The 23rd International Performing Arts Festival EX PONTO, 17.9. – 26.9.2016, Ljubljana, Slovenia
The 23rd EX PONTO will host foreign and Slovenian artists from more than fifteen countries on the main stage venues in Ljubljana, the accompanying program will be represented by the always interesting film, music and promotion programs. Wim Vandekeybus, Gabriele Vacis, Albert Mestres, Mare Bulc, Tjaša Črnigoj Krum Filipov, Wu Wenguang, David Doiashvili, Bridget Fiske are just a few of the names from the world of theater and dance art, which will be offering our festival audience their performances.
The specialty of the 23rd EX PONTO is a project called “HUNGER”, which will be represented in Ljubljana through performances, exhibitions and movies and will last for three days. The “HUNGER” is a joint project of the Chinese, Croatian and Slovenian artists and producers, and combines the specific aspects of Chinese alternative culture, which is quite unknown in Europe and in the rest of the world.
The basic subject that unites artists, producers and projects from different parts of Europe and the world of 23rd EX PONTO is the tradition and its role or its meaning in contemporary life and culture. The presence of traditional human values in modern society is becoming less and less noticeable, but that doesn't mean that it is irrelevant in this present time. Explorations of our selected artists and their projects on the subject of connecting the traditional and modern, and the conflicts and disputes resulting from it, were the basic motive for the formation of these projects and our this year's selection. It is becoming more obvious that today's modern man and his way of life has, consciously or unconsciously, resulted in lacking of emotional closeness, love, respect and his own cultural identity, so that is why these will be the topics that will be represented to our audience through the selected performances at the most superior and artistic way.
This is the way how the 23rd EX PONTO will also opens up new thematic chapter for the next period, because after this year's program, in which is looking for so-called universal tradition in almost all cultures and historical periods, the festival will deal with the eternal and ever-present, and traditional human characteristics such as crime as a motive, the always present competition, adult children, etc.
As the founder and co-organizer of the European Network NETA - New European Theatre Action, the theatrical festival EX PONTO gains new features and even more exquisite selection of the program considering the mentioned topics and more quality cultural relations between Slovenia and the world.
EX PONTO after EX PONTO
Like every year the audience evaluated the performances of the main program with ballots from 1 to 5.
An average rating for this year was very high and we announce only the first three best estimated performances:
Highest score (4.61) has received Medea - my mother. Medea - my mother comes from the Bulgarian Laboratory Sfumato, and is dedicated to all those who are on the brink of survival and forced to sell their parts of the body - blood, semen, womb. The show explores the risk of loss of sacred motherhood and the dehumanization of man and reducing the chances of survival of the poorest population.
Second place (4.41) goes to the Belgian performance Kamyon, which shows one of the many refugee stories. This time about Syrian girl who is on the road to the promised land and can only take two purses and her favorite toy.
And third place goes to Slovenian NETA co-production Hura, Nosferatu! (4.37), which in its center puts a family with a six-year girl with Dravet syndrome, a rare disease with severe seizures, which because of its frequency can lead to delayed development.
Congrats to first three best estimated performances by our audience as well as to all other participants of 22nd EX PONTO!
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – NETA International Theatre Festival 2015
The opening performance of NETA International Theatre Festival 2015 that will be held between August 28th and September 4th in the “I.L. Caragiale” National Theatre of Bucharest, will be A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by David Doiashvili the artistic director of Tbilisi Music and Drama State Theatre.
Night’s dream” reveals so many connections between the mystical characters of the play and so many obviously hidden ideas of the greatest play writer of all times.
The Story begins when Shakespeare’ s young heroine Hermia vows to escape her father’s mandate of marriage and runs away with her lover, Lysander, to an enchanted forest. Once in the forest these lovers find themselves in the middle of a fairy feud where they learn that “the course of true lover never did run smooth”. In the meantime, an unlikely cast of actors, the Mechanicals, are rehearsing a play, Pyramus and Thisbe, to be performed at Duke’s wedding. While the Mechanicals are rehearsing, Puck transforms the pompous actor, Bottom, turning his head into that of a donkey. When the fairy queen, Titania, falls instantly in love with him, comedy and mayhem ensue.
