PSR Co-festival Ljubljana

PSR Co-festival Ljubljana

For this year’s celebratory tenth edition, CoFestival, the international festival of contemporary dance, which will take place in Ljubljana from 25 November to 1 December 2021, will feature various aspects of in-depth “movement research” that distinguish contemporary dance from functional kinetics, such as those on display at the Tokyo Olympics. As it is not true that we want empty venues, we urge you to set aside the late autumn evening dates in your notebooks today and come see the spectacular and exploratory choreographic works of the currently confirmed artists Isabelle Schad, Christos Papadopoulos, Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion, Sheena McGrandles, Mala Kline, Andreja Rauch Podrzavnik, Roni Chadash and Anna Nowicka. Even though you don’t know it yet, rest assured that you don’t want to miss their performances. You will be able to attend the performances at various venues around Ljubljana, in Kino Šiška, the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, the Ljubljana Dance Theatre and at Španski Borci.

CoFestival was created in 2012 when the festivals Pleskavica (Nomad Dance Academy Slovenija), Ukrep, a festival of dance perspectives (until 2013, Dance Theatre Ljubljana), and the Modul Dance programme (Kino Šiška, as a member of the European Dancehouse Network) merged. It was named after the international movement of precarious workers co-working, which was hosted by Kino Šiška at the time. Over the past ten years, the festival has hosted around 180 events with many of the most renowned national and international artists. CoFestival is a place of socialising, collaboration, knowledge exchange, contextual thinking on contemporary dance and its development.

Through the years, a number of excellent local photographers have accompanied CoFestival, providing the festival’s photo story with their views and crops.

The following Life Long Burning project activities are featured within the festival:

Sunday, 28th November, 2021, at 8:00 p.m.
Kino Šiška, Katedrala Hall
So That The Audience Does Not Know Whether I Have Stopped Dancing... (2021)
, film and discussion evening
Organisation: Kino Šiška and NDA Slovenija
Free entry

The well-known title phrase, borrowed from Trisha Brown, very accurately describes the problem that emerged in public when dancers and choreographers in contemporary dance began to explore and problematize movement that was stylistically and formally unmarked, unencumbered and unrepresented. When dance gave up its desire to create an impression and to manifest a technical skill, a space was created for a wide range of movements in the public sphere and an interest in their morphology, procedures and unfolding over time. In this film and discussion evening, we will present excerpts from various sources in order to configure the developmental logics of a phenomenon that was once entitled Movement Research.

Moderated and Hosted by: Dragana Alfirević and Rok Vevar


Monday, 29th November, 2021, at 3:00 p.m.
Kino Šiška, Komuna Hall
Movement Research (2021), a conference
where the thinking moves
Organisation: Kino Šiška and NDA Slovenija
Free entry

Movement Research practical conference will focus on contemporary approaches and practices, artists whose work, at least in certain segments, is devoted to movement research in an experiential, analytical and methodological way. Historically, the emergence of movement research has not only generated systems that have moved away from techniques (like somatics), nor exclusively functional systems that have dealt with the health aspects of kinetics, but has produced individual and group dance practices that have fundamentally changed the idiom of contemporary dance, moving it from stylistic-formal approaches to a time in which movement is changing, transforming and evolving.

The conference is dedicated to local and regional artists who are producing dance movement in a procedural way (with tasks, agreed principles, scores, instructions and other tools) and transforming it into a responsive material through sensual kinetics. It will be subjected to questions of what we do, how we do it and how others perceive it, what is choreography beyond the formalist object or the expressive production of the dance subject. We believe that somatic practices transcend the exclusive space and time of the studio, and that they are the site of a sensibility and mindfulness that, in contact with the public, can become political action, since their constitutive and indistinguishable link between the action and its reception, to which both dancer and spectator are subject, has the power of communal confrontation and consolidation, and can ultimately be the producer of individual ethical integrities. In Slovenia, movement research lacks visibility and recognition, and is largely excluded from cultural-political and production systems, despite the fact that there is a great deal of interest in it in the Slovenian contemporary dance scene, as artists are creating their own practices on a remarkable scale. The event will address questions of artistic, studio research as a relevant autonomous practice, and will pose them in a problematic and dialogic manner.

