Festival Performa & Platforma 2017 - Woman's domain

Mojca Kasjak

Awakening of a Sleeping Giant – Second Chance

site-specific project

Awakening of a Sleeping Giant – Second Chance <em>Photo: Saša Huzjak</em>
Photo: Saša Huzjak

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves.
Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes the visible.
Paul Klee

The characteristic five-point building of the former correctional facility in Maribor was built in 1889 as one of the most advanced and up-to-date buildings of this kind in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. All five wings of the building and its immediate surroundings are protected as a cultural heritage site. Apart from two renovated wings, the building with around 16,000 m2 is today abandoned and dilapidated. Following detailed discussions and analyses, the project URBACT III – 2nd Chance has offered several propositions for the revitalisation of the degraded building and its connections with the urban landscape of Maribor.

Space as an architectural basis for experimentation with light bodies.


Idea, concept, movement: Mojca Kasjak
Sound design: Marko Gutman
Video: Dejan Dolšak – Oni
Expert advisor: David Orešič
Assistant: Jerneja Ferlež
Texts read by: Gregor Kosi, Kristijan Ostanek, Dejan Dolšak, Matjaž Dolamič, Davor Herga, Mojca Kasjak
Voice, gongs played by: Vesna Kukič Amai
Technical realisation: Soundbiro
Partners: Urbact III: 2 ND CHANCE, Etično oglaševanje Etika d.o.o.
Produced by: Mojca Kasjak
Coproduced by: Plesna Izba Maribor – Contemporary Dance Platform
Supported by: Mestna občina Maribor in Ministrstvo za kulturo

Excerpts from the books by: Kosi, G., Celica št. 2 (2016), Maribor: Založba Litera / Litera Publishing House; Zupan, V., Pesmi iz zapora, četrta knjiga (2006), Ljubljana, DesigNovak d.o.o.; Ferlinc, S. (1998), Moška kaznilnica v Mariboru; Hišni red za kaznilnice (1932), Uprava moške kaznilnice v Mariboru
Photos : Kaznilnica, Branimir Ritonja; PAM/ Regional Archives Maribor, fond Moška kaznilnica
Rokopisi: Zbirka rokopisov UKM/ Manuscript collection, University of Maribor Library

Thanks to: Andreja Budar

A freelancer in the field of culture, dancer, choreographer, dance pedagogue, and producer Mojca Kasjak graduated from sociology and geography and completed a specialisation course at the London Contemporary Dance School. She is the author of many projects, mentor to young dancers, and recipient of many awards and accolades. She is also conducting seminars for mentors of children’s dance education. She is the initiator of Contemporary Dance Platform, run by Plesna izba Maribor since 2007.

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