ILLUMINATED (Osvetljeni)

Petkovi plesno-filmski večeri // Friday Dance Film Nights
Vsak tretji petek v mesecu // Every third Friday of the month

Žaromet na 2012! V siju bleščečega horizonta Evropske prestolnice kulture, Plesna Izba Maribor razširja svoj letni ponudbeni program, s prikazom serije plesnih filmov. Vsak tretji petek v mesecu, se bo pod skupnim naslovom »OSVETLJENI«, iz platna kina Udarnik , bleščal eden izmed 12 izbranih filmov. Pričakujete in doživite lahko kompaktno ter zanimivo filmsko mešanico klasičnih in novodobnejših del iz sodobne plesne scene, ki jim bodo sledile diskusije, zabave in družabni dogodki, ki bodo oživili in popestrili vaše petkove večere.

Spotlight on 2012! On the glittering horizon of European Capital of Culture, Plesna Izba Maribor and Cinema Udarnik are extending its annual programme by a series of dance films. Every third Friday of the month and under the title ‘Iluminated (Osvetljeni)’, 12 films will be gleaming from the big screen in Udarnik. Expect and experience a solid mix of classics and young works from the scene of contemporary dance followed up by discussions, parties and social events that will enliven your Friday nights.


18th of JANUARY 2012 // 18.00


The society of conspicuous characters of an art family is in a dusty hall with dusty thoughts, and through tearing tablecloth and covering eyes, gradually stepping into a dusty dance. A half-an-hour scene recorded in one shot at daylight, where the picture is getting darker until it almost gets completely dark, works as a foundation, as a red thread of happening, into which various reminiscences or individuals’ fragments intertwine.

The film ATELIER was recorded in Šmartno, Slovenia, in September 2008, during the 10-day artistic residency, where choreographer Bara Kolenc and the group of dancers were rehearsing for the dance show Atelier, which has been first shown at the City of Women Festival in Ljubljana, October 2008. Both video and the performance are inspired by the extraordinary life and talent of the Slovenian sculptress Karla Bulovec. In the name of art, her extremely bohemian life with husband and dramatist Ivan Mrak renounced everything – comfort, home, family, even sexual gratification. Her creativity was mad, ambitious, masochistic, exaggerated in visions she could not realize.

Atelier project explores artistic creativity as an impulse, as a relentless desire to create, so wild and destructive that it can overpower the need for biological fulfilment, threaten one’s health by denying physical hunger, and can even be fatal. In the light of such savageness, art cannot be relative (as it is in the eyes of cultural politics and history), but absolute and vital, no matter how we analyze, mystify or objectify it.
It has been first presented in the Venice Biennale 2009.


16th NOVEMBER 2012 // 20.00


Persönlicher und trauriger als in Cafe Mueller aus dem Jahr 1978 hat Pina Bausch ihr Kernthema, die menschliche Suche nach Geborgenheit und Liebe, kaum in einem anderen Stück formuliert. Zugleich liegt in der Unbeirrbarkeit dieser Suche auch immer eine kraft, der Wille, nicht aufzugeben, sich von keiner noch so überwältigend erscheinenden Hoffnungslosigkeit vom Weg abbringen zu lassen.

Frühlingsopfer/ Le Sacre du Printemps

Igor Strawinskys Sacre zählt zu den am häufigsten choreographierten musikalischen Werken der Tanzliteratur. Unter den zahllosen Choreographen steht Pina Bauschs Version als die mit Abstand radikalste und emotional berührendste. Ihre Tänze einer dicken Schicht Erde abtrotzend beglaubigen die Akteure den Leidensweg des Frühlingsopfers mit ungeheurer physischer Präsenz und Intensität. Sie tanzen, der tiefen Überzeugung ihrer Choreographin folgend, um ihr Leben.

