Performer: Lada Petrovski Ternovšek
Dramaturgy: Andreja Kopač
Set, Costume and Light Design: Petra VeberSound
Sound Design: Jure Vlahovič
Technical assistance: Aljaž Zaletel
Producer: Katja Somrak
Production: Plesni Teater Ljubljana –Prvenec PTL 2015 / Debut PTL 2015
Partner: Mediterranean dance center Svetvinčenat
Thanks to: Magdalena Reiter
Light and Sound Technician: Aljaž Zaletel
Nótt is s set of personal stories, originating from the same emotion, and the sole thing that they have in common is a feeling of a summer night. Nótt is an impression, a song, a smell, Nordic goddess, a nocturne. Movement arises from a moment of silence, from physical memory, drawing an image in the space. A moment that has just passed, reappears. Over and over again. Memory is storing images, body is storing emotions. Nothing that is produced by the body can be determined anymore – everything needs to be found, invented anew; to recognize a smell of the movement, a breath of light, a temperature of sound. Impossible images merge on the paths that are promptly blurred, while imprints remain toned inside of the body. Like a memory; between pulsation and extension.
My neck hurts, I squeeze my forehead, I feel dry air in my throat...
Emotion spreads from the center of the body to the forehead, finger pads, and ankles. As in translation of Hans Bellmer : “My tooth hurts, I clench my fist, my nails bury deep inside my palm.” It is about two investments, two actions that are unique in terms of reflex but repeatable in terms of libido, as, according to Freud, body is capable of operating in all directions. There remains no relation between truth and illusion, between cause and effect, but everything rather coexists independently from one another as a temporary investment, randomly forming temporarily solid assembly as a present form of many discontinues in the flow of energy. It can express nothing more than to be present and to create the highest intensity of what is possible at a given moment.
Sometimes you let the body fall, collapse, re-compose and fall again. Sometimes it seems as if you appear in front of your eyes in an instant and all your senses sharpen. This feeling never disappears, it accompanies you wherever you are. Sometimes you feel one part of the body, sometimes another. You are torn apart. The body is a memory, an alarm, a pleasure, a life. It remembers emotions, which are stored completely irrationally: To have control? To invest too little? To push too hard? To give enough? To accept? To let go? To find your way. To call it a choice? To control love? To hold on to passion? To find emotion and follow it physically? To swallow it or spit it out? And then to live on (happily) ... or maybe not. And the scent of the night remains. Movements are flying swallows, travelling between day and night, between childhood and the child inside you.
Maybe there is some new memory on the other side.
And the stage is a summer night.
Lada Petrovski Ternovšek was born in Croatia (Zadar) 1985. She graduated in 2008 from Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD). She is a member of Zadar dance ansambl. From 2009 -2011 she was member of Slovene dance company En-knap Group. Today she lives and works in Ljubljana as a freelance artist. Through her time at schools she collaborated with several acclaimed choreographers among which are: Salva Sanchis, Zuna Kozankova, Anna Macrae, Begum Erciyas, Matej Kejžar, Libby Farr, Ted Stoffer...During her career to date she has collaborated with choreographers and theatre directors among which are: Mala Kline, Tomi Janežič, Bojan Jablanovec, Claudia de Serpa Soares, Iztok Kovač, Petra Hrašćanec, Dalija Aćin, Ivica Buljan, Jordi Casanovas, Magdalena Reiter...
Dance Theatre Ljubljana, also known as PTL, was founded in 1984 by Ksenija Hribar (also founding member of London Contemporary Dance Theatre) as the first professional contemporary dance company in former Yugoslavia. At the end of the nineties PTL opened the doors of the first venue for contemporary dance in the Slovene capital and developed into the central NGO for contemporary dance art in Slovenia. Most of today’s contemporary dance choreographers in Slovenia emerged from or collaborated with PTL. In its venue PTL presents today a diverse program of works by Slovenian and international contemporary dance artists. PTL engages also in international collaborations and co-productions with artists, festivals and theatres.