Past event
9 Jun 2024 18:00

Življenje

Life
Final Performance of the Pirueta Ballet School
Organised by: Baletna šola Pirueta d.o.o.

The performance "Life" is viewed through the character of a writer searching for herself in today's fast-paced, fragmented, and fleeting world. In her desire to create something lasting, she begins to write the first chapters of a book: The Joy of Creation, Under the Open Sky, and Encounter. However, she loses her inspiration, the meaning of writing, and consequently, herself. She finds herself in a deep crisis, unable to see a way out of the darkness.

The hope and strength to start anew come from children, whose sincerity brings light into her life like a light at the end of the tunnel. She decides to set aside all external distractions, discards what she has already written, and begins to write her own life story. She builds it like an arch spanning three generations: from the light of childhood, through the storms of adolescence, to the harmony of adulthood.

"The choreographies by Alja Zaletelj, Georgeta Capraroiu, Sara Pucihar, Tjaša Bucik, Urška Grad, and Luka Žiher in the performance 'Life Connects Through a Red Thread' – the character of a writer who, through her quest, speaks to us and invites us to identify with her story, listen to ourselves, and find our own light, harmony, and meaning in life that will also touch other human hearts." Luka Žiher, Director

Življenje

8 Jun 2024 19:00
9 Jun 2024 18:00
8 Jun 2024 19:00
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18,00 | 24,00 EUR

31 Oct 19:30

Moj živòt je ROKentROL

Satirical rock cabaret – musical comedy
Organised by: Prospot d.o.o.

Moj živòt je ROKentROL (My Life is ROKentROL) is a fresh, contemporary theatrical event about the life metamorphosis of the rock generation. The story is an unconventional reflection, reckoning, and summary of an individual's life before entering the "mature" phase, while holding an unrelenting mirror of reality to society, the world, and, above all, to oneself, with the help of humor, comedy, and self-irony.

In the performance, Gojmir Lešnjak transforms into the rock singer Gojc and performs thirteen original songs. The rock concert atmosphere is repeatedly interrupted by various intruders: a janitor, a journalist, a salesman, a businessman (all portrayed on stage by Jaša Jamnik), who get entangled in various misunderstandings and conflicts with all the performers.

All the songs, which originate from a diverse palette of rock music styles, including blues, country, pop, reggae, swing, rap, and funk, are performed live by the band of seasoned musicians, VIS d’Dohtars, comprising guitar virtuoso Robert Pikl, the exceptional Jože Hauko on bass, the impactful Peter Ogrinc on drums, and the brilliant keyboardist and musical director Miran Juvan.

The musical and stage event Moj živòt je ROKentROL is recommended for rock music enthusiasts of all ages, from S to XXL, and for all fans of relentless humor – people who think for themselves.

Moj živòt je ROKentROL

31 Oct 19:30
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35,00 | 39,00 EUR

Avtorja in režiserja: Gojmir Lešnjak Gojc, Jaša Jamnik // Avtor songov: Gojmir Lešnjak Gojc // Glasbeno vodenje: Miran Juvan // Igrata: Gojmir Lešnjak Gojc, Jaša Jamnik // VIS d’Dohtars: Robert Pikl (kitara), Jože Hauko (bas), Peter Ogrinc (bobni), Miran Juvan (klaviature) // Produkcija: Smejmo se

19 Oct 18:00

Ne! je moč

Organised by: Mladinska knjiga Založba d. d.

Aljoša will mark the release of his new book Ne! je moč (No! Is Power) with another one of his talents. As a sold-out lecturer and inspiring motivator, his new talk "No! is Power" will offer a fresh motivational treat for all those who wish to bring more stability, joy, and above all, solid, healthy boundaries into their lives. Don’t miss the unique opportunity to get your hands on the new book while enjoying an unforgettable gathering with friends at Cankarjev dom, where the event will also feature a discussion with the author and a book signing.