19th Ocotber @ 20:00:


Eine junge Frau ist verstorben. Die Trauergemeninde, Familie und Freunde treffen sich an verschiedenen Orten der Stadt am Sarg der Toten. In der Stille verdichten sich ihre Erinnerungen an große und an kleine Momente zu einem endgültigen Abschied. Als Kunstfilm und Filmstudie angelegt, erzählt »história« die Lebensgeschichte einer jungen Frau. Im Zusammenspiel von choreographischen und abstrakten Bildern entwickelt sich eine filmische Vision vom Raum zwischen Leben und Tod. Mit »história« führt Karsten Liske seine Protagonistin Claudia de Serpa Soares in die Arme ihrer Heimatstadt Lissabon.


A young woman passed away. The funeral mourners, family and friends, meet in different places of the city. In the silence of the mourning the memories of the young woman appear and consolidate the final farewell. The conceptual artfilm »história« follows the life story of a young woman. The interplay of choreographical and abstract images develops a vision of the space between life and death. With »história« Karsten Liske takes his protagonist Claudia de Serpa Soares to her hometown Lisbon.

21st September @ 20.00:

MODUL DANCE – Program 2: Thinking choreographic movement for the camera


Magali Charrier // UK, // 2010, // 9’

Director: Magali Charrier
Choreography: Magali Charrier
Performers: Selina Papoutseli & Tom Lyall

This film is a collection of experiments in animation and editing exploring the spaces where nothing happens: the liminal zone that exists between you and me, between here and there, sound and silence, movement and stillness


Jeannette Ginslov // South Africa // 2008 // 8’55

Director: Jeannette Ginslov
Choreography: Jeannette Ginslov and performers
Performers: Thiami Manekehla, Thabiso Pule & Haja Saranouffi
Music: Scorn, Gamana, Ganga Giri & James Brown.

Karohano was first performed as a live dance work by Inzalo Dance & Theater Company at the Market Lab Johannesburg, 2007. Director Jeannette Ginslov approached the company wanting to create a dance video. This way, Karohano became a collaborative dance video between three male dancers form Madagascar and South Africa. A fusion of video technology and urban dance energy that depicts aspects of African male identity, political satire and ironic gestures.


Guillem Morales // Spain // 2005 // 10’

Director: Guillem Morales
Choreographer and performer: Erre que erre, based on an original idea by Guillermo Weickert
Music: Martin Fuks and Vitor Joaquin.

APAAI is an invitation to create the ideal atmosphere for the observation of details – a state of consciousness that lies somewhere between reality and dreams and allows us to cross the boundary freely and without fear. It captures the kind of moment in which an element of everyday experience crumbles and reveals the strangeness of being alive. A delicate, fragile moment like the delirium of fever that only medicine can help us overcome, when possible but highly improbably actions materialise.


Billy Cowie and Liz Aggiss // UK // 2005 // 5’

Directors and choreographers: Billy Cowie and Liz Aggiss
Performers: Thomas Kampe
Music: Billy Cowie

In the wilderness of Dungeness, where the natural and the nuclear meet for small talk, Master Thomas is taking the air. As he rambles he spies something unusual and decides to investigate.
Break (from the Middle English): 1 an interruption of continuity. 2 a short period of recreation or refreshment. 3 a tract of ground of distinct appearance. 4 an opportunity, a chance…


Juanjo Fernández // Spain // 2008 // 5’49

Director: Juanjo Fernández
Choreography: Ricardo Salas
Performer: Ricardo Salas
Music: Huete.

A dance solo in space that is virtually empty, consisting just barely of music and light. A dancer explores the expressive capacity of the moving body, as the camera selects, discards and highlights particular shots and gestural motifs. Video breaks the visual continuity of dance, in order to tell us – in the words of J. Thurber – let us not look back in anger, nor forward with fear, but around in awareness.


Sergio Cruz // Portugal / UK // 2006 // 4’

Director: Sergio Cruz
Choreography: JP Omari, Sergio Cruz
Performers: b3 – brighton youth dance company

Animalz is an exuberant fantasy in which boys emerge from the sea, like the original amphibians, and colonise a forest, marking out their territory in a break-dance celebration of Nature and her feral sons.

