaryschool students? Do his literary worlds echo in our minds also later on? Cankar’s plays are the cornerstone of the repertoire of Slovenian theatres. His dramatic compositions For the Good of the People, Scandal in St Florian Valley, The King of Betajnova and The Serfs touch on universal concerns, addressing topics that have contemporary resonance, and whose characters remain one of the greatest acting challenges in Slovenian literary history. However, do we still read his short novel The House of Mary Our Helper, his Images from Dreams or Erotica? How does literary history,

especially the branches of Slovenian studies and comparative literature, tackle Cankar nowadays? Are his complex lifetime, his worldview and political engagement still subjects of scientific research? The events falling under the Cankar on Cankar Festival aim to address many compelling issues. We shall start with a large-scale theatre co-production, Scandal in St Florian Valley, and conclude with an extensive overview exhibition, to be launched in June. The City Museum of Ljubljana’s show will chronicle the writer’s life and times, and the exhibition at the CD Gallery will focus on the philosophical and literary influences on his work, which testify to the fact that Ivan Cankar is unquestionably a major Central European author whose output reflects the prevailing trends of his time.

From the left: Ivan Cankar, Milena Rorhmann, Mira Rorhmann, Albina Zalar, Roza Mejač, Vera Rohrman, Ivan Prijatelj in the foreground, Kamniška Bistrica 1917 (photo Ivan Tavčar)

In cooperation with MGML – City Museum of Ljubljana, National and University Library, Slovenian Theatre Institute, SNG Drama Ljubljana, City Theatre Ljubljana, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television, and other partners 14

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THU, 30 November 2017 – premiere


Theatre performance See page 67 Spnsor of the Cultural Education Programme

10 January – 5 March 2018

Ivan Cankar... and His Rights Exhibition and theatre performance See page 59 FRI, 26 January 2018 – premiere

Scandal in St Florian Valley Theatre co-production See page 16

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February 2018

Ivan Cankar in a Comic Strip

Theatre & comic-book performance event See page 67 Sponsor of the Cultural Education Programme

THU, 10 may 2018 – premiere

From the Good Times (1898–1907) Ivan Cankar’s Letters to Anica Lušinova Concert staging Selection, dramatisation: Ivo Svetina 20 June 2018 – 28 February 2019

Ivan Cankar

Retrospective exhibition See page 58

Sponsor of the CD Gallery Exhibitions Programme


FRI, 26 January 2018, at 20.00 – premiere Subsequent performances until May 2018 The Magnificent 7 and Cankar Subscription and Non-subscription Series

Cankar on Cankar Festival Ivan Cankar

Scandal in St Florian Valley Adapted and directed by: Eduard Miler Co-production: SNG Drama Ljubljana, City Theatre Ljubljana, Cankarjev dom The dramatic works of Ivan Cankar display a pervasive theatrical quality, even when not staged but merely read. Regardless of the motifs they treat, the plays are theatrical visualisations written to be performed on stage, and composed especially with viewers in mind. Therefore, the critical reviews of Scandal in St Florian Valley, a farce written in two weeks and premiered that same year (1907), were most unexpected. The staging was criticised for the very aspects that Cankar aimed to avoid. For being uncommunicative, replete with ‘trivialities’, confusing, bereft of dramatic complexity… Despite the tepid reception at the launch, Scandal remains of continuing relevance, also because of the ongoing tension between individual sensitivities and society in present-day reality. How is this tension generated, how broad is its scope at the time of corporate capitalism and online globalisation, do the concepts of freedom and individuality still exist, what is creativity and what is the point of being creative… are just some of the universal themes that make Scandal as immediately relevant as 110 years ago. Gallus Hall, € 25, 21, 19, 15, 13* 16

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9 February – 20 May 2018

Ivan Meštrović Corporeality and Eroticism in Sculpture Exhibition Thirty-five years after the first exhibition of small sculptures by Ivan Meštrović at Cankarjev dom the current exposition, adopting an original and elaborate concept and including discrete lighting modulations, offers a new insight into his masterful art. In point of fact, Meštrović’s output has thus far rarely been approached from the perspective of the significance of the naked body, and its erotic readings/ views. The showcase will follow the development of this complex subject in sculptures as well as drawings, made over a longer period of time (1903–46), from the artist’s student days in Vienna until the post-war era. Three curators have explored the subjects of nudity and eroticism in the works of Ivan Meštrović from three different angles with regard to the theme and temporal frame – interpretations that overlap in their approach to the contextual narrative of the show, and are featured in three cogent theses in the catalogue: Uneasiness in the Body (Dalibor Prančević); Between Two Eroses and Two Aphrodites – Classical Conception of Corporeality (Barbara Vujanović); Conflagration of the Senses (Zorana Jurić Šabić). CD Gallery, € 6, 4*

Psyche, detail

The exhibition includes over sixty works, sculptures and drawings from private and public Croatian collections. In cooperation with the Meštrović Gallery Split and Meštrović Atelier Zagreb

Accompanying programme See page 73

Main exhibition sponsor

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FRI, 2 February – SUN, 4 February 2018

4th Holistic Health Festival

The 4th Holistic Health Festival has been devised with great attentiveness to detail and with the awareness that each person is responsible for their health and wellbeing. For millennia, people have treated illnesses with herbal or animal-derived remedies, using knowledge handed down through generations. As modern man can benefit from this ancient knowledge, the Festival will focus on traditional Chinese and Indian (Ayurveda) medicines as well

as European homeopathy, which stems from Ancient Greece and Hippocrates. In cooperation with experts, doctors, pharmacists and biologists, this year’s three-day Festival will again feature lectures, round tables, workshops, open-stage presentations and a trade exhibition. The central theme in 2017 is the importance of food as a nutrient and medicament; how it affects our health and how illnesses can occur through unhealthy diet.

The programme will be announced on

Foyer II and other Cankarjev dom premises Lectures: daily pass € 15, two-day pass € 25; single workshop € 15; accompanying programme: single event € 13; admission is free to trade exhibition and open-stage presentations 18

28–31 August 2018

15th DOCOMOMO International Conference

Photo Vesna Videnovič

Docomomo (DOcumentation and COnservation of MOdern MOvement) is an international non-profit organisation bringing together more than 70 countries from all over the world in studying, renovating and promoting the Modern Movement architecture of the 20th century. The organisation, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary in Ljubljana, comprises architects, historians, conservationists, civil engineers and other construction specialists, landscape architects, designers, planners, sociologists and many other professionals dealing with the issues and the destiny of the twentieth-century Modern Movement architecture, cities and landscape. The central theme,

Metamorphosis – Continuity of Change, addresses the issues of documentation and safeguarding of twentieth-century architectural heritage. Conservation and re-use of buildings and sites of Modern Movement are of crucial importance. Equally important, especially for small countries like Slovenia, are the issues of regional distinctiveness related to identity and a specific architectural idiom. This distinctive language, whose main protagonists are architects Jože Plečnik and Edvard Ravnikar, finds its expression in the characteristics which evolved throughout the 20th century and are based on Slovenian natural and cultural assets.

Organised by: Docomomo Slovenia in cooperation with Docomomo International and Cankarjev dom

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FRI, 9 February – TUE, 13 February 2018

Bi Flamenco Flamenco festival

Sara Cano (photo Marcos Gpunto)

Flamenco is bursting with life – as a genre, or a category of artistic composition, and as a way of life. Far from being satisfied by only performing ossified and rigidly antiquated music and dance forms, flamenco artists are reinventers. Flamenco is a flux saturating and being saturated by contemporary arts and related disciplines. Bi Flamenco, a festival blending tradition and modern-day sensitivity, will share insight into this vibrant culture. Classical instruments enhanced by electronica, classical flamenco steps combined with contemporary dance beats, and Mediterranean temperament meeting African and Arabic rhythms.

The Festival’s central guest is dancer and choreographer Rocío Molina, flamenco’s greatest star and iconic figure. Also featured will be young and budding dancers Sara Cano and Ana Morales. Featured flamenco bands: Diego Carrasco Family Band and a jazz flamenco phenomenon, Alfonso Aroca Quintet. While a project by Slovenian flamenco artist, Ana Pandur, will receive its premiere, the festival will also be complemented by film screenings, dance workshops, talks with artists and get-togethers at the CD Club. Main sponsor of The Magnificent 7 Series Media sponsor of the Series

Gallus, Linhart, Štih and Kosovel Halls, CD Club, Grand Reception Hall 20

Festival sponsor

SAT, 10 February 2018, at 19.30 The Magnificent 7 Subscription and Non-subscription Series

Fallen from Heaven Caída del Cielo Choreography, concept, dance: Rocío Molina

Photo Pablo Guidali

The project that has rocketed Rocío Molina into flamenco stardom addresses subjects uncharacteristic of this dance genre. Issues such as examination of sexual roles, the question of femininity and deliberate rejection of stereotypes are not typically explored by flamenco dancers. But when they are, they reverberate all the more provocatively and passionately. Utilising her body as the focal point, Rocío displays similar energy. Radically defying aesthetic conventions, the Spanish dancer is disciplined, effortlessly blending genres and informing them with the legacy of the greatest performing artists. Despite her young age Molina is an iconic figure

on the vibrant flamenco scene. There are several factors that have contributed to her meteoric rise to fame, but freedom and seamless integration of diverse elements are the key dimensions that together with technical prowess, intrepid artistry and engaged stance combine to create a unique artist. In her work Molina synthesises seemingly incompatible codes, borrowing from various cultural contexts, to devise an intensely personal performance. Main sponsor of The Magnificent 7 Series Media sponsor of the Series

