Matej Kejžar (SI)

Thursday 7 September 2017 at 9pm PREMIERE trio version
Indigo festival, Salendrova 4.

In collaboration with Indigo festival

Wednesday 13 September 2017 at 9.30pm PREMIERE solo version
Thursday 14 September 2017 at 10pm solo version
Stara mestna elektrarna – Elektro Ljubljana

A dance performance about the queer movement, being collected, diversity and convictions.

Matej Kejžar is among the most internationally renowned Slovene choreographers and dancers. For years, his delicate performances have been synonymous with excellence and innovation, his work in high demand all over the world. He is also the artistic director of the Spider Festival.

House, which will premiere at the festival in two versions–as a solo performance and in a rendition by a trio of dancers–is an ode to dance. It is the second part of Matej’s Utopian Trilogy. Thematically, it deals with the queer and dance house of the eighties as well as Tommas Campanello’s City of the Sun. It delves into the concepts of a collected state of being, the collaboration of diversity and diverse convictions and explores dance as both expression and modality of movement.

“The dancers dance in between, all around, everywhere. They dance beautiful dances about which we don’t need to know anything.”

Created by: Matej Kejžar; Performed by: Stanislav Dobak (SK/BE), Riccardo Guratti (IT/NL), Peter de Vuyst (BE), Matej Kejžar (solo version); Set and light design: Petra Veber; Technical director: Igor Remeta; Producer: Žiga Predan; Production: Pekinpah; Partners: Indigo Festival, Mestni muzej Ljubljana, [DNA] Departures and Arrivals – P.A.R.T.S. Summer studios, EDEN Berlin, Ufer studios Berlin; Support: Ministry of Culture Republic of Slovenia, City of Ljubljana – Department of Culture

Photo by: Petra Veber


Žigan Krajnčan, Gašper Kunšek, Jan Krmelj (SI)

Tuesday 12 September 2017 at 8pm PREMIERE
Kino Šiška

In collaboration with Kino Šiška and CoFestival

A dance performance about the origins of voice and community.

In recent years, the very young creators Žigan Krajnčan and Gašper Kunšek have been climbing toward the very top of the Slovene and European dance scene. Recently, they have been invited to participate at the Aerowaves festival, while this premiere is coproduced by Kino Šiška.

Chorus is a performance about how movement connects our bodies and is therefore the most elementary form of political gesture, while at the same time passing beyond the sphere of politics. It explores the original chorus whose role it was to explain to the community of spectators the events and concepts of tragedy. And yet the authors’ chorus “is silent. There are too many events and concepts to address. The chorus here distances itself from humanity, re-enters the pre-tragic form, to touch upon the inhuman, the indescribable matter, with no need to represent or communicate.”

Created by: Gašper Kunšek, Žigan Krajnčan and Jan Krmelj; Choreography: Gašper Kunšek & Žigan Krajnčan; Performed by: Gašper Kunšek, Žigan Krajnčan, Sara Janašković, Kristyna Šajtošova, Teja Modrijan, Alexander Tesch; Lighting: Borut Bučinel; Music: Kristijan Krajnčan; Producers: Nataša Zavolovšek & Mitja Bravhar; Production: Kino Šiška; Co-producers: Festival Spider, Alien Express, Exodos Ljubljana, Plesna šola Urška & Urban roof

Photo by: Borut Bučinel


Mala Kline (SI)

Wednesday 13 September 2017 from 11am – 7pm PREMIERE
NUK Atrium (tbc)

Improvised songs from the womb of a whale.

Mala Kline is a performer, choreographer, researcher, writer and pedagogue. Her works, bound into the technology of dreams, have received numerous Slovene contemporary dance awards.

Songs are an improvised, durational, site-specific event about the relationship between the visible and invisible, matter and spirit, body and voice, movement and song, stage and audience. “It maps dreams to find the language that develops as dialogue between spirit and matter, language that can call the world into being with song.”

