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TRIGGER 2021: We are announcing a programme, full of exciting performances that will TRIGGER your mind! 

Despite the uncertainty, surrounding the present and future of performing arts, we feel it is now more important than ever to continue searching for ways to find each other and collectively think about the future of internationalization of art that we love and believe in.  

We are excited to announce our TRIGGER 2021 programme. Annual Slovenian independent scene showcase platform TRIGGER will happen in Maribor and Ljubljana from May 29 to June 2, 2021. This edition of TRIGGER focuses on the future of internationalization in the midst of health, social and ecological crises. In times of searching for new forms of what it means to be together, we will offer several dozens of international programmers from throughout Europe a chance to get to know daring performances, inspiring performers, challenging workshops and intriguing conversations with artists and producers from Slovenia, for whom TRIGGER represents a starting point for international touring. We are excited to finally meet each other face to face.

Let’s get TRIGGERed by something good for a change! 

Saturday, May 29, 2021; Maribor 

DECENTRALIZING ART: TRIGGER conference in cooperation with Centre for Creativity and Crossings Festival 2021
conference is also a part of Stages without borders programme 
Maribor, @Lutkovno gledališče Maribor 

Due to the pandemic restrictions of audiences, there is a mandatory registration to attend the conference prior to the event at rezervacije@glej.si

As it is becoming clear that festival/meeting/conference/performance hopping is neither sustainable nor possible, we look towards new forms of long term collaboration on both national and international levels. Leaning on the (post)Yugoslavian tradition of widespread cultural centres in local communities we are bringing together local and international representatives of non-urban festivals, residency centres and cultural centres. We wish to ask ourselves how to create a decentralized and sustainable art community, programming policies reflecting the reality of many centres and exchange views and experiences of working outside political, financial and hyper-producing realities, searching for genuine and longstanding relationships with different communities and audiences.  

PROGRAMME
Discursive programme is in English with an option of Slovenian translation. Performances are either in English or subtitled in English.  

10:00-10:45 LET’S GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER: Registration

10:45-11:00 Lyrical minutes in the city (location: Mariborska tržnica) // flash mob opera // duration: 7 minutes // production: Bunker Ljubljana, co-production: Ensemble Leporello

11:00-11:30 GET INTO THE GROOVE: Opening statement by TRIGGER team: Barbara Poček, Glej Theatre; Nika Bezeljak, Crossings festival; Marko Podjavoršek, Centre for Creativity 

11:30-12:00 GET INSPIRED: The Common in Community: Seventy Years of Cooperative Centres as a Social Infrastructure (Asta Vrečko, Rastko Pečar, Blaž Babnik Romaniuk, Martina Malešič)
Project is presented at Pavilion of Slovenia at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia

12:00-13:30 CONNECTING THE CENTRES: examples of good practices
We are bringing together exciting producers from Slovenia and abroad, who work in areas outside big centres of power. Who are these festivals, residencies and cultural centres and what lessons can we learn from their work and perseverance?

Speakers: 
Kryštof Koláček
: founder and Manager of Performing Arts Festival Kutná Hora, CZ
Pierre Caussin: Director, Forum Jacques Prévert, Carros, FR
Pau Estrem: Artistic director, Danseu Festival, ES
Lorenzo Facchinelli: Centrale Fies, IT
Stane Tomazin: Artistic director,  FKK festival kulture Kostanjevica, SI
Matjaž Farič: Artistic director, Front@ Festival, SI
Anja Bajda: Manager, Cultural center Cerknica, SI

Moderated by: Tjaša Pureber, Glej Theatre and Nika Bezeljak, Moment 

13:30-14:00 BREAK 

14:00-16:00 RE-CENTERING THE ART: panel discussion
Discussion on challenges of working, thinking, programing and connecting art outside the urban centres. We will focus on community and audience building and explore working/operational models outside centres of power.  

Moderated by: Tjaša Pureber, Glej Theatre and Nika Bezeljak, Moment

17:00-18:30 Uroš Kaurin, Vito Weis: Hero 2.0 - The Show of All Shows // devised performance // duration: 90 minutes // production: Moment, co-production: EN-KNAP Productions Ljubljana
It might sound as if you don’t need to see anything else after this, but these two exciting performers, reaching beyond the limits of their (and your) abilities will make you want more (of them). 

19:00-19:15 Lyrical minutes in the city (location: GT22) // flash mob opera // duration: 7 minutes // production: Bunker Ljubljana, co-production: Ensemble Leporello

19:30-20:00 Crossings Festival opening night (location: GT22) // mural exhibition opening // production: Moment

Sunday, May 30, 2021; Ljubljana

14:00-15:00 (location: Stara mestna elektrarna) GET TO KNOW US: Rok Bozovičar and Pia Brezavšček, Maska Ljubljana: Whereabouts and whatabouts: Slovenian performing arts scene // presentation
A little bit of who's who and what's what. 

16:00-17:00 (location: Stara mestna elektrarna) Nataša Živković: Sonny // devised performance // duration: 40 minutes // production: City of Women, co-production: Bunker Ljubljana
A tour into the depths of Balkan gender myths that will TRIGGER your survival skills in the men’s world. 

