Thursday, 9 July 2020

This performance

 Made it all come back... 

 They performance is about six unaccompanied refugee children that they tried to house somewhere in Slovenia and make it possible for them to live a 'normal' life (however close to normal a life can be of a child that has found himself in a different country, without his or her parents, where he/she doesn't know anybody, not a word of the language, and where people clearly despise him/her just because he/she wasn't born in that country), you know, like go to school and stuff...


Of course, when the Slovene parents heard about this they were outraged and terrified that these six refugee children would boil their children or even worse, eat them alive;

  so they started writing petitions, making it impossible for them to live anywhere worth living as they were way to dangerous for this small little country.

and it all culminated in a tractor and pitchfork rally in which people screamed and shouted that they don't want no foreigners in this land, that this land is for them and them only, that other people don't deserve to live...


Soon after that I sat in my trusty old Volvo and drove a thousand miles away, on an exploratory trip to London, which went horribly wrong (as things in life do, but that's another story)... 


Saturday, 13 June 2020

Day 2 of Ukrep festival

and I went to see Zsuzsa Rózsavölgyi's performance 1.7, which was a rather relaxed presentation (in the way it was delivered) of some heavy themes.   

Friday, 12 June 2020

Outdoors/indoors

First I went to see the two tourists performing again (the performance the day before had a rain break in it and also the square did not have any barriers, but today they were already for the protests later on and I had to go and see what difference does a closed off public space make to this performance)    

and then went to see the first post-corona performance from abroad (which was a performance for a dancer and 22 chairs)

Thursday, 11 June 2020

A day of outdoor activities

following the performance Duality around the centre of Ljubljana (getting caught by the rain, thrown out of the shop for doing an impromptu performance in the shop) 

 and then going to a few indoor performances, the first being For the Health of the Nation

followed by TRANS-plant (and didn't we all talk with plants during lockdown).

Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Ignor 33

 with a bit of a theoretical introduction

 a bit of music

 some poetry

and a dance performance. 

Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Rhizosphere

by Luka Prinčič

 in a full greenhouse in Tivoli.

Listeners closed their eyes, letting the sounds flow through them. 

Saturday, 6 June 2020

It has been a long time since I last took photos of a concert on Krk

 This time I saw Don Demižon & Ego3pizze

 Eni i Vjeko Band 

Buco i Kalašnjikovi.

Hopefully I will see many more in the future and might even pop to Rijeka while it is the European Capital of Culture (somebody get me a photo pass, please).

Thursday, 4 June 2020

Camera and War exhibition

 People are strange. At the moment we are trying desperately hard to prevent people dying from Covid-19, and at the same time there are people dying around the world as a result of random (and not so random) violence. We need to get our act together and realise that every life    
is worth living and should not be ended prematurely.  

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

A day of Glej and Action for Culture

Started the photography part of the day with a lunchtime session with the Glej people... (or at least the ones that were not too busy working :) ) 

Then run to the Action for culture protests just to tell the world that we need to change this world before we all end up bodies outlined in chalk.

and then rushed to a tea-time opening of the Glej designers. 

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Something needs to be done



with the arts in this small country with loads of dedicated artists, 
a minister of culture whose only focus seems to be his salary 
and a disproportionately large share of individuals whose sole


raison d'être seems to be writing on forums that artists
are all leches that don't deserve to live. 


(I must say that the latter make me depressed)


  (summer reading for the minister)

Monday, 25 May 2020

And yes, we have lived long enough to attend the first post-lockdown indoor concert

 the happiness to be able to sing on stage again can clearly be seen

 as can the effort 

but it was not all about singing and making voices with the body, there were musicians playing instruments there to, plenty of them... but as usual I'll show only a few of the performers on my blog... but thanks to all participants for bringing some normality back to life...

Thursday, 30 April 2020

For a moment

 Mrs. Superhero seemed to be beaten

but in the end she could look contently at the people as she knew she saved us from the ghastly Mrs. Pandemia. 

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

International dance day

 We celebrated the International Dance Day today, 

 and I assume it was only fitting that the first photos from the period in which all cultural institutions 

are closed are of dance, as dance was the last thing I photographed before lockdown.

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

The last photos I took before the lockdown

I was running a dance photography workshop in PTL and we were photographing Jerca's new performance 2GETHER/AL(L)ONE, which was supposed to have it's opening night two days later.


As I was running the workshop, I was not overly focused on taking photos, as my role on the night was more of a supportive nature, looking after and helping my students, and trying to keep them as silent and invisible as possible, so they would not disturb the public dress rehearsal too much (some of the public can be seen on this photo, as they were invited to participate in the performance), but I did take a few photos (and here are two of them).
And now we are in lockdown. No more performances, no concerts, no exhibitions to go to, no coffee meetings, no gatherings of any kind... we are suddenly left to our own imagination and memories and hopefully once the lockdown has been lifted, there will be so many new things to see, listen to and follow that I will not be able to photograph them all... But until then, stay safe and stay sane.

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Got a text in the morning

asking me if I could come to photograph a dance rehearsal before they set off to Berlin (which of course they then didn't as the world changed very quickly at this time - but I did come and take a few photos at the rehearsals).

In the evening I had the first day of the three day dance photography workshop and as one of the students did not bring her camera I lent her mine, and I only took a few photos with my small camera that I sometimes take with me just in case...

...and after the workshop we went next door to the bar for a drink and they had a concert there so I took a few photos, because it would be daft not to.

Friday, 28 February 2020

Cannibals

These are the cannibals that seem to be such a threat to the new PM-to-be.

While we are here, can we just contemplate the following for a second: The new PM-to-be publicly defines citizens who disagree with him as Cannibals. I don't know about you, but I think this world has gone way too far in the wrong direction, if people in leading positions in the country think it is OK to say such things and for people like me to be insulted like this.  

Thursday, 27 February 2020

Repast

 a dance performance choreographed by Milan Tomašik.


P.s. There were parts of the performance where I was actually thinking this is how I feel when I think about the world today:
  

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

It was snowing today

so we went driving in the snow to Kranj to see a couple of exhibitions. First we walked through Doroteja Dolinšek's exhibition in Stolp Škrlovec

and then we went to see Radharani Pernačič's exhibition in Layerjeva hiša, which was the one we originally planed to visit .