Gallus Hall, € 28, 25, 20, 17, 14* 21

WED, 14 March 2018, at 19.30 Silver Season Subscription and Non-subscription

Signum Saxophone Quartet Blaž Kemperle, soprano saxophone; Erik Nestler, alto saxophone; Alan Lužar, tenor saxophone; Guerino Bellarosa, baritone saxophone Programme: Edvard Grieg, Joseph Haydn, Dmitry Shostakovich, György Ligeti, Astor Piazzolla, Alberto Ginastera The Signum Saxophone Quartet comprises four young virtuosos, exceptional musicians, friends and kindred spirits and, ultimately, four saxophone voices intertwining and blending to make a single yet subtly nuanced soundscape. Formed in 2006, the dynamic ensemble is bursting with energy, creative curiosity and talent. A very special achievement was the 2014/2015 ECHO Rising Stars Award, which took Signum to such prestigious concert venues as the Carnegie Hall in New York, Concertgebouw

Amsterdam and the recently opened Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. Signum are constantly searching for new ideas, groundbreaking challenges and intriguing artistic encounters. Their experimental versatility is reflected in their extraordinary programmes; the four young musicians can be heard in classical quartet formations and continue to create exciting, never before heard arrangements with inspiring soundscapes. The quartet, which also boasts its own programme for young audiences, has inspired numerous composers.

Photo Nandine Targiel

Slovenian Philharmonic, € 18, 24, 14* 22

Silver Series on page 34

THU, 5 April 2018

Cultural Bazaar Presentation of culture

Organised jointly by the Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, and Institute of Education of RS and several partners, the oneday event whose executive producer is Cankarjev dom is celebrating its tenth anniversary. The main aim of the Cultural Bazaar project is to provide information on cultural and artistic events taking place throughout Slovenia and stimulate interest in the arts education and culture at large in the professional and general public. The key feature of the project is a full-day professional training intended for a broad range of professionals. Cultural Bazaar is open also to the general

public – to students, children and the young people as well as culture and arts education enthusiasts. The jubilee bazaar will include a variegated programme of lectures, presentations and workshops. While the event’s central theme is the European Year of Cultural Heritage, special attention will also be focused on the Year of Ivan Cankar and inter-generational integration. The professional training programme will be announced in early January, and the general public programme in early February on

Cultural Bazaar 2017 (photo Nada Žgank)

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Full Moon/Lux Tenebris/Wildebeest Sydney Dance Company Choreography: Cheng Tsung-Lung, Rafael Bonachela, Gabrielle Nankivell Cheng Tsung-Lung’s Full Moon aims at exploring the issue in the centre of the dancer’s and the viewer’s interest – the intangible point at which man has exited the animal realm but keeps being pulled back involuntarily, driven by overpowering natural instincts. Rafael Bonachela’s Lux Tenebris journeys through the world of light and darkness, exploring visible and invisible phenomena, penetrating the mysteries of the physical and the audible. An etude consciously defying the tenets of classical ballet vocabulary, Lux effortlessly blends elements of

various stylistic periods. Wildebeest by Gabrielle Nankivell opens with a solo. The dancer is given fluid movements with limbs that are half human, half bestial. Primordial and verging on mythical, like the image of a wild animal that slowly emerges from the background. From the opening solo the work proceeds through a series of further solos, duets, trios and quartets, against the pack-like, wild and wilful movement. The backdrop of elusive soundscapes invests the etude with indefinable temporal and spatial dimensions.

Full Moon (photo Pedro Greig)

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14–20 May 2018

The Appeal of Wood Exhibition A natural treasure, wood is made of atmospheric CO2 and solar energy. At the same time, the forests are a major resource in terms of their ecological and social functions, as well as with regard to the beauty they lend to Slovenian landscape. Wood processing and manufacture of wood products is simple and energy-efficient. It represents an ideal opportunity for an environmentally-friendly industry and a transition into sustainable ‘green’ economy. In processing wood and using

wood products we contribute to environmental protection and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and thus help secure a safe future for humanity. We hope that the Appeal of Wood event will strengthen our shared passion for wood and firmly recognise wood as an ecofriendly and renewable biomaterial for a sustainable future. The festival’s main aim is to raise awareness about the sustainability and many environmental benefits of wood. Ten years ago 13 May was declared the World Wood Day.

Organised by: Wood Protection Association, Wood Council, Association of Wood Engineers and Technicians Ljubljana, Biotechnology Faculty Ljubljana – Department of Forestry, Faculty of Architecture UL, Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, Chair of Buildings and Constructional Complexes UL, University of Primorska

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Royal Scottish National Orchestra Conductor: Peter Oundjian Soloists: Martin Stadtfeld, piano; Nicola Benedetti, violin; Jan Vogler, cello Programme: B. Britten, L. van Beethoven, J. Brahms

Photo Tom Finnie

In 2016, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra celebrated a proud 125-year history of bringing the best in classical music performances to audiences across Scotland and beyond. Taking the best in Scottish music-making to international audiences, the orchestra has worked with some of the world’s most respected conductors and soloists. Peter Oundjian has been the orchestra’s Principal Conductor since 2012. A dynamic presence in the conducting world, Oundjian is renowned for his probing musicality, collaborative spirit and engaging personality. Oundjian’s appointment as Music Director of Gallus Hall, € 24, 34, 49, 60 Golden Series on page 32 26

the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 2004 reinvigorated the orchestra and significantly strengthened the ensemble’s presence in the world. Attaining distinction as a leading interpreter of Bach, German pianist Martin Stadtfeld is equally at home in deeply intimate settings or contexts that demand relentless virtuosity. Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti has captivated the audiences with her genuine musicality and natural musical intellect as well as poise and dynamic stage presence. Internationally distinguished cellist Jan Vogler smartly balances his connection to traditions with the joy of experimenting. General sponsor of the Golden Series

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Pixel Compagnie Käfig Artistic Director and choreographer: Mourad Merzouki

Photo Agathe Poupeney

One of the leading figures of the 1990s French and international dance and hiphop scenes, director and choreographer Mourad Merzouki applies his creative genius to producing an explosive hybrid of art forms. With his multidisciplinary approach, Merzouki blends elements of contemporary circus, martial arts, dance, visual arts, and advanced interactive media. Pixel explores the way the synthetic world of state-of-the-art technology interacts with the dancer’s reality, both retaining their intrinsic natures while melting into one. Like an organism merging two different entities to give shape to a third one. Technology

is not employed merely with a view to producing special effects, but serves as a vehicle for transporting the dancers into a new dimension, a realm coupling fascinating ‘digitalised’ precision with physical poetry of the dancers’ bodies. A visual treat, Pixel is a show at the crossroads of arts envisioning our shared high-tech future.

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Venice Baroque Orchestra Soloist: Franco Fagioli, countertenor Concertmaster: Gianpiero Zanocco, violin Programme: A. Vivaldi, F. M. Veracini, G. F. Handel Committed to the rediscovery of 17th- and 18th-century masterpieces, the Venice Baroque Orchestra is recognised as one of the premier ensembles devoted to period instrument performance. Under the leadership of harpsichord player and explorer Andrea Marcon, the ensemble has been reviving forgotten historical masterpieces and re-imagining wellknown works. In the spirit of a true Baroque orchestra, the ensemble’s line-up is adapted in compliance with the requirements of the repertoire. The red thread is Vivaldi, his widely familiar compositions as well as those virtually unknown. The orchestra has been

enthralling the audiences worldwide with their fresh energy, stylistic idiosyncrasy and clarity of sound. Franco Fagioli is ranked among the finest of today’s singers, increasingly in demand at the world’s leading opera houses, concert halls and festivals. He is an utterly beguiling interpreter, both in big display pieces, where his vocal athleticism is staggering, and in slower, more intimate numbers. Reviewers have praised the countertenor’s “legendary suppleness”, his “prodigious agility, three-octave range and vast array of vocal colours,” and “quick-fire coloratura and audacious plunges.”

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WED, 27 June – SUN, 1 July 2018

59th Jazz Festival Ljubljana The festival will be programmed by Edin Zubčević, long-standing Director of Jazz Fest Sarajevo, and Bogdan Benigar, Jazz and Music of the World Programme Director at Cankarjev dom. Informed by recent trends, the programme will focus on the diversity of modern-day jazz scene.

