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 (Věra Ondrašíková 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.Věra Ondrašíková 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