The film takes the urban B-Boy skills of Brighton and Hove’s B3 Boys into the city’s surrounding natural landscapes, where the sixteen 8-14 year-old dancers were encouraged to bring out the animal in themselves in their energetic performances.


Hammudi Al-Rahmoun // Spain // 2008 // 5’

Director: Hammudi Al-Rahmoun
: Juan Carlos García.
Performers: Yester Mulens and Olga Clavel
Music: Xavier Maristany

A short, tender story in which lifeless beings come to life, connecting with themselves and with the person in front of them. Two dancers break the mechanised automation of a working group and manage to involve them all in a group choreography and a strong communicative and human power. “En cadena” is the name of this evocative irruption of dance in a production line consisting of mentally handicapped workers.

17th August @ 21.00:

MODUL DANCE – Program 1: Renewing moving images dramaturgy through dance and human body movement


Antonin de Bemels // Belgium // 2006 // 25’

Director and choreographer: Antonin de Bemels
Performers: Ugo Dehaes, Melanie Munt, Bruno Marin
Music: Aernoudt Jacobs, Antonin de Bemels, Rawakari

Piéton walks through the city, Pensée looses herself in her thoughts, Pantin slowly gets out of his immobility…

A short film about how to deal with the reality that surrounds us. Some will work their way through it, some will merge into it, some will melt into thin air…

Movement is the key.


Margaret Williams // UK // 2003 // 5’40

Direction: Margaret Williams
Choreographer and performer: Mal Pelo
Music: Steve Noble
Camera: Márten Nilsson

The short film Midday explores themes of desire, memory and loss. To quote MAL PELO, “This world then, is one inhabited by beings of flesh and blood, where reality and fiction are often confused- a unique meeting point between thought and imagination.”
MIDDAY is the first collaboration between Maria Munoz and Pep Ramis of MAL PELO company, and Margaret Williams. Midday was shot in Girona, Spain and was commissioned as part of the 2nd series of 4DANCE by Channel 4 Television.


Mårten Nilsson // Sweden // 2003 // 5’

Director: Mårten Nilsson
Choreographer:  Gunilla Hellborn
Dancers:  Helena Franzén, Anna Källblac, Sandra Medina, Tove Sahlin, Staffan Eek, Mats Garpendahl, Jukka Korpi, Henrik Vikman
Music: Kim Hiorthøy

Exactly what happened that day, when Henry moved into his new house? One house, eight dancers, one camera.


Helena Jonsdottir and Unnur Osp Stefansdottir // Iceland // 2002 // 5’

Director and choreographer: Helena Jonsdottir and Unnur Osp Stefansdottir
Music: Hallur Ingolfsson

An old woman who lives in her daughter’s apartment with a terrible fear that she is imposing on her child’s otherwise independent and modern lifestyle. When the daughter goes to work, the old lady’s gets a chance to express herself and make herself feel comfortable in her restrictive surroundings.


Miranda Penell // UK // 2004 // 11’

Director: Miranda Penell
Choreography: Miranda Penell & the Ensemble

A bloke walks into a pub… Six actors punch, kick and wrestle their way through the Wild West of an East London drinking establishment.   The ritual of the Western bar-brawl, is re-located to a London working men’s’ club.   The violence appears to have no consequences, the actors’ bodies being as rubbery and invulnerable as those in the TV Westerns that inspired the film.


Gido Leytens // Nizozemska // 2008 // 12’

Director: Gido Leytens
Choreography: Kristel van Issum

Tauperlen is a journey of undefined souls who live on the edge of heaven and hell. Anonymously and with a loss of memory they are looking for their right to exist, in limbo. Tauperlen is inspired by scenes of the performance iSA by dance company T.R.A.S.H.