“The 58th Ljubljana Jazz Festival featured a rich and occasionally intriguing tapestry of contemporary jazz and improvised music – idioms that nowadays blend with a range of music practices and heritages, shading and modulating them, whereby expanding their own expression and limits.” (Luka Zagoričnik, Sigic)

Archie Shepp, 58th Jazz festival Ljubljana (photo Nada Žgank)

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Full Moon (photo Pedro Greig)

MON, 16 October 2017, at 19.30 The Glembays Ballet of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb See page 5 TUE, 7 November 2017, at 19.30 Tristan and Isolde Choreography: Saburo Teshigawara See page 8 THU, 28 December 2017, at 19.30 Romeo and Juliet Ballet Preljocaj See page 13 FRI, 26 January 2018, at 20.00 Scandal in St Florian Valley SNG Drama Ljubljana, City Theatre Ljubljana, Cankarjev dom See page 16

Subscription ticket € 88, 108, 128, 145, 74* 30

SAT, 10 February 2018, ob 19.30 Fallen from Heaven Choreography, dance: Rocío Molina See page 21 SAT, 7 April 2018, at 19.30 Full Moon/Lux Tenebris/Wildebeest Sydney Dance Company See page 24 TUE, 22 May 2018, at 19.30 Pixel Compagnie Käfig See page 27 Performance sponsor

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The Glembajys (photo Marko Ercegović)

Fallen from Heaven (photo Pablo Guidali)

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Golden Series SAT, 21 October 2017, at 20.00 Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Sascha Goetzel Soloists: Vadim Repin, violin Daniel Hope, violin FRI, 17 November 2017, at 20. 00 Spanish National Orchestra Conductor: David Af kham Soloist: Juan PĂŠrez FloristĂĄn, piano Concert sponsor

FRI, 23 March 2018, at 20.00 Young German Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: David Af kham Soloist: Steven Isserlis, cello Concert sponsor

TUE, 17 April 2018, at 20.00 Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Edward Gardner Soloist: Viktoria Mullova, violin SAT, 19 May 2018, at 20.00 Royal Scottish National Orchestra Conductor: Peter Oundjian Soloists: Martin Stadtfeld, piano Nicola Benedetti, violin Jan Vogler, cello See page 26 Gallus Hall 32

David Afkham (photo Felix Broede)

SAT, 2 June 2018, at 20.00 Venice Baroque Orchestra Soloist: Franco Fagioli, countertenor Concertmaster: Gianpiero Zanocco, violin See page 28

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Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (photo Oddleiv Apneseth)

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Silver Series TUE, 24 October 2017, at 19.30 Grigory Sokolov, piano See page 7 Concert sponsor

WED, 15 November 2017, at 19.30 Mate Bekavac & Kronberg Academy WED, 17 January 2018, at 19.30 Schubert Octet THU, 8 February 2018, at 19.30 Bernarda Fink, mezzo-soprano Marko Fink, bass-baritone Anthony Spiri, piano In cooperation with the Glasbena matica Society Ljubljana

WED, 14 March 2018, at 19.30 Signum Saxophone Quartet See page 22 WED, 4 April 2018, at 19.30 Nadezda Tokareva, violin Evgeny Sinaiski, piano

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Bernarda Fink (photo Julia Wesley)

Autumn subscription runs until 23 October 2017.

Nadezda Tokareva (photo Evgeni Evtuhov)

Subscription ticket € 65, 75, 80, 100, 55* Admission fees for a single non-subscription concert range between € 11*–24.


Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra

Blue Series I and II THU, 21st, and FRI, 22 September 2017, at 19.30 Conductor: Alan Buribayev Soloist: Simon Trpčeski, piano THU, 5th, and FRI, 6 October 2017, at 19.30 Conductor: Julian Rachlin, violin Soloist: Sarah McElravy, viola THU, 26th, and FRI, 27 October 2017, at 19.30 Slovenian Philharmonic Choir Mixed Choir of the Vinko Vodopivec Music School Ajdovščina Conductor: Risto Joost Soloists: Mojca Bitenc, Franz Gürtelschmied

THU, 29th, and FRI, 30 March 2018, at 19.30 Slovenian Philharmonic Choir Mixed Choir of the Vinko Vodopivec Music School Ajdovščina Conductor: Martina Batič Soloists: Kristina Kolar, Diana Haller, Dario Bercich THU, 17th, and FRI, 18 May 2018, at 19.30 Conductor: Aziz Shokakhimov Soloist: Janez Podlesek, violin

THU, 23rd, and FRI, 24 November 2017, at 19.30 Conductor: Vladimir Kulenović Soloist: Mate Bekavac, clarinet THU, 1st, and FRI, 2 February 2018, at 19.30 Conductor: Ibrahim Yazici Soloist: Fazil Say, piano THU, 1st, and FRI, 2 March 2018, at 19.30 Conductor: Marcelo Lehninger Soloist: Andrew von Oeyen, piano


Mate Bekavac (photo SP Archives)

Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra

Orange Series I and II THU, 28th, and FRI, 29 September 2017, at 19.30 Conductor: Jader Bignamini Soloist: Matej Grahek, flute THU, 19th, and FRI, 20 October 2017, at 19.30 Music Director: Mario Brunello, cello THU, 9th, and FRI, 10 November 2017, at 19.30 Conductor: Philipp von Steinaecker THU, 7 , and FRI, 8 December 2017, at 19.30 Conductor: James Judd Soloist: Brigitte Pinter, soprano th

THU, 15th, and FRI, 16 February 2018, at 19.30 Conductor: György Győriványi Ráth Soloists: Itamar Golan, piano; Danijel Detoni, piano; Andrea Meláth, mezzo-soprano; Ádám Horváth, baritone THU, 15th, and FRI, 16 March 2018, at 19.30 Conductor: Olari Elts Soloist: Kari Kriikku, clarinet THU, 12th, and FRI, 13 April 2018, at 19.30 Conductor: Ari Rasilainen Soloist: Emmanuel Tjeknavorian, violin   THU, 24th, and FRI, 25 May 2018, at 19.30 Conductor: Vladimir Ivanovich Fedoseyev Soloist: Nikolai Demidenko, piano Gallus Hall Autumn subscription runs between 4 and 14 September 2017 at the Slovenian Philharmonic. Blue or Orange Series subscription ticket: € 108, 128, 160, 54*, 64* 10 % discount for payments in full. Admission fees for a single non-subscription concert range between € 6*–33.

Brigitte Pinter


RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra

Kromatika Series THU, 14 September 2017, at 19.30 Glasbena matica Music Society Mixed Choir Conductor: En Shao Soloists: Theresa Plut, Martin Sušnik, Bernarda Fink, Marko Fink THU, 12 October 2017, at 19.30 Conductor: Ville Matvejeff Soloist: Klemen Leben, accordion THU, 16 November 2017, at 19.30 Conductor: Daniel Raiskin Soloist: Benjamin Schmid, violin TUE, 5 December 2017, at 19.30 Conductor: Catherine Larsen-Maguire Soloist: Mak Grgić, guitar

THU, 22 March 2018, at 19.30 Conductor: Giedrė Šlekytė Soloist: Aleksander Gadžijev, piano THU, 26 April 2018, at 19.30 Conductor: Francesc Prat Soloist: Petra Vidmar, xylophone THU, 10 May 2018, at 19.30 Conductor: En Shao Soloist: Stefan Milenković, violin THU, 7 June 2018, at 19.30 Conductor: Benoît Fromanger Soloist: Boštjan Gombač, tidldibab bone flute With the participation of a smart-phone choir

THU, 22 February 2018, at 19.30 Conductor: Pablo Gonzalez Soloist: Yeol Eum Son, piano Gallus Hall

Autumn subscription runs between 11–14 September 2017.

Subscription ticket: € 88, 113, 138, 53*, 68*, 124* Admission fees for a single non-subscription concert range between € 6*– 28.


Photo Janez Kotar

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Your personal subscription Subscribers can choose from the entire array of CD’s music, theatre and dance programme, with the exception of the Golden Series concerts and lease events. When you have selected your pick of performances, preferred dates and a seat category, a subscription discount will be granted on regular ticket prices: - 6 to 10 performances 20% discount - more than 10 performances 25% discount.

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Full Moon (photo Pedro Greig)


Music of the World Series THU, 21 September 2017, at 19.30 Bojan Z & Goran Bojčevski Project Rabih Abou-Khalil Trio Opening gala concert of the European Jazz Conference (see page 2) A double bill, the evening will first spotlight innovative artistic ideas by a duo of acclaimed musicians who have achieved international distinction. The second part of the concert will feature the latest album by one of the most distinguished Arabic musicians today, Rabih Abou-Khalil, whose extensive original output includes jazz, classical and film music. TUE, 17 October 2017, at 19.30 Debo Band The twelve-member ensemble led by Ethiopian-American saxophonist Danny Mekonnen and fronted by charismatic vocalist Bruck Tesfaye, Debo Band has been showered with lavish critical praise on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. Their new material is a groundbreaking take on Ethiopian pop music, incorporating traditional scales and vocal styles, along with the funk rhythms of American popular music.

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TUE, 21 November 2017, at 20.00 Rokia Traoré See page 10 THU, 21 December 2017, at 20.00 Zvezdana Novaković Slovena Voices Brothers Teofilović Besides a string trio, the project by Slovenian artist Zvezdana Novaković features outstanding folk singers from various regions of Bulgaria. Ancient meets modern, contemporary classical composition intertwines with jazz harmony and improvisation engages with traditional sounds. The Teofilović Brothers are a unique phenomenon on the Serbian and Balkan music scene. Drawing from age-long national tradition, the brothers revive their repertoire with nuanced individual approach and contemporary influences. MON, 12 February 2018, at 20.00 Bi Flamenco Festival Qasida: Rosario “La Tremendita” and Mohammad Motamedi The Qasida project is an amazing duo of young cantaora Rosario “La Tremendita” from Seville and Iranian traditional

vocalist Mohammad Motamedi. When Spanish folk poetry and Persian art blend to make a unique musical amalgam, it seems as if the medieval Islamic Iberia, Al-Andalus, has briefly come to life. In cooperation with the Embassy of Spain

THU, 29 March 2018, at 20.00 Melingo The Argentine tango artist is making a big comeback with his new album,

Anda. Like an illusionist straight out of a Borges novella, Melingo is back, with his voice, his clarinet and his sense of drama. Listening to Anda is like enjoying a Fellini film with your eyes closed, losing yourself in a display of sound designed as a suite of baroque scenes in which each piece pulsates and destabilises us.

