ALLEGORIES OF THE MONTHS – ATTRIBUTES
The Platform of Contemporary Dance, The Platform before Platform, Institute MY CREATION, Maribor within of 38 Winter Dance School, Maribor
Direction, movement and visual image Barbara Novakovič
Dancers and coauthors of movement Beno Novak, Kristýna Šajtošová
Sound design Gal Škrjanec Skaberne
Scenic elements made by Marko Udvanc
Graphic design Mojca Gorjan
Video documentation Y0Y Production, Manja and Avguštin Solce
Production Muzeum, Institute of Art Production, Distribution and Publishiung
In collaboration with Španski borci – Center kulture / the Spanish Fighters – Cultural Center
The performance is part of the ALLEGORY TRILOGY, 2022-2025.
The performance ALLEGORIES OF THE MONTHS – ATTRIBUTES includes the oscillations created by the months within the framework of images and the vortex of relationships to nature and gifts. It creates a layering of space in the way that the landscape changes over time. Individual months are represented on the stage by images from the active, festive or working cycle with attributes and iconography of the personification types of the months from a series of literary and artistic images. At the center of the action is the body - wrapped in the mood of calendar "aberrations" and changes; in the intersection, everyday with calendar tasks is interwoven between vita activa and vita contemplativa. Accents represent allegories of the seasons with their attributes. The strain between daily tasks and time t. i. rest and travel create gaps between the extremes of physical and psychological existence.
The concept of the natural order of the seasons began to change due to climate change, thereby shifting the structure of the world in which we live. Certainty wobbled on its axis. The space of the month is variable and depends on the climate and location, but the time when spring is really spring and when winter is winter is priceless.
Barbara NOVAKOVIČ (1963, Celje) is a stage director, producer and curator, and the Muzeum Institute Ljubljana founder and director. She studied Art History and Sociology of Culture at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana, and enrolled at the Ljubljana Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television where she graduated in Stage Acting in 1993. In the same year she founded the Muzeum Theatre, and decided to work as a free-lance author and producer. She conceived and directed a number of stage performances, and also curated a few innovative international exhibitions. She was a producer of a number of first stage projects by authors stemming from other fields of creation (architecture, visual arts, dance, film, theory). In her projects she occasionally appears also as a stage set designer.
Beno NOVAK (1991, Kranj) graduated from Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance in 2016 and was later invited to upgrade his knowledge at the Tisch Dance Department (New York University) and at The Place Dance Academy (London). He has danced for many different companies and with many renowned artists. In London, he has danced for the Gary Clarke Company, Jason Mabana Dance, and James Wilton Dance company.
He has danced for choreographers like Matej Kejžar, Alix Eynaudi, Paul Blackman & Christine Gouzelis, Ricardo Ambrozio, Zsuzsa Rozsavolgyi, Etienne Guilloteau and others.
Much of his work is done in collaboration with other artists such as the duet 400 Rabbits with Marina Abib, the solo Owe by Junior Mufutau Jussuf, ::Narava::Dialog:: with Dragana Alfirovič, Body Concert with Ana Romih, and others. He is the artistic and executive director of the Summer Intensive Festival in Portugal as well as the Kalejdoskop festival in Slovenia. One of his main commitments is the sharing/teaching and the development of his »Zero Space« method.
Beno's work is a constant exploration of personal experiences, expressed through strong physicality mixed with sensitivity, fragility, energy and exhaustion.
Kristýna ŠAJTOŠOVÁ (1994, Karlovy Vary) is a dancer, performer, choreographer and pedagogue. After her studies at the Duncan Centre Conservatory in Prague, she completed her bachelor's study at the Roal Conservatory of Antwerp. Since the year 2017 Šajtošová is a part of various international dance platforms and projects: Spitfire Company (CZ), creations Constellations I. Before I say yes and Constellations II. Time for sharing. From the same year she is also active in Slovenia and has co-created and performed in many projects such as: Chorus, directed by Žigan Krajnčan, Gašper Kunšek and Jan Krmejl, Cradle, Three sisters and I have a dream directed by Gregor Luštek, Just for today, directed by Maja Delak, Ljubi me nežno, directed by Kristýna Šajtošová, Tsarina Marinkova Krajnčan, Žigan Krajnčan and Kristijan Krajnčan. Sounds under the skin, directed by Urška Centa, Sara Janaškovic, Anja Möderndorfer and Kristýna Šajtošová, Fusion reactor, directed by Žigan Krajnčan, Honey sparks in the dark, directed by Kristijan Krajnčan and choreographed by Žigan Krajnčan. In the year 2020 Urška Centa, Sara Janaškovic, Anja Möderndorfer and Kristýna Šajtošová founded an institute, a platform NEST as an intersection between artists of many poetics and common starting points.