Aljoša Bagola is a creative mastermind and a pioneer of bestsellers in our country. As Slovenia's Creative Director of the Decade, he withdrew from the advertising world following a severe burnout and redirected his love for creativity into writing books. His debut, How to Burn Out and Take Life into Your Own Hands, captivated readers and became the best-selling book of 2020 in Slovenia. His second book, Happiness, Please, climbed to second place on the best-sellers list two years later. Together, both books have nearly ten reprints and are also bestsellers in Croatia. Aljoša has been awarded the title of Fatal Man for his contribution to raising awareness about the importance of mental health and has been chosen as the ambassador for the first national anti-stigmatization campaign for mental health by NIJZ.


 

Ne! je moč

19 Oct 18:00
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15 EUR, komplet knjiga Ne! je moč in vstopnica za dogodek: 39,99 EUR

10 Nov 19:30

Bertolt Brecht: Saint Joan of the Stockyards

Directed by: Davide Sacco, Agata Tomšič / ErosAntEros

Economy, capital, financial speculation, exploitation of workers – these are the major themes at the heart of Saint Joan of the Stockyards by Bertolt Brecht. The play was written after the great collapse of the New York Stock Exchange in 1929, which brought about, first in the United States and then in Europe, ten years of economic crisis, industrial failures, land abandonment, unemployment, poverty, continuing right up to the Second World War. Today we are in permacrisis, the centres of production have shifted, the great working masses no longer live in the privileged West and the owners are more difficult to identify, but the exploitation of living beings and resources has not stopped; on the contrary, it has generated other changes, such as global warming, wars, pandemics, energetic crises – consequences of the same diseased economic system. All of this continues to make Saint Joan of the Stockyards a contemporary text that addresses issues close to us and offers us the opportunity to connect them in a dialectical relation to our present through the use of reality videos. And if the billionaires reread Marx to save capitalism from itself, we reread Saint Joan of the Stockyards to free ourselves from it, bringing it to the scene with a staging in which Brecht’s words are entrusted to actors of different languages, precisely because in the age of globalisation, only by joining forces we can achieve the revolution that will ensure that future generations continue living on this planet. The music for the project is composed and performed on stage by the cult band Laibach.



 

Performance in Italian, Slovenian, German, English with surtitles.

Bertolt Brecht: Saint Joan of the Stockyards

10 Nov 19:30
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23,00 | 28,00 EUR

18,00 | 24,00 EUR * * EUR for younger than 25 and older than 65, as well as pensioners.

Cast: Klemen Kovačič, Danilo Nigrelli, Ivan Peternelj, Katarina Stegnar, Blaž Šef, Agata Tomšič, Matija Vastl
Vocals: Milan Fras
Vocals, effects: Mina Špiler
Drums: Bojan Krhlanko
Synthesizer: Rok Lopatič
Guitar, effects: Vitja Balžalorsky
In video: Felix Adams, Marco Lorenzini, Maximilien Ludovicy-Blom, Wolfram Koch, Pitt Simon, Philippe Thelen
In audio: Boris Kos, Robert Prebil, Matej Recer, Klemen Ulrih, Vito Weis

 

Translation (Slovenian): Mojca Kranjc
Translation (Italian): Franco Fortini, Ruth Leiser
Translation (English): Ralph Manheim
Concept, Set design: Davide Sacco, Agata Tomšič / ErosAntEros
Original live music: Laibach
Composer: Matevž Kolenc
Dramaturgy: Urška Brodar, Florian Hirsch, Aldo Milohnić, Agata Tomšič
Video design: Akaša Bojić, Luka Umek / Komposter
Lighting design: Vincenzo Bonaffini
Sound design: Matej Gobec, Marko Turel
Costume design: Arianna Fantin
Language consultant (Slovenian): Mateja Dermelj
Direction and dramaturgy assistant: Ula Talija Pollak
 

Technical direction: Massimo Gianaroli
Stage manager: Liam Hlede
Head machinist: Alfonso Pintabuono
Props: Luca Piga
Head electrician: Lorenzo Maugeri
Tonski tehnik: Andrea Melega
Video technician: Salvatore Pulpito
Wardrobe: Eleonora Terzi
Surtitles: Tina Malič

Co-production: Emilia Romagna Teatro ERT / National Theatre, Mladinsko Theatre in cooperation with Cankarjev dom, TNL – Luxembourg National Theatre, Stable Theatre Bolzano, ErosAntEros – POLIS Teatro Festival

18 Jun 20:00

Latvian National Ballet: Nijinski

Set and costume design: Michaela Springer
Realization stage and costumes for LNOB: Marvin Ott
Lighting design: Udo Haberland
Dramaturgy: Esther Dreesen-Schaback
Staging: Fabio Palombo

Running time: 90 minutes

 

Marco Goecke's choreography transcends biographical aspects and addresses fundamental issues, articulating and reflecting on the magic and value of art, as well as stressing the huge sacrifice it requires of all creative minds. 