Slovena Voices

Gallus and Linhart Halls, CD Club Subscription € 70, 80, 90, 105, 60*; excluding first concert € 58, 70, 77, 88, 47* Admission fees for a single non-subscription concert range between € 9*–35. Main sponsor of the Music of the World Series

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Liffe after Liffe Film subscription series WED, 25 October 2017, at 17.00 The Other Side of Hope By: Aki Kaurismäki

THU, 22 March 2018, at 17.00 The Square By: Ruben Östlund

WED, 13 December 2017, at 17.00 Silence By: Martin Scorsese

TUE, 24 April 2018, at 20.00 120 Beats per Minute By: Robin Campillo

WED, 17 January 2018, at 17.00 Sweet Dreams By: Marco Bellocchio

TUE, 8 May 2018, at 17.00 Happy End By: Michael Haneke

WED, 14 February 2018, at 17.00 Loveless By: Andrei Zvyagintsev

Kosovel Hall Autumn subscription runs until 25 October 2016. Subscription ticket: € 30, 25* Single screening for non-subscribers: € 5.30, 4.50*

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Silence (pictured Liam Neeson)

My First Subscription For children aged 5 to 10

SAT, 25 November 2017, at 17.00 Muri the Cat Theatre performance

SAT, 10 February 2018, at 17.00 Hilarious and Hair-raising Tales Storytelling theatre

SAT, 9 December 2017, at 17.00 Pandemonium Theatre and music performance See page 65

SAT, 3 March 2018, at 17.00 Tolstoy’s Tales Storytelling and music

SAT, 27 January 2018, at 17.00 James and the Giant Peach Theatre performance

SAT, 31 March 2018, at 17.00 Shortlegs the Ball Puppet theatre

Linhart, Kosovel and Štih Halls Autumn subscription runs until 25 November 2017. Subscription ticket: EUR 35; subscribers receive a free guided tour of the Columbus’ Daughter Alma M. Karlin exhibition and a complimentary ticket for the origami, Japanese watercolour and fan-making workshops.

Sponsor of the Cultural Education Programme

James and the Giant Peach (photo Uroš Hočevar)


Ivan Subscription Series For children aged between 11 and 15 SAT, 25 November 2017, at 17.00 The Irrational Π Theatre performance See page 66

SAT, 20 January 2018, at 18.00 iCankar Theatre performance See page 67

WED, 13 December 2017, at 18.00 The Globokar Planet Multimedia music performance See page 50

SAT, 24 February 2018, at 17.00 The Fearless Researcher Theatre performance See page 67

FRI, 29 December 2017, at 17.00 The Hobbit Children’s opera See page 66

SAT, 17 March 2018, at 17.00 Platnomer – The Story of a Horse Theatre performance

Linhart and Štih Halls Autumn subscription runs until 25 November 2017. Subscription ticket: EUR 40; subscribers receive a free guided tour of the Columbus’ Daughter Alma M. Karlin exhibition and a complimentary ticket for the Internet self-defence workshop. Sponsor of the Cultural Education Programme


Platnomer (photo Boštjan Lah)

Cankar Subscription Series For secondary and university students as well as other adults MON, 23 October 2017, at 20.00 The Triple Life of Antigone Ethical and political exercise See page 6

THU, 8 February 2018, at 18.00 Ivan Cankar in a Comic Strip Theatre & comic-book performance event See page 67

SAT, 25 November 2017, at 17.00 The Irrational Π Theatre performance See page 66

SUN, 18 February 2018, at 19.30 Scandal in St Florian Valley Theatre performance See page 16

WED, 13 December 2017, at 18.00 The Globokar Planet Multimedia music performance See page 50

TUE, 24 April 2018, at 17.00 The award-winning film of the 28th Liffe

Gallus, Linhart, Kosovel and Štih Halls Autumn subscription runs until 25 November 2017. Subscription ticket: EUR 45; subscribers receive a free guided tour of the Columbus’ Daughter Alma M. Karlin exhibition and a complimentary ticket for the Internet self-defence workshop. Sponsor of the Cultural Education Programme

The Irrational Π (photo Željko Stevanić)


Predihano and Partners


Feedback Cell

MON, 25 September 2017, at 20.00 SONICA Festival opening concert Rouge-ah, harp, electronics Resina, cello, visuals In cooperation with MoTA – Museum of Transitory Art

Štih Hall, € 8, on the day of the concert € 10 WED, 4 October 2017, at 20.00 Predihano, Topographies of Sound, City of Women Mapping Sorrel Hays Performed by: Beth Griffith, soprano; Maeve Hoglund, soprano; Heather Roberts, mezzo-soprano; Benjamin Lund, baritone; Bruce Rameker, baritone; Dmitri Glivinskiy, piano In cooperation with ŠKUC and the Society for the Promotion of Women in Culture – City of Women

CD Club, € 10, 8* 46

MON, 13 November 2017, at 20.00 Blue Sound HUB Programme: Daniel Teruggi, Åke Parmerud, Javier Alvarez, Diego Losa, Elisabeth Schimana An introduction into the Electronic Music and Sound Experimentation Week, the event will feature works developed within the context of the Music Research Group-National Audiovisual Institute, INA-GRM. In cooperation with CIIDAT and INA-GRM

CD Club, € 10, 8* WED, 13 December 2017, at 18.00 The Globokar Planet (photo Nikola Milatović)

FRI, 20 October 2017, at 20.00 Electronic music concert Atau Tanaka Feedback Cell (Alice Eldridge & Chris Kiefer) Hanspeter Portner Tomaž Grom

Predihano The Globokar Planet Multimedia music performance See page 50 Linhart Hall, € 8.50 TUE, 8 May 2018, at 20.00

In cooperation with the Institute for Sonic Arts Research

Predihano Neofonía Conductor: Szymon Bywalec

Kosovel Hall, free tickets

CD Club, € 12, 6*  


Youth to Youth The series includes concerts by three young musicians who have been singled out at an audition. Žan Tkalec is winner of the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Conservatory Competition, in May 2017 the Accademia String Quartet provided dazzling music accompaniment to the touring dance production by Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane, while Duo Novum has gained international renown by advocating new music.

MON, 18 September 2017, at 19.30 Andrej Kos accordion Cello Attacca! Cello Ensemble Zala Vidic, Petra Hafner, Andi Pogačnik, Nejc Rupnik, Gal Golob, Barbara Nagode, Alma Pleteršek, Nuša Planinc, Urban Megušar WED, 22 November 2017, at 19.30 Gregor Ravnik tenor Nataša Trček soprano TUE, 12 December 2017, at 19.30 Audition winners Accademia String Quartet Mojca Fortin, Beti Bratina, violin; Gea Pantner Volfand, viola; Zoran Bičanin, cello WED, 10 January 2018, at 19.30 Audition winners Duo Novum Jan Gričar, saxophone; Nejc Grm, accordion WED, 7 March 2018, at 19.30 Evening of composers Tilen Lebar Nives Šebjan MON, 9 april 2018, at 19.30 Audition winner Žan Tkalec trombone


Žan Tkalec

Andrej Kos

Nejc Grm

String Quartet Accademia

Nataša Trček

Tilen Lebar

In cooperation with the Musical Youth Ljubljana

CD Club, Slovenian Philharmonic, single concert € 4 49

TUE, 13 December 2017, at 18.00 Predihano, Series of New Music

The Globokar Planet Multimedia music performance Studio Dan Music Director: Daniel Riegler; directed by: Manfred Weissensteiner; performed by: Studio Dan musicians; co-production: Big Bang Festival, KinderKinder (Hamburg), Studio Dan (Vienna), TaO! (Graz) Composer Vinko Globokar approaches traditional musical instruments with frolicsome joy and childlike enthusiasm; to him an instrument is not a sacred object, but an extension of the body. Everything is disassembled and then peculiarly re-assembled in his unique musical laboratory – trombones are connected to garden hoses, clarinets are played underwater or all ensemble

Photo Nikola Milatović

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members whirl during performance in dizzying circles. On this planet, all animate and inanimate things bear their sonic meaning, which is conveyed as a sonorous landscape of high sonic density and diversity. The subversive wittiness and anarchic sound of The Globokar Planet invites us to break away from the everyday reality and hear music (and life) from an alternative perspective.

Cankarjevi torki Tuesday Clubbing Series Autumn 2017 26 September 2017 at 19.30 Mascara Quartet 3 October 2017 at 19.30 Lovro Ravbar 10 October 2017 at 19.30 Ana Kravanja, Susanna Gartmayer In cooperation with City of Women Festival and Sploh Institute

17 October 2017 at 19.30 Debo Band Also included in Music of the World Series 24 October 2017 at 19.30 Rabbit Rabbit CD Club, € 14, 9*; 10 October € 10, 8* Debo Band (photo Jacob Blickenstaff)

Spring 2018 – announcing 26 February at 18.00 The Snowdrops and Primroses Festival 4th Festival of Slovenian Jazz Creativity Media sponsor


SAT, 28 October 2017, at 20.00

Gal Gjurin The Magic of Autumn Acoustic concert complementing the release of three new studio albums and the publication of a collection of music essays. In the company of Slovenian and foreign music guests, Gjurin will celebrate the 18th anniversary of his artistic accomplishments while also promoting his latest works.

