Symphony of Sorrowful Songs / Cacti

  • The ballet ensemble on tour in GermanyI

Symphony of Sorrowful Songs

A Hommage to Tomaž Pandur

Premiere 13. 4. 2017

In his mind mapping of the ballet Symphony of Sorrowful Songs director Tomaž Pandur entered the landscape of time, the imaginative, unexplained and untouchable circle of our being, the landscape of life and death, the intimate history of losses, the quest of truth – as a traveller who can see farther in time and space. He has created to the music by Henrik Mikołaj Górecki seven scenic icons, coinciding in their narrative flow with the visuality of suprematism. In the other reality, the other flow of consciousness, cracks and the wounds, he painted a poem of the unsaid, in a pursuit of definition of the absolute beauty - everything that is impossible to verbalise within the migrations of thoughts, but is nevertheless manifested through the language of theatre. In his Symphony of Sorrowful Thoughts Tomaž Pandur sculpted in collaboration with the choreographer Ronald Savković the time of the unreachable, unutterable and unperceivable – the cybernetic time of the theatrical reflective equation.

“Only one journey is possible: the journey within.”
Andrei Tarkovsky


A Ballet Evening of the Choreographies by Rosana Hribar, Gregor Luštek and Alexander Ekman

Premiere 29 October 2015

Alexander Ekman is a free-lance artist - a stage director and a choreographer -, renowned for his heightened sense of time, humour and transformations. Striving for an overall comprehensible creation, he is on a constant look out for the contact/connecting points with his audience. Since 2006 he has been creating some outstanding performances - both amusing the audience and asking questions -, with which he has acquired fame as an exceptionally talented choreographer of younger generation. One of his most successful performances Cacti was premiered at the Lucent Dans (Den Haag, Netherlands) in 2010. This choreographic piece, which has received quite a number of eminent international awards, has been performed by many renowned ballet ensembles around the world. It features sixteen dancers, four musicians and an orchestra, who are creating their rhythms together in front of a live audience. In this performance Ekman uses his signature art form – a pure contemporary dance. Cacti are a joyful and knowledgeable parody of the greatest excesses of this form of art, and simultaneously a warm, sharp and hilarious deconstruction of the artificiality of dance as well. The dancers, who are captives of an over dimensioned Scrabble desk, are running, falling, twisting and trying to escape the invisible chains. However, which is obviously most essential as well, each and every one of them has to secure his or her own cactus. But what does that really mean?