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Laban for the 21st century

Rudolf Laban
photo: ABP

MORE than one hundred dancers from around the world will attend the artistic-educational project Laban for the 21st century in Bratislava between October 6 and 8. "They are looking forward to seeing the hometown of one of the most distinguished dance figures of the first half of the 20th century," said Miroslava Kovářová, director of the Bratislava in Movement Festival.

Dancer and dance theorist Rudolf Laban (1879-1958) gained fame for his pioneering dance notation system and theories of choreography and movement, which formed the foundations of modern central European dance. The fact that dance institutes in New York and London bear his name proves just how important he was.

During the event, renowned dancers and teachers will explore how Laban's theories can be used by actors, directors and drama teachers. The programme includes lectures - interpreted into Slovak - by experts from the

Susanne Linke in Tanz-Dis-Tanz.
photo: ABP

United States, Brazil, France, Sweden, Norway, Israel and Great Britain. A gala show Tanz - Dis - Tanz by Susanne Linke and Urs Dietrich will complete the event on October 8.

The project is part of the 10th annual Bratislava in Movement Festival.



Bratislava Summer of Culture

Comedian Tramtarína with Princess Rosemary.
photo: BISK

ABOUT 70,000 people attended the various events of the 31st Summer of Culture and Castle Plays festivals in Bratislava this year. Audiences saw 1,500 performers from 20 countries in 200 events held at 20 venues. According to Mária Račková from the Bratislava Mayor's Office, the Jazz Below the Tower and Fairytale City Hall cycles were among the most visited events. The festival's opening act - a concert by British singer Sting - attracted the highest number of spectators, at around 15,000.

The Days of Masters at the Castle event was also successful, luring as many as 7,000 visitors on each of the two days it showed. The 35-member men's choir Woodpecker Singers, from Taiwan, travelled the farthest to participate.

"During the whole three months, we only had to cancel four shows due to bad weather, and only two events were moved to PKO," Račková added.

Visitors flood Roma culture festival

THE BALVAL (Wind) Festival of Roma culture in Kokava nad Rimavicou in late September aroused such an unexpectedly high amount of interest from spectators, the hall of the local House of Culture completely filled, forcing part of the audience to have to enjoy the excellent performances by Roma artists from out in the corridor.

"We are pleasantly surprised that the festival generated such interest. Next year, we will have to move to bigger premises," Janka Sendreiová, who, with her husband Vlado, is known as the "soul" of the whole event, told the Sme daily. Organizers and Mayor Ondrej Bálint plan to move the festival into the local amphitheatre.

The festival crowd was on its feet from the beginning, when Czech singer Ida Kelarová and Vlado Sendrei sang the Roma anthem Gelem, gelem.

Tinkers Museum to close in November

Budatín Castle needs an extensive overhaul.
photo: TASR

The Budatín Castle plans to close its unique exhibition on tinkers in November for at least five years due to reconstruction. The director of the Považské Museum in Žilina, Marián Mrva, told the SITA news agency that the castle is in desperate need of repair. There are concerns about its stability and it suffers repeated power failures. It has also been without water and toilets since last year. The original plan had called for the castle to be closed in January, but the roof was found to be in such disrepair, reconstruction had to begin in November.

The museum's exhibits will move to the Wedding Palace in Bytča or to the Žilina centre.

Budatín Castle's exhibition on tinkers is the only such display around the globe. More than 350 exhibits document the evolution of this unique Slovak handicraft, from its very origins of tinkers roaming from one village to another up to industrial production.

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