Monday, April 17th , 2023 – April 19th 2023, from 10:00 to 13:00 daily, Sindikalna dvorana (Stara mestna elektrarna)

Céline Larrère: Come Together, Right now, over Ljublj

Participation in the laboratory is free of charge, please register in advance at

Céline Larrère, a participant of the Nomad Dance Academy education programme and a member of Nomad Dance Academy Slovenia, has built the methodology of her dance practice through collaborations and training with a number of artists, most notably Deborah Hay and Andrew Morrish. She returns to Ljubljana after more than six years, where she will share her knowledge, methodology and insights into dance improvisation in a three-day working and research process. As she says in her characteristic style: ‘My practice proposal for this grand reunion is dumb and simple. It is now in dumbness and simplicity that I find most surprises, which are for me the jewels of performing arts. My proposal is to get together to share improvised solo performance practice. The time frame will be very stiff, and I will lead it with rigor, but anything else will be very free. In the end we will have taken from and given to the others, with no authorship rights problems. It will be about enjoying watching others performing for us, and enjoying performing for them. Not more, not less.’

Céline Larrère. Born in Vesoul (eastern armpit of France) 9 months after François Mitterrand's election, Céline is a French dance improviser and choreographer. She cultivates moving objects, dancing noises, putrefying texts, perishable choreographies, and unreasonable sustainable development performances through various media - body, voice, installation, photography, writing, cooking, in solo or with other people, in different sites and contexts. After having emigrated to Paris for almost 2 decades, she now lives in Jura, 10,3 km away from Comté Cheese’s world capital. Over the past few years, she has been performing in various French, Balkan and other European festivals and collaborated with artists from performance, theatre, audio-visual, music and dance fields. She is part of Les Moric(h)ettes (improvised performance collective with Emmanuel Matte and Eve Petermann), Jevtović & Larrerović (duet with Canadian-Serbian choreographer Jana Jevtović), and the worst half of Average Bastards (duet with the Norwegian musician John Hegre) and Cheval Chamane (duet with the French artist Anne Vaudrey).

Monday, April 17th 2023, at 19:00, Španski borci

Deborah Hay: my choreographed body... revisited

2019, Dance Performance
Duration: 25 min
Tickets: 7/9 EUR (valid for both events)

Hay both celebrates and unravels how she is choreographed by dance and life.

Choreography and performance: Deborah Hay

The work was commissioned by Tanz im August 2019 and HAU Hebbel am Ufer, and Peak Performances at Montclair State University.

Deborah Hay was one of the inaugural recipients of the Doris Duke Artist Award in 2012, and she was awarded the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Artes et des Lettres from the French government in 2015. She was featured in a 2018 exhibition on the Judson Dance Theatre at New York's Museum of Modern Art. In 2019 a retrospective of Hay's work was presented by Tanz Im August in Berlin and she was featured with a second retrospective in 2020/21 at Mercat de les Flors in Barcelona, Spain. She is the author of several books including Moving through the Universe in Bare Feet (Swallow Press, 1975), Lamb at the Altar: The Story of a Dance (Duke, 1994), My Body, the Buddhist (Wesleyan, 2000) and Using the Sky: A Dance (Wesleyan, 2019).

Monday, April 17th 2023, at 19:30, Španski borci

Laurent Pichaud & Deborah Hay: Practical Talk on Practice

Talking Duet
Duration: 90 min

Since they met in 2006 Deborah Hay and Laurent Pichaud have created a multifaceted companionship. As part of this very specific relationship between two artists through the years, they have recently created a kind of public performative talk based on a very playful process. Laurent brings during their talks some documents from Deborah's archives; documents Deborah doesn’t know before the talk. Thanks to this spontaneous process, they manage a talk through different topics. In the Ljubljana edition, they will focus on the notion of Practice.

Laurent Pichaud is a French choreographer and dance performer, artistic director of x-sud art / site , and guest artist-researcher in the Dance department of Paris 8 University. Laurent's process, both as a creator and researcher, centres around the use of choreographic gesture outside of traditional artistic or stage-oriented contexts. His work has two primary focal points. The first largely comprises site-specific practices and community projects created with non-dancer inhabitants. The second is his multifaceted collaboration with Deborah Hay, for whom he has been a performer (O,O - 2006), choreographic assistant (since 2008), co-choreographer (indivisibilities – 2011), and archivist (since 2014). In 2018, he began a creative PhD at Paris 8 University titled Engaging site-specificity inside the work of Deborah Hay as a further evolution of the relationship between his creative and research processes and his central collaboration.

Tuesday, April 18th 2023, 19:00, Kino Šiška

Darío Bardam: seguir moviendo

Dance Performance
Duration: 60 min
Tickets: 7/9 EUR (valid for both events)

Darío Bardam’s solo, seguir moviendo, is an open dance work created as part of his Master's studies at the choreography department of the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies in Giessen, Germany. The work is open in terms of his artistic movement choices, which he is constantly negotiating in order to escape the quick and embodied solutions of the dancer's bodily repertoire. Bardam’s task is above all how to deal with the contradiction of being both the author and the performer of a solo: how to surprise oneself and how to incorporate at the same time into the performance the things that his artistic body already contains. How to refresh, recast, erase, undo, dismantle and reassemble a work when the author and the performer are one and the same person. The solo is notable for Bardam’s masterful dancing, a locationality that is not theatricalized, and a conceptual setup that equates artistic presentation with practice.