Concept, choreography and performance by: Mala Kline; Space and lighting: Petra Veber; Video: Hana B; Technical director: Zoran Grabarac; Producer: Ajda Kline, Žiga Predan; Production: Mercedes Klein & Pekinpah; Partners: Španski borci culture centre/EN-KNAP Productions, Kino Šiska, Bains Connective, Morpho, Platform 0090; Support: City of Ljubljana – Department of Culture, Ministry of Culture Republic of Slovenia

Photo by: Matija Lukić


Samira Elagoz (FI)

Wednesday 13 September 2017 at 8pm
Stara mestna elektrarna – Elektro Ljubljana

The performance is not recommended for an audience below the age of 18.

An intimate documentary performance about the relations between genders and social media.

Samira Elagoz is an activist performer at the leading edge of connecting new formats and media. In recent years, she has been much in vogue and has received numerous awards as well as presented works at festivals like Spring Festival and Impulstanz.

She’s coming to Ljubljana with her provocative Cock, cock … who’s there?, an intimate insight into gender relations and social media. An ingeniously interwoven performance, it describes Samira’s trek through social media for intimate relations and the close encounters that followed. It deals candidly with questions of femininity, the male gaze and the eclipse of privacy.

A performance that “touches everyone and shows that we can edit life into a new reality.”

Concept, directed by and edited by: Samira Elagoz; Performed by: Samira Elagoz, Ayumi Matsuda, Tashi Iwaoka; Advisors: Jeanette Groenendaal, Bruno Listopad, Richard Sand

Photo by: Samira Elagoz


Sigrid Stigsdatter Mathiassen (DK)

Wednesday 13 September 2017 at 11pm
Thursday 14 September 2017 at 9pm
Stara mestna elektrarna – Elektro Ljubljana

Erasing the borders between existence and imagination.

Sigrid Stigsdatter Mathiassen is a young, breakthrough artist whose work derives from the dance of divinity, the dance of voice and the atmosphere of the mystic rituals of the European north. A returning guest of the Spider festival, Sigrid drags the mystical and ritual into the here-and-now.

Her Remembrane explores how movement and words can become the acceleration tools to erase the borders between existence and imagination. She questions how to reclaim her own body, despite knowing it is not wholly hers and her control over it is not absolute. Remembrane is a glitch, she says, a “multi-layered body glitch, reclaiming the female body”.

Created & performed by: Sigrid Stigsdatter Mathiassen; Advisors: Katerina Bakatsaki, Joaquin Wall; Mentor: Ana Vujanović; Lighting: Vinny Jones; Costume: Eun Kjong Hwang; Curated by: Susan Gibb; Producers: Stephanie Luhn, Ella Van Roon; Songs: Vilde Tuv, Sigrid Stigsdatter Mathiassen

Photo by: Nellie de Boer


Andrea Zavala Folache (SP)

Thursday 14 September 2017 at 8pm
Stara mestna elektrarna – Elektro Ljubljana

A solo with subjects and devices.

Andrea Zavala Folache is an international artist who came to dance through painting, installations and video. She deals with the borders of media and the potentiality of the existence of dance outside a temporal framework.

Her performance Some is a picture with many perspectives, intertwining fine arts, video and the stage. In it, Andrea opens up entrances into potentiality and teaches us what it means to embody ideas into dance. Some is “a solo with many, a picture that obscures the interval between the real and illusion.”

Choreography, performed by, set and costume design: Andrea Zavala Folache; Advisors: Bruno Listopad, Ria Highler, Lisa Skwirbles, Maciej Sado, Christoper Tym; Lights: Katinka Marac; Objects: Nina Djekić; Camera: Elisa Grasso; Stage support: Juan Pablo Cámara, Duan Chengbei, Mao Nakagawa, Tea Teearu and Maciej Sado; Mentor: Ana Vujanović; Fashion pieces: Liselot Elzinga

Photo by: Nellie de Boer


Bowrain (SI)

Thursday 14 September 2017 at 10.30pm
Stara mestna elektrarna – Elektro Ljubljana

Music concert

Performance by outstanding composer, pianist and producer.
Bowrain’s, the slovenian contemporary composer, pianist and producer’s, 2014 debut album Far Out launched him onto the scene to great acclaim. He has since shared a stage with bands like LAMB, Garden City Movement, Fennesz, Jessy Lanza, Pereira Elsewhere, Arms and Sleepers… Bowrain is about to release his second full-lenght album entitled Distracted this coming fall.
A chance to share the soundscape of this one-man orchestra.