15:00-21:00 (location: Stara mestna elektrarna) Tery Žeželj, Ivana Vogrinc Vidali: Archive of self-sufficiency // interactive installation // duration: 20 minutes // production: Bunker Ljubljana 
Tour into the dark underground of those of us, who created the environmental crisis, the ones that feel it, and whose world it is that is coming to an end.

17:00-19:00 (location: Gledališče Glej) Leja Jurišić, Miklavž Komelj: It is impossible to Wait in Vain // devised project // duration: 120 minutes // production: Glej Theatre, Pekinpah and Leja Jurišić
When time stops, waiting begins. Once the moment arrives, we are already its masters. 

19:00-20:00 (location: Stara mestna elektrarna) Nataša Živković: Sonny // devised performance // duration: 40 minutes // production: City of Women, co-production: Bunker Ljubljana
A tour into the depths of Balkan gender myths that will TRIGGER your survival skills in the men’s world

22:00-23:00 (location: ŠD Tabor) Primož Bezjak, Branko Jordan, Katarina Stegnar. Beton Ltd.: Ich kann nicht anders // devised performance // duration: 60 minutes // production: Bunker Ljubljana
In the world of post truth, is there anything that a performer can tell you and stay...true?

Monday, May 31, 2021; Ljubljana

11:00-11:30 (location: Španski borci) Simona Semenič: Picture Perfect // devised performance // duration: 30 minutes // production: City of Women and Španski borci
360 degrees of a feminist take on the concept of beauty. 

17:00-19:00 (location: Nova pošta) Vito Weis: Bad Company // devised performance // duration: 90 minutes // production: The New Post Office (Mladinsko Theatre and Maska Ljubljana), Moment
Bad Company is a distillate of the spirit of the age in desperate need of an audience.

17:00-17:45 (location: Stara mestna elektrarna) Milica Ilić: RESHAPE the arts // presentation of a project and discussion with Teja Reba // duration: 45 minutes // production:  Bunker Ljubljana  

18:00-19:30 (location: Stara mestna elektrarna) Martin Schick (Blue Factory) and Petr Dlouhý (Cross Attic). Reshape the Arts: A Collective Tarot Reading // workshop // duration: 90 minutes

20:00-22:00 (location: Nova pošta) Vito Weis: Bad Company // devised performance // duration: 90 minutes // production: The New Post Office (Mladinsko Theatre and Maska Ljubljana), Moment
Bad Company is a distillate of the spirit of the age in desperate need of an audience.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021; Ljubljana  

10:00-14:00 (location: Gledališče Glej) Martin Schick (Blue Factory) and Petr Dlouhý (Cross Attic). Reshape the Arts: individual tarot reading // workshop // duration: 45 minutes

14:00-15:30 (location: Gledališče Glej) Neja Tomšič: The Opium Clippers // a visual essay with tea ceremony // duration: 90 minutes // production: Neja Tomšič and Glej Theatre, co-production: MoTa
An intriguing tale of smugglers, privateers and birth of capitalism on the opium ships. After this one, a cup of tea will never taste the same again. 

14:00-14:30 (location: Španski borci) Simona Semenič: Picture Perfect // devised performance // duration: 30 minutes // production: City of Women and Španski borci
360 degrees of a feminist take on the concept of beauty. 

10:00-14:00 (location: Gledališče Glej) Martin Shick (Blue Factory) and Petr Dlouhy (Cross Attic). Reshape the Arts // individual TAROT cards reading // duration: 90 minutes

17:00-18:00 (location: Gledališče Glej) The Affluent Drag Ensemble (ADE): Rok Kravanja, Daniel Petković, Urban Belina, Ajda Tomazin: Jubilee // devised performance // duration: 50 minutes // production: Glej Theatre and Moment in cooperation with Zavod Odprti predali 
No matter how hard they try, there are some sins the state can never wash away. Daring adventure into the birth of a nation through the lenses of two drag performers.  

19:00-20:30 (location: Stara mestna elektrarna) Uroš Kaurin, Vito Weis: Hero 3.0 - More than words // devised performance // duration: 80 minutes // production: Moment, co-production PTL, II. gimnazija Maribor Secondary School, Bunker Ljubljana, Desirée Central Station
It might sound as if you don’t need to see or say anything else after this, but these two exciting performers, reaching beyond the limits of their (and your) abilities will make you want more (of them). 

18:00-21:30 (location: Stara mestna elektrarna) Tery Žeželj, Ivana Vogrinc Vidali: Archive of self-sufficiency // interactive installation // duration: 20 minutes // production: Bunker Ljubljana 
Tour into the dark underground of those of us, who created the environmental crisis, the ones that feel it, and whose world it is that is coming to an end.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021; Ljubljana

12:00-13:30 (location: Gledališče Glej) Neja Tomšič: The Opium Clippers // a visual essay with tea ceremony // duration: 90 minutes // production: Neja Tomšič and Glej Theatre, co-production: MoTa
An intriguing tale of smugglers, privateers and birth of capitalism on the opium ships. After this one, a cup of tea will never taste the same again. 