The actors, set, light design, video installation team and wonderful music of Chopin create a whimsical and dreamlike atmosphere mixed with a horrifying nightmare which deeply impresses audiences of all nationalities and beliefs all over the world.
Tickets for 22nd International Performing Arts Festival EX PONTO
We are pleased to inform you that from today tickets for 22nd International Performing Arts Festival EX PONTO are avalible. This year the festival will be held at various venues between 18.09. - 09.26.2015 in Ljubljana and Novo mesto.
The festival will continue with the presentation of excellent theater and dance performances from various parts of the world and we continue with section of documentary films. We are also looking forward to hear a concert of famous Croatian band as they will promote new album. More information follows soon.
This year's festival will be held under the slogan A WORLD OF MY OWN. Ticket sales via the Internet: www.eventim.si and Eventim sales points: Tivoli Ljubljana, Kino Šiška Ljubljana, Križanke Ljubljana, Ljubljana Town Square, Europark Maribor.
Price presale is only 40 euros. Ticket is valid for all festival events and is transferable. And it can help to dive into the world of unforgettable theater, dance and film experiences.
Partner at the BeSpectACTive! project
BeSpectACTive! is an European project based on audience development, involving some of the most innovative European organizations working on active involvement of spectators in the contemporary performing arts. Its members are European festivals, theatres, universities and a research centre.
What we do?
BeSpectACTive! aims to deepen the levels of engagement between artists, cultural organization and audiences through the production of 21 new theatre and dance shows, 54 creative residencies, 30 workshop with 1.000 local spectators who will decide the programming of 108 shows, the online interaction with web-users, 4 international conferences and 1 research project which will accompany all the previous areas of action in order to evaluate the different effects deriving from the key actions.
In an age of personalization and ubiquitous interactive platforms - where audiences increasingly demand active participation in culture rather than passive consumption - BeSpectACTive! will enable European arts organizations to explore new models and concepts of participation, accessibility, interaction and social cohesion. It focuses on the interaction between cultural activities and new concepts of citizenship and legitimacy, including the most advanced theories of participatory governance.
THE KEY WORD
The key word is active spectatorship. It refers to each mechanism through which audiences, namely spectators or citizens, take on the role of decision makers with regard to many of the aspects needed to carry out a festival or a theatre or dance programme. The project aims to give to the audience a decision-making role, providing them with individual responsibilities in a common space of creation.
Best performances of 21st EX PONTO awarded by our audience
The audience at the 21st International Performing Arts Festival EX PONTO, which concluded on Sunday, 21.09.2014 in Anton Podbevšek Theatre in Novo mesto, awarded with the highest grade the performance G. Contreras: AMARILLO. The winning performance is directed by Jorge A. Vargas and in production of Teatro Linea de Sombra from Mexico. The audience awarded it with the average grade 4,59.
The second best performance was with 4,57L. Đurković: TOBELIA, directed by Nick Upper in coproduction of NETA members, Cultural Society B-51 (EX PONTO), (SI), Dramski teatr Vratza (BG) and Mal dramski teatr Bitola (MK)
The third place with average grade of 4,52 belonged to the opening performance of this year’s EX PONTO B. Brecht: SCHWEIK IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR, directed by Martin Kočovski in production of Teatar Vojdan Černodrinski – Prilep (MK).
Introductory words of director to 21st EX PONTO
NEW BRIDGES – Looking Forward or Looking Back?
This year's 21st EX PONTO upgrades its contemporary cultural missionary in the area of content, actuality and specificity of the main international theatre programme, further it supplements its programme by introduction of a documentary movie, it opens new geographical cooperation areas and discloses new programmes and success on foundations of many years networking within its international cultural connections.
