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Gledališče Glej
http://www.glej.si
info@glej.si
Gregorčičeva 3, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Phone386 (0) 1 421 9240
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Inga Remeta, President
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Barbara Poček, Producer, head of international projects
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Jure Novak, Public relations
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Past Events
  • 6 June to 7 June 2017
    A Potential Performance by Urška Brodar, Eva Nina Lampič, Melissa Krodman and Dani Modrej, produced by Glej Theatre and Ballhaus Ost, Berlin, organised by the Theatre Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki, at Suvilahti Cultural Centre in Helsinki, Finland
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  • 20 May 2016
    Something Is Missing, produced by Glej Theatre, in the framework of the project Generation to Generation at Cour des Trois Coquins in Clermont-Ferrand, France
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  • 8 May 2016
    Forest of Songs, conceived, directed and music by Peter Kus with art by Kaja Avberšek, co-produced by Glej Theatre and Federacija Institute, Animal Farm, produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, and Turlututu, co-produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, at the 27th International Puppet Theatre Festival SommerTraumHafen at Schlosstenne Burgstall in Wies, Austria
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  • 7 May 2016
    The Conference of the Birds, produced by Glej Theatre and the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television (AGRFT), at MIT Fest Montenegro International Theatre Festival at Royal Theatre Zestki dom in Cetinje, Montenegro
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  • 15 April 2016
    This Is It, Like It or Not!, produced by Glej Theatre, supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia The Hague, at Compagnietheater in Amsterdam, Netherlands
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  • 3 November to 7 November 2015
    Forest of Songs, conceived, directed and music by Peter Kus, with art by Kaja Avberšek, co-produced by Glej Theatre and Federacija Institute, Animal Farm, produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, and Turlututu, co-produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, at the 20th Festival of Puppet Theatre Rijeka at Croatian Cultural Centre Šušak in Rijeka, Croatia
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  • 23 October 2015
    Forest of Songs, conceived, directed and music by Peter Kus, with art by Kaja Avberšek, co-produced by Glej Theatre and Federacija Institute, at Trešnja Theatre in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 1 September 2015
    Forest of Songs, conceived, directed and music by Peter Kus, with art by Kaja Avberšek, co-produced by Glej Theatre and Federacija Institute, at the Luaga & Losna Festival at Pförtnerhaus Feldkirch in Feldkirch, Austria
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  • 7 July 2015
    Forest of Songs, conceived, directed and music by Peter Kus, with art by Kaja Avberšek, co-produced by Glej Theatre and Federacija Institute, at the 23rd Kotor Festival of Theatre for Children at Summer stage in Kotor, Montenegro
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  • 21 September 2014
    The Passsion of John, produced by Glej Theatre, at the 1st International Festival of Young Audience Korzo at Mostar Youth Theatre in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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  • 8 September to 14 September 2014
    Liferanti, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica, Cultural Association Teater na konfini, School of Arts, University of Nova Gorica, and Glej Theatre, The Second Freedom, produced by the Pekinpah Association and Bunker Institute, at F I A T Festival of International Alternative Theatre, supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Podgorica, at KIC Budo Tomović in Podgorica, Montenegro
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  • 28 May 2014
    The Passsion of John, produced by Glej Theatre, at the Tact Festival 2014 at Silvio Pellico Theatre in Trieste/Trst, Italy
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  • 15 November to 17 November 2013
    Reasons to be happy and How Jaromir Sought Happiness produced by Glej Theatre at Teater Sláva in Stockholm, Sweden
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  • 23 October 2013
    Always the Same Story, co-produced by the Maribor Puppet Theatre, and Edge, co-produced by the MKC Maribor Youth Culture Centre, Glej Theatre, and Maribor Puppet Theatre, at the 4th International Puppet Theatre Show Lutkokaz in Osijek, Croatia
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  • 16 October to 20 October 2013
    Videk’s New Shirt by Fru Fru Puppet Theatre, Forest of Song by Glej Theatre, Thumbelina by Mini Theatre, and The Enormous Turnip by Bobek Puppet Theatre at the International Puppet Festival Cikl Cakl in Bleiburg/Pliberk, St. Michael/Šmihel, Austria
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  • 14 October to 19 October 2013
