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Gibanica 2021

Ljubljana, 15–18 September 2021

The first six performances of the 10th Gibanica – Biennial of Slovenian Contemporary Dance Art were selected, which will compete for the Gibanica 2021 Audience Award for the best performance and for the Gibanica 2021 Jury Award for the best performance.

Due to the unexpected pandemic conditions that also influence cultural and art events, Contemporary Dance Association Slovenia, the executive producer of the Gibanica festival, decided together with co‑producers to postpone the 10th anniversary edition of Gibanica from the first to the second half of 2021 and thus try to ensure a live version of the festival. In view of completely changed premiere production and spatial plans due to the circumstances, we also extended the deadline for Gibanica 2021 call for applications. As a result, the Gibanica 2021 selection team, consisting of Zala Dobovšek, Bettina Masuch and Benjamin Perchet, will add two more contemporary dance works to the selection, and we extended the application deadline for productions with premiere performances between 27 November 2020 and 7 May 2021.

First six selected:


Jan Rozman: THINGING
Produced by: Emanat
Co‑Produced by: Dance Theatre Ljubljana


Nataša Živković: SONNY
Produced by: City of Women
Co-Produced by: Bunker – The Old Power Station


Alien Express: »INFECTED« FLIGHT
Produced by: Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture, Exodos Ljubljana


Produced by: ODPRTI PREDALI – Institute of contemporary interdisciplinary processes
Co-Produced by: Zavod Carnica (Layer House), People’s University Kranj, Prešeren Theatre Kranj


Produced by: EN-KNAP


Mala Kline: SONG
Produced by: ELIAS 2069, Mercedes Klein


Zala Dobovšek
Zala Dobovšek is a Slovenian dramaturg, theatre critic and theatrologist.
In 2009, she graduated from dramaturgy at the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television (AGRFT), and also studied at the DAMU Theatre Faculty in Prague (Divadelní fakulta Akademie múzických umění v Praze).

In 2019, she completed her PhD at AGRFT (Performing Arts department) with the thesis Theatre and War: basic relations between performing arts and the wars in the area of the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

She is assistant professor of dramaturgy and performing arts at AGRFT. In the 2017/2018 season, she was a member of the selection team for the Maribor Theatre Festival (Borštnikovo srečanje).


Bettina Masuch
Bettina Masuch (Artistic and Managing Director of the tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf, Germany) after studying Applied Theatre Studies in Gießen, worked as a dramaturge at the Volksbühne in Berlin amongst others, where she collaborated in productions of Frank Castorf, Christoph Schlingensief and René Pollesch.

From 2003 to 2009 she was dance and performance curator at Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, and following posts as the artistic director of the Springdance Festival Utrecht and the artistic director of the Berlin dance festival Tanz im August, she has been the Artistic and Managing Director of the tanzhaus nrw in Düsseldorf since January 2014.


Benjamin Perchet
Benjamin Perchet (Director of the Dublin Dance Festival) was previously Deputy Programme Manager and Artistic Advisor for two major French institutions in Lyon: Maison de la Danse (since 2004) and Biennale de la Danse (since 2008).

In his roles in Lyon at Maison de la Danse and Biennale de la Danse he has embraced dance in all its forms, being loyal to the most important choreographers of the 20th century and highlighting young creators, while developing the international profile of these two institutions.

He has also been an Aerowaves Partner for France since 2012, a member of the specialist regional cultural affairs committee for dance at the French Ministry of Culture since 2011 and a board member of European Dancehouse Network (EDN) since 2009.