FESTIVAL LENT 2018 – 27th OPEN DANCE SCENE 2018, June 20 – 23


20. 6. 2018, at 20.00, Maribor Puppet Theatre, Great Hall



Wordless, with her roots anchored deep in the soil, her only company being the wind, whispering about foreign places. About a dream you can hardly imagine, swishing through thin branches and shivering leaves. The birch is a tree of a faraway promise, forever young and agile, but infinitely grieving. She offers consolation in solitude, softens the edges, and melts the boundary between the sky and the earth. She is one – and all. Micro connections and shared consciousness. Forgetting all memories, having no expectations, this is not a story, it is only a flash of now and here, or never and nowhere. 


photo: Amy Anne Kennedy


Choreography: April Veselko
Performed by: Rebeka Hanžel, April Veselko
Costume design: Nena Florjančič
Music: April Veselko
Produced by: Dance Centre Maribor
Supported by: RS Ministry of Culture



Sailing stones are a geological phenomenon where rocks inexplicably move and inscribe long tracks along deserted landscapes. The trails they leave behind differ in both direction and length. The rocks, weighing several kilograms, move on their own or simultaneously in groups. The sailing stones phenomenon has been studied for over a century; however, the mystery of the moving rocks remains unresolved.
The performance brings together three young choreographers: Monja Lorenčič, April Veselko, and Maja Lamovšek, whose specific choreographic approaches have broken down the theme of the performance in three parts: Time, Dark Clouds, and I Move, Therefore I Am. 


potujoči kamni
photo: Saša Huzjak


Concept and choreography: April Veselko, Monja Lorenčič, Maja Lamovšek
Performed by: Študijski Izbin Kolektiv / ŠIK: Eva Rakić, Vita Trantura, Vita Rosc, Manca Božič, Katarina Kolar, Jasha Robnik, Julija Tertinek, Nika Zidar, Hana Pivljakovič, Vanja Kolanović, Nadja Spasovski
Guest dancers from Plesna izba Maribor, Contemporary 3: Ana Edelbaher, Hana Ledinek, Hana Perkovič, Jerneja Brumec, Lana Pavšič, Anja Spasovski
Artistic direction: Nina Milin
Costume design: Nena Florjančič
Graphic design:  Robert Veselko
Executive production: Živa Vrbič
Produced by:  Plesna izba Maribor
Supported by: Republic of Slovenia Public Fund for Cultural Activities



Do bodies move from their own impulses or as a consequence of a system?
Do bodies move from their own impulses or as a consequence of a system?
Do bodies move from their own impulses or as a consequence of a system?

Loop the question until you get the answer.

The project presents an interplay of pre-structured compositions and the search for authentic artistry of movement, performed by three diverse movers and inspired by the compositions of Karlheinz Stockahusen.
We loop inside our mental patterns – fearing we might come up with something new. The closed system of a dance academy pushed the author of the project to ask herself about her freedom (as mover as well as a person) and to address the question of how much the systems around us block us in our endeavours.
Do we want to loop on the same spot or can we step out of the loops, patterns, and systems, and recognise the connections?

play a vibration in the rhythm of your body
play a vibration in the rhythm of your heart
play a vibration in the rhythm of your breathing
play a vibration in the rhythm of your thinking
play a vibration in the rhythm of your intuition
play a vibration in the rhythm of your enlightenment
play a vibration in the rhythm of the universe

mix these vibrations freely
and leave enough silence in between

(Composition by Karlheinz Stockhausen, From the Seven days, 1968)


loop the loop
photo: Matic Ačko


Concept and choreography: Maja Lamovšek
Performed by: Rebeka Hanžel (SLO), Simona Štangova (SVK), Maja Lamovšek (SLO)
Music: Maja Lamovšek, Karlheinz Stockahusen, Bjork, Alva Notto
Video: Matic Ačko
Production: Dance Centre Maribor
Coproduction: Festival Lent, Open Dance Scene Maribor

21. 6. 2018, at 20.00, Maribor Puppet Theatre, Great Hall


BDP dancers aim to build bridges between the people of the Balkan region. They are connected through the same traditional roots, religion, history, and art.
The exceptional young dancers of the Balkan Dance Project will perform Cankar's Burlesque.



As a tectonic cataclysm, the scandal, woven out of the bright colours of life, passion, love, and challenges, brings to the surface the people’s self-centred egotism, lies, double morality, and greed – which is so carefully hidden under the cloak of innocence and honesty.

Choreography: Aleksandar Ilić in cooperation with Mojca Majcen
Direction, dramaturgy: Aleksandar Nikolić
Costume design: Neira Sinanbašić, Melisa Musić
Music arrangement: Lana Toković @ Studio Lana
Performed by: Mojca Majcen (SLO), Ema Janković (CRO), Zujejha Kećo,Branko Mitrović (BiH), Luka Živković, Jakša Filipovac (SRB)
Production: Festival Velenje, Tanzelarija Sarajevo, Inštitut za umetničku igru Srbije
Supported by: Ministry of Culture RS



(Inspired by the beauty of sevdalinka)

Sevdalinka is a unique national musical expression of Bosnia and Herzegovina, intensely intertwined with the spirit of melancholy.
The combination of the traditional and the modern has enabled choreographer Igor Kirov to express himself and his choreographic poetry.