    Plays Whore by Vedrana Rudan and directed by Marko Bulc (Glej Theatre) and Happily Divorced by Iztok Valič and directed by Jaša Jamnik (Valič Theatre), and a screening of the film Good to go directed by Matevž Luzar (PAKT Media) with a special guest Milena Zupančič, and other events at the Days of Slovene culture Istria in Pula, Croatia
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  • 12 October to 14 October 2013
    Jure Novak’s Reasons to Be Happy, produced by Glej Theatre, at the Café Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival, supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Budapest, in Budapest, Hungary
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  • 6 June 2013
    How Jaromir Sought Happiness, produced by Glej Theatre, at Mohorjeva hiša in Klagenfurt/Celovec, Austria
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  • 5 June to 17 June 2013
    Christmas at the Ivanovs, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana, Women's Comedy, by Ljubljana City Theatre (MGL), 25.671, by the Prešeren Theatre Kranj, and Whore, by Glej Theatre at Kerempuh Satirical Theatre, Zagreb Youth Theatre in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 19 May to 25 May 2013
    Forest of Song produced by Glej Theatre and Little Sleepy Star produced by Mini Theatre at the International Festival of Children's Theatres in Subotica, Serbia
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  • 3 May to 5 May 2013
    Doctor Faustus produced by Ljubljana Puppet Theatre and Forest of Song co-produced by Glej Theatre at the SLUK Festival at Branko Mihaljević Children's Theatre, Gallery of Fine Arts in Osijek, Croatia
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  • 12 March 2013
    Forest of Song, directed by Peter Kus and produced by Glej Theatre, at Lojze Bratuž Cultural Centre in Gorizia/Gorica, Italy
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  • 31 January 2013
    Vedrana Rudan's Whore, directed by Marko Bulc and produced by Glej Theatre at Slovene Permanent Theatre in Trieste in Trieste/Trst, Italy
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  • 27 January to 29 January 2013
    Forest of Song, directed by Peter Kus and produced by Glej Theatre, at Dubrava Children Theatre in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 22 December 2012
    How Jaromir Sought Happiness, produced by Glej Theatre, at the Neapolis Festival in Nabeul, Tunisia
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  • 11 December 2012
    Vedrana Rudan’s Whore, directed by Marko Bulc and produced by Glej Theatre, at Students' City Cultural Centre in Belgrade, Serbia
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  • 6 December to 9 December 2012
    Forest of Song, directed by Peter Kus and produced by Glej Theatre, at Dubrava Children Theatre in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 24 November to 25 November 2012
    Reasons to be Happy produced by Glej Theatre and Zavod Poza; Damned be the Traitor of his Homeland! and Re-/de-/construction: Class Enemy produced by Mladinsko Theatre at the Desire Festival in Subotica, Serbia
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  • 15 October 2012
    Forest of Song, directed by Peter Kus and produced by Glej Theatre, at the Assitej Festival at Čakovec Cultural Centre in Čakovec, Croatia
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  • 11 October to 15 October 2012
    Forest of Song, directed by Peter Kus and produced by Glej Theatre, at Dubrava Children Theatre in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 6 October to 11 October 2012
    Lalanit and Doctor Faustus produced by Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, Mišmaš Bakery and Snow-White produced by Mini Theatre, When Shlemiel Went to Warsaw by Maribor Puppet Theatre, and How Jaromir Sought Happiness produced by Glej Theatre at the International Festival of Children's Theatre in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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  • 1 October 2012
    Jure Novak’s Reasons to Be Happy, produced by Glej Theatre, at Impact – International Festival of Performing Arts at J.H.K.Dzinot Theatre in Veles, Macedonia
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  • 23 August to 27 August 2012
    When I Was Dead by Ernst Lubitsch, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana, Whore by Vedrana Rudan, produced by Glej Theatre at the Festival of Mediterranean theatre - Purgatorije in Tivat, Montenegro
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  • 29 June to 1 July 2012
    Scream, directed by Boris Kadin and produced by Glej Theatre, Misterio Bufo, directed by Marko Bratuš and produced by Glej Theatre, and How Jaromir Sought Happiness, produced by Glej Theatre, at Antic Teatre in Barcelona, Spain
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  • 15 April 2012
    How Jaromir Sought Happiness produced by Glej Theatre at Dječje kazalište Dubrava in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 5 March 2012
    Scream by Boris Kadin, performed by the Glej Theatre at the Sarajevo Winter Festival at Chamber Theatre in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Established in 1970, Glej Theatre is the oldest independent performing arts venue in Ljubljana. An important theatre production and education institution, Glej has been striving to explore theatrical practices in novel and daring ways ever since its early days. Up to this day it remains a place open to unorthodox approaches and theatrical research, forefronting the upcoming generations of artists.