Gallus Hall, â‚Ź 13, 19, 24, 28, 10*

MON, 6 November 2017, at 20.00

Becca Stevens Pop, jazz and folk with a New-York soul Becca Stevens, vocals, guitar; Jordan Perlson, drums, percussion; Alicyn Yaffee, bass A songwriter who puts her heart and soul into her compositions, has the audiences eating out of her hand and boasts collaborations with various illustrious artists such as Esperanza Spalding, Brad Mehldau and Jose James, Becca Stevens is coming to Slovenia with her latest critically-acclaimed album, Regina. Linhart Hall, â‚Ź 18, 24, 15* 52

THU, 30 November 2017, at 19.30

Tanec Folklore sensation in Ljubljana The ambassador of Macedonian folklore presenting traditional Macedonian dances, songs and national costumes in the accompaniment of some of the finest Macedonian musicians on traditional and contemporary instruments. In the sixty years since its formation, the ensemble has toured worldwide and attained widespread recognition.

Gallus Hall, â‚Ź 12, 15, 18, 21, 10*

THU, 14th, and FRI, 15 December 2017, at 19.30

Vlado Kreslin Present for My Sweetheart Traditional concert with guests

Gallus Hall, â‚Ź 18, 22, 26, 31, 25* Photo Miran Inhof


TUE, 3 October 2017 – premiere

On(The)Line Concept by: Mateja Bučar Co-created by: Vadim Fiškin, Maja Kalafatić, Katja Legin, Tina Valentan, Borut Savski, Snježana Premuš, Evin Hadžialjević; Co-production: DUM, Cankarjev dom While every line remembers its genesis, we never really know whether its beginning is entirely new or merely a continuation of some previous line. Stories about the line, whether ancient or recent ones,

are inexhaustible. The spatial installation embodies them literally On(The)Line – through movement, body, architecture, thought, theory, sonority and gaze.


Grand Reception Hall, admission free

On (The) Line

MON, 20 November 2017, at 20.00 – premiere

Solo for Two Voices Devised by: Anja Golob, Magdalena Reiter, Milan Tomášik; Choreography, dance: Magdalena Reiter, Milan Tomášik; Production: Zavod Mirabelka Co-production: Cankarjev dom, Dance Theatre Ljubljana, Mediterranean Dance Plesna predstava motivih ene najdialoguborci, z besedilom, Centre San Vincenti,po Croatia; Partners: CK Španski Stara gara v svojem Institute prvem

bolj znanih pesmi Pismo dognanja


odrskem sodelovanju pa nasproti po-

Based motifs from Letter of (Cartaon dethe creencia) mehiškega NobeTestimony (Carta de creencia), one of the lovca Octavia Paza. Njene pomenske best known poems by Mexican Nobel sklope plesalca prevajata v jasen, natanPrize winner Octavio Paz, the dance čen odrski jezik,itskiinherent vztraja pri odprtem show translates meanings into a lucid, precise language of

performance thatlastni insistsplesni on an open stavljata tudi govorici. dialogue with the poem, while also  Pazova pesem je hvalnica ljubezni in juxtaposing it with the dance idioms kot taka ravno pravšnja za plesni duet.  echoed in the biformity of the duo. Extolling the creative power of love, Paz’s poem is ideally suited to a dance duet. 

Duša Počkaj Hall, € 8, 6*

Co-financed by the Municipality of Ljubljana.

SAT, 30th, and SUN, 31 December 2017, at 19.30 The Tiger Lillies, Julian Crouch, Phelim McDermot

Shockheaded Peter Bizarre operetta

SNG Drama Nova Gorica Directed by: Ivana Djilas

SO, 30., in NE, 31. decembra 2017, ob 19.30 The Tiger Lillies, Julian Crouch, Phelim McDermot

Peter Kušter Bizarna opereta SNG Drama Nova Gorica Režija: Ivana Djilas Photo Peter Uhan

This musical play by the cult London group The Tiger Lillies is an adaptation of the world renowned children’s picture book Shockheaded Peter (Struwwelpeter, 1845) by the German psychiatrist, poet and writer Heinrich Hoffmann. The ‘junk-opera,’ as the authors themselves called it, was first shown in London in 1998, followed by stagings all over the world, from Broadway to the Burgtheater in Vienna. It also won a number of awards, including the most important one, the Olivier Award for Best Entertainment (2002). The bizarre

stories speak about children’s bad behaviour and its potential dangerous consequences. A child who won’t eat keeps losing weight until he dies; another one who doesn’t watch his step falls into the water and nearly drowns... This unusual play, aimed at adults and young people, enthrals with its grotesque-morbid intensification of well-known stories and dark humour, and promises a rewarding theatre experience. Lavish entertainment for the entire family!

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FRI, 26 February, – FRI, 2 March 2018

12th International Mountain Film Festival A selection of national and international mountain and adventure films; Lectures by foremost mountain climbers; Promotion of new books on mountaineering; Exhibition of mountain-climbing literature and photography. Besides the main award, bestowed by the City of Domžale, the Festival also features Best Film Award, Best

Mountain Culture Film Award, Best Environmental and Mountain Sports Film Award as well as an Audience Award.

Sherpa – Trouble on Everest (by Jennifer Peedom), main prize winner 2017

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In cooperation with the Society for Mountain Culture

WED, 14 March – WED, 21 March 2018

20th Documentary Film Festival A diversified insight into contemporary documentary film production Running parallel to the main programme, the side events include lectures, talks with filmmakers, film workshops, seminars and programme for children and young adults.

Festival sections: Human Rights Films competitive section; Myths, Icons, Media; Intimate Portrayals; Controversial and Socially Critical Documentaries; Tribute

The Best Human Rights Film Award is bestowed in association with Amnesty International Slovenia. In cooperation with Amnesty International

I Am Not Your Negro (by Raoul Peck), AIS Award winner 2017 primarni

Kosovel Hall, Kinodvor Cinema, Slovenian Cinematheque

primarni - neg

Main Festival sponsor monokromatski B&W


monokromats negativ

June 2018 – 28 February 2019

Cankar on Cankar Festival

Ivan Cankar Large retrospective exhibition marking the centenary of the writer’s death The year of Ivan Cankar will be commemorated in cooperation with the Museums and Galleries of Ljubljana by organising exhibitions at two venues. Our partners in this ambitious project are the National and University Library and the Slovenian Theatre Institute that will provide their museum collections, archival materials and scientific expertise. While the exhibition held at the City Museum of Ljubljana will focus on the historical context of the writer’s time, the show at Cankarjev dom will centre on his fiction and plays; featuring diverse visual media and concise accompanying texts, the exhibition will aim to demonstrate Cankar’s excellence, his universal, superb aesthetics and remarkable breadth of vision transpiring from his dramas and prose works. Running parallel with the metaphorical level, the theoretical perspective will deal with the influences on his works and accentuate Cankar’s contemporary relevance – his works touching on supratemporal concerns, and being comparable in terms of themes and style with his European contemporaries. Also touched upon will be contemporary and later-day reviews and interpretations of his works.

Ivan Cankar, self-portrait

CD exhibition curated by Dr Janko Kos in cooperation with Ženja Leiler; Visual identity, layout: Silvan Omerzu, Katarina Štok Pretnar

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10 January – 5 March 2018

Cankar on Cankar Festival

Ivan Cankar... and His Justice The ostensibly simple novella The Servant Jernej and His Justice is a crystallised manifestation of Cankar’s artistry. With an elaborate narrative structure, the novella reflects on social issues and examines the moral condition of an individual faced with the sobering administration of justice, while the work’s hypersensitive poetical language provides it with an added aesthetical merit. Foregrounding poetic expression, the exhibition renders a visualisation of all the above-mentioned premises. Its concept is one of a labyrinth with seven stations on Jernej’s Way of the Cross, which will additionally serve as the dramaturgical concept for the subsequent theatre staging. The guided tours are a live spoken rendition of the text featuring actors who will portray the characters in the staging. Devised by: Boštjan Botas Kenda, Primož Vitez In cooperation with the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and TV and the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana

Foyer I, admission free

Main Festival sponsor


12 February – 15 March 2018

The... sign!

Design between vision and reality Biennial exhibition of the Designers Society of Slovenia A relevant overview of the current state of design – between individual sensitivities and design policies, that is, at the intersection of vision and reality. Side events: round table and lectures

Members of the Designers Society of Slovenia also encourage reflection on the future design models and its role in our society.

Project manager: Dr Petra Bole; Project group: Danijela Grgić, Mateja Panter; Layout: Designers Society of Slovenia


Grand Reception Hall, admission free

Med vizijo in realnostjo.

Design: Nataša Šušteršič Plotajs

Art Critics’ Choice Series of visual displays Monika Ivančič Fajfar will present a selection of photographs by Žiga Koritnik on the occasion of the European Jazz Conference, art critic Damir Globočnik will introduce Franc Vozelj, Lev Menaše will spotlight a work by Polona Demšar, Nataša Smolič will select a work by Zdenka Žido, and

Sarival Sosič will present illustrator Iztok Sitar within the context of the Slovenian Book Fair. The fourth Critical Pen Prize for Lifetime Achievement, whose past recipients are Janez Mesesnel, Aleksander Bassin and Stane Bernik, will be presented by the Slovenian Association of Fine Art Critics.

