Improspections2020

international improvisation festival, 14th edition 

24-28 November 2020
online + live
Museum of Contemporaray Art Zagreb
South bank of Sava river
Open Air Theatre Kamenjak

With this year’s Improspekcije festival, fourteenth time in row, we would like to give space to the somatic, improvisational approaches to work, to open our perception and, by that, support us in the moment and the intensity in which we live at the moment; to point our attention to what does it mean to be (physically) present in here and now, rather than in an attempt of keeping what is coming in control (and in the affect of incapability of doing so).

Program:

24-28/11
online
Force of Nature (UK/US 75 minutes/2011)
Documentary / performance
Camera: Katrina McPherson
Editor: Simon Fildes
Music: Stephen Heather
Additional Camera and sound: Rosalind Masson, Rob Page, Vidal Bini, Fred Parsons
Produced by Goat
Funded by Goat, Creative Scotland, University of Dundee, University of Illinois. Produced by Goat Media in association with University of Illinois Champaign Urbana.
A documentary featuring the renowned improvising dance artist Kirstie Simson. Over five years, Scottish director Katrina McPherson filmed Kirstie Simson performing and teaching across Europe, culminating in a one-off performance with Michael Schumacher, Kenzo Kusuda and Dai Jian at the Universal Hall in July 2010. Force of Nature combines specially filmed performance, documentary footage and in-depth interviews with Kirstie, in which she talks about her life-long practice, and her passionate belief in the power of dance to bring people together and transform lives. Produced by Goat Media. Kirstie Simson has been a continuous explosion in the contemporary dance scene, bringing audiences into contact with the vitality of pure creation in moment after moment of virtuoso improvisation. She is an award-winning dancer and teacher who has “immeasurably enriched and expanded the boundaries of New Dance”. according to Time Out Magazine, London

24/11, 20 h
Gorgona, MSU + https://www.twitch.tv/antisezona
GPS Chats – Close Encounters of a Dance Kind: OPEN Exchange Residency (US/Iran/Hr)
GPS Chats: Close Encounters of a Dance Kind is a form of collaboration between Movement Research from NY, US and Improspekcije Festival from Zagreb, Croatia, enabled through the Global Practice Sharing program. It is an online and live meeting format that combines the artist talk format of GPS Chats and an improvised-interview-performance format Close Encounters of aDance Kind, developed by the Antisezona team. It is also the first meeting of 7 artists and cultural producers involved in the OPEN Exchange Residency (Croatia/Iran/US), which tries to establish communication, exchange and artistic and cultural dialogue among these three locations and contexts.The OPEN Exchange Residency has been being organized for 2020 in Zagreb, Croatia, but, over the course of this year’s events, it will take online shape this year and will extend into 2021. We are happy to join some of the artists we have been working with already together with some new ones, and hear their voices, questions and proposals for movement.
Participating artists: mayfield brooks, Marielys Burgos Meléndez, Saghar Hosseinpur, Silvia Marchig, Sonja Pregrad, Kayvon Pourazar, Zrinka Šimičić Mihanović, Marýa Wethers
Realized in partnership with Movement Research, supported by Trust for Mutual Understanding.

25/11, 19.30 h
online/zoom – apply to: improspekcije@gmail.com
Sessions of Touch
Zdruhestrany/O.s. mimOos
Participatory experiential session
Sessions of Touch is a specific 1 : 1 format for an encounter between one dancer and one spectator. This format is based on creation principles of a performance entitled Diaries of Touch choreographed by Sonja Pregrad. It serves for exchange of one’s own physical experience. It is a hand offered to share the unique stories of our bodies, and it deals with touch as the basic way in which we directly relate to the world and our immediate surroundings.
Sessions of touch will be led by creators and dancers of the performance: Lukáš Bobalik, Viktor Černický, Barbora Janáková, Tomáš Janypka, Jazmína Piktorová, Eva Priečková, Sonja Pregrad, Silvia Sviteková, Andrej Štepita, Dana Tomečková, and invited guest Zdenka Sviteková who will enrich the topic with her many years of research based on her interest in touch.

26/11, 19 h
Gorgona, MSU
LSLSLS, Matej Kejžar
Performance
Performed by: Lana Hosni
The LSLSLS is a solo Dance project within Language Sausage Artistic Experiments, that the Slovenian born and Brussels based maker Matej Kejžar has set to investigate into convoluted and multifaceted nature of the ‘digital’.
What exactly is LSLSLS?
LSLSLS is an artistic investigation set under the assumptions that digitalisation is abstract and difficult to grasp. The degree of digitalisation and its consequences are challenging to understand because most of us lack first-hand experience of what digitalisation actually feels like.
LSLSLS is a punk, shaman, weird, ritualistic, crazy, sexual, abstract cycle of over and over translated words of twisted poetry of delight, the monstrous Dance (at this instance Dance with the big capital D stands for the way of being in our world) where no-matter-what is already something.
LSLSLS is set as an experience of the relation between a voice and a dance. Physical presence of both, a voice and a dance, is challenging the existing narratives: their relation is moving from conceptual future to exploring novelties.
LSLSLS considers the physicality of the humans by addressing directly the amalgam of the physical and digital.
As the groove, LSLSLS sets the relation between the voice and the dance as the challenge on the dynamic territory of the dance floor, the challenge being the dynamics between the intellectual knowing – choreography, and embodied experience – dance.
LSLSLS is an artistic experiment with the movement of the relationality as the condition, which as such, is allowing for invention, examination and practice of different forms of inhabiting space.
Although LSLSLS is a solo Dance, in turn, it stands for sharing and producing alternative forms of communities.
Consisted from living and non-living organisms, the name LSLSLS stands for the Dance Hood as an alternative community that undermines or replaces established forms of power, hierarchy, or patriarchy in that respect.

