TEMPORARY SLOVENE DANCE ARCHIVE
ARCHIVE OF PRINTED MATTER, 2010—
The archive of printed matter comprises several systematic units
Choreographers’ files comprise printed matter related to their choreographies (theatre programs, flyers, catalogues of festivals they were featured in and similar), including individual production-related correspondence and manuscripts, and correspondence between artists as well as publications that the authors refer to as choreographic and dance works (choreography books). Some of the files also belong to non-governmental organizations associated with certain choreographers (e.g. Maja Delak & Emanat) and document their entire spectrum of activity (publishing, educational programs and similar).
GUEST APPEARANCE FILES
Guest appearance files is where we keep printed matter and correspondence that accompanied guest appearances by foreign choreographers whose work was showcased in Slovenia, mainly in Ljubljana. Most of this material dates from 1980 onward, even though the first post-war guest appearances by foreign choreographers date back to the 1950s, with German choreographer and dancer Harald Kreutzberg being the first to present his work in Slovenia in 1954, and the American dance troupe José Limón Dance Company making a guest appearance in late 1957. The files also comprise a large number of printed materials on performances by contemporary performing artists (various forms of theatre, performance and foreign ballet ensembles).
FESTIVAL CATALOGUE FILES
Festival catalogue files comprise catalogues of all contemporary dance and performance arts festivals organized in Slovenia by non-governmental organizations. The oldest catalogue in the collection accompanied the Ljubljana Dance Days festival that was organized in 1976 by the Kinetikon Cultural Association. The decades that followed saw a significant proliferation of NGO-sponsored festivals showcasing contemporary dance and various contemporary performing arts forms.
CONTEMPORARY DANCE ASSOCIATION SLOVENIA FILES
The documents comprise correspondence relating to the inception of the association (May 1994) and its activity in the 1990s and into the first decade of the new millennium (programs, plans, statutes and similar) as well as its printed material (all issues of the association’s bulletin Cirkularka). Part of the correspondence was donated by the CDAS, which frequently changed location at one time, and some came from the personal legacy of Ksenija Hribar (1938–1999), one of the Association’s founders.
The files comprise printed works of artists involved in contemporary performing arts and their various hybrid practices, most of whom largely work outside institutions. Some of the files keep documents on non-institutional theatres (i.e. NGOs) and collectives, mainly those established in Slovenia after 1970 (Experimental Theatre Glej, Pekarna) and in the period from the mid-1980s to the end of the 1990s, when nonprofit organisations proliferated (this period saw the inception of Marko Košnik’s Egon March Institute, Barbara Novaković-Kolenc’s Muzeum, and Vlado Repnik’s Theatre VR, among others). Mladinsko Theatre (SMG) files comprise printed matter and publications in the media featuring works of the artists who worked between the institutional, non-institutional, and contemporary dance production frameworks.
FILES WITH CONTEMPORARY DANCE PEDAGOGY PROGRAMS
The files comprise resources on contemporary dance pedagogy and educational programs for different age groups and contexts (elementary and secondary school, amateur programs) of contemporary dance instruction. The oldest documents are from the early 1960s, but the bulk of them date back to the period after 1977, when Neja Kos assumed the helm of contemporary dance education in the framework of the then Association of Cultural Organisations of Slovenia, the umbrella organization for amateur culture in Slovenia (today’s Public Fund for Amateur Cultural Activities). A large part of materials on contemporary dance education (with indicated sources) comes from the legacy of Ksenija Hribar.
REFERENCE LETTER FILES
The collection of reference letters, most of them written by Neja Kos, contemporary dance consultant at the Association of Cultural Organisations of Slovenia between 1977 and 2008, for dancers and choreographers upon their joining various education programs at home and abroad, or as recommendations for obtaining the freelance culture worker status in the Republic of Slovenia, is not only a valuable source of information on artists’ career biographies, but also serves as a resource for expert analysis of their work.
The photograph collection comprises photographic records of festival editions of Dance Days between 1982 and 1993, and the Summer School of Dance from 1982 onwards. The author of the photographs donated by Neja Kos is photographer Božidar Dolenc (1950‒2008). The collection also features a number of photographs taken at contemporary dance events by Slovenian photographers, while foreign works include several photographs from Ksenija Hribar’s legacy, most of them depicting London Contemporary Dance Theatre productions. The photograph collection of the Temporary Slovene Dance Archive does not keep photographic negatives.
The Temporary Slovene Dance Archive keeps some 2000 files with audiovisual materials that directly or indirectly relate to contemporary dance or contemporary performing arts. These include video recordings of dance performances (mainly donated by choreographers themselves) and contemporary performing arts works (theatre, performance, street and site-specific events, and similar), documentaries featuring individual choreographers or contemporary dance contexts, various audiovisual materials that provide analytical insight into these contexts (conversations and interviews, lectures etc.) as well as film documents produced in the course of research conducted by Rok Vevar and associates in the historicization of Slovenian choreographic oeuvres (e.g. historicization of Dance Theatre Ljubljana and of the life and work of Ksenija Hribar). Most of these materials have been digitized. The audiovisual archive also comprises extensive material in various audio and video formats: video (VHS) and digital media and formats (DVD, DVX, mp4, avi etc.).
ARCHIVE OF OBJECTS
The objects archive comprises printed matter in unusual shapes and formats (a calendar with a list of non-governmental organizations in the field of contemporary dance and theatre, and visual arts, published by Muzeum Institute, 2000) and other objects made of unusual materials (plastic, wood, metal, paper, fabric etc.) that accompanied specific choreographic and dance works for promotional purposes or were a by-product of theatricalized protocols (a small wooden board and a stone from the Gertrude Stein performance by Theatre VR, 1995, a Živadinov Vodka mug for the Supremat production in SMG, 2002 and more ). Artists and designers used to be extremely creative and generous in producing such objects, especially in the 1990s, but after 2010 these pieces virtually disappeared from contemporary dance and theatre productions as they inevitably come with expenses that meager arts budgets can no longer cover.
KSENIJA HRIBAR’S FILES
Ksenija Hribar’s files feature the legacy of dancer, choreographer and contemporary dance activist Ksenija Hribar (1938–1999). This includes various personal and official correspondence and printed material related to her performances at the London Contemporary Dance Theatre (1967–1974), establishment of The Place dance center in London, documentary material on the establishment of Dance Theatre Ljubljana and its activity between 1985 and 1999, various notes and performance scripts as well as a number of other materials relating to her life and work.
KSENIJA HRIBAR’S ARCHIVAL MATERIALS
MARIJA VOGELNIK’S FILES
The files comprise the legacy of dancer, pedagogue, editor and critic Marija Vogelnik (née Grafenauer, 1914–2008). They include her typescripts and published reviews, critiques and articles that she wrote for different periodicals from the early 1950s until the early 1990s, various correspondence, lists and records of her historiographical and editorial work at TV Ljubljana from the late 1960s through the early 1980s, documents on the establishment and organization of the Ljubljana Dance Days festival (1976–1979) and various materials on contemporary dance that she had kept with great care.
MARIJA VOGELNIK’S ARCHIVE
A collection of dance and ballet books of the architect, artist, dancer, dance historian and critic Marija Vogelnik (1914–2008). (Donated by: Eka Vogelnik)