The Slovenia Times

City of Women to Focus on Role of Human Body in Arts


The role the human body has been given in the society has raised interest in it as in a territory that is on a cross-section between the social and artistic, said Mara Vujić, the City of Women artistic director.

The festival, running under the motto "My Body - My Territory", will focus on artists who have devoted their bodies to the fight against marginalisation and to creating new discourses.

A special section will be devoted to transfeminism and transsexuality both in art and theory. A highlight here will be a lecture by French queer activist and theoretician Marie-Helene/Sam Bourcier.

Historic feminist practices are placed in the context of a magician's show in "Magic", a dance production by Austrian choreographer Anne Juren and US director Annie Dorsen.

The dance part of the festival will also feature "Las Muchas", the product cooperation between Spanish choreographer Mariantonia Oliver and a group of women from a Mallorca village aged 70-82.

Two Slovenian performances will be staged for the first time. "Genesis" by Mala Kline is about "the world's ongoing strife to be born through our dreaming", while Irena Tomažin's "Taste of Silence" explores the space between voice, movement, gesture and body.

The fight for women's rights on the Slovenian soil is the subject of a documentary by Majda Širca produced by public broadcaster RTV Slovenija entitled "Woman".

The ŠKUC gallery will host international interdisciplinary exhibition "Zig Zag", dealing with the attitude to feminism in the region of former Yugoslavia. "The Trails of Dematerialised Bodies" by Lela B. Njatin and Aprilija Lužar will be on show at the Alkatraz gallery.

The music part of the festival will feature US-based singer Erika Stucky, Austrian DJ Electric Indigo and UK-based experimental musician Jordan Reyne, while the accompanying programme will include various workshops and debates.


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