CoFestival 2022

11 th International Festival of Contemporary Dance
25 th of November – 1 st of December 2022 www.cofestival.si

CoFestival 2022 can be divided into three thematic strands. The first one deals with choreographic
material through collective or subjective time (Moritz Ostruschnjak, Michiel Vandevelde, Mateja
Rebolj and Magdalena Reiter, Alma Söderberg with Cullberg), the second one observes the body
and life through the prism of virtual and digital landscapes (Yuske Taninaka, Aleksandar Georgiev
with his team, Barbara Matijević and Giuseppe Chico), while the third transforms the contemporary
moment into a poetic image that inevitably flows out into the wild (Vera Ondrasikova and her
collective, Mala Kline).

CoFestival 2022 will open with Moritz Ostruschnjak’s striking dance solo Dance Instructions (It
Won’t Be Like This Forever), in which an entertaining encyclopaedia of dance vitalism confronts
the issues of contextual meanings. Barbara Matijević and Giuseppe Chico, returning to us after five
years, deal with the sediments of our digital landscapes and habits in their performance Screenagers
Vol. 2. In his solo Gallop, the young Japanese artist Yuske Taninaka uses biometric methods
employed in forensic research by criminologists to address identified bodily material. Aleksandar
Georgiev takes as its choreographic score the meditative and ornamental digital landscapes of
Screensaver. Vera Ondrasikova and her collective in their performance Witness deal with the paths
and byways of our contemporary conundrums with the changing nature. In her multidisciplinary
performance Venus, Between Captivity and Flight Mala Kline unravels aspects of Botticelli’s
Renaissance painterly landscape and its mythology between image, body and dream. In a
remarkable performance Goldberg Variations, with which Steve Paxton once created an
emblematic modern dance solo, our old acquaintance Michiel Vandevelde exposes Bach’s score to
the microscopy of the contemporary dance moment to tackle issues of normative and singular
bodies. Also Magdalena Reiter and Mateja Rebolj, who are again collaborating again in the
performance Preludes and Fugues after two decades since their work Forma Interrogativa, place
their dance present and past in Bach’s musical landscape. This year’s CoFestival will conclude with
Alma Söderberg’s Noche, which, together with the renowned Cullberg ensemble, places her choreo-
vocal work in an open moment of vulnerable syncope. This edition of the CoFestival will be
accompanied by a discursive programme with talks, book presentations, a film programme and the
launch of a new publication marking the tenth anniversary of the festival.

Organised by: Kino Šiška and NDA Slovenia in cooperation with the Old Power Station and Ljubljana
Puppet Theatre