Streetwalker Reborn!

16.8.2012

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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…

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Chalon

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!

Graz

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…

Maribor

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…

Korea Reloaded

15.5.2012

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.

A special report on a special collaboration

12.4.2012

“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!

Adrian Schvarzstein Workshop

14.2.2012

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.

Click HERE to watch the videos and get ready to conquer the public space!

IMAGINE 2012

12.1.2012

Surviving 2011 on planet earth…

27.12.2011

Aliens are already flying to their favorite 2011 destination – the island of Sardinia – to join some of their human friends  for a celebration of the New Year.  The pink ones have a completely cyclical concept of time so they do not really understand the significance of the event, but they do like a good party and judging from past experience they will not be dissapointed.  Meanwhile you can check out some leaked documents regarding the so called “2011 tour” – all non-slovenian readers can call kud.ljud on skype for a simultaneous translation of the article :-)

Ljud’s laboratory continued…

9.11.2011

The time and space of the first post-summer Ljud’s Laboratory will become a continuum once again in the basement of the Modern gallery in Ljubljana, this Friday 11/11/2011 at 18:00!

We are announcing three main experiements:

- Catching free radicals in the body by submitting it to mild excercises in physical theater

- Examination of human reactions to direct contact with Pink Invaders (video only!) – with additional commentary by Ljud’s experts on Close encounters of the Pink Kind

- Synthesis of mulled vine and “in vivo” testing of results

We welcome everyone who still hasn’t lost faith in the science of interactive theater and its effects on the growth of “personallity cells”…

Entrance fee: 0,000467€.

To book please call 031 341 889 (no english)

…kidding…

Hope to see you there!

The INVASION is over! (If You Want It)

3.10.2011

So it goes!

The INVASION for this year is over.

The Aliens invaded 23 cities in 17 countries. They caused chaos and havoc on the streets of Stockholm, Glasgow, Malmo, Amsterdam, Bergamo , Eke, Imatra, Fossano, Porsgrunn, Viladecans, Sassari, Maribor, Lienz, Jelenia Gora, Vordingborg, Amersfoort, Ourense, Yavne and many others.

They made old people cry in Seoul, they made the KGB worried in Minsk, they climbed the sacred monuments of WW2 in Arkhangelsk and almost got attacked by police dogs, and they made a random guy on a street in Berlin say: “I LOVE this city!”

They were photographed about a million times and as if this wasn’t enough they became the main characters of a comic book.

They PINKED the kids, their mothers, florists and garbage men alike, retired people, immigrants, even civil servants and especially innocent by-standers.  They spread amazement, excitement and the Pink virus all over this green-blue planet.

Not all of them survived this season unharmed. There were broken limbs and sprayed joints, thorns in their feet and bruises on their bodies. There were wild allegations and police inquiries, hospital maltreatments and lousy hotel rooms, but they managed to emerge even stronger, crazier and pinker than ever.

Some of them where even bought and taken home to continue their lives as alien pets! Everything goes when the Pink virus takes over…

They thank you all for being with them in those moments.

Now they will retreat to the vast coldness of outer space, not to rest, oh no, but to prepare for the next season of The INVASION…

… and until they return…

…may the Pink be with you!

Invasion OVERdrive…

31.8.2011

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Just in the last 12 days the pink aliens made 21 Invasions in 4 different countries… They are pretty tired but full of amazing impressions. However their mission for this season is far from over! In the next weeks you can catch up with them in Belgium, Sardinia, Slovenia or Spain

Ljud’s international volunteers

14.7.2011

This season (from May onwards) we are hosting three young volunteers who have joined the Ljud’s as  part of the European Voluntary Service (EVS).

We received the girls from Latvia, Denmark and Israel with great expectations which they have already begun to fulfill with their youthful enthusiasm and hard work …

We would like to take this opportunity to also thank :

MOVIT NA Mladina (Slovenian National Agency of Youth in Action)

‘This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.’