Visual concept: Meta Grgurevič & JAŠA


DD Dorvillier & Sébastien Roux / Human Future Dance Corps (US/FR)

Friday 15 September 2017 at 8pm
Stara mestna elektrarna – Elektro Ljubljana

All the possible combinations of two musical and two dance sequences.

The New York choreographer now based in France DD Dorvillier needs no special introduction: her numerous awards and presentations in some of the most prestigious world institutions are introduction enough.

We are proud to present her recently premiered Only One of Many, a clockwork-precise study of the relationship between music and movement. In collaboration with versatile electronic music producer and artist of sound Sebastien Roux, they will almost mathematically test for the kinds of meaning emotion and pictures blossom, while they overlay, combine and juxtapose sequences of movement and sound.

Movement: DD Dorvillier; Sound: Sébastien Roux; Lights: Thomas Dunn; Performed by: Katerina Andreou, DD Dorvillier, Ayşe Orhon; Costumes: Annabelle Locks, Germana Tack; Producer: Laura Aknin; Produced by: human future dance corps; Co-produced by: gmem-CNCM-marseille, Pôle Arts de la Scène – Friche la Belle de Mai, CCN Ballet de Marseille, les Spectacles vivants – Centre Georges Pompidou; Support: DRAC Île-de-France, Fondation Nuovi Mecenati, DICRéAM (CNC); Residencies CSC Garage Nardini (Bassano del Grappa), BUDA Arts Center (Kortrijk); Studio: La Ménagerie de Verre (Studiolabs), CND Pantin

Photo by: Félicie Barbey


Laurent Chétouane (FR/DE)

Friday 15 September 2017 at 9.30pm
Stara mestna elektrarna – Elektro Ljubljana

A try out rendition of the master’s lastest work.

The Berlin-based Parisian, choreographer and lecturer at numerous European universities, Laurent Chétouane, is coming with a trial run pre-premiere rendition of Partita 1, a masterwork composition based on Bach’s eponymous work. We will therefore be able to see the show in making before the Berlin premiere crowd and Laurent, the mage of theatre and dance, blending the two into new realities, is sure to entertain and awe.

“What would happen if, after millenia of walking upright, we were to cast off the yoke of verticality?”

Try out Partita 1 will be followed by a public debate with authors.

Choreography: Laurent Chétouane; Dance: Florence Casanave, Moo Kim, Mikael Marklund; Music: Artiom Shishkov (violina); Produced by: Partita GbR; Co-produced by: HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin & Kampnagel Hamburg; Support: Basisförderung Berlin / The governing mayor Berlin – Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs

Photo by: Laurent Chétouane


Dick in Greta, Some1Else, Nexetuku (SI)

Saturday 16 September 2017 at 1 am – Klub Monokel, Metelkova mesto
Saturday 16 September 2017 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. – Riverbank Ljubljanica, near bridge Prule

Music & dance party

Dick & Greta are a mysterious couple. Their true identities are known to no one, but we have heard that in their free time they dabble in choreography and architecture. Their parties are legendary mixes of rhythm, madness and romance.

Some1Else is just that, every time, and yet he remains true to himself. A prominent mainstay in the local electronica alternative scene, he is most well known for his unstoppable and innovative reworkings of original and club music.

Nexetuku is a master spinner of records and a connoisseur of the underground psychedelic electronic scene. He delves deep into the true nature of noise, tone and glitch.

Every year, the traditional party brings to life the spirit of the Spider Festival.