In cooperation with the Slovenian Association of Fine Art Critics

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7 September – 22 October 2017

Dejan Mijović The Fifth Season

Mijović, assistant photo editor of the web portal, will present three series of photographs taken over the past five years: My Roots, The Summer of Our Lives and In My Skin. Shot following a traumatic injury, all three black-and-white series reflect the artist’s transformed, mature and contemplated outlook on life and the world around him. Small Gallery, admission free Selection and layout adviser: Klavdij Sluban; Accompanying text: Meta Krese

25 October – 17 December 2017

Martin Baebler Latent Baebler, the youngest of this season’s exhibiting artists, is presenting his experimental photo project, that is, an applicative exploration of the impact of light on analogue photographic representation in large-format negatives. While Baebler experiments with light-drawing and unconventional employment of diverse chemical processes, this original procedure of image-generation provides a personal perspective on analogue photography by exploring different possibilities and challenges. Small Gallery, admission free

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20 December 2017 – 28 January 2018

Mare Mutić Berlin Subtract Street photography has always been devoted to chronicling bustling urban landscapes, streets teeming with life and collective dynamic, personified by metropolises. Pursuing a similar aim, Mutić recorded public life in Berlin as an artist in residence. Although his pictures depict everyday reality by observing the faces of citizens and their visual traces in space, Mutić’s Berlin is intensely eclectic and occasionally dramatic. Accompanying text: Brane Kovič

Small Gallery, admission free

31 January – 11 March 2018

Mike Crawford Nocturnes Mike Crawford is a London-based photographer working primarily in urban landscape and portraiture. Nocturnes explores the hidden corners of cities. Brief glimpses are seen at night or observed as darkness encroaches on their streets and buildings. Many images are multilayered, using reflections and shadows to suggest stories within a story, while others are purposely diffuse. Unwanted details are subdued often leaving just shape and form. Accompanying text: Petja Grafenauer

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Sponsor of the Small Gallery

14 March – 6 May 2018

What They Saw Exhibition of photographers for the Dnevnik daily Photographs by Luka Cjuha, Jaka Gasar, Matjaž Rušt and Bojan Velikonja manifest the total allegiance they have sworn to journalism, and testify to the axiom that luck forms an important part of photojournalism, but tends to be elusive if the photographer is not absolutely certain about what he aims to express.

The featured photographers are adept at selecting moments, skilfully relating elaborate stories through a single photograph. Each of them has developed an idiosyncratic photographic idiom, and a style polished throughout their longstanding professional careers.

Curated by Meta Krese

Small Gallery, admission free

9 May – 24 June2018

Igor Andjelić A versatile visual artist who has achieved prominence mostly as a photographer, Andjelić has been contributing photos to the Mladina weekly since young age and also working for a number of other newspapers and magazines. He enjoyed notable success in 2010 when the Fotografija Gallery submitted his works for the prestigious Paris Photo art fair; on that occasion several leading French newspapers and specialised magazines ran his photos. Ljubljana recounts a story about the artist’s embeddedness in Ljubljana’s urban existence, his intense engagement in the city’s artistic circles and street life. Small Gallery, admission free

zelene Ljubljane! Sponsor of the Small Gallery 63

27 June – 24 August 2018

Petra Cvelbar In Women’s Hands Jazz photography exhibition accompanying the 59th Jazz Festival Ljubljana The latest project by the successful young photographer does not deal directly with the situation of women in the (music) world, but aims to show that female presence (artists) represents a different approach to music delivery. Women’s hands were holding the camera and capturing the moments when women’s hands were making music with their instruments or voice. Gentleness has entered a traditionally male genre, but one not necessarily associated with softness. Small Gallery, admission free

Matana Roberts, Winter jazz festival, New York

27 August – 30 September 2018

Janez Kališnik The World In-between Accompanying the DOCOMOMO Congress (see page 19), The World Inbetween chronicles Slovenia’s largest and most demanding architectural investments in late 20th century – the Republic Square and other buildings designed by Edvard Ravnikar at different stages of construction, as seen through the camera lens of that period’s most influential photographer. Colour and black-and-white photographic records are especially relevant to architecture and construction industry; most of the exhibited pictures have not yet enjoyed public presentation. Exhibition curated by: Nataša Koselj

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Sponsor of the Small Gallery

Culture for the Coming Generations New performances FRI, 29 September 2017, at 18.00 – premiere Peter Kus, Nana Milčinski

For children aged between 6 and 11


Sonic theatre for young audiences

Collage by Peter Kus

Directed and music by: Peter Kus; Co-production: Cankarjev dom, Zavod Federacija An unusual boy who does not talk invents a new means of sound communication to initiate contact with his community, which abides by the rules of socially acceptable behaviour. Actors

and musicians will perform the story of a rattling boy, also featuring animation, by generating sound with a range of original instruments and sound-producing devices made from everyday objects.

Kosovel Hall, € 7.50 SAT, 21 October 2017, at 18.00– premiere

The Fearless Researcher Marie Curie and radioactivity

Devised by: Tomaž Lapajne Dekleva, Justin Durel, David Dolamič; Co-production: Society for the Development of Theatre in Education, Cankarjev dom The show tackles radioactivity in an entertaining and informal manner, exploring the scientific research work of Marie Curie and the social circumstances of her pursuit. It gives practical demonstrations of radioactivity and delves into the history of its discovery, at the same time aesthetically enhancing the facts and offering a comprehensive emotional experience. Štih Hall, € 7.50

Sponsor of the Cultural Education Programme 65

Festival Cankar o Cankarju

Naj gre v Π2017 November and December Novembra invse decembra 2017 Gledališka predstava The Irrational Π How I learnt 3141 decimals Festival Cankar o Cankarju Za šolarje tretje triade in dijake Theatre performance Naj gre vse v Π For school students aged 12+ and secondary students

Ustvarjalci: Nik Škrlec, Katja Černe, Nika Švab, Vidby: Žnidaršič, BorutKatja Bučinel; igra:Nika Nik Švab, Vid Žnidaršič, Borut Bučinel; Gledališka predstava Devised Nik Škrlec, Černe, Škrlec; Performed by: Niktriade Škrlec; AGRFT, Margareta Schwarzwald Institute, Za šolarje tretje in Co-production: dijake koprodukcija: AGRFT, Zavod Margareta Cankarjev dom, Zavod dom, tovarna predstav Schwarzwald, Zavod k.g.Švab, – Vid Žnidaršič, Borut Bučinel; igra: Nik Škrlec; Ustvarjalci: NikCankarjev Škrlec, Katja Černe, Nika tovarna predstav An award-winning project by actor and koprodukcija: AGRFT, Zavod Margareta Schwarzwald, Cankarjev dom, Zavod k.g. – tovarna

host of the Male sive celice (Little Grey predstav

Cells) show, Nik Škrlec, who is also a state champion in reciting the number known as pi (3141 digits). Featuring the memory palace mnemotechnology, this original show blends the worlds of maths and theatre into a playful whole.

Photo Željko Stevanič

Štih Hall, € 7.50

Project supported by the Municipality of Ljubljana.

WED, 6 December 2017, at 18.00 – premiere

The Hobbit2017, ob 18. uri SR, 6. decembra Children’s opera

Premiera For school students aged 9+

Hobit Music, libretto: Dean Burry;

Based on book by: J. R. R. Tolkien; Opera za the otroke Directed by: Nana Milčinski; Conducted Za in tretje triade Irma by:šolarje Simon druge Dvoršak; Choirmaster: Močnik; Performed by: Children’s and

Glasba, libreto:of Dean literarna predYouth Choir theBurry; Glasbena matica loga: J. R. R. Tolkien; režija: Nana Milčinski; Music Society Ljubljana, Project dirigent: Simon Dvoršak; Chamber Ensemble of zborovodkinja: the Academy Irma Močnik; nastopajo: of Music in Ljubljana; Otroški in mladinski zbor Glasbene matice Ljubljana, Co-production: Cankarjev dom, Projektni komorni ansambel Akademije Glasbena Music Society Canza glasbo v matica Ljubljani; koprodukcija: Ljubljana, Academy of Music in karjev dom, Glasbena matica Ljubljana, Ljubljana,zaSlovenian Chamber Akademija glasbo v Ljubljani, SlovenMusic Theatre sko komorno glasbeno gledališče

Linhartova Linhart Hall,dvorana, € 7.50 7’50 € 66

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien

The opera chronicles a string of Bilbo’s exciting adventures and adds musical accompaniment to the fictional universe of Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Sponsor of the Cultural Education Programme

THU, 30 November 2017, at 19.30 – premiere

Cankar on Cankar Festival

iCankar Theatre performance For school students aged 9+ and secondary students Directed by: Maruša Kink; Performed by: Jure Kopušar, Gregor Prah, Nataša Keser; Co-production: Margareta Schwarzwald Institute, Cankarjev dom, City Theatre Ptuj The show aims to present an indepth overview on Ivan Cankar, one of Slovenia’s greatest authors and the first Slovenian professional writer, as well as watershed events marking his lifetime. Cankar as ‘a rebel with a cause’ whose ideas remain of continuing relevance. Štih Hall, € 7.50

February 2018

Photo Archives of Margareta Schwarzwald Institute

Cankar on Cankar Festival

Cankar in a Comic Strip Theatre & comic-book performance event For school students aged 12+ and secondary students Performed by: Boštjan Gorenc - Pižama, Žiga X Gombač, Andrej Rozman - Roza; Illustrators: Tanja Komadina, Damijan Stepančič, Igor Šinkovec; Production: Škrateljc Institute in cooperation with Cankarjev dom The show delves into the creativity of Ivan Cankar in a special way, focusing both on his body of work and the writer whose dazzling wit far transcended the limitations of his time.

