Dear friends, fans and groupies!
Finally, we are revealing the intricate timetable of Ljud’s ventures, adventures and interventions – past, present and future – for this year!
Lo and behold – a season of street spectacle, transgression and creativity has started!
The Invasion started the celebration of its 5th anniversary (!) by spawning new alien characters and invading new countries:
International University Festival (Tehran, Iran) 5. – 8. 5.
Namur en Mai festival (Belgium) 9. – 12.5.
Holzminden festival (Germany) 18. – 19.5.
Imaginarius festival (Porto, Portugal) 24. – 26.5.
Sibiu festival (Romania) 7. – 8. 6.
The international street theater festival (Perm, Russia) 18.6.
North Norge festival (Norway) 24. – 25.6.
Viborg Festuge 2013 (Denmark) 16. – 18.9.
Again, open air ready-made gallery – the Streetwalker, will roam the streets of European cities and finish the season in the far East:
Norfolk and Norwich festival (Norwich, UK) – 16. – 18.5.
Oerol festival (Terschelling, Holland) 14. – 23.6.
Les tombées de la nuit (Rennes, France) 5. – 7.7.
European Capital of Culture 2013 (Marseille, France) 25. – 29.9.
Gwacheon festival (Gwacheon, South Korea) 25. – 29.9.
And last but not least – Brecht’s spectacle Mother Courage, finally brought to the streets, where it belongs, in a coproduction with Ana Monro Theater and some really cute people from Lithuania…
For now in Slovenia only:
9.7. Nova Gorica
You are invited to see, to hear, to touch and to taste each or all of them!
The Ljuds have spent the last couple of months preparing for the coming season, working on Ljuds laboratory and artisticaly supporting the “zombilisation” of over 20.000 Slovenian citizens (who are demonstrating for preserving social rights and against growing political corruption). You can have a look at a gallery of our “Protestival” activities or read more about the current situation in Slovenia here.
P.S. We have also started to translate the Ljud page into French. Oh là là!
WARNING! HIGH VOLTAGE!
This Friday at 15.30 Ljud’s interactive particles accelerator will commence!
Every week we’ll discover new possibilities of personal expression and channel it to the streets of Ljubljana through unannounced, breath-taking theater actions.
Connect now and share you creative insanity with us!
For application or more info, please, contact our leading scientist dr. Mochivnik (+386 31 341 889), or write to email@example.com. He will guide you to Lab’s super-secret location on Trg prekomorskih brigad 1 (besides Kino Šiška).
Do you want to make a crazy street theatre spectacle (based on Brecht’s Mother Courage) with the Ljuds and the entire slovenian street theatre scene?
We will work in Kamnik beetween the 21st and 30th of September. We have arranged sleeping, eating and even some travel money… so change your plans and make history with us!
More info HERE
Write to kudljud(at)gmail.com to apply!
(foreign participants extremely welcome)
Chalon-sur-Saône – Graz – Maribor
Streetwalker was on a long trip, it strolled along Chalon-sur-Saône, hitchhiked to Graz and finished with a lap of honour in Maribor.
Statistics: 24 days of festival fever, a few thousand miles spent on the road, 3 premieres, 20 guided tours, approximately one thousand spectators, 3 sleepless nights per person and 1 slightly damaged head…
Otherwise peaceful French town is suddendly transformed into the biggest street theater venue in Europe and starts to burst. Posters and flyers everywhere, performances and music on every corner, everything and everyone is on the street and, of course, so is our Streetwalker. Ljud’s crew is on a 24 hour working schedule and with a huge help – a true fraternité! – from an artistic collective Alteréaliste – we manage to build and prepare the first open air »ready-made« gallery… And to survive!
One day drive with a quick detour in Ljubljana, no time to sleep, we’re in a hurry and again: new city, new people, new festival, everything starts anew, but we are far more experienced now – La Strada starts… The audience likes the idea and so does the pople from Graz’s district Gris where we set up the gallery. One lady, for instance, invites everyone on the tour to her living room and when 30 people finally manage to squeeze in, a little girl appears out of nowhere and starts playing on the lady’s piano… This is just one of several unexpected, poetic moments, which can happen only when you work on the street and with it…
On Lent, in co-production with ECC 2012, strenghtened with a local crew and finally rested we start again: the audience is overtaken by our dynamic tour guide, which concludes the gallery with the »Dravorama« art installation – a 1:1 replica of the Drava river quay, constructed especially for the opening of the Streetwalker gallery – and placed exactly on the place where it always was…
And then – The Grand finale: Graz and Maribor fused together into a single gallery, a whole day tour connected with a bus ride. We »kidnap« the audience from Graz and everybody sings »Yellow submarine« while a 40 year old yellow bus is driving on the highway with all its windows down… A short stop at the gas station filled with newly discovered artworks, since it is a subsidiary of both galleries… Next day we repeat the tour in the other direction and arrive just in time to join the La Strada closing party where we use our custom made, mobile sound system and dance in the streets of Graz until the first serious complaint is filed by the neighbours…
In April the Aliens have unexpectedly appeared in Western Australia – the highest amount of pink radiation was recorded on Fremantle Street Arts Festival, near Perth, where they completely surprised unsuspecting Aussies and were, in turn, completely surprised by kangaroos – the biggest rabbits they’ve seen, since they landed on planet Earth. But all of this was just an diversionary maneuver…
A week ago – exactly one year after their first arrival – they started with a month-long, Second Invasion of Korea, this time with a serious intent of „pinking it“ from the North to the South. First they subdued the Musical festival in Uijengbou, few kilometers north of Seoul, and now they teleported themselves to the far south of the country, to Yeosu, which is hosting world exhibition EXPO 2012, where they will present their new technological achievements, based mainly on enthusiastic interaction with the Earthlings.
There will be no time to rest after Korea, though. In June the Aliens are expected on Greenwich & Docklands festival in London, which they will use as a preparation ground for Olympics 2012 – the first Olympics in history featuring Alien participants! Their efforts will be focused on – typically alien – disciplines: speed kissing, interactive triathlon and synchronized commotion.
“From White Russia with Passion”
Under the watchful eye of our veteran members Ljud’s youth section has attended the international theater festival and youth forum “M-art.kontakt “ in Mogilev.
In collaboration with Belarus group “Moustache” (which was formed after Ljud’s last year’s visit to Minsk) they carried out an interactive theater performance which stirred up the citizens of Mogilev and raised a few eyebrows of local police officers. In White Russia, sadly, a street theater still falls into a “Disturbance of public peace and order” category and is sanctioned with a fine of 20€… and two weeks in jail!
A short video by Belarus TV can be found here.
Together with Moustache group, the Ljuds were also called to re-animate once popular youth club “Cuba café”” in Mogilev. We are doing our best to ensure that cooperation with “Moustache people” will continue on this year’s Ana Desetnica – street theater festival in Ljubljana.
We are very grateful for the sponsorship by Slovenian hi-tech company Comita which surpassed all our expectations by helping us yet again. This collaboration project was also supported by Ljubljana’s Youth Bureau. Thanks!
The Ljuds uploaded a (rather large) selection of video clips from the very excellent interactive theater workshops made by the extremely excellent and talented Adrian Schvarzstein in Belgrade in 2011.
We are very grateful to Adrian for allowing us to record the workshops and to share them with the enthusiastic people of Belarus and with other people who are interested in these methods but did not have a chance to experience them in person yet!
The workshops were organized by the also excellent crew of CIRKUSFERA.