Guests: Aleksandra Janeva Imfeld, Katja Legin, Matej Kejžar, Anja Bornšek, Jan Rozman, Zrinka Šimičić Mihanović and others


Monday, 29th November, 2021, at 7:00 p.m.
Kino Šiška, Katedrala Hall
Yasen Vasilev: Impossible Actions (2021), performance
Organisation: Kino Šiška and NDA Slovenija
Free entry (with Cultural Euro contribution)

Bulgarian artist Yasen Vasilev is a dramaturge, poet, playwright and choreographer whose talents present a somewhat surprising combination of artistic practices and media, which in reality happens less often than we would like. In 2020, he won the Central European Initiative Award at Vilenica, our oldest international literary festival, which aims to encourage cross-country cooperation and promotion in the field of literature for young authors from the CEI member states. In this year’s CoFestival, Jasen Vasilev will participate with a portable choreographic format that involves working with local dance artists. Impossible Actions by Yasen Vasilev is a procedural work for ten performers who grapple with the procedures (structure, tasks and dramaturgy) of the dance solo Nutricula in order to activate it together in the fairly precisely measured and structured time of the work. The work begins in extreme slow motion, continuing with a series of tasks in which the participants work separately, only to come together in a spatial merger and a change of light in the sequence entitled »Echo«, where, in the open end of the work, they leave their separate spaces, their agreed tasks and concepts, and come together in a common play with each other, with duration and with the audience. The endings of Impossible Actions have had different outcomes in different versions: spectators have left the venue, some have returned later and stayed until the end. Impossible Actions is a combination of a precisely structured and open-ended work, and a task for both performers and spectators, who try to find possible solutions to the impossible stakes, to take their imaginations beyond the familiar and comfortable, and to provide the impossible with »realistic alternatives«. 

Author and Choreographer: Yasen Vasilev
Performers: workshop participants 


Tuesday, 30th November, 2021, at 4:00 p.m.
Kino Šiška, Komuna Hall
Infrastructure and Working Conditions, screening and discussion
Organisation: Kino Šiška and NDA Slovenija
Free entry

The issue of space is very fundamentally linked to movement research, as this is only possible if the conditions for it exist in terms of time, space, temperature and hygiene. In movement research, rehearsal spaces are transformed into studios, working dance spaces that, with their specific materiality, provide the experimental, methodological and analytical parameters that can be used to translate research into results. At the same time, movement research also requires premises in which the results or processes can be shared with a public that is willing to engage with kinetic-dance research with their own gaze. After watching a film about the Tala Dance School in Zagreb, which helped transform the contemporary dance landscape of Zagreb, we will discuss such issues with our guests. We are interested in different examples and dynamics in the infrastructure for performing arts and the ways of managing them – what is physical space and how can it be shaped to meet the needs of a certain way of working and a certain community?

The discussion will be moderated by Tjaša Pureber. 

TALA / to-gether, documentary film
Authors: Tamara Curić, Larisa Lipovac Navojec, Aleksandra Janeva Imfeld
Directed and Edited by: Aleksandra Janeva Imfeld
Camera: Oliver Imfeld
Camera and Design: Hrvoje Jelinčić
Sound Editing: Predrag Bobić
Photos: Slavica Subotić MacCormick, Maja Kljaić, Tomislav Sporiš, Krunoslav Marinac, Đuro Gavran, archive of the Tala Dance Centre
Production: Tala Dance Centre
Supported by: Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia, Foundation Kultura Nova, Life Long Burning (EU Creative Europe Programme), NDA


Wednesday, 1st December, 2021, at 7:00pm
Kino Šiška, Komuna Hall
Voice of Dance (2021), presentation of the new issue of Maska, the performing arts journal
Organisation: Kino Šiška, NDA Slovenija and Maska
Free entry

The new issue of Maska, the performing arts journal, focuses on the use of voice in contemporary dance with its central theme, Voice of Dance. Even though the use of the dancer’s voice in choreography is not a new phenomenon, relatively little has been written about it. Last year’s CoFestival edition, entitled The Amplifiers of Voices, which was presented to the local audience partly online and partly live, focused on this very topic. CoFestival co-curator Jasmina Založnik approached the editors of Maska with the desire to give a stronger voice to choreo-vocal practices through a thematic section on the voice in dance, so that these practices could find their own, lasting forms of transmission and resonance through the medium of writing.

The presentation will be attended by co-editors of this issue of Maska: Jasmina Založnik, Pia Brezavšček and Rok Bozovičar with guests.

25.11.21 - 01.12.21

Ljubljana, SI

supported/organized by Nomad Dance Academy Slovenia