19 Mar 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 20:00
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10 Mar 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 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 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 19:00
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18 Dec 2023 18:00

Under the Free Sun

For audiences aged 13+

Inquiring into the national epic

The world premiere of Goran Vojnovič’s stage adaptation of Fran Saleški Finžgar’s historical novel is a saga about the struggle of oppressed people for freedom and love.

Under the Free Sun by Fran Saleški Finžgar is the great Slovenian historical novel and one of our canonical literary works, not only because its story inspired national feelings, but also because of its superb, epic opulence that half a century ago even intrigued Hollywood to think about turning it into a spectacular period drama. Unfortunately, nothing has (yet?) become of the idea, but The Tale of Our Ancient Forefathers received different literary, theatre and radio adaptations and was recently even adapted into a graphic novel by Damjan Stepančič and Goran Vojnović. The masterpiece which combines the epic story of the Slavic colonisation of the Balkans with the romantic love story between Iztok and Irena also inspired Goran Vojnović to write an original work for the stage – a contemporary interpretation of the myth, taking into account historical and political experiences from the time of the novel’s creation until today.

In the battle between the great, magnificent, magical, conquering and cruel Byzantium on the one side and the small, belligerent, freedom-hungry barbarians on the other, a fascinating fictional world emerges. In it, a mind game of recognising demons of one’s own time takes place, and very interesting and highly relevant questions are being opened. Who are today’s barbarians? Where is the Byzantium of today? Are we the barbarians on the edge of the powerful empire or are we the Byzantines that protect Byzantium from the penetrating barbarians? What is the state of our freedom? Are we now living under the free sun or not?

Just as reading Finžgar can still be exciting and attractive, the theatre production is also exciting and attractive, even spectacular. Although literary history classifies Under the Free Sun as a young adult novel, the novel itself and Vojnović’s interpretation are so complex and full of meaning that they will address a wide range of spectators. “All the questions that Finžgar asked are still relevant today, but the responses to them are more complicated, oftentimes incomplete, or even ambiguous, because, in today’s world, even the definition of who is a Byzantine and who a barbarian is unclear,” says the author of the adaptation.

Under the Free Sun

18 Dec 2023 18:00
18 Dec 2023 18:00
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7,50 EUR

Za šole

7,50 EUR 
10% popust za šolske skupine iz Ljubljane
15% popust za šolske skupine izven Ljubljane

Rezervacije: Kristina Jermančič Golc, kristina.jermancic@cd-cc.si

19 Dec 2023 10:00
20 Dec 2023 10:00
21 Dec 2023 10:00
19 Dec 2023 10:00
20 Dec 2023 10:00
21 Dec 2023 10:00
Več terminov

Director: Aleksandar Popovski
Dramaturg: Martina Mrhar
Language Consultant: Anja Pišot
Set Designer: Aleksandar Popovski
Costume Designer: Jelena Proković
Make-up Designer: Špela Ema Veble
Choreographer: Rosana Hribar
Author of visual art: Damijan Stepančič
Animator and Video Designer: Miran Bratuš
Composer*: Boštjan Gombač
Light Designers: Aleksandar Popovski, Marko Vrkljan
Assistant to Director: Stefani Hristova
Assistant to Set Designer: Matic Gselman
Assistant to Costume Designer: Saša Dragaš
* Voice (recorded in studio Savna): Jan Tomšič
 

PERFORMERS
Iztok: Matija Rupel
Irena: Eva Kraš
Rado: Blaž Dolenc
Črt: Matej Zemljič, guest artist 
Radovan: Iztok Mlakar
Volk: Gorazd Žilavec
Rustik: Viktor Hrvatin Meglič
Epaphroditus: Gorazd Jakomini
Justinian: Blaž Valič
Theodora: Arna Hadžialjević
Azbad: Robert Korošec, guest artist 
Svarun (recorded voice)
Žiga Saksida
Narrator (recorded voice)
Boštjan Gombač, guest artist 
 

Co-production: Slovene National Theatre Drama SNG Maribor, Slovene National Theatre SNG Nova Gorica, Cankarjev dom and Zavod Škrateljc
Duration: 90 minutes

Past event
3 Feb 2024 20:00

Steve Reich: Music For 18 Musicians

Studio for Contemporary Music, Academy of Music of the University of Ljubljana

Studio for Contemporary Music, Academy of Music of the University of Ljubljana
The University of Music and Performing Arts Graz
The University of Music and Theatre Munich 
Fourklor dance company and choreographer Branko Potočan
Project managers: Luka Juhart, Simon Klavžar

Programme:
Steve Reich: Drumming, for ensemble, Part 1: 4 pairs of tuned bongo drums (1971)
Steve Reich: Music for 18 Musicians (1976)

The concert forms part of the series Zvokotok at CD. 