15th of June @ 20.00:


‘Die Klage der Kaiserin’ is the first film by choreographer Pina Bausch. The general framework is set be the changing seasons – autumn, winter and spring.
The film’s inner structure reflects Pina Bausch’s method of working as developed with the Wuppertal Theatre of dance during the 1973/74 season. The film consequently does not tell a story, but is made up of various scenes put together as a collage reflecting certain moods and invoking different associations. A variety of themes which Pina has frequently dealt with in her stage productions are also loosely interwoven in the film. Unlike the stage productions, however, the film scenes, some of which are thoroughly absurd, are set in different locations, such as the woods and fields around Wuppertal, the city centre, the suspended railway, a carpet shop, a greenhouse and the rehearsal room in a former cinema (Wuppertal’s ‘Lichtburg’). The film features the dancers and an actress from the Wuppertal Theatre of Dance whose text improvisations, dancing and scenic variations leave their usual distinctive marks on the overall production. The futility of human activity and the search for love make up the film’s central theme set against the strains of a Sicilian funeral march. ‘The despair is tangible. After all, the film is a lament’ according to Pina Bausch.


Prvi film koreografinje Pine Bausch «Die Klage der Kaiserin« je bil ustvarjen v času med oktobrom 1987 in aprilom 1989, njegov tematski okvir pa zajema menjavanje letnih časov – jeseni, zime in pomladi. Notranja struktura filma zrcali samo metodo dela Pine Baush, ki jo je koreografinja razvila v plesnem gledališču Wuppertal med sezono 1973/74. Film tako ne govori zgodbe, temveč ga spletajo različne scene, ki kot kolaž vzbujajo različna razpoloženja ter kličejo k različnim asociacijam. V filmu ohlapno vznika tudi paleta tematik, s katerimi se je Pina ukvarjala v svojih odrskih produkcijah. Za razliko od slednjih pa so scene v filmu, ki se včasih zdijo popolnoma absurdne, postavljene na različne lokacije, na primer v gozdove in polja okrog Wuppertala, v jedro mesta, na zapuščeno železniško progo, v trgovino s preprogami, v rastlinjak ter v vadbeno sobo bivšega kina (Wuppertalski ‘Lichtburg’). Film prikazuje plesalce in igralko iz plesnega gledališča Wuppertal, ki s svojimi improvizacijami teksta, plesom ter scenskimi variacijami puščajo razpoznaven in močan pečat na celotni produkciji. Osrednja tema filma se zarisuje okrog jalovosti človeške aktivnosti in iskanja ljubezni, ki jima je ob bok postavljen napor sicilijanske pogrebne koračnice. Po besedah Pine Bausch je »obup oprijemljiv. Navsezadnje je film žalostinka«.

18th May @ 20.00:

MODUL DANCE – Program 4: Writing with new tools, new practiques with the medias


Alex Reuben // UK // 2003 //  5’

Director: Alex Reuben
Choreography: Alex Reuben & Afua Awuku
Performers: Afua Awuku and Dave Williams.

Inspired by dancing in a Brixton club, and the dynamic paintings of Jackson Pollock, filmmaker and choreographer Alex Reuben created Line Dance. Accompanied by a fluid Samba beat, the beauty of natural human movement is extracted from the performers bodies using the technique of Motion Capture. Initially we see a series of stick men performing their moves, these are then further manipulated into more illustrative and diagrammatic shapes.


Gina Czarnecki // UK / Australia // 2005 // 10’

Director: Gina Czarnecki
Choreography: Garry Stewart
Performers: Australian Dance Theatre
Music: Fennesz

Nacent is a visual and visceral journey through and about being. Raw footage of improvised and choreographed performance by ADT dancers is confronted with compositional post-production techniques. The images form a complex and dense rhythmic structure, stretching, smearing and ditorting ‘real’ time. The dancers’ gestures and bodies, poised and isolated, gradually become indistinguishable and frenetic – turbulent, mutated fragments that form and reform.  Ultimately the image remains recognisably human, but only just.