Although we are recognisable and throughout focused into the future, we follow contemporary theatre contents and cultural guidelines in general. Due to our search of bridging new activity, connecting of artists and culture, we have an excellent and recognized status abroad, while our parental environment rarely notices, understands the meaning and supports that kind of international activity and worthy projects while persistently closes its borders and oppresses its wide available chances into a small can, which will be increasingly difficult to open, even hardly to look into it. Instead of looking into the future, we are forced to look in the past. So the EX PONTO festival, despite its recognized European status and newly set bridges, we can compare its current position again with its beginnings twenty years ago, when we were faced with similar existential dilemmas, the meaning of our existence, activity and were thinking about another environment, that would accept and support us better. If we, in searching the mirror of the presence and metaphor for the position of the culture and successful projects in our society, go further to the past and mythology, we encounter the most enigmatic Nordic god – god of the bridges, Heimdall – the son of nine mothers, who were also sisters. On his journeys, where he was building and protecting bridges around the world, Heimdall often spent a night at some family, and left a child in three of those families. From those children new generations and nations were developed: to one family he left a generation of slaves, to the second a generation of free people and to the third the generation of the masters. As he lived on the edge of the world, at the bridge that connects the world of gods and world of people, he was known and respected by everyone except by those who did not know either respect themselves.
Despites the bad light above the mirror at the moment, Festival EX PONTO in a co-operation with the European NETA network is opening a new period and a chance for building new bridges and solutions. The Festival has never been richer and stronger, so full of courage to looking forward. In this light the 21st EX PONTO offers its respectful, faithful and long term public a lot of joy in this year's diverse theatre and film experience.
21. EX PONTO Festival programme - "New Bridges" (14.9.2014 - 21.9.2014)
The 21st International Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts EX PONTO will take place on different locations in Ljubljana and Novo mesto. It is recognizable by the quality programme, which combines top-notch theatrical aesthetics with social and political topicality. This year for the first time it will include a programme of documentary films from the area of former Yugoslavia.
Best performances of 20th EX PONTO by the grades of our audience
On 20th International Performing Arts Festival EX PONTO, which concluded on Sunday, 8.9.2013, the audience awarded with the highest grade two performances T. Moskov, B. Stoilov, M. Novoselska ONE SMALL RADIO and 55+
The wining performances got the average grade from the audinece 4.7. Performance One Small Radio is directed by Tedi Moskov and produced by Satyrical Theatre “Aleko Konstantinov” from Sofia and Production House Artishock (BG). 55+ is directed by Borut Šeparović and produced by Montažstroj from Zagreb (HR). Second place with only a bit lower grade 4,6 goes to CHAIRS, directed by Ljupčo Gjorgievski, in co-production of Mal dramski teater from Bitola (MK) and Drama Puppet Theatre from Vratsa (BG).
Third place with an average grade from the audience 4,3 goes to performance ANAMNESIS, directed by Viktor Bodó in co-production of Theatre Katona József and Sputnik Shipping Company from Budapest (HU).
Slovene premieres The Strong Tribe, She Two Times and Little Blonde Riding Wolf were not included in voting, nor was introduction performance Golden Rain.
On our Facebook profile you can see photos from perfromances, conversations and feasts after performances.
The 19th Ex Ponto International Performing Arts Festival has been brought to conclusion
Like every year the audience has voted for individual performances and here are the results. The highest vote 4,63has been awarded to the Macedonian performance, directed by Sofija Ristevska and in the production of Mal drama theatre Bitola (MK). As we remember the last year winner was also a Macedonian production The Caucasian Chalk Circle, directed by Martin Kočovski.
The second best performance was with 4,51 performance PATRIOTIC HYPERMARKET, directed by Dino Mustafić and in the coproduction of Asocijacija Kulturanova, Novi Sad (RS), Qendra Multimedia, Prishtinë (XK) in Bitef teatra, Beograd (RS).
