PARL - Performance Art Research Ljubljana

pilot model of international interdisciplinary research platforms

PARL Foto / Photo: Matjaž Rušt

PARL ( is an international platform for education and research of contemporary performing arts, which connects various formats, creative practices, educational processes and methodologies of independent art organizations, collectives and individuals in the field of contemporary performing arts in Ljubljana and establishes a pilot model of international interdisciplinary research platforms.

The purpose of the project is to achieve a higher level of integration of knowledge, experience and methodologies in the field of research and reflection of contemporary performing arts and is aimed at the development, articulation and presentation of specific interdisciplinary authorial poetics. The program focuses on the development of creative processes, research into performative strategies, expanding the field of contemporary stage performance, upgrading production models and establishing critical reflection with an emphasis on the meaning and purpose of contemporary art production.

PARL will accept 8 independent creators or author groups in the field of contemporary performing arts. PARL is primarily intended for individuals and author groups who want to improve in the field of interdisciplinary work and collaborative practices. PARL will take place at various venues in Ljubljana's independent scene and partners. Each participant / group is given a space where they can work on the development of their conceptual project every day with the support of a mentor. The rest of the time is devoted to the morning workshops, seminar and Neforma. The program will run according to the following schedule:

22 - 30 AUG / 10:00 - 12:00 / Morning workshops They take place in CK Španski borci. Workshop leaders: Tomaž Grom, Mala Kline, Gregor Luštek. In addition to PARL participants, the interested public is also invited to the workshops.

22 - 30 AVG / 12:00 - 17:00 / Independent work on the project and feedback It takes place at various venues in Ljubljana. Mentors: Bojan Jablanovec, Andreja Kopač, Janez Janša, Katarina Stegnar, Leja Jurišić, Maja Delak, Mare Bulc, Mateja Bučar, Nenad Jelesijević, Rok Vevar, Tomaž Grom, Andreja Rauch Podrzavnik, Irena Z. Tomažin, Anita Wach, Uroš Kaurin, Jure Novak, Marko Peljhan.

24-25-26 AUG / 20:00 - 22:00 / Seminar Three lectures with discussions. 

27 - 28 AUG / 20:00 - 22:00 / Unformed Workshop and public event led by Tomaž Grom. Creative meeting of PARL participants with creators in the field of contemporary improvised music.

31 AUG / 12:00 - 22:00 / Public presentations The length of each presentation is limited to a maximum of 30 minutes. The presentations are followed by the final feedback of the mentors and a conversation with the audience.

PARL is a pilot project in the field of production model development for contemporary performing arts research and international collaboration. At the initiative of Via Negative, it was successfully launched and realized in 2019 and 2020, and to date it has been attended by 16 artists from the USA, Great Britain, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia. 

PARL represents a significant shift from the current production-post-production fragmentation of NGOs towards the creation of an interdisciplinary educational-research platform, with which we want to strategically respond to the challenges of sustainable development, organizational sustainability and international promotion of contemporary Slovenian performing arts. Our belief is that Ljubljana's independent scene is an extremely rich, above-average creative and productive base of contemporary performance practices, which is able to connect at a higher creative potential. With PARL, we want to launch an inventive, dynamic and highly articulated experience of education and research into the international environment, and in this way ensure a new development perspective of contemporary performing arts at home and in the international environment.

Emanat Institute acts as a co-organizer in the project, and performs pedagogical work in the form of class management for participants and mentoring. Participation in the project is in accordance with the strategic plan of the institute, as it represents a supplement to the establishment and supplementation of the activities of the semi-professional and professional dance population.

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