“Dance and Music Performance “
- Authors of Concept, Choreographers and Dancers: Michal Rynia, Nastja Bremec Rynia
- Dramaturg: Ana Krzisnik Blazica
- Set Designer: Aleksander Blazica
- Costume Designers: Michal Rynia, Nastja Bremec Rynia, Ana Spacapan
- Composers and Performers of Music: Silence
- Light Designer: Samo Oblokar
- Sound Designer: Matej Celik
- Coproduction: MN Dance Company, Cankarjev dom Ljubljana In Cooperation with SNG Nova Gorica
- The performance was produced with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia
DE-SET is set to mark the 10th anniversary of Michal’s and Nastja’s creative journey. The intertwining of dance, live music and attractive visuals will include some of the motifs from their past performances, which, in addition to a lively interest in human intimate and social essence, thematise archetypal issues of the relationship between her and him, and the energy that feeds that relationship. This energy is love, is art, is electricity between them. With their own dance style, characterised by exceptional consistency, perfection of movements and strong expression, they have combined their memories and past stories in a new conceptual form, co-created with musicians of the duo Silence, vocalist Boris Benko and pianist Primož Hladnik, who also mark an anniversary this year, twenty years of their own joint creative journey.
Silence is a music composing duo consisting of Boris Benko (music, lyrics, and vocals) and Primož Hladnik (music and arrangements). The duo‘s discography consists of five studio albums and four soundtracks. They have scored several feature-length films and more than fifty plays and dance performances. Silence’s notable collaborators include directors Tomaž Pandur, Aleksandar Popovski, and Matjaž Pograjc. The duo collabora- tes regularly with Laibach. In 2006, they composed and produced Volk, Laibach’s 7th studio album. In 2015, Laibach and Silence became the first Western alternative acts to perform in North Korea. They rearranged a number of standards from Rodgers and Hammerstein‘s musical The Sound of Music for the occasion. The songs were released on Mute Records in 2018. The film Musicians from the End of the World (Glasbenika s konca sveta), directed by Haidy Kancler, candidly documents Silence‘s two-decade long career.
Dance and life fellow travellers Nastja Bremec Rynia and Michal Rynia, academically educated dancers, graduates of CODARTS Rotterdam Dance Academy, one of the most prestigious dance academies in the world, are renowned artists both nationally and internationally. With their artistic opus, choreographic and pedagogical work they significantly shape and enrich the cultural space of Slovenia.
Their work touches the seemingly impossible boundaries of dance, they have the highest references at European and world level, yet they find great pleasure in pas- sing on their knowledge to the younger generations, both at home and abroad. This year they celebrate 10th anniversary of their joint dance venture under the name MN Dance Company, and in these years they have produced an extremely large number of different artistic projects. Most important amongst those are definitely their author projects – full-length dance performances Dust in the Wind and The Myth and perfor- mances with an international dance troupe Room with a View, Urban Tales, Conspiracy of Silence, S/HE, Labyrinth, which they took to domestic and foreign stages, and many choreographic miniatures. They developed a distinctive dance idiom that intertwines various elements of dance – from ballet, hip hop to modern dance techniques, and named it contemporary fusion. Projects of feature shows offer an interesting mix of dance with theatre play and live musical accompaniment. They cooperate with SNG Nova Gorica and their full-length projects are also supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia. Also worth mentioning are their regular coproductions with Cankarjev dom in Ljubljana.
Their involvement in film is also important; together with their collaborators they have shot several short dance films, some of which have been awarded at international film festivals. Last year thea received awards from the City of Nova Gorica and the Municipality of Šempeter-Vrtojba for outstanding achievements in the field of contemporary dance, as well as for high-quality educational and communication activities that transcend the boundaries of the Nova Gorica cultural space.creative journey.
Official photo promotional material from DE-SET
Photos: Giuseppe Ippolito, Damir Ipavec, Urska Boljkovac
trailer coming soon…
Slovenian media responses:
MN Dance Company is thankful for all the support received for this project.