The third place with average grade of 4,32 has been split between the concluding performance of this years festival, P. II P. Njegoš: THE MOUNTAIN WREATH, directed by Diego de Brea and in the production of CNP, Podgorica (ME), and the microscopic rock opera MiCRO, from choreographer and director, Pierre Rigala and in production of Compagnie dernière minute, Toulouse (FR).
On our Facebook profile you can check out photos from this years performances, workshops and after performance mingling. Find yourself!
Che Camp as Exclusive Pre-Programme of This Year's 19th Ex Ponto
September 8th – 9th 2012, Lovćen, Montenegro
This year's introduction to the 19th Ex Ponto International Performing Arts Festival will be a two-day multimedia site-specific project, a theatre performance with the elements of a reality show, Ernesto Che Guevara Camp – Thirst for Life, co-produced by Ex Ponto Festival (B-51 Cultural Society).
Due to the fact that interest in the participation at the Che Camp is also huge among the local culture fans, B-51 Cultural Society will organise bus transport from Ljubljana to Montenegro and back.
In order to participate fill in and submit the online form. For more information call +386 (1) 426 94 05 or +386 (0)41 200 390 or write an email to email@example.com.
With the performanceA Cry for Humanity - staged poetry of Srečko Kosovel, directed byRenata Vidič and the concert of Vasko Atanasovski Trio, we successfully brought to an end the 11th Festival Kluže.
Traditional festival took place in slightly shortened form of20.7. till 22.07.2012inthe fortress Kluže, KD Bovecand at thecentral town square. Despite the financial cuts in the Cultural sector, the festival offered interesting performances for both younger and older audience and brought many visitors.
The festival was opened by the official guest of honour, respectful Slovenian writerMr. Boris Pahor, whose speech was very well accepted by visitors before the opening performanceKOBARID '38 - Chronicle of the Assassination, based on the drama by Dusan Jelinčič, directed by Jernej Kobal and performed by the Slovenian Permanent Theatre in Trieste.
Saturday and Sunday mornings were enriched with children performances from Circus Bufeto.
The festival took place for 11thyear in a row and again attracted theatre art and culture lovers to the region of Posočje.
Varied program was implemented in cooperation with the Municipality of Bovec, Bovec Cultural Centre, Local tourist organization and TIC Bovec. The festival was financially supported by the municipality of Bovec and the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports RS.
For the programme of the festival click here. Some photos from the festival are shown below, for more click here.
"RED" hosted by JoakimInterFest
Last year'sco-production performance "RED", directed byMartin Kočovski, is hosted by this year'sedition ofthe JoakimInterFestunderKnjaževsko-srpskiTheatre, from the City of Kragujevac,Serbia.
Staging,createdon the motifs ofOrhan Pamuk's novel"My name isred",thelast yearimpressedaudienceswith theirinnovativeandtheatricalapproachto the currenttopicof combining differentculturesin the European area.
The performance's premiere was at last year's17thEXPONTU festival, who is alsoone of the co-producers.
“The Lexicon of Mythology of the Former Yugoslavia” successfully completed the Balkan tour
International coproduction The Lexicon of Mythology of the Former Yugoslavia, directed by renowned Oliver Frljić, last Friday, 9th of December 2011, in National theatre of Kosovo in Pristina, successfully concluded the tour around former Yugoslavia countries. Controversial and attractive performance, created on a parallel history of critics and gossip, aroused much attention and interest in the former Yugoslav space.
The performance attracted more than 2000 viewers at the premieres and reruns on its ten days tour in Croatia, Montenegro and Kosovo at its co-producers in INK Pula, CNP Podgorica and Teatri Kombetar i Kosoves, Pristina.
Next year the performance The Lexicon of Mythology of the Former Yugoslavia continues with its tour as it will be hosted by Macedonia in February and later on in Austria, Serbia, Germany and Russia.
Artists and producers from Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Kosovo and Serbia are cooperating in the performance, which was coproduced by international network NETA (New European Theatre Action).