18:00-19:00 (location: Gledališče Glej) The Affluent Drag Ensemble (ADE): Rok Kravanja, Daniel Petković, Urban Belina, Ajda Tomazin: Jubilee // devised performance // duration: 50 minutes // production: Glej Theatre and Moment in cooperation with Zavod Odprti predali
No matter how hard they try, there are some sins the state can never wash away. Daring adventure into the birth of a nation through the lenses of two drag performers.  

18:00-00:00 (location: in front of Športna dvorana Tabor) Leja Jurišić, Marko Mandić: Together // devised performance // duration: 360 minutes // production: Pekinpah and Via Negativa, co-production: Kino Šiška
Six hours. Two performers. Hundreds of situations beyond the boundaries of possible. 

20:00-21:00 (location: Stara mestna elektrarna) Primož Bezjak, Branko Jordan, Katarina Stegnar: Große Erwartungen | Great Expectations // devised performance // duration: 60 minutes // production: Bunker Ljubljana  
After ecology, transitional/growing‑up loss of illusions, the impotency of resistance, generational angst, time has come for great expectations and the future of those, who have everything. To lose.   

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TRIGGER 2021: May 29 - June 2

TRIGGER is a platform for internationalization of contemporary independent performing arts. We are organizing TRIGGER 2021 in partnership with Bunker, Moment, Pekinpah, City of Women, Mladinsko Theatre (Nova pošta programme), Zavod Maska and in co-production with Center for Creativity. 

We are developing part of the programme in collaboration with Prestopi Festival,Reshape network and ONDA agency - (The French office for contemporary performing arts circulation) with their series Parkur, which enables French programmers to explore new performance contexts in different countries. This year's TRIGGER showcase will happen in Ljubljana and Maribor between May 29 and June 2.  

TRIGGER is building the competencies of independent producers and artists in the field of internationalization and international connections. The platform consists of two main parts. First is the showcase of local artistic productions with potential for international touring, shown to international programmers. Platform also has a diverse discourse programme where both domestic and international guests challenge the existing and search for new models of international and local cooperation. At the same time we contextualize performing practices and build a network for their decentralization. We support new opportunities for networking between local and international producers through artistic workshops and workshops with curators, agents and specialists for distribution and international cooperation. TRIGGER thus works both locally and regionally.  

In 2021 we will again organize the visit of foreign programmers in collaboration with the Centre for Creativity. Showcase will enable them to see local productions that have particular potential of international touring. We will organize talks, mentorships and workshops with renowned experts and artists. Our main goal remains increasing competencies and skills of local producers and higher visibility of Slovenian artistic production abroad. 

TRIGGER 2021 is opening the question of the future of international collaboration and artistic distribution under new circumstances, brought about by health, ecological and social crisis. We will particularly focus on the challenges of decentralization, both in national and international context. 

Detailed programme will follow soon.

TRIGGER 2021

We are proud to inform you that TRIGGER 2021 is a part of Centre for Creativity Partner Network for a second year in a row. Network combines 26 Slovenian organizations that are offering support structures for creative sector in Slovenia on a national scale.

TRIGGER is a platform for internationalization of contemporary independent performing arts. We are organizing TRIGGER 2021 in co-production with Center for Creativity and in partnership with Bunker, Moment, Pekinpah, City of Women and Mladinsko Theatre with Zavod Maska (Nova pošta programme).

About TRIGGER platform

TRIGGER is a platform for contemporary performative arts. Glej Theatre is developing it with Centre for Creativity, Moment, Bunker Ljubljana, Pekinpah, Mladinsko Theatre and Maska (The New Post Office programme) and City of Women. The main purpose of the platform is to strengthen competences of independent producers and artists, especially in the field of internationalization and international connections. 

Platform combines a showcase of performances with potential for the international market, series of discussions, lectures and workshops with curators from international festivals, agents, and specialists for distribution and international cooperation. 

Purpose of the platform is therefore to gain specialized knowledge of developing strategies and methodology to distribute, network and internationalize contemporary performative arts.

Platform's objectives:

  • improving competitive options for Slovenian artists in the international market
  • improving the situation for Slovenian producers of independent performative arts
  • improving opportunities for distribution of independent performances on national and international level
  • creating a space for skill exchange on fields, that do not have formal or informal opportunities for education and development (professions in production, management and technical support)
  • creating and maintaining connections with important European festivals and producers
  • promoting Slovenian performers and performances
  • long-term influence on diversity of domestic production in relation to exchange of examples of good practice and experiences from abroad
  • greater stability of Slovenian producers

Participating producers: 
Co-producer:
Centre for Creativity 

Strategic development:
Glej Theatre
Moment
Bunker Ljubljana
Pekinpah
City of Women
Mladinsko Theatre and Maska Ljubljana (The New Post Office programme)

Previous editions of TRIGGER

TRIGGER 2020

TRIGGER 2019

TRIGGER 2021 is a part of a partnership network Platform Center for Creativity. Platform Center for Creativity is co-financed by European Union from European Regional Development Fund and by Republic of Slovenia.

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TRIGGER platform is also supported by Ministry of Public Administration, Ministry of Culture and Municipality of Ljubljana.

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