Choreography and performance: Darío Bardam
Dance thought together with Gry Tingskog
Dance informed by the dancing of Anna Grip, Cristina Caprioli, Deborah Hay and Lipi Hernández (among many others)
Music: Darío Bardam & Tsvetan Momchilov
Light design: Carina Premer
Collaboration and support: Aleksandar Georgiev
Produced by Darío Barreto Damas within the frame of Roots Proposals (Performance festival by and with students of Choreography and Performance, Giessen). Coproduced by ICC (Imaginative Choreographic Center) and Garage Collective with the financial support of the National Cultural Fund of Bulgaria and Giessener Hochschulgesellschaft (GHG).

Darío Bardam is a Canarian freelance dancer who works in the field of dance and choreography. He works simultaneously in Stockholm, Sofia, Skopje and Tenerife. His artistic work revolves around the emancipation and autonomy of dance as a form of knowledge and the decontextualization and disidentification as artistic mediation mechanisms. He studied at the Teatro Victoria, Institut del Teatre and DOCH. He is currently studying a Master in Choreography and Performance at Justus-Liebig-Universität, Giessen, directed by Bojana Kunst. Darío has worked as a dancer, co-creator and collaborator with Cullberg, (with productions by Édouard Lock, Deborah Hay and Jefta van Dinther), Cristina Caprioli, Ofelia Jarl Ortega, Aleksandar Georgiev and Philip Berlin among others. Darío is a member of ICC (Imaginative Choreographic Center), STEAM ROOM, Lokomotiva, Nomad Dance Academy network, Interimkultur, PiedeBase and TenerifeLAV Laboratorio de Artes vivas y Ciudadanía.

Tuesday, April 18th 2023, 20:00, Kino Šiška

Christopher Roman: INSIDER/OUTSIDER: Dancing Queer Authorship

Duration: 75 min

Based on his doctoral dissertation, the lecture focuses on exploration of the spaces in between the positions of insider and outsider in artistic structures encountered in Dance as a theatre art. In his own words: ‘The place of the dancer in the “dance nexus” often involves a certain duality between the positions of an outsider and an insider.’ Christopher Roman is curious ‘about the potential for the agency of the outsiders in the artistic contribution; investigating the idea of the power of the minority voice and alternative forms of authorship through the concept of queering and its potential as a challenge to normative, traditional structures that are still found at the core of most dance companies and institutions.’

Christopher Roman is a dancer, choreographer, curator and researcher with an impressive oeuvre. He was invited into the ranks of the Pacific Northwest Ballet and as a soloist and principal with Edward Villella’s Miami City Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, The Pennsylvania Ballet, Ballett Frankfurt and The Forsythe Company (since 2013 also its Associate Artistic Director and today on the Board of Trustees for the Forsythe Foundation), performing a prolific and diverse array of important choreographic works. Christopher was co-founder, choreographer and performer for the company 2+ with former Wooster Group video designer Philip Bussmann. He is the 2009 recipient of Germany’s highest theatre honour Der Deutsche Theaterpreis DER FAUST for Best Performance. Among other things, he was the curator and organizer for the MFA in Dance, European Study Program at Hollins University (2011-2020), and since 2011 a guest, adjunct faculty and choreographer in residence at various Universities and Institutions, a dance artist and Artistic Director of the DANCE ON Ensemble (2015). In recent years he has toured a new evening created with William Forsythe for Sadler’s Wells titled A Quiet Evening of Dance and collaborated with Deborah Hay as a dancer and producer of her work Animals on the Beach. He is currently finishing up his PhD with Roehampton University in London.

Wednesday, April 19th 2023, 18:00, Španski borci

Ellen Bromberg: Deborah Hay, not as Deborah Hay

2011, Documentary Film
Duration: 35 min
Admission: EUR 7/9 (valid for both events)

An intimate presentation of seminal Judson Church dance artist Deborah Hay, discussing and performing her work. The documentary also presents her unique process of embodied inquiry and her continued engagement in dance as a means of exploring consciousness and of posing unanswerable questions.

Producer/Director/Editor: Ellen Bromberg
Performer/Dancer: Deborah Hay
Director of Photographer: Connie Wilkerson
Camera: Shannon Mockli and Connie Wilkerson
Filmed at the University of Utah School of Dance
This project was made possible by a grant from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

Ellen Bromberg is a filmmaker, media designer, curator, and educator. A former dancer and choreographer with Utah’s Repertory Dance Theatre, she has received numerous awards for her work. Ellen's screen works have been presented on public television stations, on online channels, and at a variety of national and international dance film festivals. Her recent work focuses on the integration of media in performance and she has designed video for stage and installations in her own work and in collaboration with other choreographers. A professor at the University of Utah, Ellen is the founding director of the International Dance for the Camera Festival (1999 onward).

Wednesday, April 19th 2023, 18:30, Španski borci

Deborah Hay: Exit

1999, Dance Performance
Duration: 8 min

Based on the solo of the same name, Deborah Hay adapted the work for 20 local dancers on various occasions, including the 2019 retrospective at Tanz in August. She will recreate it again this time in Ljubljana with local and regional artists.

Choreography: Deborah Hay
Performers: Julija Pečnikar, Frosina Dimovska, Silvia Marchig, Liza Šimenc, Mojca Sovdat, Sonja Pregrad, Tina Valentan, Bojana Robinson, Alenka Herman, Nina Meško, Leon Marič, Jana Jevtović etc.

Choreographic Turn was made with financial support of Ministry of Culture of Slovenia and with financial and logistical support of Nomad Dance Academy Slovenija.