Ljubljana, 22. 8. 2013, SNT Opera and Ballet Ljubljana
At the press conference held on 22.08.2013 in Ljubljana, we discussed this edition of EX PONTO festival, the main and the accompanying programme, the Slovene premieres and the programme of the international network NETA (New European theatre action). A special emphassise was given to the three premieres, which will be staged at the this year's jubilee edition of EX PONTO festival, the opening play, Marieluise Fleisser's »The Strong Tribe«, directed by Ivica Buljan in the production of the Prešeren theatre Kranj, the Slovene-Slovac coproduction, made by the Stanislava Repar's text »She two times«, directed by Nick Upper and the Slovene-French coproduction »Little Blonde Riding Wolf«, written and directed by Daphne Millefoa.
The speakers at the press conference were:
Damir Domitrović, the director of the EX PONTO festival,
Peter Sotošek Štular, acting director of SNT Opera and Ballet, Ljubljana
Ivica Buljan, director of the play The Strong Tribe
Niko Goršič (pseudonim Nick Upper),director of the play, She Two Times
Daphne Millefoa, the author and director of the play Little Blonde Riding Wolf
The director of the EX PONTO festival Damir Domitrović, in the introduction, presented this year's programme of the Festival, conserning the topic »Where is the limit?«. This year's jubilee 20 international performing arts festival EX PONTO, will take place from 1st to 8th September 2013, at different locations in Ljubljana. At the festival we will host 12 performances of different genres coming from different countries in Europe.
The Festival will be opened with M. Fleisner’s play The Strong Tribe while the introduction to the opening will be Tina Kolenik’s performance The Golden Rain. The next day, on Monday the dance performance Pas de Deux follows, as well as Fassbinder’s Katzelmacher produced by the Royal Theatre- Zetski Dom from Cetinje. On Tuesday, we also have a theatre coming from Montenegro, The Montenegrin National Theatre with Bond’s text Existence, an hour and a half later Aristophanes’ Lizistrata produced by the Kosovo National Theatre. On Wednesday don’t forget to attend the exceptional Ionesco play Chairs, of Bulgarian-Macedonian production and after that, She two times by the author Stanislava Repar. On Thursday you can once again see the cabaret She two times, and after that the spectacle Anamnesis, the tragic-comical critique of the medical system, by the top Hungarian director Viktor Bodo. On Friday the dance performance Little Blonde Riding Wolf will take place while on Saturday the Bulgarian clown Maya Novoselska with One small radio, on Sunday we conclude with Šeparović’s play 55+ which is performed only by natural actors older than 55.
Please visit http://exponto.net/en/festivals/exponto_festival/exponto_festivals/81/international_performing_arts_festival_ex_ponto_2013/ to see our overall exact programme.
A musical programme will be performed at Zlati Zob Ethno Club, from 3 to 8 September, starting at midnight, which will be pleasant socializing event where we will conclude festival nights.
Another enticement of this year’s festival is that all the performances will be subtitled in English, as the festival expects a lot of guests from abroad, mainly due to the rich programme of NETA network.
You can reserve tickets every work day from 10 - 15h on the telephone number 01 426 94 05 or 041 200 390, or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org as latest as one day before the actual performance. The same is valid for press accreditations.
Damir Domitrović’s introductory speech was followed by Peter Sotošek Štular’s speech, the acting director of the Opera and Ballet Ljubljana. He stressed that the mutual cooperation between the public institutions and the non-governmental organizations is a very rare practise and that he is very happy that this year SNT Opera and Ballet, Ljubljana widely opens its doors to the EX PONTO festival to stage opening events of genres not usual for that space, which would make the whole event more interesting. He also congratulated the EX PONTO Festival for the twenty years of succesfull existance.
Ivica Buljan, director of the play The Strong Tribe, emphasised the exceptionality of its author Marieluise Fleisser, a writer who in the was overlooked in the past , despite her immense opus and influence on the authors later on, as for example, Elfrida Jelinek who named Fleisser her spiritual- literary mother. The Strong Tribe performed by Prešeren theatre – Kranj is the first staging of any of Fleisser's works in Slovenia. In her critical play, shamelessly, wihout any inhibitions she reveals the anomalies of the family life and the post-war German society which resembles a lot to our present and society.
Nick Upper presented the play he directs, She two times. The play is produced by ŠKUC theatre and it is a co-production of the EX PONTO Festival ( CS B-51), Apokalipsa- Cultural and Artistic Association, AEON from Bratislava. She two times, is a satire, a cabaret, created after a true story, a collection of postcards from Slovenia and Slovakia of the poet, essayist, translator, literary critic and a scientist, editor and a publisher with both Slovak and Slovenian citizenship. Stanislava Repar. It is a depiction of the struggle for the love story between the citizens of the two European countries, in the grip of Kafkaesque state apparatuses.
Daphne Millefoa, the author and director of the dance performance Little Blonde Riding Wolf presented her, as she said, exceptionally erotic stage performance which focuses at the relationship between the mother and daughter, asking »where is the limit« when the relation becomes too possesive, and what happens when their lovers are involved inbetween. Daphne Millefoa performs in the play with Lana Stranič, her mother in real life as well. The name of the performance is a word play of the title of the fairytale Little Red Riding Hood.
This year's festival will once again, happen under the honorary patronage of Mr. Zoran Janković, the Mayor of the municipality of Ljubljana, while the gala opening will be made by the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia , Mr. Uroš Grilc.