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Ballet of revolt

February 23 2013

5 pm ►Cankarjev dom, Linhart Hall

Photography: David Lotrič

 

The first solo by the dancer, choreographer and performer Leja Jurišić in 2005, entitled R’z’R, probably didn’t get the attention it deserved, but it allowed the artist to start a career as an author and to create a series of excellent performances featuring different casts over recent years. The title for her second solo – Ballet of Revolt – is an oxymoron in itself, and, in the relation between art and revolt, Teja Jurišić seems to be interested in some sort of paradoxicality, an inability of the political in a particular choreographic dispositif. Despite her dance and musical references being European (music by the composer George Antheil for Léger’s Ballet MécaniqueValentine de Saint-Point), they seem to relate to that paradigm of dance history when dance reacted to its socio-political context, which was very intense on the dance stages of the working class in the 1920s and 1930s in the USA. Ballet of Revolt by Leja Jurišić could be read in relation to a number of solos that the activist dancers created in said period.

 

Concept: Leja Jurišić & Petra Veber
Choreography and performance: Leja Jurišić
Set, costume and light design: Petra Veber
Assistant costume design: Amanda Kapić
Music: George Antheil – Ballet Mécanique (1924): Reconstruction and composition: Maurice Peress, Nimbus Records (1992)
Technical director: Borut Cajnko
Sound technician: Luka Curk
Executive producer: Žiga Predan
Production: Pekinpah / Kink Kong
Co-production: Tanzquartier Wien, Hellerau Europäisches Zentrum der Künste Dresden, Dansens Hus Stockholm
With support of the Modul-dance
50 minutes.