The Grand Re Union team invites all the colleagues, friends and  from partners to join CoFestival program, that this year will happen partly online (in November) and live (in April in Ljubljana). Below you will find more information on the online program, which thematic scope, The Amplifiers of Voice, resonates strongly with the November magazine issue, focused on Ghosts.

CoFestival: The Amplifiers of Voice

Due to the actual circumstances of Covid-19 pandemic, the regulatory measures that different EU states took and disciplinary cautions we have been faced with in the months from the beginning of 2020, the CoFestival co-curatorial team decided to take into account a human voice (a medium of subject) that seemed to erode in the contemporary dance to much greater extent than almost in any other contemporary artistic practice. Much less protected than traditional artistic practices and disciplines, it seemed to be vanished from the public (cultural) sphere to a critical extent.

Once the body is publicly regulated and physical contact limited to zero, dance doesn’t loose only its primary source, an instrument, a medium of expression, action or movement but in the context of an artistic labor also the working territory and therefore its political voice. In the given circumstances the latter could be considered as recognized only, once it is counter-balanced by the systemic measures of the cultural and social policies: considered and included in the measures taken by them in order to reduce the negative consequences of the deficit of dance labor.

CoFestival team would like to thank the team of Grand Re Union, for the exchange of program and for creating bridges in the impossible times.

More information

Atelier – in collaboration with the European Dancehouse Network

Moderated and led by: Irena Tomažin-Zagoričnik, Jasmina Založnik and Rok Vevar, members of the co-curatorial team of Cofestival 2020.

Therefore we decided to introduce the topic of a voice in contemporary dance as our common case study, problem, topic and question in another edition of EDN Atelier. The two days programme combines theory and practice, historical and contemporary examples and offers lectures, workshops and debates on the proposed topic. The EDN Atelier is recommended for dramaturges, artistic directors, programmers, curators and producers.

Registrations for the Atelier

Friday, November 20th, 2020

Slot 1: 10:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m CET
Slot 2: 2:00 p.m – 3:30 p.m CET

10:00 a.m – 11:15 a.m CET

Irena Z. Tomažin, Rok Vevar: A Mapping of Voice in Contemporary Dance, lecture

11:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m CET

Luka T.  Zagoričnik: A Counter-Voicing in the Avant-garde and Experimental Music (selected cases), lecture 

We will try to speak through multitudes of voices and utterances of different voices in different strategies in experimental and avant-garde musical traditions, pop music, performance art, sound art, sound poetry and multimedia art: Voice in relation to sound, noise, silence, space, resonance, immersive experiences, subjectivity, body, image and gender roles.

12:30 p.m – 1:00 p.m CET

Questions and Debater with Luka T. Zagoričnik, Irena Z. Tomažin, Rok Vevar

2:00 p.m – 3:30 p.m CET

Voice, Body and Dance: A Selection of the Examples (selection made by curators); optional

Saturday, November 21st 2020

Slot 1: 10:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m CET

10:00 a.m – 10:30 a.m CET

Questions from Previous Day moderated by Irena Z. Tomažin, Rok Vevar

10:30 a.m – 12:00 p.m CET

Jule Flierl: Choreo-Voicing, practical workshop

Is the voice a part of the body, or does it become its own player as soon as it becomes audible and detaches from the body? In this short Workshop we will look into the ways how movement and voice support and contradict each other. We will explore how voicing is a movement and what dance practice can offer as an inspiration for the larynx and vocal apparatus.

12:15 p.m – 1:45 p.m CET

Igor Dobričić: Dramaturgy and Approaches to Voice in Contemporary Dance, lecture/workshop

As a dramaturg or a teacher Igor Dobričić has been at various occasions involved in devising the choreo-voicing practices and works. Recently he collaborated with his former student at SNDO Amsterdam and an internationally acclaimed choreographer Alma Söderberg on the piece The Listeners for The Cullberg. In his Atelier session, Dobričić is going to share with us some of his invaluable experiences in working with the voice and body.

1:45 p.m – 2:00 p.m CET

Wrap-Up by Irena Z. Tomažin, Rok Vevar

Video discussion about Anna Halprin by Vala T. Foltyn | Valentine Tanz and Rok Vevar

Monday, November 23th, 2020
8:00 p.m CET

As the introduction into the film on life and work of the American icon of postmodern dance, Anna Halprin, A Breath Made Visible, Vala T. Foltyn and Rok Vevar will discuss about regular visits of Vala to Anna Halprin, about their long-term relation and Halprin’s pedagogical and artistic work.

The link to the discussion

The event is free of charge.

Anna Halprin, A Breath Made Visible by Ruedi Gerber, movie (2007)

Monday, November 23th, 2020
9:00 p.m CET

An excellent documentary, entitled Breath Made Visible (2007) about the life and work of Anna Halprin, an American choreographer and dancer who celebrated her 100th birthday this year and who, like Valeska Gert, has only managed to establish a suitable historical recognition in recent years. Having spent the most part of her life in the dance community of San Francisco, she was very well known exclusively to the artists themselves, especially those who resorted to her for dance skills, but less familiar to a wider audience. Over the past two decades, that has changed. For our regional context, it is particularly important to note that in 1963 her ensemble performed in Zagreb at the Music Biennial with her neo-avant-garde dance work, and it was exactly this performance that led Zagreb artist Tom Gotovac to the decision to dedicate himself to performance in his life.

The access to the tickets

When the show’s about to start, the link to join will appear on your ticket, or you can access the stream link that we’ll email you on the day.

The streaming will be available for 45 minutes more after the show finishes.