Davide Pepe // Italy // 2005 // 7’

Director: Davide Pepe
Choreographer and performer: Miriam King
Music: David Pepe

A body stretches itself, gaining and retaining its energy and finally releasing it in a kinetic explosion. A new dance takes place between its folds.


Beatriz Sánchez // Spain // 2008  // 4’46

Director and choreographer: Beatriz Sánchez
Performers: Vanesa Castro, Lola Gomez, Rosario Vacas, Beatriz Sánchez
Music: Zasmomö

A flamenco-electronic “electrobulería” is playing on an impossible flamenco stage, while a red carnation proclaims the flamenco flavour of the dance. Possessed by their dresses, four dancers perform an irrational choreography full of colour and surprising images that succeed and overlap each other to the rhythm of the music. The dresses are designed by Juana Martín, and their strange, beautiful forms trigger and condition the movements of the four flamenco dancers. The video ends up being a quelo de garatas, a “dance of disorder”, in gypsy.


Scentrifug // Sweden // 2007, //7’34

Director: Scentrifug
Choreographer: Scentrifug, Petter Jacobson and Thomas Caley
Performers: Petter Jacobson and Thomas Caley
Music: Mattias Petersson

Digitally manipulated dance is placed at the service of the portrayal of unresolved conflict, through a disturbing series of movements and an interplay of copies, opposites and contrasts. The dance is suspended in the void while we witness, over and over again, the slow free fall of the characters. “Untitled Partner” alternates the edited work with scenes that are taking place behind the camera, in order to reveal the artificial nature of art and the possibility of using fiction to investigate the mystery of another reality: the human psyche.

16th March @ 20.00:


Tomaž Praunseis and Nina Milin // Slovenia // 2009 // 8’

Director: Tomaž Praunseis and Nina Milin
Choreography: Nina Milin
Music: Matej Ocepek


Nina Eva Lampič // Slovenia // 2007 // 20’

Director: Nina Eva Lampič
Choreography, Concept:
 Milan Tomášik
Music: Rok Doltar
Performers: Jelena Milovanović, Tomáš Nepšinský, Teja Reba, Milan Tomášik, Nataša Živković

I found myself jumping and spinning like crazy. I was turning and twisting in all directions. The sweat was dropping down the face and the resonance of the heartbeat made my body immovable. I thought I am going to faint but in that moment…


Petra Kolmančič // Slovenia // 2010 // 11’ //

Director: Petra Kolmančič, Nina Milin, Tomaž Praunseis
Choreography: Nina Milin
Music: Matej Ocepek

17th February @ 20.00:

Modul Dance:

Watching Dance in the Visual Arts Context

Curator Nuria Font has compiled a number of short dance films with contributions from versatile filmmakers, each responding to and inquiring about the attributes of capturing movement on film. WEBPAGE

Tokrat na ogled 3 kratki filmi, izbrani s strani Nurie Font/ NU2

22’ // 2007 // Velika Britanija/ Čile // Režija: Isabel Rocamora // Performerji: Camila Valenzuela, Paulina Garrido // Glasba: Jivan Gasparyan

Horizon of Exile pripoveduje zgodbo dveh žensk v izgonu, ki potujeta čez brezčasno puščavsko pokrajino. Z močnim vpogledom v srednje-vzhodno kulturo razmišlja film o položaju ženske; samopodoba, pripadnost in izginjanje. Znotraj filmske strukture, poudarjene z glasovi iraških izgnancev, obravnava Horizon skozi koreografirane geste vprašanja o ozemlju in identiteti. Ob spremljavi soundtracka Jivana Gasparyana, telesa izdajajo spokojno nasilje, potujejo, kot da bi bila osvobojena zavedanja ali gravitacije, padajoča in pobirajoča, preganjana od neukrotljive preteklosti.