Steve Reich's 1976 masterpiece, Music for 18 Musicians is one of the landmarks of twentieth-century music and arguably this composer’s most popular and best-known work. Drawing inspiration from West African music and the Indonesian gamelan, Reich – one of the founders of minimalism – created a microcosm of rhythmic sounds and repetitive patterns: each of the eleven sections is based on a particular chord, and all the instruments and voices play or sing the pulsating notes with each chord, resulting in a vibrantly coloured evocation of non-Western music, classical music and jazz – without sounding like any of these. This iconic composition, which has influenced a whole generation of young composers and pop musicians, will receive its Slovenian premiere in a performance by the combined ensemble of the Ljubljana Academy of Music, the University of Music and Theatre Munich and the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, as well as the members of the Fourklor dance company and choreographer Branko Potočan. The concert will begin with the composition Drumming, i.e. Part I for 4 pairs of tuned bongo drums, another of Reich’s works reflecting African influences, impressions from the composer’s visit to West Africa, which has been termed “minimalism’s first masterpiece” by music critic K. Robert Schwarz.

Steve Reich: Music For 18 Musicians

3 Feb 2024 20:00
3 Feb 2024 20:00
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12,00 EUR

8,00 EUR * * EUR for younger than 25 and older than 65, as well as pensioners.

Co-production: Cankarjev dom, Academy of Music, University of Ljubljana, Zavod Sploh and VITKAR zavod

Past event
5 Dec 2023 19:00

The grand concert of the Slovenian Railways Orchestra and the Balkan Boys

Organised by: Cultural Association Slovenian Railways Orchestra KD Godba Slovenskih železnic

The Slovenian Railways Orchestra has a history of more than 120 years, and today, it boasts an impressive number of successes and musical tours worldwide. Franci Lipovšek has been the conductor of the orchestra since 1999, and under his leadership, the orchestra has grown, significantly developed, and participated in competitions, thereby increasing the quality and complexity of the music they perform. The Slovenian Railways Orchestra is currently the only brass band in Slovenia that has managed to progress from the lowest to the highest quality group in the competitions of the Association of Slovenian Brass Bands in just five years. With their energy and quality, they have also achieved success in international competitions. The orchestra successfully performs at various cultural events at home and abroad. Among other things, they have presented the rich Slovenian cultural heritage on tours in the USA, Canada, Spain, Macedonia, Germany, France, Croatia, Australia, New Zealand, and even in China.

Balkan Boys is a Slovenian group with a Balkan soul. They embody the true meaning and purpose of Balkan music – love, positive energy, and good vibes. Their energetic stage performance is an excellent example of what happens when you mix Balkan melodies with world rhythms: rumba, ska, swing, reggae, gypsy. The energy on stage, excellent improvisation, and polished musical performance take the audience to a completely new level. 
 

The grand concert of the Slovenian Railways Orchestra and the Balkan Boys

5 Dec 2023 19:00
5 Dec 2023 19:00
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13,00 | 19,00 EUR

Past event
15 Dec 2023 20:00

Ukrainian Classical Ballet: The Nutcracker

Organised by: Art Partner LLC

The most frequently performed ballet in the world will be presented by Ukrainian dancers in the choreography of one of their most renowned choreographic masters, Valeriy Petrovich Kovtun, the recipient of numerous international awards and recognitions. The Ukrainian Classical Ballet has traditionally refreshed Kovtun's choreography with a modern touch, allowing the audience to experience the story of Clara, a girl who discovers an unusual gift – a wooden nutcracker for the third walnut – under the Christmas tree. This nutcracker comes to life before her eyes, and together, they embark on magical adventures in the world of imagination.

The ballet will be performed to recorded music.

Don't miss the additional performance on December 15th!

Ukrainian Classical Ballet: The Nutcracker

14 Dec 2023 17:30
14 Dec 2023 20:00
15 Dec 2023 20:00
14 Dec 2023 17:30
14 Dec 2023 20:00
15 Dec 2023 20:00
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32,00 | 38,00 | 44,00 | 50,00 EUR

The Ukrainian Classical Ballet is an internationally recognized dance group comprised of Ukrainian artists and award-winning dancers from around the world.

he ensemble is dedicated to preserving the tradition of classical ballet while continually exploring modern dance elements. They create an exhilarating balance with perfection in lines and sobriety in choreography. Accompanying them are soloists from renowned European and global theaters, with the core of the ballet composed of dancers with impressive biographies, originating from esteemed ballet academies and conservatories.

Past event
24 Nov 2023 20:00

Zdrava pamet

The show "Common Sense" is approaching its 100th performance and, after a nationwide tour, is returning to the Linhart Hall!
Organised by: Nik Škrlec / Yellow Curtain LLC

"Common Sense" is a crazy monocomedy about the brain, our thoughts, and all the antics it gets up to. On stage, Nik Škrlec, an actor and TV presenter, will dissect his own brain. He can remember thousands of decimals of the pi number and, at the same time, visits the bank at least once a month because he forgets his bank card PIN.

