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Gibanica on Tour 2012


The sixth Gibanica festival of Slovenian modern dance will kick off next Thursday, touring around four small towns across the country until 25 April, in what is an attempt to promote modern dance production to new audiences. The festival won recognition already in the 1990s as a platform for the promotion of a country’s dance production at the international level, one of the organisers of Gibanica, Rok Vevar, told the press in Ljubljana on Wednesday. This is why the organisers decided to divide this year’s festival to four smaller events in Novo Mesto, Kranj, Nova Gorica and Koper, hosting workshops and last year’s performances.


Novo Mesto, where the festival will run between next Thursday and Saturday, will host the workshop “The History of Modern Dance”, dedicated to the founders of modern dance in Slovenia, Pia and Pino Mlakar, as well as an exhibition of photographs by Nada Žgank and Miha Fras. Dancers Rosana Hribar and Gregor Luštek will perform last year’s favourite of the audience, the “Duet012″ production, next Friday in the Janez Trdina Cultural centre.


After Novo Mesto the festival will travel to Koper on 5 and 6 April, featuring an exhibition on dancers Stanislav Hiti and Vuka Kumar Hiti, a workshop for dance teachers and a performance by the EnKnap dance group dubbed “10 min”.


Between 14 and 16 April, the festival will continue its tour in Kranj, where “Duet012″ and “Med nama” (Between Us) by Lea Jurišič and Teja Reba will be performed at the Prešernovo gledališče theatre. Luštek will host a workshop on modern dance techniques.


The festival will come to a close in Nova Gorica between 23 and 25 April, where Katja Bucik’s performance “Rdeči Čeveljčki” (Red Shoes) will be staged.


Apart from the performance, the SNG Nova Gorica theatre will host the workshop for dance teachers and a performance by secondary school students dubbed “STEREO-TIP” (STEREO-TYPE). Dance films by EnKnap “Dom svobode” (House of Freedom) and “Vrtoglavi ptič” (Dizzying Bird) will also be screened.


According to Vevar, the workshops and the entire festival are aimed at promoting modern dance in towns that do not have an organised modern dance production like they do in Ljubljana or Maribor.