The Slovenia Times

Popular street theatre festival to visit dozen towns


Held under the slogan By People For People, Ana Desetnica - which its organisers dubbed "a travelling legend of many miracles, a diva of streets and squares" - wants visitors to get involved to make the festival a big home party.

This fits with its new Living Room concept which the festival's organisers Ana Monro Theatre have been developing in Ljubljana since 2017.

While pop-up livings rooms will also be set up in Nova Gorica and Novo Mesto, the Slovenian capital is where Ana Desetnica will dwell the longest, from Wednesday to Sunday.

Chairs, armchairs, coffee tables and other pieces of furniture will occupy Slovenska Street, with story tellers, poets, musicians and chat lovers dropping in.

Passers-by and festival visitors will be invited to help create the right atmosphere for dancers, circus artists, jugglers and other performers.

The Kazina Dance Group will lift the curtain on the Ljubljana's section of the festival with Oni (They) by dancer and choreographer Ada Kogovšek.

It will also feature Great Britain's Southpaw Dance Collective performing Icarus, a dance theatre interpretation of the classic Greek myth, and Spanish circus Vaiven playing a high energy, poetic show that combines dance, acrobatics and physical theatre with contemporary circus tricks.

The festival will feature artists from eleven countries.

For the third year running, the urbANA ljubljANA 2019 award for best international street show will be given out by a jury of experts and a member of the audience.

Ana Desetnica has hosted more than 5,000 street artists from more than 40 countries, who have put on at least 1,000 shows, attracting almost one million visitors over the past two decades, according to the Ana Monro Theatre.


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