Nijinski is a contemporary ballet performance by the choreographer Marco Goecke that deals with the ballet dancer and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky. It reveals the most important moments in Nijinsky’s life on and off stage showing how closely art and madness are related.

One of the previous century’s most unconventional artists, Nijinsky intoxicated audiences with virtuoso leaps and androgynous charisma, and his revolutionary choreographies provoked scandals. The 1913 Paris premiere of The Rite of Spring caused something of a stir and continues to be one of the biggest scandals in theatre history today. A storm of similar proportions was aroused by the explicit eroticism in his ballet The Afternoon of a Faun (L'Apres-Midi d'un Faune) based on Claude Debussy's score. The artistic path of Nijinsky was closely linked to a battle with schizophrenia and a descent into madness. He spent the last thirty years of his life in mental asylums.

Marco Goecke's choreography transcends biographical aspects and addresses fundamental issues, articulating and reflecting the magic and value of art, as well as stressing the huge sacrifice it requires of all creative minds. 

Nijinski received its premiere at the Theaterhaus Stuttgart’s Gauthier Dance festival to great acclaim in 2016; since then, it has been performed on worldwide tours to great success. In 2017 Marco Goecke received the Italian prize “Danza&Danza” for Nijinski as the best choreography of the year.

Latvian National Ballet: Nijinski

18 Jun 20:00
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18,00 I 24,00 I 28,00 EUR

15,00 I 20,00 I 25,00 EUR* * EUR for younger than 25 and older than 65, as well as pensioners.

10% family discount on 2 and more tickets purchased for the same event

Past event
16 May 2024 18:00

Lila=Igra življenja

Lila = The Game of Life
Organised by: Inštitut za celostno vzgojo in izobraževanje otrok Lila

The concert where the children's imagination from Lila Primary School transforms into orchestral arrangements, curated by Martin Jošt, and stories that can only be told through magical music. The imprint of modern times through children's eyes under the creative leadership of Kristijan Crnica - Kikifly, along with his musical friends, including appearances by Alenka Godec, Saša Lešnjek, Regina, Tinkara Kovač, Vili Resnik, BePop ladies, and others. The event will be hosted by actress Mojca Fatur, with production credits going to director Urška Žnideršič, music producer Janez Križaj, and event producer Maja Monrue, in collaboration with the management of Lila Primary School Ljubljana.

Lila=Igra življenja

16 May 2024 18:00
16 May 2024 18:00
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18,00 EUR

Past event
20 Apr 2024 19:30

Big Band RTV Slovenija featuring Carmen Bradford

Conductor Sigi Feigl
Multiple Grammy award winner Carmen Bradford is coming to Ljubljana in April.

Big Band RTV Slovenija will host Carmen Bradford, a unique and remarkable artist who was just recently honored with another Grammy Award for the "Best Large Jazz Ensemble" as a vocalist with the Count Basie Orchestra, just a couple of weeks ago! Don’t miss this unique chance to hear this amazing artist performing live with the Big Band RTV Slovenija under the artistic guidance of Austrian conductor Sigi Feigl in Cankarjev dom in Ljubljana. 

Carmen was discovered and hired by William "Count" Basie at the age of 22 years old and was the featured vocalist in the legendary Count Basie Orchestra for nine years. She has since performed and/or recorded with Wynton Marsalis, John Clayton, along with the Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra, Nancy Wilson, George Benson, Frank Sinatra, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and countless other artists around the world. 