28’ // 2004 // Belgija // Režija: Thierry de Mey // Glasba: Maurice Ravel (v režiji Pierra Bouleza)

Orkestrsko bogastvo baleta Maurica Ravela se izraža skozi epizode, ki so navdih iskale pri znanih pravljicah Charlesa Perraulta. Gibalni material je nastal, ko so se koreograf-plesalci odzvali povabilu, da naj izberejo svoj najljubši lik iz pravljice in zanj naredijo plesno miniaturo postavljeno v nenavadno gozdno okolje. Ilustrativne in pripovedovalske utemeljitve so uporabljene zelo svobodno in delujejo bolj kot poetične sugestije. Svet rastlin pred kamero deluje kot agent provocateur, ki še dodatno poudarja in navdihuje izvirno kvaliteto giba.

14’ // 2009 // Slovenija // Režija: Lucija Smodiš // Koreografija in performans: Vlasta Veselko

Cikličnost nastajanja. Večna tema.

Ples v kontekstu vizualne umetnosti je plesno-filmski program, ki je kuriran s strani Núria Font/ NU2s v okviru Modul Dance-a. Modul Dance je mednarodni projekt sodelovanja med 22 evropskimi plesnimi hišami in medijskimi inštitucijami iz 15 držav.


This month’s Film Night features a curated programme by Nuria Font/ NU2, including 3 short films:

22’ // 2007 // United Kingdom/ Chile // Direction: Isabel Rocamora // Performers: Camila Valenzuela  Paulina Garrido // Music: Jivan Gasparyan

Horizon of Exile follows the journey of exile of two women across timeless desert landscapes. Strongly referencing Middle Eastern culture the film reflects on the female condition; self-image, belonging and effacement. Within a cinematic framework punctuated by voice testimonies of Iraqi exiles, Horizon employs choreographed gesture to consider issues of land and identity. Set to a soundtrack by Jivan Gasparyan the bodies betray a serene violence, travelling as though released from consciousness or gravity, falling and recuperating, haunted by an irrepressible past.

28’ // 2004 // Belgium // Director: Thierry de Mey // Music: Maurice Ravel with the direction of Pierre Boulez

The orchestral richness of this ballet by Maurice Ravel is conveyed in episodes inspired by Charles Perrault’s famous fairy tales. The choreographic material was produced by choreographer-dancers invited to choose a character from the fairy tale and create a dance sequence in the unusual setting of a forest. The illustrative or narrative arguments are used in a very free way, more like poetical suggestions. The plant world acts as an agent provocateur that helps inspire an original quality of movement in front of the camera.

14’ // 2009 // Slovenia // Director Lucija Smodiš // Choreographer and performer: Vlasta Veselko

Cycle in emerging. Eternal theme.

Watching Dance in a Visual Arts Context is a dancefilm programme curated by Núria Font/ NU2s in the framework of Modul Dance, a cooperation project between 22 European dance houses and media institutions from 15 countries.

20th January
@ 20.00:

DV8: Strange Fish

Strange Fish je prikaz iskanja tistega, ki ga ljubimo in iskanja tistega ali nečesa, v kar lahko verjamemo. Tiranija parov in skupin, bolečina, ki se poraja ob občutkih nepripadnosti, vse to in še več, se pred nami razgrinja skozi serijo močnih in pretresljivih podob.
Strange Fish s svojim zanimivim prepletanjem humorja, religiozne ikonografije in fizičnosti, premika meje tradicionalnega plesa.

Strange Fish looks at our quest for someone to love and something, or someone, to believe in. The tyranny of couples and groups, the pain of not belonging and the fear of being alone are all laid bare in a series of powerful images.
Strange Fish mixes humour, religious iconography and physicality, taking it beyond the boundaries of traditional dance.

DJ Afterparty:


Vstopnina (vključuje film in DJ afterparty): 3€ – dijaki, študenti; 5€ – ostali
Tickets: €5 full price/ concs €3, including film and DJ party

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