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Barbara Novakovič


a contemporary dance performance

pre-premiere, festival co-production

ALLEGORIES – FRAGMENTS, ALLEGORIES TRILOGY, 2022 –2025 <em>Photo: Andrej Lamut</em>
Photo: Andrej Lamut

Muzeum Ljubljana, 2023

Duration: 70 minutes without intermission

Directing, movement and visual image: Barbara Novakovič
Sound design: Jure Vlahović
Lighting design: Andrej Petrovčič
Consultant: Suzana Koncut
Dancers: Enya Belak, Matevž Dobaj, Beno Novak, Kristýna Šajtošová
Translation into English: Jana Wilcoxen
Photography: Andrej Lamut
Scenic elements made by Marko Udvanc
Video documentation: Y0Y Production, Manja and Avguštin Solce
Production: Muzeum Ljubljana
Co-production: Kino Šiška – Centre for Urban Culture and the Platform of Contemporary Dance festival, Zavod MOJA KREACIJA, Maribor
In collaboration with the Sports Association TABOR.
Financially supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Department of Culture of the Municipality of Ljubljana.

Allegories - Fragments is a performance that focuses on the specifics of the representations of the twelve months, emphasizing the physicality and sculptural nature of the dance language. In some places, the project refers to the liturgy of the celebration and the theme of the brilliant image of the months and natural personifications that marked the celebrations and rituals. The fragmentary nature of the performance is manifested in the arrangement of images, deities and attributes. The scenes are divided into sets according to the seasons and lead the story, turning time in the sequence of months and years: harvest, harvest, autumn sowing, or images of the spinning mill alternating between motifs of hunting and rest.

Barbara Novakovič is a director, producer and curator. She has been the director of the Muzeum institution since 1996. She studied sociology of culture and art history at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana. In 1993, she graduated from AGRFT in Ljubljana, founded the Muzeum Theater and decided to create as a freelance artist. She creates original performances and more notable international exhibitions. She has been the producer of many first theater projects by authors from various creative fields (architecture, visual arts, dance, film, theory). She also occasionally works as a scenic designer in her projects.

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