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Medieval days this weekend: Great Musical and Dance Groups and sword men from Slovenia and Czech Republic

Medieval weekend is up ahead - 13th Medieval days in Ljubljana and festival of medieval and renaissance music, when we will be able to enjoy in the program of excellent musical and dance groups and sword men from Slovenia and Czech Republic!

 

ENSEMBLE BAKCHUS, Czech Republic

The group Bakchus was established in 2006 and since then had several hundred concerts in all Europe (Czech republic, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Italy, Austria, Ukraine, Slovak republic,…). They recorded one CD Tempus est icundum (2008) and now they work on second one (coming soon). Bakchus also works for film („Pivní rituál“ on Stream.cz -2008, historical TV series „Borgia“ (CZ, It, Fr) 2011, 2012, „Dokument o Cyrilu a Metoději“ for Česká Televize 2012 etc.). They use copies of medieval instruments (bagpipes, shawms, gems horns, citterns, lutes, harp,…). Simply songs and dance of wandering jugglers, noble troubadours and planul entertainers from 12th to 16th century from all Europe. Songs are sung in original languages.

Friday, 28th September 2012 Square of the French Revolution at 8pm and Sunday, 30th September 2012 in Breg at 10am!

 

KNIGHT GROUP MARKUS, Czech Republic

Creating a group of historical fencing dates back to 1981, since this time the group specializes for 13th - 17 century.

As the first fencing group in the country Markus M has created a program in which full steel armor has been used, which enabled, with minimal risk, to realize the illusion of real combat.

In the years 1985 - 1993 Markus M members have showed three reconstruction of major battles and sieges of Moravian castle Helfštýn for by now an nonpareil number of participants (in each battle till 400 fighters), and also visitors, the last mentioned battle saw up to 18,000 spectators. In one of these events the group has built a replica of a medieval heavy catapult, which was an integral part of the Helfštýn Castle until 2002.

Markus M was applied in dozens of shooting for Czech Television, Czech and Slovak film. Many co-production crews are also interested in Markus M. In 1998 it was epic French director Luc Besson's "Joan of Arc", in 2000 for the American television network two-part film "The Mists of Avalon", in 2002 for French television advertising spot, and in 2006 Markus M co-operated with Slovak director Juraj Jakubisko on film about Cachtice lady "Love story Bathory".

Markus M Group also boasts with many performances abroad, such as in the Bavarian Kaltenberg, in the Dutch Cuiku, in Croatian Camp and Big Gornja Stubica, Koprivnica, in Slovenian Velenje, Illyrian Bistrica, on the Slovak Bratislava Castle and in the border towns of Poland.

Friday, 28th September 2012 Square of the French Revolution at 8pm and Sunday, 30th September 2012 in Breg at 10am!

 

MUSIC GROUP GITA AMRITA, Slovenia

Saturday, 29th September 2012: Throughout the Medieval day and its happening in Križevniška Street and Square of the French revolution from 10 am to 6 pm.

 

RENAISSANCE DANCE GROUP LONCA, Slovenia

Saturday, 29th September 2012: Throughout the Medieval day and its happening in Križevniška Street and Square of the French revolution from 10 am to 6 pm.

 

DANCE GROPU CELESTINA (DANCE COMPANY IMANI, BREŽICE), Slovenia

Saturday, 29th September 2012: Throughout the Medieval day and its happening in Križevniška Street and Square of the French revolution from 10 am to 6 pm.

 

ENSEMBLE CORTESIA, Slovenia

Ensemble for Renaissance Music and Dance Cortesía aims to create the mood, grace and elegance of an evening at a Renaissance court with its program of music and dance. Their selections offer diverse musical and dance styles from a range of countries, including France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, England and Slovenia. The dancers and musicians are dressed in immaculate period costumes.

The ensemble (recorders, gamba, harpsichord, percussion, and voice) is synchronized beautifully with the dancers’ movements. The richness of the dancing performance is in the details: the lightness of step, the fluidity of arm movements, the carriage of the head, and the expressiveness of the dancers’ faces. The passion of the Ensemble Cortesía is to breathe life into Renaissance music and dance for contemporary audiences.

The approach of the ensemble Cortesia to the interpretation of music and dance is based upon research, study and reconstruction of original written records. With special attention and devotion they perform works of art composed by authors whose artistic activity was connected in the past with the territory of contemporary Slovenia. They wish to present the European culture of the Renaissance period to selected audiences and – in that context – to emphasize and treasure their own music and dance heritage.

Ensemble for Renaissance Music and Dance Cortesía: Marjana Benčina, soprano, recorders, percussion, Žiga Faganel, violin, Uršula Ivanuš, cello, Yasumichi Iwaki, viola, Barbara Kanc, dance, Špela Loti Knoll, recorder, Andreja Konjedic Lenardič, harpsichord, Matjaž Lapornik, dance, Ana Lazovski, recorders, Špela Medved, dance, Lidija Podlesnik, dance, Anja Slak, recorders, Matija Stipanič, voice, dance, Ana Štefanec, dance, Milan Tomašik, dance, Petra Vodopivec, cello, Tanja Vogrin, harp, mezzo soprano and guest Domen Marinčič, viola da gamba.

Saturday, 29th September 2012 City museum at 20.00

 

In case of bad weather we are reserving the rights to modify the program.

 


As all the years so far the festival is organized by Mini teater with the help of Tourist board of Ljubljana and the Municipality of Ljubljana.

  

Mini teater cooperates in several European projects that are co-financed by European commission program Culture (2007-2013).