20.30 h
Conversation about the LS (Language Sausage) practice

27/11, 19 h
Gorgona, MSU
HOOL
Dance film
Mérida Yucatán México
Dancers: Kirstie Simson i Martin Piliponsky
Photography: Mario Morales Rubí i Isaac Zambra
Music: Jorge Zambra
Production: Karla Solis
Direction and edition: Isaac Zambra
The inspiration for this film was a long-abandoned hacienda, Hool, in Merida, Mexico – its striking architectural features, the haunting atmosphere of weathered chambers, its slow return to nature’s domain, the impression of time suspended.
In the span of a single day, from sunrise to sunset, Mexican architect-filmmaker Isaac Zambra and cameraman Mario Morales Rubí followed dancers Kirstie Simson (UK) and Martin Piliponsky (Argentina) as they moved through different spaces in the hacienda compound. The imprint of the histories contained within its walls shaped the dancers’ improvisations. Ghosts of past, present, and future are listened to—and live again—through the dancers’ embodied expression, honoring the mysteries of life.

19.30 h
Every now is time, space – INSCULP
Dance video work
Concept and artistic direction: Snježana Premuš
Performers: Dragana Alfirević, Anja Bornšek, Alenka Herman, Ana Jelušić, Ivana Kalc, Mia Kevo, Zvonimir Kvesić, Anja Mejač, Ivan Mijačević, Bojana Mišić, Snježana Premuš, Ariana Prpić, Urša Rupnik, Dejan Srhoj, Mia Stark, Sara Škrobe, Josipa Štulić, Irma Unušić, Liza Šimenc, Zrinka Šimičić Mihanović, Tina Valentan
Video editing: Maša Nonković
Soundtrack: Boštjan Perovšek
Recording – technical assistance: Matic Šubelj
Production: Zavod Federacija in co – production with Nomad Dance Academy Slovenija and Improspekcije2020 festival
Supported by: Ministrsty of Culture of Republic Slovenije, City of Ljubljana,  Creative Crossroads 2019/20 – Long life burning (Creative Europe)
THE NOTION OF TIME, SPACE, BODY SCULPTED WITHIN AN EVER CHANGING GESTURE.
The space sculpted in time.
The body is space.
The gesture firmly rooted in the continuation of the movement.
Technology supports a creative moment.
RESISTING THE FRAGMENTATION OF THE PRESENT.
20 performers dispersed in space and time between Maribor, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Zadar, Bjelovar, Rijeka, …meet online on 22nd of November 2020 to share a proposed gesture within a score originally made for the performance setting Every now is time, space (premiered in Ljubljana on 30th of September 2019). The original performance score is adapted for the life streaming event and choreographed and edited into video dance art. The work Every now is time, space has been the result of a creative collaboration between a choreographer and five performing artists working substantially with a lighting designer and a sound artist in the framework of a newly configured collaboration to mix performing arts, visual arts and sound arts using not only the latest digital sound technologies (HyperSound) but also by confronting and challenging relevant questions about the how we perceive the body (both as self and as other) in today’s time, about perception in our hyper-speed world and about open principles of collaboration that even extend into the role and position of the audience as active co-creators of a (holistic) artistic experience, not merely passive observers or overstimulated tuned out bodies. The two main methods that were implemented into the process and the outcome was the notion of editing (real-time editing) and the notion of simultaneous spaces.

20 h
Ekstenzija, MSU
Such a Cute Crash, Zrinka Užbinec
A conversation next to the installation
I was looking at the postcard from a window for six months. I didn’t want to dance for the camera so I was making storyboards for future stage-ings – small scale theatres and scary doll houses.
Such a Cute crash: Failed Stagings of Cuteness and Violence is an ongoing choreographic research. This research has yielded many materials, notes and drawings by now – no movements at all. I sat confused, walked the forest, read a bunch of books. One thing was certain: there was no way I could stage this conjunction – so – the performance is not there – yet exploded storyboards for the uncanny performance to come. Perhaps. What to do with a body then?

28/11, 14 h
South bank of Sava river (next to Bundek lake)
Improspekcije invite:  Theatre in the open – Kamenjak on Sava bank
Improvised performance
Participating: Dragana Alfirević, Anika Cetina, DISCOllective,  Lana Hosni, Ana Jelušić, Silvia Marchig,  Sonja Pregrad, Margareta Sinković, Dejan Srhoj, Zrinka Šimičić Mihanović, Mia Zalukar
Realized in partnership with Open air theatre Kamenjak.

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Artistic directors: Sonja Pregrad i Zrinka Šimičić Mihanović
Graphic design: Dora Đurkesac
Technical director: Branko Puceković
Technical support for online events: Marko Gutić Mižimakov
Production: Multimedijalna koliba u suradnji s Antisezonom i Muzejem suvremene umjetnosti u Zagrebu
Partners: Movement Research GPS, Muzej suvremene umjetnosti Zagreb, Kazalište na otvorenom Kamenjak
Supported by:  City of Zagreb, Ministry of Culture of Republic of Croatia, Movement Research GPS supported by Trust for Mutual Understanding (USA).
Improspekcije2020 festival is part of Antiseozna 20.