International symposium Community works! – Contemporary Theatre Models

Location: Auditorium of the National Gallery of Slovenia, Prešernova 22, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Date: 08. 10. 2020 – 09. 10. 2020

Slovenian Theatre Institute, Glej Theatre, the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television of the University of Ljubljana and Amfiteater – Journal of Performing Arts Theory are organising a symposium dedicated to the questions of new production models in contemporary theatre. The symposium is inspired by the upcoming 50th anniversary of Glej Theatre from Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Glej Theatre is the oldest non-institutionalised theatre in Slovenia (as well as in former Yugoslavia) that prides itself with cutting edge performances, the (re)-invention of intriguing production modes, of non-hierarchical theatre practice that is based on collective and socially engaged work. On the basis of the five decades of its operation we wish to explore the possibilities of contemporary theatre in relation to the concept of theatre collective creation and different forms which this might take.

As the social and political climate in Europe, and even more so in its peripheries, are growing more and more intense, and social divisions in society are bigger than ever, the answer to it in art has been not just to try to reveal the oppression of many different targeted communities, but also to actively step into the situation. What sort of role in building up communities can contemporary theatre have? Is this even its purpose? How do new political and economic situations affect production models in contemporary theatre?


Thursday, 8 October 2020

Opening speeches

Mateja Demšič, Head, Department for Culture, City of Ljubljana
Tomaž Gubenšek, Dean, Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television, University of Ljubljana
Mojca Jan Zoran, Director, Slovenian Theatre Institute
Inga Remeta, Chairwoman, Glej Theatre

13.30 – 14.10
Tomaž Toporišič: Collectives, communities and non–hierarchical modes of creation from 1970–s till 2010–s


Coffee Break

1st panel
Moderated by: Tomaž Toporišič

Primož Jesenko: Experimental Theatre from 1955 till 1967 and its innovations

Alja Lobnik: The concept of time and the status of experiments in Theatre Glej

Andreja Kopač: Territories of Community Action: From Betontanc to Beton.Ltd

Branko Jordan: Beton ltd.: Case Study


Coffee Break

2nd pannel
Moderated by: Andreja Kopač

Promise Nyatepeh Nyatuame and Akosua Abdallah: Creative models and community empowerment in Ghana: The story of community youth cultural centre



Friday, 9 October 2020

Višnja Kačič Rogošić: Keeping the Promise of Community


3rd pannel
Moderated by: Gašper Troha

Maja Murnik: The Role of the Audience in Socially and Politically Engaged Performing Arts in Slovenia

Ana Vrtovec Beno: There is no Folk Theater without a (supporting) Community


Coffee Break

Nika Leskovšek: Participation and Politicality in Kapelj and Semenič under construction

Aldo Milohnič: From Collective to Devised Mode of Creation in Slovenian Theatre


Lunch Break

4th pannel
Moderated by: Nika Leskovšek

The Intelektrurálně collective: Prague is not Czech: Artistic Project as a Public Service – lecture performance

Martina Čurdová: Theatre as a Space of Transformation: Czech–German Transborder Experience


Coffee Break

Marina Pallarès–Elias: Theatre of Yes: The beauty as the axis of change for the transformation of communities through their own stories

Caspar Nieuwenhuis: You Must Change Your Art!

Final discussion
Moderated by: Alma R. Selimović

18.00–18.30 (Glej, Gregorčičeva 3, Ljubljana)
Lea Kukovičič: Unknown Knows



8 October
9 October



The working language of the symposium is English. In accordance with Article 25 of the Act on Public Usage of Slovenian Language, the use of Slovenian language will be provided at the information level.

Due to the instructions of the National Institute of Public Health regarding public gatherings and prevention of the spread of COVID-19 infection, the number of vacancies at the symposium is limited.


Head of symposium: Gašper Troha
Preparatory committee: Amadea Karin Ilic, Primož Jesenko, Andreja Kopač, Jure Novak, Tjaša Pureber, Inga Remeta, Tomaž Toporišič, Gašper Troha, Mojca Jan Zoran


The Slovenian Theatre Institute (SLOGI) is a national public institution founded in 2014 as the legal successor of the National Theatre Museum of Slovenia, founded in 1952. The Institute aims at the continued evolution of theatre culture at the national level and to raise the awareness of the role and importance of theatre in the development of society and individuals. The Institute is engaged in collecting, preserving, documenting, researching, examining, interpreting, promoting and presenting Slovenian theatre culture, of its heritage and as contemporary theatre arts, both at the national and international levels.

Glej Theatre is the oldest independent theatre in Slovenia, established in 1970 as a space to create and explore art space for theatre practices that originate from the needs of the environment, but as experimental practices lack sufficient infrastructural support for its professional realisation. Glej has a rich history of experimental theatrical practices and has developed into contemporary cutting-edge performance theatre, experimenting with non-hierarchical forms of organising art production.

The Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television of the University of Ljubljana performs educational, artistic and research work in the fields of theatre, radio, film and television. From its founding in 1945 to 1975, it operated as an independent higher education institution with a rector, and then became a member of the University of Ljubljana.

Amfiteater – Journal of Performing Arts Theory, is a scientific journal that publishes original articles on performing arts with a broad spectrum from dramatic theatre, drama, dance, performance and hybrid art forms. Authors can analyse the forms and content of artwork and art phenomena from the field of performing arts, their history, their present, and their future, as well as their relationship to other art forms and the broader (social, cultural, political…) context.







The symposium is organized in cooperation with the University of Ljubljana, Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television, within the framework of the Theatre and Interart Research programme (project No. P6-0376), co-financed by the Slovenian Research Agency from the state budget.