The international Spider festival, annually presenting a selection of ground-breaking European and Slovene productions in the field of dance and performance, will spread its’ net of radical performative practices between the 12th and 16th of June 2019 in the Slovene capital of Ljubljana.
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Spider started knitting its web in 2010 under the guidence of Ljubljana’s Pekinpah Association. Initial idea by choreographer Matej Kejžar has grown into a collaboration between Pekinpah and five dance organisations from various parts of Europe which created the Spider and Spider Expand! projects, resulting in a series of nine artistic manifestations taking place in Lyon, Berlin, Brussels, Zagreb, Athens, and Ljubljana. At the heart of the Spider projects, which have been connecting various artists and numerous artistic disciplines, there has been an effort to engage in a research of the local cultural, social and political circumstances in order to present the local audiences with artistic practices and cultural genres that have for this or that reason not been, or have rarely been, represented in their local mileu. Spider has always been putting local artists on the throne of planning, curating, and organising the manifestations. Each time, the position of the Spider artistic director is occupied by a local creative person whose active, first-hand knowledge of the upcoming talents’ work and the most daring new dance productions is directly influencing the programme of the current manifestation.