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Georgia Kapodistria / Nina Milin / Maša Kagao Knez

#41 – An occult manifestation of the same body / Faster than the body / Momentum, an avenue of frozen moments

#41 - okultna manifestacija istega telesa / #41 – An occult manifestation of the same body <em>Photo: Tomaž Črnej</em>
#41 - okultna manifestacija istega telesa / #41 – An occult manifestation of the same body Photo: Tomaž Črnej

#41 – An occult manifestation of the same body

Concept, choreography, dance: Georgia Kapodistria
Music: Yamashiro Shoji, SørenBebe
Costume: Georgia Kapodistria
Light Design: Luka Curk
Mentors: Nataša Tovirac and Nina Meško
Produced by: JSKD and Dance Studio Intakt 2015

Akira is ultimate energy.
Humans do all kind softhings during their life time. Discovering things, building things … Where does all that knowledge and energy come from? Humans where once like monkeys right? And before that, like reptile sandfish. And even before that, plankton and amoebas. Even little creatures like those have incredible amount sofenergy inside them. Even before that … Maybe there was genetic material in the air and water. Even in the particle sofdust in space. And if that’s the truth, then what memories are hidden within them?
The beginning of the universe or maybe even before that.
What if there were some mistakes in the progression? What if something goes wrong, like an amoeba is suddenly given the higher powers that a human has? Amoebas don’t build their own houses and bridges. They just devourall the food they can find around them.

Georgia Kapodistria (CY, 1990) studied at the Folkwang University of the Arts under the direction of Lutz Förster and Malou Airaudo. In the recent years, she has been active as performer and collaborator in Copenhagen, Germany, and Slovenia. For her solo piece Waiting for the barbarians, she got the production award at the 6th International competition of young dance performers OPUS 1. The award led to the work #41 – An occult manifestation of the same body.

Faster than the body

Concept: Nina Milin
Created and performed by: Vanja Kolanovič, Pia Lavuger, Zarja Lampret Prešeren
Music created and performed by: Špela Huzjak

Primal instincts we have left are undoubtedly stored in the body. In our motion, in every move we make. The body remains strongly connected to its essence precisely through the art of dance. However, in dance, like elsewhere, our mental projections, concepts that pop up in our brains at all times play in important role. In this sense, we have to ask ourselves: which is faster, the body or the mind?

Nina Milin has been active in Plesna Izba Maribor for over 17 years. Over the past nine years, she has regularly given dance classes to dancers of all ages; as a mentor, she has worked with many young talented dancers preparing for dance competitions as well as tutored them in their creative processes. As a dancer, she has worked with Slovenian and international choreographers, such as Snježana Premuš, Rebecca Murgi, Andreja Rauch Podrzavnik, Jasmina Križaj, Milan Tomašik and Matej Kejžar.

Momentum, an avenue of frozen moments

Concept and choreography: Maša Kagao Knez
Music: Murat & Jose, Irena Yebuah Tiran, Leticia Slapnik Yebuah, Tim Kostrevc, Damaris Potočnik
Assistant choreographers: Rosana Hribar, Jana Menger
Dramaturgy: Andreja Kopač
Costume design: Jelena Proković, EA Kreativa
Producer: Katja Somrak
Coproduction: Studio XXV, Cankarjev dom, KUD Baobab, Plesni Teater Ljubljana / Dance Theatre Ljubljana
Excerpt performed by: Dalanda Diallo, Maša Kagao Knez, Murat & Jose, Liza Šimenc
Performance created and performed by: Dalanda Diallo, Gerard Diby, Maša Kagao Knez, Murat & Jose, Urša Rupnik, Leticia Slapnik Yebuah, Liza Šimenc, Irena Yebuah Tiran

With the support of: Department of Culture of the Municipality of Ljubljana, French Cultural Institute Charles Nodier, Ljubljana
Premiere: 14. 9. 2015, Re-run: 15. 9. 2015

By creating the piece Momentum: Avenue of Captured Moments, Maša Kagao Knez continues the observation of one’s own and our common (co-)existence. Avenue is the movement that speaks, the voice that moves the space, the space that keeps thickening and thinning – depending on the amount of energy emitted by the (f)actors in the moment of presence of the Other. The Co-creator. The Spectator. Movement and voice inhabit a human body and cohabit in it. Like the meeting point of the interior and the exterior, the traditional and the contemporary, the past and the present, which is also where the moment is captured: the now.

Choreographer, dancer, theatre maker, and pedagogue Maša Kagao Knez (1978, SLO) has come in touch with performing arts already as a child through the body of her mother, choreographer and dancer Jasna Knez. Maša trained with numerous mentors in Slovenia and abroad, and in 2006 graduated at the George Momboy Centre of Traditional and Modern African Dances in Paris. In September 2013, she also graduated from Dance Academy in Ljubljana. As a dancer, actress, and choreographer, Maša works for both institutional theatres and independent producers. Her pedagogical and choreographic work is based on the exploration of movement material that intertwines different dance techniques with movement motifs of the African dance tradition.


Hitrejše kot telo / Faster than the body <em>Photo: Saša Huzjak</em>
Hitrejše kot telo / Faster than the body Photo: Saša Huzjak
Momentum, avenija ujetih trenutkov / Momentum, an avenue of frozen moments <em>Photo: Sunčan Stone</em>
Momentum, avenija ujetih trenutkov / Momentum, an avenue of frozen moments Photo: Sunčan Stone

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