A rather small place in the old city centre, Glej profiled itself as an alternative theatre of a diverse nature, setting up classical dramatic works alongside physical theatre, puppetry and even dance performances. It fosters numerous collaborations with Slovene as well as international organisations and often lends its premises for various independent artistic productions and festivals. Its challenging performances are frequently invited to numerous international festivals, collecting several awards.

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Background

Glej, emerging under the name Experimental theatre Glej, was initially a response to the need for an alternative space for independent theatrical productions in Ljubljana. It was founded by a group of directors – who were inspired by the evolving experimental theatre approaches and who also introduced them into the Slovene space – among Lado Kralj, Dušan Jovanović and Zvone Šedlbauer. The name of the theatre (which can be translated as Look) is a nod to the notions developed by the American theatre theoretician Richard Schechner.

Works that did not (and do not) fit into the existing institutional theatre structures are Glej's staple. Already in its formative years it staged a number of highly acclaimed performances, most notably Bojan Štih's Monument G [Spomenik G] (1972), directed by Dušan Jovanović, and Milan Jesih's The Bitter Fruits of Justice [Grenki sadeži pravice] (1974), directed by Zvone Šedlbauer, which strongly influenced the theatre production in then Yugoslavia.

During the 1980s the theatre slowly moved away from radical experimental production. However, it retained its main orientation towards emerging and innovative authors able to offer new aesthetics and emphases. In the coming decades it collaborated with a number of (nowadays still influential) directors and authors such as Vinko Möderndorfer, Eduard Miler, Iztok Kovač, Matjaž Pograjc, Matjaž Berger, Igor Štromajer, Jernej Lorenci, Tomi Janežič, Sebastjan Horvat, Diego DeBrea, Ivana Djilas, and Emil Hrvatin, to name but a few.

Art direction

Glej's many artistic directors have introduced various pioneering programmes, with some of the presented ideas and schemes later also adopted by other theatre institutions in Slovenia. However, as of season 2016/17 the theatre is led by a collective body, the arts council, comprised of its core personnel.

Programme

The theatre annually produces or co-produces over a dozen performances of different genres and styles. However, in terms of production one can note that in recent years "the process" itself became a very strong operational concept.

With 2007 Glej opened its programme structure in the form of a year-round open call for theatrical and multidisciplinary projects. This gives Glej the flexibility to swiftly respond to any potential initiatives and needs in the theatre environment. As such it runs several innovative, engaged, and proactive programmes:

  • Glej, Debut – offering young authors the opportunity to present their first project;
  • Glej, Miniatures – a platform for short experimental theatre pieces, regardless of whether they are completed works or works in progress;
  • Glej, Across the Border – guest performances of foreign small venues and production houses;
  • Glej in English – performances that are performed in English or have English subtitles, aimed at foreign citizens living in Slovenia;
  • Glej, Resident – a unique residency programme offering upcoming artists the opportunity to research, develop, and produce their own poetics over a period of one year.

Collaborations

Glej Theatre frequently collaborates with other institutions, be them fellow theatres or coming from other artistic fields.

One of its more striking collaborative enterprise is Transferzala, a combined season ticket for five independent Ljubljana theatres – Mini Theatre, Dance Theatre Ljubljana, Španski borci Culture Centre, Stara Elektrarna - Old Power Station and Glej Theatre.

Glej also co-produces (together with the Mladinsko Theatre) the Overflight International Theatre Festival and runs the ŠtudenTeater [StudenTheatre], a project that encourages and facilitates student theatre activities. Here its partners are GT22, the Youth Centre Koper, Moment Maribor and the Public Fund for Cultural Activities

Educational platforms

Glej differs from other theatres in Slovenia by its unique way of identifying and addressing challenges in the performing arts community in Slovenia. It has initiated a number of educational platforms, among them the (PreGlej na glas! Playwriting Festival, a programme for the promotion and development of quality Slovene playwriting; the TOP Program cycle, meant for the development of young theatre critics; workshops for light designers; and Poslušaj, a programme for the development of theatre music).

Regardless of particular endeavours, Glej remains dedicated to young artists who often take their first steps in the theatre between the four pillars in Glej.

International cooperation

Glej Theatre has been actively involved in several international projects and platforms, for example, Development of New Art (DNA) (an EU supported project 2011–2013, led by the Czech NOVA SIT Association, with partners from Denmark, Hungary, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia), the European Theater Night (2011, 2012), and the Call to Create platform.

In 2014 Glej initiated the Generation 2 Generation project, with partners from the Netherlands, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and France, which focuses on the development of theatre for teenage audiences and on audience development in general.

Currently, it is a member of the International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts (IETM) and the East European Performing Arts Platform (EEPAP).

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See also

Transferzala venues

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