Partners of MN Dance Company in the last ten years
Aleksander Blažica, Aljaž Novak, Ana Kržišnik Blažica, Ana Lazovski, Ana Špacapan,
Ana Zavrtanik Ugrin, Ana Žerjal, Andrej Jaklič, Andrej Šušmelj, Andrejka Markočič Šušmelj, Arjana Rogelja, Arnika Matko Juvančič, Arpa Tilimian, Ben Bergmans, Bojan Bratina, Bojana Koncut, Borut Čelik, Daliborka Podboj, Damir Ipavec, Daša Grgič, Dave Schwab, Davorin Slejko, Dennis Vooren, Diana Koloini, Diaphane, Dominika Prijatelj, Dušan Bremec, Elizabeta Miška, Emili Bizjak, Fabris Šulin, Folke Tegetthoff, Giordano Orchi, Giovanni Leonarduzzi, Giuseppe Ippolito, Goran Balaban, Gorazd Prinčič, Hana Radovan, Hanna Röckner, Jan Valentinčič, Jasmina Bremec, John O’Gara, Jure Gostinčar, Jure Kopušar, Jure Masten, Kaja Lin Jagodič Avguštin, Klavdija Zupan, Klemen Miklavič, Lia Zuljan, Liza Šimenc, Louise Frankenhuis, Luca Ghedini, Maja Jerman Bratec, Maja Murenc, Maja Nemec, Mara Rogelja, Maria Pia Taggio, Marko Bratuš, Marko Polanc, Martina Beraldo, Martina Mrhar, Matej Arčon, Matej Čelik, Michele Pogliani, Miha Nemec, Miroslava Križnič, Neda Rusjan Bric, Nina Meško, Nina Ukmar, Noemi Capuano, Noriko Nishidate, Petra Bajec, Renato Stergulc, Riccardo Pastore, Samo Oblokar, Sebastjan Arčon, Silence (Boris Benko, Primož Hladnik), Simon Monfardini, Simon Rosič, Siniša Bukinac, Srdjan Mihić, Srečko Feguš, Srečko Fišer, Staša Mihelčič, Staško Marinič, Svetlana Dramlič, Tamás Tuza, Tanja Maraš, Tehnična ekipa / Technical crew SNG Nova Gorica, Tereza Gregorič, Tessa Tegetthoff, Tjaša Bucik, Tomi Činej, Urban Košir, Urška Boljkovac, Urška Taufer, Vanja Colja, Viperstone, Vladimir Hmeljak, Wiktor Bernatowicz, Zarja Trkman
Akademija za ples Alma Mater Europaea, Artisti Associati Gorica, AXIS Danza, Cankarjev dom, CIRIUS Vipava, CODARTS Rotterdam Dance Academy, DAP Festival Pietrasanta, Društvo baletnih umetnikov Slovenije, ERICE Danza, Festival koreografskih minijatura Beograd, Gimnazija Nova Gorica, Gledališki festival Castello di Gorizia, Inovelmedia Spletni čas, International Storytelling Festival Avstrija, JSKD Območna izpostava Nova Gorica, Kinoatelje Nova Gorica, Korzo Theater Den Haag, Kosovelov dom Sežana, Kulturni dom Nova Gorica, Mestna občina Nova Gorica, Ministrstvo za kulturo Republike Slovenije, MN Plesna šola – starši in učenci / parents and children, Moncalvo in Danza, MP3 Project Rim, Glasbeno društvo Nova Nova Gorica, Občina Šempeter-Vrtojba, Osnovna šola Milojke Štrukelj Nova Gorica, Parada plesa, Primorske novice, Primorski dnevnik, Radio Koper, Radio Robin, RTV Slovenija, Scena Otwarta Tarnow Poljska, SNG Nova Gorica, SNG Opera in balet Ljubljana, Theater Rotterdam, Transform Dance Studio Zagreb, Udruženje baletskih umetnika Srbije, Vina Dornberg
Cankarjev dom, kulturni in kongresni center Zanj: Uršula Cetinski, generalna direktorica Uredila: Ana Kržišnik Blažica
Lektoriranje: Sonja Košmrlj, Srečko Fišer Oblikovanje: Mojca Vanelli
Ljubljana, oktober 2019