Dance Hub residency and coproduction for Ivana Kalc

Dance Hub residency and coproduction for Ivana Kalc

In the frame of the Dance Hub activity, Ivana Kalc receives a residency and coproduction support from ICI-CCN de Montpellier to work on her latest production "MELODRAMA".


MELODRAMA (author: Ivana Kalc, production: Kabinet)

Project has working title Melodrama, and referrs to developing a contemporay dance solo perfromance. The project studies problems of allienation, isolation and valorisation of individual, technological conditioning for labor and profit making, and ways of dealing with those phenomena in todays society. In which way can an individual position (and adapt) himself in the system, considering the emerging socio-political, cultural and economical changes.

Based on Gy Debord's Society of the Spectacle, the artist is researching spectacle as enhencement of consumeristic capitalism/market, which has spread through all areas of human existance, and has indeed affected the way we percieve reality. Debord is claiming that social role of spectacle is production of alienation, and is nothing but economy that develops for it's own sake. The culture of spending and consuming is being shaped, and the meaning of leisure and free time is no longer a free choice of individual – it is in fact subordinated to market and accumulation of profit. The spectacle produces estranged (in)activites, like watching TV, shopping, social networking and encourages isolation thus creating „a lonely crowd“. Allthough the subjects are participating voluntarily in this market, they are not aware of their own participation and of production of the spectacle itself. The rise of media and techonological advancement shapes our reality more and more, manages social and individual activity and influences the organisation of social structures and subjects. The main idea of this project is to examine how an individual lives in such a society, how he helps to build it and how he manages the consequences of this spectacle production, which is so important and visible today, and maybe even more actual then in 1967. when Debord wrote his work.

Experience report Ivana Kalc:

"The residency in ICI-CCN Montpellier for my new solo performance Melodrama was exciZng, as it was the start of choreographic process a[er the iniZal theoreZcal research on Society of Spectacle (Guy Debord). I came to Montpellier with composer and musician Josip Maršić and we were pleseantly surprised by the logisZc and technical support we received. Since we had our residency in july 2021., the place was peaceful and quiet, so we had the luxury to completely dive into the subject of our research, enjoyong the solitude and peaceful concentraZon which enabled us to create with full commitment. Old historical center of Montpellier provided us with great food and wine, and we really felt that our work has a pleasant balance between rest, inspiraZon and creaZve effort. At this moment we are close to premiere - Melodrama will be presented on 10.09.2021. in HKD (Rijeka, CroaZa) and hopefully we will have a chance to come back to Montpellier to share the final product of this amazing residency with our hosts and their audience."

Gallery Pics © Ivana Kalc

15.07.21 - 23.07.21

ICI - CCN de Montpellier

supported/organized by ICI – CCN de Montpellier