Photo Marko Vaupotič

Linhart Hall, € 7.50

Main Festival sponsor

Sponsor of the Cultural Education Programme


1–7 October 2017

Golden Wand 17th Performing Arts Festival for Young Audiences Programme at Cankarjev dom

SUN, 1 October, at 18.00 The Tiger Lillies, Julian Crouch, Phelim McDermot Shockheaded Peter Bizarre operetta (see page 55) MON, 2 October, at 10.00 Leo Lionni Little Blue and Little Yellow Puppet theatre MON, 2 October, at 19.00 Jaka Andrej Vojevec Hamlet and a Half Comedy of errors TUE, 3 October, at 10.00 William Shakespeare and crew Romeo and Juliet Theatre performance

Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea (photo Barbara Čeferin)

SAT, 7 October, at 18.00 Jules Verne Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Science-fiction travelogue Organised by: Puppet Theatre Ljubljana, Slovenian Theatre Institute, Cankarjev dom

Afternoon show € 5 (discount for holders of Ivanka and KUKU cards); morning show € 4 68

Sponsor of the Cultural Education Programme

9–24 March 2018

Stories Today 20th Slovenian Storytelling Festival For adults and children Central storytelling event of oral narrative has been enchanting young and old for the past two decades, weaving a rich tapestry of events aimed at children and adults. Good yarn will be spun by eloquent speakers and compelling foreign guests, including Anja Štefan, Boštjan Gorenc - Pižama, Andrej Rozman - Roza, Janez Škof, Boštjan Napotnik - Napo. Štih Hall, CD Club, € 6.50

Illustration Ančka Gošnik Godec

19–22 April 2018 Trans-generations

Festival of Young Contemporary Art The traditional festival presents an overview of Slovenian secondary students’ theatre, dance, fine art and video creativity. Cankarjev dom issues a call for proposals on its website and works are selected by acknowledged experts in diverse fields. The festival ends with an awards ceremony, prizes awarded in appreciation of theatre, dance and visual art achievements. CD Premises

Photo Eva Semolič

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WED, 25 October 2017, at 19.00

Dialogues Slovenia : Germany Presentation of the leading German writers and authors writing in German – in a dialogue with Slovenian writers and moderators. The first Dialogue will feature German author and director

Jenny Erpenbeck, who has produced a prolific creative output; her novel Heimsuchung (Visitation) was translated into Slovenian in 2011 (Litera, transl. Tina Štrancar).

In cooperation with Goethe-Institut Ljubljana

CD Club, free tickets

Jenny Erpenbeck (photo Katharina Behling)

November 2017 – May 2018

Literary Dialogues Slovenia : Spain The dialogues hosted by a member of the Slovenian cultural circles aim to strengthen the links between Slovenian and Spanish writers by discussing crucial issues concerning literature and

philosophy. Invited guests: José María Merino, Luis Antonio de Villena, Javier Cercas, Rosa Montero, Juan Manuel de Prada, Isabel San Sebastian.

In co-production with the Embassy of Spain and in cooperation with the Slovenian Writers’ Association and University of Ljubljana

CD Club, free tickets


In cooperation with

January – March 2018

World Literature

Fabula and Fabula before Fabula On the occasion of the fifteenth edition of Fabula, the festival will be complemented by Fabula before Fabula. At least two distinguished foreign guests will

deliver lectures on humanities and sociology. The leitmotif of this year’s Fabula will be hope.

Co-production: Beletrina Publishing House, Cankarjev dom..... CD Club, Štih Hall, free tickets

Guest of the Fabula before Fabula Festival: Terry Eagleton (photo Billion)

SAT, 16 June 2018, at 16.00

LitLink Focusing on Slovenian/Croatian partnership, the international festival will feature Croatian, Slovenian and American authors, poets, editors and publishers. Running in several Croatian cities, the festival’s concluding event will take place in Ljubljana.

Live readings by Slovenian authors presenting their works to foreign publishers, and American writers offering insight into their creativity to Slovenian audiences.Council of Europe Park, admission free

Council of Europe Park, admission free


Columbus’ Daughter Alma M. Karlin Programme accompanying the exhibition See page 4 MON, 25 September 2017, at 19.00 Barbara Trnovec Alma, Columbus’ Daughter Lecture Kosovel Hall, € 5, 3* THU, 12 October 2917, at 19.00 Igor Škamperle Alma, Theosophist Lecture Štih Hall, € 5, 3* MON, 27 November 2017, at 16.00 Alma, Writer Symposium The symposium aims to make a comprehensive evaluation of the role of Alma M. Karlin as a writer. Panel members: Dr Zmago Šmitek, Alenka Puhar, Dr Silvija Borovnik, Dr Anna Bodrova and Barbara Trnovec. CD Club, free tickets

MON, 13 December 2017, at 19.00 My Encounters with Alma Club soiree Translator, editor, and active proponent of Alma’s literary legacy, Jerneja Jezernik interviewed by editor Nela Malečkar. Lili Novy Club, € 5, 3* SAT, 11 November 2017, at 17.00 Maja Minič Internet Self-defence Lecture aimed at young people, their parents or guardians In her teens, Alma was victim of abuse of trust and later on the subject of malicious gossip. Her bitter experiences provide the starting point for the lecture about the threats of the virtual world, which will be accompanied by workshops about ways of protection and the correct course of action in the event of online incidents. CD Club, €5, 3* 10 % discount when purchasing four or more tickets for the lectures September 2017 – January 2018 Workshops for children aged 10+ Paper Zoo Origami workshop Winds from Japan Fan-making workshop Japanese Colours Watercolour painting Conducted by academy-trained painter Noriaki Sangawa

Alma Karlin with Li Tieguai (photo Manuscript Collection, National and University Library) Sponsor of the accompanying programme 72

Workshop + admission to exhibition € 6, organised groups € 5

Lectures by Dr Svetlana Slapšak Programme accompanying the exhibition of sculptures by Ivan Meštrović See page 17 Dr Svetlana Slapšak TUE, 23 January 2018, at 18.00 (photo Iztok Dimc) New Body for a New Psyche Viennese schools of thought and Meštrović; how Freud and others influenced the artist’s perception of the body and eroticism

THU, 8 February 2018, at 18.00 The Future as Eroticised Past How the naked body became the underlying principle of Meštrović’s utopia THU, 15 February 2018, at 18.00 Open and Closed Body Meštrović and sex differences; how the dynamic of sexually dimorphic traits influenced Meštrović’s art

Ivan Meštrović, Passion (photo HAZU Gliyptohtehc)

Kosovel Hall, single lecture € 5, 3* 73

Guided tours of Cankarjev dom

36,000 m² of Curiosities Tours of CD halls and foyers For groups of 10 to 30 visitors € 20 Tour and demonstration of CD pipe organ For groups of 10 to 100 visitors € 20 Backstage tours For professional groups of 5 to 12 visitors € 5 per person Tour bookings one month in advance.

Photo Branko Cvetkovič

Advance booking required. P 01 2417 137 74

THU, 19 October 2017, at 10.00

October Storm Panel discussion

2017 marks the centennial of the Storming of the Winter Palace in Petrograd, an assault ordered by Lenin that would enhance the legitimacy of the Bolsheviks. The watershed event will

be examined by a series of Slovenian authorities dealing with humanities and sociology, who will assess its contemporary relevance. In cooperation with Studia Humanitatis

CD Club, free tickets

THU, 30 November 2017, at 19.30 Dr Ivan Šprajc

Tracing the Steps of Maya with Advanced Technology Lecture

While conducting archaeological terrain surveys in the heart of the Yucatan Peninsula for a number of years, Dr Šprajc has this year continued his exploration in the Mexican State of Campeche, in the northern part of the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, where between 2013 and 2014 his team discovered three Maya cities, Chactún, Tamchén and Lagunita. The archaeological field survey was conducted with one of the most efficient remote sensing techniques.

Dr Ivan Šprajc

Kosovel Hall, € 8, 6* 75

THU, 11th, 18th and 25 January, and 1 February 2018, at 19.00

The Quadrature of Translucency Four multi-media events Marko Modic, photographer and painter, and Marko Uršič, philosopher and writer, friends whose artistic idioms and approaches diverge considerably, have joined forces to address the issue of the four elements of human existence,

above which or, better said, from which ‘the fifth element’ shines through – the ethereal and alchemistic earthly quinta essentia whose mysterious absence renders it forever present in the cosmos and human beings.

