STEP OUT OF MY SHADOW PI314 a dance - theatre performance
Hommage to life and work of Pia and Pino Mlakar
Concept, Direction: NEDA R. BRIC
Choreography, Performance: NASTJA BREMEC RYNIA, MICHAL RYNIA
Dramaturgy: ROK ANDRES
Set Design: RENE RUSJAN, BOŠTJAN POTOKAR
Video: MAGNETIZM (MEGI MILOŠEVIĆ MIHAJLOVSKI IN MILI MIHAJLOVSKI)
Music: MATEJA STARIČ
Costume Design: NATAŠA RECER
Light Design: ANDREJ HAJDINJAK
Set Make: ŽIGA LEBAR
Producer: KATJA SOMRAK
Produced by: PLESNI TEATER LJUBLJANA
Co-Produced by: ZAVOD MN PRODUKCIJA
Special Thanks: TOMO MLAKAR, DUŠKA ŽITKO, BRUNO ANTONAC, FRANCO JURI, VOJKO VIDMAR, BRANKO POTOČAN
"July 25 Beautiful morning, bora is blowing, we are raising sail to leave. Pino cannot pull out the anchor because it is entangled in the chains of other fishing boats. He has to lower the sail. After half an hour of unsuccessful trying, one fisherman decides to help us so he dives to unleash our anchor. Finally, the anchor is on the deck, the sail is raised and as we leave we observe the island Balkun passing by our right side of the sailboat. The storm subsides, the pleasant mistral starts- that is an opportunity for a delicious lunch. Galeb approaches a sailboat with the English flag. We sail parallel for quite some time, but gradually the distance between the sides of the ships is becoming critical. Galeb does not deviate from its course. It almost comes to an accident. Except for a few frightened screams, nothing devastating happened and the sailboats continue each in their own direction. During a strong mistral, we anchor the boat in the port of Bol."
(An excerpt from diary of Pia in Pino Mlakar)
Step out of my shadow puts a sailboat of Pia and Pino Mlakar as the essential motif of the story. They sailed with it up until their late age and took inspiration for their work from their travels. Sailboat named Galeb (Seagull) has become a symbol of love towards dance and nature; it embodies as well the story of the couple’s creativity. Dancers Nastja Bremec Rynia and Michail Rynia – couple in work and privately; will thematise a fusion of two individualities through the story of Pia and Pino Mlakar. These two individualities sometimes become shadows of each other, other times they fight against this fusion and draw the line of Self-being.
F: Drago Videmšek
Pino Mlakar (1907–2006) and his wife Pia Mlakar (1910–2000) founded professional ballet school in Slovenia. They met in 1927 at the Rudolf Laban Choreographic Institute in Hamburg. Pia, born Maria Luiza Pia Beatrice Scholz, and Pino worked inseparable for 73 years, together they choreographed 50 ballets and became legends of Slovenian ballet at home and abroad. They were soloists, artistic directors, choreographers and educators. Their boat Galeb became the inspiration for the performance Step out of my shadow.
Nastja Bremec Rynia and Michal Rynia, after training at the Codarts Rotterdam Dance Academy in the Netherlands and working with some of the most prominent Dutch dance artists, decided to work and create on the outskirts of the Slovenian cultural space. They settled near the national border and charted their creative path in contemporary dance. They founded a dance center in Nova Gorica, where dancers from all over the world come to join the educational programs or collaborate in their performances. Whereas local dancers have the opportunity to participate in international casts of high-profile projects. MN Dance Company presents its works on stages and festivals at home and abroad. In the last three years, Nastja and Michal have created three full-length performances, five dance miniatures, fourteen short dance movies and many other occasional performances. For the film Set I, they received recognition from the American newspaper Dance Magazine, and for the film Horizon, they received the Lok award by the Society of Audio-visual Slovenian Actors.
Neda Rusjan Bric is a theatre actress holding a master's degree in theatre direction. She is a permanent member of the ensemble of the SMG Ljubljana, she works as an author of drama texts and as theatre director in Slovenia and abroad. Her work is inspired by real, historical events, which she interweaves with contemporary stories. She often accompany her performances with video projections. In her work, Bric like to fuse together events and personalities from different language areas into her stories. This is also a reason why she often directs international theatre co-productions. She writes as well for television and radio, is the author of literary works for children, is the artistic director of numerous national celebratory events and is a professor of screenwriting at the Academy of Arts of the University of Nova Gorica. She was also the leader of the winning candidacy for the European Capital of Culture Nova Gorica-Gorica 2025 and the artistic director of GO! 2025.
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Tickets: 12/8€ ( scholars, students, seniors), prior reservation or an hour before the performance at the theatre
The programme of Plesni Teater Ljubljana is subsidized by the Ministry of Culture RS and Municipality of Ljubljana, Department for Culture