Based in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Pekinpah is a radical dance production company representing three internationally acclaimed choreographers - Matej Kejžar, Mala Kline and Leja Jurišić - who emerged from working with Rosas, Damaged Goods, Ultima Vez, and Forced Entertainment. Signing these exceptional artists in 2010, Pekinpah has been producing, managing and promoting their performances around the world ever since.
The international Spider festival, annually presenting a selection of ground-breaking European and Slovene productions in the field of dance and performance, will spread its’ net of radical performative practices between the 12th and 16th of September 2018 in the Slovene capital of Ljubljana.
The top performing duo Jurišić-Mandić, in collaboration with director Bojan Jablanovec and writer Semira Osmanagić, address the all-time ideal of performing arts and the forever irresolvable issue of politics: what does it mean to be together and how should we be together?
Mala Kline's newest creation SONGLINES poses language as a question. If the limits of one’s language are the limits of one’s world, then it is essential to reflect on language.
House is the second piece by Matej Kejžar from his Utopian Trilogy, which is based on the work The City of the Sun by Tommaso Campanella.
The Spider is back! This year, even further along the cutting edge and sharper than ever. In a week, this contemplation-friendly, party-friendly and guerrilla-friendly international gathering of makers will let you see, hear and experience some of the freshest and most radical production, while never ceasing to entertain and fascinate.
Dancer Leja Jurišić is a hanging body in her installation that has been forcibly deprived of subjectivation, which is why it is fixed: “The most beautiful moments are the shortest"
Otvoritveni dnevi grafičnega bienala - Leja Jurišić: Najlepši trenutki so najkrajši. Performativna Instalacija o Samoumevanju Negacije Subjekta. Lokacija in dan izvedbe: Ministrstvo za kulturo Republike Slovenije, petek, 16. junij: 9.00–16.00. (Foto: Petra Veber)
Work in progress SONG by Mala Kline will be presented for the first time 29 December 2016 at Španski borci in Ljubljana.
V prvo Pekinpahovi uprizoritveni razstav, smo z združevanjem formatov sodobnih uprizoritvenih praks, razpirali večperspektivični pogled. Predstavljene so bile uprizoritvene, vizualne, glasbene in oblikovalske aktivnosti Pekinpahovih umetnikov in oblikovalcev, ki skozi različne žanre in prostorsko-časovno kontekste preslikavajo smernice nastalega, sedanjega in prihajajočega.
Since 2010, Pekinpah has been the head coordinator of SPIDER festivals across Europe. Initiated by Matej Kejžar and in collaboration with our partners, we have put together Spider (2010-2012) and Spider Expand! (2012-2014) projects and in turn organised ten international artistic events in Athens, Zagreb, Lyon, Berlin, Brussels and Ljubljana. Far from being done, we are currently in the middle of developing a new SPIDER project termed Spider Futures.
The first part of Kejžar's new trilogy, inspired by Tommasso Campanella's utopia the City of the Sun, as well as the electronic music and dance culture, Club 1 2 premiered at the June 2016 Spider festival in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Revealing the connections between female sexuality and patriotism, Leja Jurišić and Teja Reba occupy a bed in order to interrogate the lives of dead and immoratal male figures. Ideal premiered at the 2015 Spider Festival in Ljubljana.
Featuring dancer and choreographer Matej Kejžar (Belgium) and vocalist Niño de Elche (Spain), Rave (Pekinpah, Festival d'Avignon 2015), which premiered last year at the Festival D'Avignon, was invited to the XS 2016 Festival that takes place in the Théâtre National in Brussels from 17 to 19 March.
Slovenia is a world superpower, subjugating populations throughout the world. Jurišić depicts a bunch of Slovenian females whose fresh imperial subjectivity has been evolving either perfectly or disastrously. In short, the War on Terror à la Slovénie.
This is a dance perfromance in which Rozman builds an eco-futurist world parallel to today's natural reality. Rozman envisions human beings existing side by side with unusual creatures born out of future landscapes.
An ongoing striving by five remarkable performers to give birth to something new, Genesis is a collective effort to weave a new world from our common dreams. Genesis premiered at the 2015 Ganz Novi Festival in Zagreb.
Using his Spacetime Remix method(ology), Kejžar has been conducting workshops and creating full choreographic pieces around the world in collaboration with numerous talented dancers. These works include productions in India, Brasil, Singapore, etc
Performed by Fernando Belfiore and Peter de Vuyst, True Romance is Kejžar's exploration of body rituals praising life and love through what might be understood as the type of raw masculine energy that is not afraid of emotions and humour.
A day-long performance of an interactive nature, Dreamhostel invites members of the public for a sleepover at a peculiar hostel where they learn to dream a collective dream.
Rave is a dancer-vocalist duet, through which Matej Kejžar, a dancer and choreographer, and Niño de Elche, a vocal artist and flamenco singer, explore verbalization in connection with movement and try to discover how they merge together in singing.
A ritual of a body cleansed of all its semiotic qualities, White reflects on and celebrates body's ability see through things and see things through - independent of verbalisation.
With the king absent, the audience becomes a sovereign in this peculiar feminist take on the Shakespeare classic text. Premiered at Cankarjev Dom in Ljubljana, King Lear by Jurišić and Rusjan is as contemporary as it is archetypal.
Seductive iconoclasts, Leja Jurišić and Teja Reba dissolve the private-public boundary, presenting the audience with secretion as a desirable tool for testing morality and freedom of expression.
Matej Kejžar (dance) and Marjan Stanić (drums) deconstruct music and dance patterns in order to establish a dynamic and creative tranquillity. They sow noise in order to reap silence
A place where Kline heals with a razorblade, Eden is a humorous search for heaven, not beyond this world but rather here and now. Eden was performed at Prague's 4+4 Days Festival, Barcelona's Mercat de les Flors, Novi Sad's Infant Festival, etc.
Dancing across a banknote map of Europe strewn across the stage, Jurišić praises and ridicules the possibility of revolt in the contemporary West. Ballet of Revolt premiered to a critical acclaim at the Tanzquartier Wien in Austria.
Six acclaimed performing artists investigate the reasons for creating their body-based work. They try to find out why we still need art, affirming art's place in the world as they move along and form an ad hoc collective.
Premiered at Tanzquartier in Vienna and staged in Prague, London and New York, Sofa is a site-specific and context-specific durational performance on the social role of laughter. It features Leja Jurišić and Teja Reba as the Almighty Laughing Weapon.
The fifth (over)bold performative arts festival
2. & 3. 6. 2016
Španski borci Culture Centre and Secret Location, Ljubljana
The (over)bold performative arts festival
13. & 14. 6. 2015
Stara mestna elektrarna - Elektro Ljubljana