Plesna izba - Maribor Dance Room

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Plesna izba Maribor
http://www.plesnaizba.si/
info@plesnaizba.si
Pobreška cesta 20, SI-2000 Maribor
Phone386 (0) 2 250 1316
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Nina Milin, President
nina.milin@gmail.com
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Mojca Kasjak, Stage production and projects
mojcak@plesnaizba.si
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Živa Vrbič, Coordinator of dance and drum education
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Phone386 (0) 2 250 1316, 386 (0) 31 757 393
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Past Events
  • 11 May 2017
    Metamorphoses 3°: Rhetoric by Bara Kolenc and Atej Tutta, produced by KUD Samosvoj Cultural Association, and co-produced by Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture, KUD Pozitiv Cultural Association and Plesna izba - Maribor Dance Room, supported by the Slovenian Culture and Information Centre, Vienna (SKICA), Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Vienna, at Brut in Vienna, Austria
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  • 18 May 2016
    Metamorphoses 3°: Rhetoric by Bara Kolenc and Atej Tutta, produced by KUD Samosvoj Cultural Association, and co-produced by Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture, KUD Pozitiv Cultural Association and Plesna izba - Maribor Dance Room, at the 53rd Theatertreffen at Berliner Festspiele in Berlin, Germany
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  • 25 September to 26 September 2014
    The Very Boring Piece by Jasmina Križaj and Cristina Planas Leitão, co-produced by Plesna izba - Maribor Dance Room, and Ballet of Revolt by Leja Jurišić and Petra Veber, co-produced by Pekinpah – Kink Kong, at the Young European Choreographers Festival at Hellerau in Dresden, Germany
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  • 12 December 2013
    The Very Delicious Piece, a dance performance by Jasmina Križaj (Plesna izba - Maribor Dance Room) and Cristina Planas Leitão, at Teatro do Campo Alegre in Porto, Portugal
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  • 16 November 2013
    The Very Delicious Piece, a dance performance by Jasmina Križaj (Plesna izba - Maribor Dance Room) and Cristina Planas Leitão, at Volksroom in Brussels, Belgium
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  • 5 September to 6 September 2013
    A presentation by Mojca Kasjak (Plesna izba - Maribor Dance Room) about new artistic practice and experience in the modul-dance project, and Jurij Konjar's lecture titled A thought on residency-ing and his performance For Juliano Mer-Khamis, at the EU Modul-Dance Conference at Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf in Düsseldorf, Germany
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  • 29 August 2013
    The Very Delicious Piece, a performance by Jasmina Križaj (Plesna izba - Maribor Dance Room) and Cristina Leitão, supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia London, at The Palace - Robin Howard Dance Theatre in London, United Kingdom
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  • 30 June 2013
    Ballet of Revolt by Leja Jurišić and Petra Veber (Pekinpah Association), The Very Delicious Piece by Jasmina Križaj (Plesna izba - Maribor Dance Room) and Cristina Planas Leitão, and Green Light by Mateja Bučar (DUM Association of Artists) at the Festival Spectrum in Villach/Beljak, Austria
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  • 7 June to 9 June 2013
    False Entries by Jasmina Križaj and Simon Wehrli (Plesna izba - Maribor Dance Room) in Toulouse, France
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  • 10 May to 11 May 2013
    Eden, a dance performance by Mala Kline (Pekinpah Association) and dance workshops and lectures by members of Plesna izba - Maribor Dance Room, at symposium DER ZAURENDER KOERPER – HASITATING BODY at German Hygiene Museum in Dresden, Germany
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  • 5 May 2013
    A presentation of the project False Entries by Jasmina Križaj and Simon Wehrli (Plesna izba - Maribor Dance Room) at the Improquarium festival in Winterthur, Switzerland
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Plesna izba Maribor [The Maribor Dance Room] runs an extensive programme of dance and drumming education, yet simultaneously also stages various dance performances and explores contemporary performing arts in general. While some of its stage works feature its protégés, most of the shows are professional performances of a contemporary dance character.

The organisation was established in 1994 by Minka Veselič Kološa, a pioneer of contemporary dance education approaches in Slovenia.

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Festivals and other productions

In 2007 the organisation launched the Contemporary dance Platform, an annual international festival of contemporary dance and performance art. As of 2014 the festival is a part of a joint endeavour with MKC Maribor Youth Culture Centre, and is called the Festival Performa & Platforma.

As of 2012 Plesna izba organises the Maribum Afriqui Festival. It sets up dance improvisation events and workshops (often in non-theatrical spaces), multimedia projects, and various other interventions into the cultural life of the city of Maribor. For a time it was also responsible for the NagiB Contemporary Dance Festival (now an independant cycle of events).

Stage production

Maribor Dance Room annually produces or co-produces several dance productions, presenting established artists like Snježana Premuš, Sebastijan Geč, Mojca Kasjak, Jasmina Križaj and Bara Kolenc, yet also offering opportunities to its students to present their work.

It regularly collaborates with the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, Lent Festival , and City of Women International Festival of Contemporary Arts. Its productions are featured at prominent Slovene festivals and at events across Europe (Greece, Austria, Croatia, Ireland, Germany, etc). It co-produced works with WUK, Vienna (AT), Hellerau, Europaïsches Zentrum der Künste, Dresden (DE), Dansateliers Rotterdam (NL), Ensemble Barouqe de Toulouse (FR)

Each year, Plesna izba Maribor prepares two larger productions, where students present their work to the wider audience: the New Year's production takes place in the Union Hall and the final performance at the Maribor Puppet Theatre. The young dancers also present their choreographies at the Opus - Festival of Dance Miniatures and the Živa Festival, organised by the Public Fund for Cultural Activities of the Republic of Slovenia.

Dance education

Maribor Dance Room dance education programmes are organised so as to offer a spectrum of different dance techniques, also necessary for subsequent professional dance training and production. By introducing the young into the processes of contemporary art creation, Maribor Dance Room works on establishing a strong foundation for the development of contemporary dance in Maribor.

The all-year-round education offers regular workshops different and classes for different levels and different age groups. The programme covers ballet, jazz and modern techniques, release technique, as well as intensive classes of different contemporary approaches to dance taught by mainly Slovene dancers and choreographers. It also organises classes of oriental and African dance, hip-hop and yoga.

Drums and percussion education

In addition to its dance education programmes, Plesna izba Maribor is offering all year-round drum and percussion education, including workshops for children and adults, taught by acclaimed percussion professionals. Participants of drum workshops join their forces with dancers in annual final productions.

The Maribum Afriqui Festival, a follow-up to the drum festival held from 2004 to 2008 and the later Maribum Festival, hosts a number of Slovenian and Malian musicians and offers workshops of African traditional and contemporary dance and drumming techniques.

International cooperation

Early in 2010, Plesna izba Maribor entered the four-year project Modul-Dance, supported by the EU Culture 2007–2013 programme and coordinated by the Spanish organisation Mercat de les Flors. The network included 20 partners from 16 countries and was aimed at supporting independent artists in production and international mobility.

Slovene partners of the project were Plesna izba and Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture in Ljubljana.

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