Carmen performed on two Grammy Award-winning albums with the Count Basie Orchestra in the 1980s and later collaborated on a third Grammy Award-winning album, "Big Boss Band," with guitarist George Benson in 1991. Carmen Bradford's 2004 release, "Home With You" (Azica Records), is a warm and beautiful collection of vocal and piano duets with jazz great Shelly Berg. The album is yet another departure for Carmen, offering her fans a stripped-down, intimate portrait of the artist they have grown to love. Carmen Bradford returned to her big band roots with the release from "Sherrie Maricle & The DIVA Jazz Orchestra" featured on 'Live from Jazz At Lincoln Centers Dizzy's Place." This also brought Carmen back to her big band family, The Count Basie Orchestra, which she continues to tour with to this day. Carmen Bradford has never stopped performing with her Basie family, the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra. Even after all these years, Carmen has always said, "when they call me, I go." She has never forgotten Mr. Basie, who opened that wonderful door and gave her wings. The 2019 Grammy-nominated album, "All About That Basie" with the Count Basie conducted by Scotty Barnhart on Concord Records, featuring Carmen Bradford, Stevie Wonder, Take 6, among several others - it just doesn't get any better than this. 

Carmen Bradford's body of work reflects a vast depth of musical experience and technical brilliance. She is also recognized for the overwhelming passion she brings to the lyric. Carmen Bradford has truly contributed to the perpetuation and preservation of this great American art form called jazz and continues to do so.
 

Big Band RTV Slovenija featuring Carmen Bradford

20 Apr 2024 19:30
20 Apr 2024 19:30
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18,00 | 20,00 | 25,00 EUR

12,00 | 18,00 | 22,00 EUR * * EUR for younger than 25 and older than 65, as well as pensioners.

19 Mar 2024 20:00

Fabula in Theory: Georgi Gospodinov

Time Shelter is the third novel by the Bulgarian writer Georgi Gospodinov whose second novel, The Physics of Sorrow, captivated Slovenian audiences at the 2015 Fabula Festival. Published in 2020 and translated into 16 languages, Time Shelter won the Bulgarian Book of the Year Award (2021) and landed on the New Yorker's list of “Best Books of 2022 So Far”. The novel's protagonist is a mysterious therapist Gaustine, jumping back and forth in time. After vanishing for a brief spell, he reappears in Zurich. Gaustine opens a “clinic for the past” that offers a promising treatment for Alzheimer’s sufferers by recreating the pasts in which they felt most secure: each floor reproduces a decade in minute detail. But, as the rooms become more convincing, an increasing number of healthy people seek out the clinic as a “time shelter”. This development results in an unexpected conundrum when the past begins to invade the present. Switching between different narrative levels, this brilliant satire on humanity addresses the question of how to live with a critical lack of future. An extravagant and brilliantly written novel that once again testifies to Gospodinov's writing skill.

The novel has been translated by Borut Omerzel.


Bulgarian writer, poet and playwright Georgi Gospodinov (born in 1968 in Yambol) is one of the most prominent European voices and the most translated Bulgarian writer since the fall of communism. His first novel, Natural Novel (1999; Slovenian translation 2005) has been translated into more than 20 languages. His critically acclaimed novel The Physics of Sorrow (2011; Slovenian translation 2015) won the Bulgarian Book of the Year Award (2021) and was shortlisted for seven prizes. The first Bulgarian author to win the International Booker's Prize, Gospodinov also writes poetry and plays, and has authored a graphic novel, several books of short stories and an opera libretto. Blind Vaysha, an animated short film adapted from Gospodinov’s philosophical short story, was shortlisted for the 2017 Oscar Awards. He lives wherever his books take him.

Fabula in Theory: Georgi Gospodinov

19 Mar 2024 20:00
19 Mar 2024 20:00
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Past event
10 Mar 2024 19:30

MN Dance Company: The Distance

Modern inventions that improve human life definitely work, but at the same time interfere with the millennia-old ways of life, natural patterns of existence, biological rhythms, social life of humans and thus threaten the humans’ physical and mental health.

The concept of distance is intrinsic and very familiar to modern society. It could be social and physical distance, or individuals’ distancing on physical, and consequently social, mental and spiritual levels. The modern way of life and the implementation of digital technology decrease between people and render it more meagre and formalised. Modern inventions that improve human life definitely work, but at the same time interfere with the millennia-old ways of life, natural patterns of existence, biological rhythms, social life of humans and thus threaten the humans’ physical and mental health. Distance, which during the recent covid era acquired very particular dimensions, further deepened the split between people, alienation, individualism, and individuals’ distance from themselves – all things that were already present in modern society. At the same time, it accelerated the development of digitalisation of the society, and artificial intelligence. And it is the latter, recently in explosive expansion, that opens new possibilities for technological advancement of humanity, while at the same time amplifying the most dangerous distance of all – the distance from reality, a reality that humans as social animals need so very badly.

