Kino Šiška Ljubljana © Miha Peterlič

Focus on dancehouses: Kino Šiška Ljubljana

Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture is a centre for contemporary and urban creativity serving Ljubljana and Slovenia in general. It is the first and only project of its kind in the region, primarily devoted to music, theatre, dance and experimental events, while it also provides production facilities (rehearsal, labs and studios). The Kino Šiška programme encompasses and combines urban life, multiculturalism, a politically unbiased attitude and advanced technology, while simultaneously encouraging innovation, creativity and international cooperation.

Featuring 2,468 m2 of architectural and technological innovations, Kino Šiška ranks among the largest and most technically advanced venues of its kind in SE Europe. The large Katedrala hall with its 743 m2 of space can hold 932 standing spectators or 450 seated in various arrangements adaptable to individual events – mostly music and theatre performances, whereas the smaller Komuna hall seats up to 120 people in a space covering 205 m2 intended for more intimate, mostly experimental events or meetings.

In the last 3 years Kino Šiška has hosted 12 modul-dance artists from different modules: researchers (Leja Jurišič on Ballet of Revolt, Tina Valentan on Working Title, La Zampa on Spekies, Tina Tarpgaard on Living Room); and residencies (Anne Juren on Tableaux vivants, Fearghus Ó Conchúir on Tabernacle). Slovenian audiences have been offered performances and work in progress by Ben Riepe (Hundstage), Fearghus Ó Conchúir (Tabernacle), The Loose Collective (The Old Testament According to The Loose Collective), Leja Jurišič (Ballet of Revolt), Itamar Serussi (Mono), Mala Kline (Eden), La Zampa (Spekies), Qudus Onikeku (STILL/Life), Tina Valentan (Working Title), Jasmina Križaj (The Very Delicious Piece) and Tina Tarpgaard (Living Room).

In 2012 we organized a modul-dance festival in Ljubljana in conjunction with two other local festivals. CoFestival was a meeting point for three contemporary dance festivals: modul-dance, Ukrep and Pleskavica. Through their artistic teams, repertoires and audiences, the three festivals reflect on each other, thus making it possible to observe content, positions and aesthetic stances through the eyes of the other participants. In addition, the Carte Blanche programme hosted Itamar Serussi in Ljubljana and sent Esta Matković to Talent Week in Tilburg.

Kino Šiška introduced three Slovenian artists to modul-dance: Leja Jurišič (2010), Mala Kline (2011) and Jurij Konjar (2012). Leja started at Dansens Hus (Stockholm), gave birth to a baby, Mila, on the way, and then continued working at Hellerau – European Center for the Arts Dresden and at Tanzquartier Wien. She premiered in Vienna and Ljubljana in 2012. Mala Kline premiered Eden in 2012 and she is ready to work and tour with modul-dance partners. Jurij Konjar is constantly on the road. In the last four months he has visited Dance Gate (Nicosia) and the Duncan Centre (Athens). In 2013 he plans to work at CND (Paris), Dansehallerne (Copenhagen), Art Station Foundation (Poznań) and the Mercat de les Flors (Barcelona).

The Kino Šiška modul-dance team is very pleased to have had this opportunity to support the needs of Slovenian and European contemporary dance artists. Furthermore we are learning a lot through the personal encounters – working with people (modul-dance artists and dance house directors) through partnerships, trust, exchanges and knowledge transfer. I am convinced this experience will also enrich the way Kino Šiška operates in the future.

Goran Bogdanovski

This entry was posted on Tuesday, March 05, 2013