10 MIN

Olga Pona,Jordi Casanovas,David Zambrano,Dalija Aćin,Ivica Buljan,László Hudi,Edward Clug,Snježana Abramović-Milković,Matjaž Berger,Matjaž Farič,Iztok Kovač

10 MIN is a stage project initiated by EN-KNAP Productions that brings the dancers of EnKnapGroup together with eleven authors from the international contemporary performing art scene. The title captures the task which Iztok Kovač set before each author: to stage their personal view on the nature of time in a performance no longer and no shorter than ten minutes.

At its centre, 10 MIN questions the fluidity and elusiveness of time in the context of geographic and social frameworks and ideologies. These unique and personal perspectives are unified by the original response of the Slovenian composers Mitja Vrhovnik Smrekar, light design by Jaka Šimenc, projections by Nejaaka and Luka Umek and costumes by Alan Hranitelj and Valter Kobal.

The project was originally presented in two parts: 10 Min East with the choreographic vignettes by Snježana Abramović- Milković, Matjaž Berger, Edward Clug, Matjaž Farič, Laszlo Hudi in Iztok Kovač (premiere: November 2009) and 10 Min South, with choreographic vigettes by Dalija Aćin, Ivica Buljan, Jordi Casanovas, Olga Pona and David Zambrano (premiere: November 2010).

Premiere: 26/11/2009 (10 Min East) and 24/11/2010 (10 Min South)
Španski Borci Cultural Centre, Ljubljana

Smoking Life

Life is a burning cigarette, you enjoy every moment, the power, the energy, the burning and the heat.
David Zambrano (Venezuela/Netherlands)
A thrilling performer, innovative choreographer and teacher, David Zambrano has been a monumental figure in the international dance community for over 30 years, and has collaborated with artists from across the world.

Dots and Dashes
"I carry you through time and while carrying or being carried I create a universe of my own". Olga Pona
Olga Pona (Russia)
The pioneer and most prominent author of contemporary dance in Russia, transcended Russian communist aesthetic and artistic limitations, and has gained international recognition with the work of Chelyabinsk Contemporary Dance Theater.

Way Home
The easiest way for me to imagine time is to attempt to put apart certain compelling moments that emerge in life, and compile them into a new whole”. Iztok Kovač
Iztok Kovač (Slovenia)
The recipient of prestigious international and national awards for his extensive oeuvre, Iztok Kovač is the founder of EN-KNAP Productions, the artistic director of EnKnapGroup, and the artistic  director of Španski Borci Cultural Centre in Ljubljana.

10 Min with Pina Bausch
A ten minute tribute to Pina Bausch with an emphasis on the transitoriness of time.
László Hudi (Hungary)
Director, choreographer, long-time collaborator of Joseph Nadj and founder of the group Mozgohaz, László Hudi is also the artistic director of Florian Workshop and Arcus Temporum Art Festival.

A reflection on the contemporary society and time, in which mutual relations are governed by incessant orders imposed on people.
Matjaž Farič (Slovenia)
One of Slovenia’s most productive choreographers of the last 20 years, Matjaž Farič is the founder and artistic director of Flota productions and the international festival Fronta.

A ten minute reflection of a brief, yet intense intimate relationship between a man and a woman in an intimate setting.
Edward Clug (Romania/Slovenia)
Independent creator in the field of contemporary ballet who recieved numerous Slovenian and international awards, Edward Clug is the artistic director of the Maribor Ballet Ensemble.

Don’t Worry but Be Aware
10 minutes before the performance, there is no way back. Am I ready? Is everything in its place?
Jordi Casanovas (Spain)
The brilliant Catalan performer, since 1990 a member of the Spanish group Mal Pelo, has participated in various companies across Europe, and collaborated with Adriana Borriello, Anne Theresa de Keersmaeker and Angels Margarite, among others.

Beautiful is the Sea below Olib
A reconstruction of a summer evening on a rural island of Olib on the Adriatic coast, where history and tradition met with the present.
Ivica Buljan (Croatia/Slovenia)
Previously a director of the Drama within the Croatian National Theatre in Split, Ivica Buljan’s theatre productions have made an appearance at numerous international festivals and won important awards.

Yves Klein is Kissing Đurđica Bjedov
A French conceptual artist and a Yugoslav star swimmer meet at a junction in time.
Matjaž Berger (Slovenia)
The author of over 30 theatre performances, public events and ceremonies, Matjaž Berger is also a theatre and art director of Theatre Anton Podbevšek Teater, Novo Mesto, Slovenia.

No Longer
Desparately preserving the moment.
Dalija Aćin Thelander (Serbia)
A renowned Serbian choreographer of a younger generation with a strong international recognition, who questions and reinvents boundaries of contemporary dance using unorthodox approaches.

Flashbacks of time - fragments of memories. Glimmers of seemingly unrelated personal encounters, intersected by darkness which symolises the blink of an eye.
Snježana Abramović – Milković (Croatia)
A prominent Croatian dancer and choreographer, the author of more than 50 choreographies, and the founder of Zagreb Dance Company and Svetvinčenat Festival is currently working on Mediterranian Dance Centre in Istria.


10 MIN was produced in two instalments. The first part, titled 10 Min East and featuring six pieces, premiered in November 2009 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In November 2010, five individual pieces within the second instalment followed, titled 10 Min South.

Light design was created by Jaka Šimenc, Simon Žižek and Zoran Grabarac, costumes by Alan Hranitelj and Valter Kobal. Pieces are connected by music from Mitja Vrhovnik Smrekar,
and by projections from Studio nejaaka and Luka Umek.

The project is coproduced by Anton Podbevšek Theatre, Novo Mesto (Slovenia) / National Opera and Ballet, Maribor (Slovenia) / Zagreb Dance Company (Croatia) / Workshop Foundation, Budapest (Hungary) / Mini Theatre, Ljubljana (Slovenia) / Bitef Theatre, Belgrade (Serbia).



Iztok kovač

Snježana Abramović- Milković, Dalija Aćin, Matjaž Berger, Ivica Buljan, Jordi Casanovas, Edward Clug, Matjaž Farič, László Hudi, Iztok Kovač, Olga Pona, David Zambrano.

light design
Jaka Šimenc, Simon Žižek, Zoran Grabarac

Alan Hranitelj, Valter Kobal

inter-connecting music
Mitja Vrhovnik Smrekar

Studio nejaaka, Luka Umek

rehearsal director
Tanja Skok

movement co-creator
Claudia Catarzi

technical assistance
Luka Curk, Zoran Grabarac, Matej Ocepek, Jošt Pengov Taraniš

Miha Fras

production director
Marjeta Lavrič

executive producers
Marjeta Lavrič, Alma Čaušević

public relations
Gašper Troha, Marija Zidar

Anton Podbevšek Theatre, Novo Mesto (Slovenia) / Slovene National Theatre, Maribor (Slovenia) / Zagreb Dance Company, Zagreb (Croatia) / Workshop Foundation, Budapest (Hungary) / Mini Teatre, Ljubljana (Slovenia) / Bitef Theatre, Belgrade (Serbia).

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The production was financially supported by the City of Ljubljana - Department of Culture, and Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia.


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