The topical dance production does not distance itself from the burning social issues and uses dance to intervene in the essence of human existence – closeness. The closeness of the body, the fellow human, the co-creator, the world and the planet on which we live. The international cast of the MN Dance Company in coproduction with the SNT Nova Gorica will contribute to connecting and gathering, overcoming any kind of distance, which is also the motto of the EPK 2025.

The only reality we cannot deny is the one that we feel in our bodies.
- Michal Rynia and Nastja Bremec Rynia

MN Dance Company: The Distance

10 Mar 2024 19:30
10 Mar 2024 19:30
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18,00 EUR

14,00 EUR * * EUR for younger than 25 and older than 65, as well as pensioners.

1 Hour and 5 Minutes

Choreographers and Authors of Visual Image: Michal Rynia, Nastja Bremec Rynia
Dramaturg: Ana Kržišnik Blažica
Composer: Mateja Starič
Light Designer: Matjaž Bajc
Sound Designer: Stojan Nemec
Designers of Scenic Elements and Props: Hana Huseinspahic, Gorazd Prinčič

Dancers: Eri Nishibara, Luka Vodopivec, Pietro Di Salvo, Alessio Saccheri, Michal Rynia, Nastja Bremec Rynia, Marie da Silva, Paula Garcia, Erica Modotti, Rebecca Granzotto, Luca Marchi, Tjaša Bucik 

Co-production: MN Dance Company, GO! 2025 - European Capital of Culture

Co-production Cankarjev dom, SNG Nova Gorica

 

The project is co-financed by GO! 2025 - European Capital of Culture, Nova Gorica

 

29 Feb 2024 19:00

Gray on Gray: Dr. Frank Ruda and Dr. Mladen Dolar

Series of lectures by great philosophical figures

Dr. Frank Ruda, a German philosopher well-known to Slovenian audiences, will also ground his reflections on Hegel. More specifically, on the last evening of the series Dr. Ruda will focus on Hegel's description of Logic: "(...) a kingdom of shadows, the world of simple essences, freed from all sensuous concretion.” He will consider this point also through the prism of Brecht's thoughts on Hegel's intriguing formulations. Dr. Mladen Dolar will focus on the philosophical implications of homonymy. A random homonymy of completely different words can serve as a sound version of gray on gray and calls for a reflection on how to detect a difference between things that look or sound the same. Philosophy has always shunned homonymy, which, through accidental collisions, brings disorder and chaos to the necessity of logos and philosophical concepts. However, Dr. Dollar will seek to determine whether these slips of logos might not very well be the very bearers of the speculative dimension of thought.
Jela Krečič

It has been three decades since Alen Ožbolt took over designing the Problemi magazine and the Analecta book collection. 34 years and about 280 headlines – an imposing output and one virtually unparalleled in the publishing industry. Thirty years of book covers, designs all sharing the same starting point, but each and every one singularly unique, and nearly all alluding to the content with great subtlety. The inspiration behind the design concept was the famous quote from Hegel: “When philosophy paints its gray on gray then has a form of life grown old, and with gray on gray it cannot be rejuvenated but only known.”

The design concept is thus in sync with the concept underpinning the theory that evolved in the hundreds of volumes published in the Analecta collection and in the Problemi journal, a theory that has gained worldwide renown over the recent decades. Therefore, it makes perfect sense that the Silver Windows book cover exhibition is accompanied by events that will reflect in various ways on the underlying premises and scope of this theory, grounding their reflections in gray on gray. Organised on the initiative of Dr. Jela Krečič, the series of lectures will accompany Silver Windows, an exhibition dedicated to the Problemi magazine covers designed by Alen Ožbolt on view in Cankarjev dom’s Foyer I. 

Gray on Gray: Dr. Frank Ruda and Dr. Mladen Dolar

29 Feb 2024 19:00
29 Feb 2024 19:00
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