Syndicate of Outlandish Entities
For followers and sympathisers of edgy urban genres
28 August to 2 September
AKC Metelkova mesto and Španski borci Centre, Ljubljana
In first year we are mostly focusing on edgy urban genres with elements of cabaret, new burlesque, grotesque, irony and satire. We selected especially shows that approach their contents in a direct, ironic, subversive and engaged way. We mostly present local creators, selection is supplemented with some interesting international guests and two workshops for current and future stars of local cabaret, a lecture, talk session, round table discussion, photo exhibition and clubbing.
As the platform was established in scarce financial and production conditions, we are presenting finished shows that are, due to their fluid nature, seeming as »a paradox of efficient recycling where the known gets a different vibe and where one searches for and expects the pleasure of repetition”. In the flood of new productions and festivals and the declining options for re-runs and touring in the non-governmental art sector we consciously decided it is time to recycle!
Programme will take place in six evenings at different venues of AKC Metelkova mesto and in the Španski Borci Cultural Centre. The decision for Metelkova is not random, as this autonomous centre has hosted many representatives of these genres under its roof in its abundant, 25 year-long history due to the chronic shortage of appropriate club/stage venues in Ljubljana. Beside rich program of local artists, we are highlighting performance Diamond of renowned British performer David Hoyle.
Unlike the capitals of the West, where the value of urban genres is recognised within cultural politics, tourism and economy for decades already, our decision makers still fail to see their (sufficient) artistic value. This platform is intended for raising awareness of this growing field, we want to caution the decision makers to recognise their existence, potential and the growing popularity which should be reflected also in providing stable working conditions (including space-related), public co-financing of such programmes and securing conditions for professionalisation of actors in the field.
Syndicate is and initiative by Emanat Institute, dedicated to promoting contemporary dance and performance from establishment in 2007. Besides stage shows, publishing and educational activities we are also developing the genres of new burlesque, cabaret and contemporary performance with own cycle Image Snatchers and in collaboration with different NGO actors and venues we are for several years organising quality and well-accepted workshops for local creators, devised by internationally acclaimed creators in the genres.
All locals, foreigners, random visitors, tourists, experts, selectors, financiers of culture, tourism promoters and managers of venues and larger clubs are invited to many experiences we selected especially for you. You can expect significant fun, laughter, audacity, provocations and other bitter-sweet pleasures, this time mostly on smaller club stages.
Production: Emanat; Co-produced by: Rozinteater; Urban Belina and Daniel Petković; ŠKUC – Cultural centre Q/Club Tiffany; FEM TV; ImproŠke/Association IMPRO; Drop Dead/Association for Contemporary Art of Clowning; Partners: AKC Metelkova mesto: Gala Hala/KAPA, Club Gromka, Alkatraz Gallery/KUD Mreža, Club Tiffany, Menza pri koritu, Club Monokel and Centre of Culture Španski borci; Financial support: Ministry of Culture of RS and Municipality of Ljubljana; Sponsors: Kontrastika, Hotel Park; Media Sponzor: Mladina; In collegial cohabitation with Mladi levi festival