Solo for two voices

  • Premiere: 20/11/2017, Cankarjev dom Ljubljana (SI)
  • Choreography and dance: Magdalena Reiter and Milan Tomášik
  • Dramaturgy: Anja Golob
  • Music: Alen Sinkauz and Nenad Sinkauz
  • Costume design: Alan Hranitelj
  • Produced by: Zavod Mirabelka
  • Co-produced by: Cankarjev dom, Dance Theatre Ljubljana
  • Partners: Mediterranean Dance Center, Stara gara
  • Photography: Uroš Abram
  • Co-funded by: Municipality of Ljubljana

Letter of Testimony [Carta de Creencia] holds a special place in poetic oeuvre of the Mexican Nobel laureate Octavio Paz (1914–1998). It namely epitomizes classical traits of his poetic expression, while also being possibly the author’s best known poem. The staged translation from poetic into dance language, named Solo for Two Voices, is our interpretation of the masterpiece, willfully entrenched in the here-and-now, yet formally maintaining a structure of distinctly divided parts according to a musical score (cantata, code). Our aim was to establish a clear, precise stage language with the ability of holding an open dialog with the text; at the same time we have been examining, throughout the working process, into what form of co-existence the two poetics of dance meeting on stage for the first time might evolve. Paz’s poem, from the very beginning, shatters coordinates of space and time, and then goes on to – gradually and cutting through many layers – open the particular intimate relationship, on which we embark, to the ontology of love which is impossible to grasp by (mere) comprehension of togetherness of two. In this furiously disturbed world empty of meaning in which we live, it also insistently reminds us to keep asking ourselves this: what is truly essential.

photo by: Uroš Abram

teaser by Matea Bilosnić

TOUR SCHEDULE:

15th of November 2018 – Narodni dom, Maribor, Slovenia

25th of September 2018 – Pelzverkehr festival, Klagenfurt, Austria

1st. of September 2018 – Platforma festival, Maribor, Slovenia

29th of August 2018 – VIBRA festival, PTL, Ljubljana, Slovenia

10th of June 2018 – Gdansk dance festival, Poland

9th of May 2018 – Cankarjev dom Ljubljana, Slovenia

21st. of April 2018 – NuDance Fest, Bratislava, Slovakia

29th of March 2018 – Cankarjev dom Ljubljana, Slovenia

28th of March 2018 – Cankarjev dom Ljubljana, Slovenia

6th of February 2018 – Plesni Theater Ljubljana, Slovenia

29th of November 2017 – Cankarjev dom Ljubljana, Slovenia

28th of November 2017 – Cankarjev dom Ljubljana, Slovenia

20th of November 2017 – PREMIERE, Cankarjev dom Ljubljana, Slovenia

19th of November 2017 – AVANT-PREMIERE, Cankarjev dom Ljubljana, Slovenia

8th of October 2017 – showing, work in progress, Mediterranean Dance Center San Vincenti, Croatia