Choreography, set design, costume design: Igor Kirov (MKD)
Music: Božo Vrećo, Amira Medunjanin, Marko Luis
Performed by: Mojca Majcen (SLO), Ema Janković (CRO), Zujejha Kećo,Branko Mitrović (BiH), Luka Živković, Jakša Filipovac (SRB)
Production: Festival Velenje, Tanzelarija Sarajevo, Inštitut za umetničku igru Srbije, Profesionalno udruženje baletskih umetnika, koreografa i pedagoga Srbije, Balkan Dance project 2017
Supported by: Ministry of Culture RS


22. 6. 2017, at 20.00, Slovene National Theatre Maribor, Small Stage


About the performance
Contemporary dance - - -
Moving. Resting.
Human body, multiple possibilities of expression.
Walking, sitting, running, looking, hugging, jumping, turning, screaming.
A mediator between an individual's internal universe and surroundings, with an innovative use of the entire body mechanics. Moving the boundaries of the known, and re‑defining the body.
Fluidity, boldness, abstraction. Micro feelings in the body.
A serious artistic practice with relatively high entry barriers for outsiders?
Free mind.
Approaching the body with curiosity, acceptance, and without fearing the unknown.
Ground. Rolling.
Openness for interpretation, openness to misunderstanding.
Accessibility. Every day, everywhere.

The project will provide the audience with a platform for a different perception of stage movement, which fluctuates somewhere between abstraction and concretization. We will touch upon the issue of misunderstanding‑understanding of contemporary dance, trying to bring it closer to the wider audience with the help of the elements they are acquainted with: sound, video, text, and concise movement actions.

Concept, choreography & dance: Katarina Barbara Kavčič
Dramaturgy: Nika Leskovšek
Music: Marko Jaušovec (EMVI)
Song: Кукла; Mitraljez
Set design: Vita Kolar (EMVI)
Video: Kristina Rešek
Light design & technical solutions: Janko Oven
Costume design: Nena Florjančič
Creative droducer: Katja Somrak
Produced by: Dance Theatre Ljubljana – PTL Debut 2017
Co-produced by: KD Center plesa Maribor
Thanks to: Boris Revo, GT22, all survey participants & extras

The programme of Dance Theatre Ljubljana is subsidized by the Ministry of Culture RS and Municipality of Ljubljana, Department for Culture.


23. 6. 2017, at 20.00, Slovene National Theatre Maribor, Small Stage


Dance-theatre performance

 “The essence of humanity is hidden inside a block of marble. The block was taken from the mountain and now it awaits further processing in the middle of a geomet­ric field. We cannot understand it easily. It is perfect and yet full of cracks, black fluid runs through its white veins. This fluid carries in itself long forgotten ideas and stirs emotions torn from the heart.”

Marble shoes is a contemporary dance-theatre performance that combines various theatre languages to form empty spaces for the dance of the soundscapes. To get to the dance, we fall through the cracks of our own psyche only to be captured by the water that prevails. The state of powerlessness makes communication difficult and altered movement through the liquid can be frightening.

The performance is based on flamenco dance that undergoes structural trans­formations throughout the performance. Flamenco rhythms merge with original electronic music, fragments of the dance communicate with spoken words, com­bining various forms of expression into a whole. Movement and voice, the dance of the sounds that replace words, the dance that finds a word and forces it to answer with a cry, the form that absorbs words, the voice that guides the movement. Sometimes trapped, sometimes support­ed by the rhythm, sometimes completely free.

Art direction: Anja Mejač
Choreography: Anja Mejač, Sasha Sasic
Dramaturgy: Katja Černe, Mojca Uršič
Original music: Tine Grgurević
Additional sound creation: Anja Mejač, Tim Crnek, Voranc Boh, Vasja Štukelj
Scenography: Anja Mejač, Tomaž Zarifa
Costume design: Katarina Šavs
Light design: Igor Remeta
Dance film: Anja Mejač, Fabris Šulin, Črt Potočnik
Photography: Ajda Schmidt
Performing: Anja Mejač, Voranc Boh
Sound design: Tim Crnek
Cajon: Vasja Štukelj
Special thanks to: Tanja Zgonc, Jasna Vastl  


Open Dance Scene at Lent Festival is supported by:

Festival Lent, Narodni dom Maribor, Public Fund for Cultural Activities of the Republic of Slovenia, Maribor Puppet Theatre, Slovene National Theatre Maribor

Executive production:

Minka Veselič Kološa


Lent or 5,00 EUR

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