Old Glassworks Art Society, Ptuj

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Umetniško društvo Stara steklarska Ptuj
Prešernova 10, SI-2250 Ptuj
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Branka Bezeljak Glazer, President
branka.bezeljak-glazer@guest.arnes.si
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Nevenka Dobljekar, Co-ordinator
Phone386 (0) 41 367 492
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Established in 2004 as a non-for-profit cultural organisation, Old Glassworks Art Society is based at the former glassworks building in Ptuj city centre, which incorporates a 90-seat hall with basic lighting and sound equipment, a studio space and a storehouse. Comprising members from Ptuj, Maribor, Ljubljana and Slovenska Bistrica, the Society engages in a range of theatre, dance visual arts and publishing activities, organising the so-called Monday Evenings in the framework of the Ptuj Summer Days festival and promoting its various productions both in-country and internationally.

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Theatre production

The first theatre project produced by Stara steklarska was the drama Carousel, written by Zdenko Kodrič and directed by Branka Bezeljak Glazer, which featured professional actors from various theatre houses as well as drama students and freelance actors. Zvone Šedlbauer has also directed a one-man drama show based on drama texts by Kodrič, which was presented in Ptuj and at the Borštnik Theatre Festival in Maribor. Writer Zdenko Kodrič himself directed Petra genetrix or The Mess in Front of the Mithreum, a performance conceived in co-operation with three young poets and four musicians and presented at the Cap á l'Est International Festival in Banska Stiavnica, Slovakia. In co-production with Borštnik Festival, Stara steklarska produced a one-man dramatic adaptation of a Roddy Doyle novel directed by Tanja Lužar and performed by Dunja Zupanec. Most recently, the Society presented Zdenko Kodrič and Dušan Fišer's Conifers - A Configuration of the Ground - A Delay of a Virus, a primitive fine arts illustration of the natural processes within computer protocols, at the 2007 Ptuj Summer Days.

Exhibitions

The society has also organised numerous exhibitions, including photographic works by Stojan Kerbler and paintings by Andrej Božic at the Grassl Tower in Slovenska Bistrica, both presented in co-operation with Slovenska Bistrica Cultural Institution. It has also published a catalogue of the Dušan Fišer's exhibition Modul II which took place at Maribor Art Gallery and KiBela Art Space.

Publishing

The first book published by Stara steklarska was A Contemporary History of Ptuj in Caricature by Boris Miočionović and Aleš Gačnik. Within the series called ARTerija, Stara steklarska has published several books, including interviews by Nataša Petrović, poems by David Bedrač, short stories by Zdenko Kodrič, paintings by Dušan Fišer and music compositions by Samo Šalamon. A supplement to the latter, an audio recording read by two actors, was published in English.

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