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The opening show of the 20th Exodos Festival explores our acceptance of differences and our search for particularities and similarity. What was laid into the cradles of young dancers, and what did they acquire ever since they walked from it? First of all, the production touches upon the value that nowadays has been almost forgotten: everyday attention, contact with other people, with the society and the surroundings.

Gregor Luštek, known for his specific authorial expression, researches with young dancers how the body from one cultural environment responds to the movements, movements, emotions of the body from another. In the "intercultural bodily dialogue" the perception of one's own body, living, thinking, experiencing others, accepting tradition and its values also changes.

The circle - the energy that circulates - represents in traditional Chinese philosophy an infinite energy that does not disappear, but returns. The circle is an essential element of movement in Cradle.

The Cradle is the first project of the C-CEEC Dance Union.

choreograpy: Gregor Luštek 

performers & co-creators: Anastasija Danchevska, Žigan Krajnčan, Eva Kronberga, Jānis Putniņš, Kristýna Šajtošová, Zhong Zhen, Liu Yuting, Li Chenzhe, Pao Yuhong, Fei Guanhan, Fen Dandan, Ren Qingcairang 

traditional dancing turtor: Tan Hao 

costume design: Mingyue Wang, Liping Ren/JINRENWOFEI dance costume company 

technical direction: Borut Cajnko 

co-production: EXODOS Ljubljana, Beijing Dance Academy, Dance Fest Skopje, Society Party, Tanec Praga 

suppored by: Office for External Relations in Culture at the Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, City of Ljubljana

Premiere: 19 April 2017. SEEM/Bunker

Touring 2018–20: Exodos Festival, Ljubljana (si), Dance Fest, Skopje (mk), Riga (lv), Beijing–Xian–Shanghai– Hangzhou (cn)

Gregor Luštek collaborates with important creators of international contemporary dance art and with domestic theatre directors. In a creative tandem with choreographer and dancer Rosana Hribar, he is the recipient of numerous national and international awards.

Tan Hao, an educator at the Beijing Dance Academy, is an expert in classical Chinese dance. He has already received numerous prestigious national medals for his touring, pedagogical and choreographic work.


by Borut Bučinel

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