CD Club, single event € 8, 6*, four events € 28

Photo Marko Modic

MON, 22 January 2018, at 19.00 Stipe Božić, Viki Grošelj

Himalayan Companions Lecture featuring slides and video clips

Stipe Božić and Viki Grošelj, a Croatian/ Slovenian mountaineering team, are celebrating their 50th anniversary of Alpine climbing and looking back on their past exploits. The Himalaya, the Arctic, Antarctic and Himalaya again. Linhart Hall, 8, 6* € 76

In her book Alpine Warriors, which chronicles the history of Slovenian mountaineering, Canadian writer Bernadette McDonald also paid special attention to the impressive climbs of these two amazing athletes.

WED, 31 January, and MON, 5 February 2018, at 19.00

Marko Pogačnik Workshop 2018 Running for the past 34 years, the workshop aims to re-examine the meaning of human existence on Earth, contemporary transformation of space and time and human attitude towards other creatures of nature and the

Universe. This year it will focus on the relationship between man and parallel evolutions, equal in terms of level of consciousness, starting with the evolution of rocks, dolphins, animals, primeval beings, trees, etc.

Štih Hall, single workshop € 8, 6*, both € 14

Marko Pogačnik

January – May 2018

Positive Psychology The sixth season; so far, the series has registered over 6000 attendees, and 32,000 video views. Marjeta Novak: How to Feel Compassion for Oneself Sanja Krajnc: Relationships Miran Možina: Positive Perspective on Depression Peter Babarovič: Coaching. Self-knowledge and Self-guidance Jasna Murgel: Special Children Katja Šteblaj Kraško: Burnout. When the Body Runs out of ‘Power’ Kosovel Hall, single lecture € 10, full series € 50 77

Lease Cultural Events

THU, 5 October 2017, at 19.00 The Voronezh Girls Song and Dance Ensemble Organised by: Festival of Slavic Culture Linhart Hall, € 19.90, 22.90, 24.90 TUE, 17 October 2017, at 20.00 Amira Medunjanin, Damar Organised by: Menart records trgovina d.o.o. Gallus Hall, € 19, 24, 28, 32 MON, 23 October 2017, at 20.00 Choir of the Saint-Petersburg Metropolitan Clergy Organised by: Festival of Slavic Culture Linhart Hall, € 22, 25, 28 FRI, 27, and SAT, 28 October 2017, at 19.00 Vesna, musical Organised by: TMK d.o.o. Linhart Hall, € 27, 32 SAT, 11th, and SUN, 12 November 2017, at 20.00 Nutcracker Saint-Petersburg State Ballet on Ice Organised by: ART BG Production Ltd Gallus Hall SUN, 19 November 2017, at 15.00 and 19.00 23rd Radio Ognjišče Gala Concert Organised by: Radio Ognjišče Gallus Hall, € 15, 20 78

SUN, 26 November 2017, at 19.30 The Prifarski muzikanti Ensemble Jubilee tenth successive gala concert of Prifarski muzikanti and friends Featured guests: Nuša Derenda, Nuška Drašček, Bee Geesus Choir Hosted by: Bernarda Žarn Organised by: KD Prifarski muzikanti Gallus Hall, € 13, 18, 23, 28 TUE, 28 November 2017, at 20.00 Avsenik and Symphony Orchestra Gala concert featuring the Avsenik Ensemble compositions with the RTV Slovenija Symphony Orchestra and guests Organised by: RTV Slovenija Gallus Hall, € 24, 29 FRI, 8 December 2017, at 20.00 Fake Orchestra: Rožce Organised by: Etnobeat Music Society Štih Hall, € 15, 20


SAT, 16 December 2017, at 18.00 Travelling Music Concert of selected joint Slovenian youth choirs in commemoration of the World Choral Day Organised by: Republic of Slovenia Public Fund for Cultural Activities Gallus Hall, € 7, 9 SAT, 23 December 2017, at 19.30 Christmas in Ljubljana 2017 Organised by: KD Cantabile Symphony Orchestra Gallus Hall, € 12, 15, 18

Charity Events SAT, 23 September 2017, at 20.00 10th Charity Concert of the Slovenian Red Cross Organised by: Slovenian Red Cross Gallus Hall, € 15 SUN, 8 October 2017, at 18.00 Great Paces of the Little Knight, concert Organised by: Mali Vitez Charity, a foundation dealing with the sequels of cancer treatment in childhood Linhart Hall, € 15 SAT, 13 January 2018, at 19.30 21st Gala Lions Charity Ball Organised by: Lions Club Ljubljana Linhart and Grand Reception Halls, € 80


For Our Well-being 26–30 September 2017 17th Third Age Festival (F3ŽO) Organised by: ZDUS, Proevent, Rikus Cankarjev dom, admission free Radiation of New Energies Series of talk shows Devised and hosted by Tadeja Zupan Arsov, Ph RED Linhart Hall, € 15 SAT, 21 October, at 9.00 Positive Psychology Marathon Organised by: Skupina Primera d.o.o. Linhart Hall, single lecture € 15, pass to eight lectures € 89 WED, 22 November 2017, at 18.00 Marjan Ogorevc Evolution of Involution / Development of Change Final event of the six-lecture series featuring an interview conducted by Vesna Milek Organised by: ENOST – center, Marjan Ogorevc, s.p. Gallus Hall, € 20, 24, 26, 30

Congresses and Professional Meetings At Cankarjev dom and off-site 7 –22 September 2017 European Conference on Machine Learning and Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases – ECML-PKDD 2017 Aleksandar Palace Hotel, Skopje


18– 20 September 2017 2nd World Open Educational Resources Congress – OER 2017 19 – 23 September 2017 13th LUX Europa Conference Grand Hotel Union, Ljubljana 20– 22 September 2017 7th Congress of Slovenian Microbiological Society SMD 2017 Hotel Kompas, Bled 12–15 October 2017 European Academy of Paediatrics Educational Congress and Mastercourse – EAP 2017 14–15 March 2018 6th Slovenian Drug Addiction Conference 16–17 March 2018 21st Family Medicine Days 19–21 April 2018 Congress of the European Association of Preventive Cardiology– EuroPrevent 2018 25–27 April 2018 Congress of the European Emergency Number Association – EENA 2018 13–16 May 2018 18th International Conference on Harmonics and Quality of Power – ICHQP 2018 27–30 May 2018 26th European Conference on General Thoracic Surgery – ESTS 2018 1– 2 June 2018 Paediatric Medicine Days


4–5 June 2018 EURLECTRIC Annual Convention and Conference 7–8 June 2018 Workshop on Microgrids and Local Energy Communities (CIRED) 7–9 June 2018 12th Slovenian Congress of Ophthalmology with International Participation Bernardin, Portorož 13–15 June 2018 Open Conference of the IFIP WG 8.3 on Decision Support Systems 18–21 June 2018 27th European Conference on Networks and Communications – EuCNC 2018

For the Daring and the Enterprising THU, 28 September 2017, at 9.00 POMP FORUM Organised by: PM, poslovni mediji d.o.o. CD Club, registration fee FRI, 20 October 2017, at 9.00 SRC IT Conference CD Club, registration fee WED, 25 October 2017, at 18.30 The Gazelle Award for Fastest Growing Slovenian Company Organised by: Dnevnik d.d. Linhart Hall, by invitation


WED, 29 November 2017, at 10.00 Careers Fair Organised by: Moje delo d.o.o. Grand Reception Hall and other venues, admission free SUN, 3 December 2017, at 16.00 TEDxLjubljana 2017 Organised by: TEDxLjubljana Gallus Hall, € 20 SAT, 9 December 2017, at 19.30 25th Manager Concert Organised by: STJ d.o.o. Gallus Hall, by invitation MON, 26 March 2018, at 18.00 Outstanding Economic and Entrepreneurial Achievements 2017 Awards ceremony Organised by: Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia Gallus Hall, by invitation



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Texts Bogdan Benigar Uršula Cetinski Ingrid Gortan Andrej Jaklič Zdravko Kafol Dr Nataša Koselj Špela Lah Nina Pirnat Spahić Dr Franc Pohleven Simon Popek Barbara Rogelj Maja Vidergar

Editor Damjana Kenda H. Translation Anina Oblak, MA Design Maja Gspan, MA Cover page Matija Medved illustration; quote by Ivan Cankar My work is a book of love. Photograph of Ivan Cankar, source National and University Library

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The programme of CD is co-financed by

Cankarjev dom, Cultural and Congress Centre Ljubljana Represented by Uršula Cetinski, Director General September 2017

CD Information Centre and Box Office (Maxi underpass) P +386 (0)1 24 17 299 E Business hours: weekdays from 11.00 to 13.00 and 15.00 to 20.00, Saturdays 11.00 to 13.00 and one hour before each performance. Ticket purchase also at authorised points of sale (M holidays, Petrol, Kompas, Alpetour,, etc.), by phone P +386 (0)1 2417 300, weekdays from 11.00 to 13.00 and 15.00 to 16.00, online W Group bookings: P +386 (0)1 2417 168 E The CD Gallery exhibitions opening times: Mondays through Saturdays between 10.00 and 19.00, Thursdays until 21.00, Sundays and public holidays until 18.00. Other exhibitions are on view during events at Cankarjev dom.

We reserve the right to make alterations to the programme and admission prices. Admission fees of some events will be announced when the costs of production or touring performance have been calculated. Enjoy a 5 % discount on online ticket purchases at W Discount applies only to certain events. The asterisk* indicates discounted admission prices (lowest ticket categories) for people younger than 25, seniors 65+ and pensioners. Seniors 65 + and pensioners can claim 5% discount on all seat categories at the CD Box Office.

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