The performance is full of mental and physical acrobatics and humor, as laughter is, after all, one of the best indicators of our brain's fitness!
 

"Common Sense" is a witty presentation that playfully jumps between didactic information delivery and its interpretation, as well as between collective and individual experiences and contexts.
Nika Švab, a review of the performance at http://sigledal.org

Predstavo Zdrava pamet spremlja interaktivna razstava o naših možganih, ki predstavo dopolnjuje in vam omogoča drugačno izkušnjo celotnega večera. Na interaktivni razstavi lahko med drugih preizkusite Nikov znani kontracikl, se zabavate z roboti in svoje možgane pretentate z različnimi eksponati, ki so, tako kot predstava, namenjeni kravžljanju vaših sivih celic! Razstava je odprta uro pred in po predstavi.

Predstava je primerna tudi za mladostnike, starejše od 12 let.
 

Zdrava pamet

24 Nov 2023 20:00
24 Nov 2023 20:00
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19,00 | 19,00 EUR

17,00 EUR * * EUR za mlajše od 25 in starejše od 65 let ter upokojence, za sedeže najnižje cenovne kategorije

Nastala v sodelovanju celotne ustvarjalne ekipe in v pogovoru ter posvetu s širšim krogom ustvarjalcev.
Zasnova in besedilo: Nik Škrlec
Scenografija: Tine Tribušon in Vid Žnidaršič
Kostumografija: Andrej Vrhovnik

Glasba: Martin Vogrin
Lučno oblikovanje: Ian Stergar
Sooblikovanje eksponatov razstave: Mladinski tehnološko-razvojni center 404 in Jaka Mihelič
Grafična podoba: Ljudje, design studio
Fotografije: Mankica Kranjec in Klemen Ilovar

Produkcija: KUD Dveh in Rumena zavesa d.o.o.
Izvršna produkcija: Mija Špiler in Nik Škrlec
Nastopajo: Nik Škrlec, Inan Sven Du Swami, Mojca Špik
Lučna tehnica: Veronika Hana Grubič        
Tonski tehnik: Martin Vogrin
 

25 Nov 2023 10:15

Full-Day Course on Optimization of Vitality and Health

(in a modern and integrative manner)
Hosted by: Vibrant Longevity LLC


Join us for an exclusive event where we will explore vital longevity and health. Health is our responsibility. The future calls for a holistic approach to health, and the longevity we desire is vibrant, joyful, healthy, and full of energy.

Together, we will create an event of abundance, knowing that positive energies multiply. We won't be ordinary; instead, we'll weave a bouquet of guests who will enhance each other's energy in all areas—professional, artistic, entertaining—because we understand that creativity is the highway to the heart (and all that is alive).

We are not afraid of the new; we are not afraid of the unknown because we love life and cherish it. We invite you to join us.

Dr. Tina Prodnik, Vibrant Longevity

Full-Day Course on Optimization of Vitality and Health

25 Nov 2023 10:15
25 Nov 2023 10:15
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31 Dec 2023 18:00

“Čaralice” – Spells and Chants Dedicated to Nature

Songs to ward off evil
For audiences aged 15+


In less than a century, humankind has contributed to a mass extinction of living organisms and driven our planet to the brink of ecological disaster. We live on Earth but can’t seem to hear it! Our wise ancestors knew how to listen to the natural world and its cycles, worshipping nature and connecting with the natural environment through ritual songs. The music performance will thus conjure up the magic of sound, incantation and movement, as well as the resonant singing of our ancestors, brought back to life by Zvezdana Novaković ZveN and her vocal group. 

Zvezdana Novaković ZveN is a versatile music artist and performer, whose career ranges from traditional and theatre music to experimental electronica. Over the last decade, Zvezdana Novaković ZveN has worked in a variety of contexts, from theatre performances to concerts, from Laibach to Svetlana Makarovič, from Bulgaria to Brazil, from ancient traditions to electronics, from puppets to standout theatrical projects by Jernej Lorenci, from classical music to jazz, from storytelling to harp playing, etc. All the aspects of her performing career are connected through her voice. Her ZveN (“sound”).

“Čaralice” – Spells and Chants Dedicated to Nature

31 Dec 2023 18:00
31 Dec 2023 18:00
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12,00 EUR

Project author, composer, vocalist and producer: Zvezdana Novaković ZveN
Narrator: Irena Cerar
Backing vocalists, dancers and percussionists: Jasna Žitnik, Ursula Luthar, Petra Prosen, Maja Zagmajster, Neža Janša, Sonca Menart, Zarja Menart, Kaja Horvat, Eva Mulej

 


 

Dancer: Urška Centa
Dancers: Zarja Čerkez, Iva Senica, Izabela Sušnik, Taja Česen, Maksim Mali, Bina Podjed, Alisa Pivk, Brina Belavič Pučnik, Tara Šulin, Klara Majdič
Choreography for the dancers: Matevž Česen

Production: ZveN

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