The trio Novak, Simon and Homan – the first as a contemporary dancer and the other two as musicians – met for the first time on the stage of the 2021 Spider Festival. Their meeting was neither accidental nor completely predictable, because any contact between dance and musical creativity establishes a field of paradoxes, exchanges and intersections, and most of all experiments. The starting point and driving force of Resurrection 2.0, the concert of improvised music and dance performance, is the very paradox of the meeting between the authors who create the performance. The age of digital hyper‑connectivity is driven by algorithms and commands that co-shape social choreographies both in the virtual sphere and in material reality. The physical presence of the body is thus built from the physical experience of contact, time, rhythms, exchange. The meeting is therefore unavoidably an “in-between” event – of the visible and the invisible, the audible and the (in)audible. Resurrection is born in the balance between silence and stillness, between sound and movement.
Authors: Elvis Homan, Beno Novak, Boštjan Simon
Performed by: Beno Novak (body), Elvis Homan (drums), Boštjan Simon (saxophone)
Backing by: Matej Kejžar
Photo: Matija Lukić
Producer: Žiga Predan for Pekinpah
Supported by: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, City of Ljubljana
Duration of the performance: 45 minutes
Beno Novak (1991)studied at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD), The Tisch Dance NYU and The Place London. He has collaborated with many renowned choreographers and groups such as Gary Clarke Company, Jason Mabana Dance, James Wilton Dance Company, etc. In his work, he explores personal experiences expressed through strong physicality, with sensitivity, fragility, strength and exhaustion. Collaboration with other authors is a vital component in the creation of his works. Beno Novak is the artistic and executive director of the Summer Intensive festival in Portugal and the Kalejdoskop festival in Slovenia.
Elvis Homan (1991) is a drummer, sound designer, composer and educator. He graduated from Codarts Rotterdam, the University of Ljubljana, and the Academy in Amsterdam. He is the recipient of Erasmus Jazz Prijs 2016 and 2017, De Doelen Rotterdam and Leiden Jazz Award 2017. He has performed at many festivals in Slovenia and abroad, is a member of Rotterdam Electronic Orchestra, Quartzite 4tet, Punky Button Clan, Void Noise and aug.unis, and participated in many other international projects. He co-composed the soundtrack for the film Haxan with Boštjan Simon.Boštjan Simon (1982) is an instrumentalist, teacher and producer. He graduated from the University of Ljubljana and the Amsterdam Conservatory and is a founding member of Zlatko Kaučič’s international band Orkester brez meja (“Orchestra Without Borders”), as well as the artistic co-director of the International Saxophone Meeting SAXGO in Nova Gorica.