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Concert for MAM

March 2 2019

6 pm ►Dance Theatre Ljubljana

Photography: Drago Videmšek

 

In her dance‑musical performance Concert for MAM, Maša Kagao Knez continues her exploration of the existence and coexistence, this time observing it from the perspective of perceiving and experiencing time: the time “around me” is not the same as the time “in me”. By interweaving dance and music, she wants to establish communication and search for a harmony inside different relationships. She dedicated the performance to her grandmother Mam. With Maša Kagao Knez, dancing is primarily a relationship – to different times and to co‑creators on the stage. She combines the principle of here and now with the principles of somewhere and once; where her African roots are, which she artfully embedded in her works: Born Outside Her Village, Dia Diasso Diaspora, and Momentum. Avenue of Captured Moments. The spectacle dimensions of her performances always attract and take away at the same time. Where there’s Mam. Where there is heart.

 

“She weaves interlocking communications between music and dance, searches for harmony both within different relationships and in musically-dancing connections and the perspective of different perceptions of that same time.”
Daliborka Podboj

 

Maša Kagao Knez (1976, Ljubljana) is a dancer, choreographer, dance teacher, and theatre author. She came across performing arts already as a child, through the work of her mother, dancer and choreographer Jasna Knez. She studied dance with many mentors both in Slovenia and abroad, and graduated in 2006 at Georges Momboye school for African traditional and contemporary dance in Paris. In 2013, she graduated from the Academy of dance in Ljubljana, and enrolled in the Master’s programme Art of Movement at the same school. As a dancer, actress and choreographer, she collaborates with institutional theatres and independent producers. In 2009–2014, she was a representative of the Baobab association, she works as the art director at Studio 25, and creates her own dance performances. In 2013, she receive Ksenija Hribar Award for best dancer.

 

Authored and choreographed by: Maša Kagao Knez
Co-created and performed by: Dalanda Diallo, Leticia Slapnik Yebuah, Irena Yebuah Tiran, Joseph Nzobandora – Jose, Murat, Maša Kagao Knez
Original music: Kristijan Korat in soustvarjalci predstave
Costume design: Jelena Proković́
Dramaturgy: Joseph Nzobandora – Jose
Lighting and set design: Danilo Pečar
Artistic cooperation: Blaž Celarec
Tone design: Blaž Celarec / Marko Turel
Production: STUDIO 25
Coproduction: KUD Baobab, Dance Theatre Ljubljana, SPD Rož
Partner: Mediterranean Dance Center Svetvinčenat
Duration: 55 min.