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Everything is alrightGledališki laboratorij, length 70 min

Foto Nada Žgank
In 2021, the year of lockdowns, the high school students selected at the audition studied school as an institution. They were interested in the established school order and its effect on their growing up.

What is alright about school and what is not? What does it teach us beyond its set objectives? What happens outside the official curriculum? What do teachers do (sub)consciously and (un)intentionally? What goes on in hallways during breaks? What do we start taking for granted? Which values are promoted by schools and which values should be promoted instead? What kind of school do we strive towards and how can we change it?

Production: City of Women as part of the EU project BE PART and the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre as part of the EU project ConnectUpThe project is co-financed by the EU programme Creative Europe. Supported by: Creative Europe, Ministry of Public Administration.

Nataša Živković is a freelance dancer, performer, choreographer and mentor working with contemporary dance, theatre and performance. Between 2014 and 2015, she organised drama classes, theatre clubs and dance lessons for primary school pupils as part of Bunker’s Theatre Playground project. She has run several international dance workshops as part of the project Performing Gender – Dance Makes a Difference, most recently in Bologna in 2019. In the school year 2018/2019, she started working at the Secondary Preschool Education, Grammar School and Performing Arts Grammar School in Ljubljana, where she teaches ballet and movement. In 2019, she received the Ksenija Hribar Award for best dancer in the past two years at the Gibanica Festival, and the Award for best performance at the 2019 Act Festival in Bilbao for her piece Sonny, which is still touring international stages. Her “family trilogy” consists of the performances First Love’s Second Chance (2009), For Father’s Sake (2014) and Dodgeball (2020).

Sara Šabec is a professor of pedagogy and andragogy, currently studying for an MA in philosophy of culture. She works as a freelance performer, pedagogue and producer active in the fields of street theatre, theatre pedagogy and art education. She is also a member of the Anke Piromanke street performance group. At Ana Monro Theatre, she is head of the School of Contemporary Performative and Street Arts, and the projects Kultura po meri and Z gledališčem nad učence in dijake. She helps organise the festivals Ana Desetnica, Ana Mraz, and Ana Plamenita, the International Festival of Contemporary Arts – City of Women, as well as the projects Ulice so naše (SEZAM), Mini poletje (Mini Theatre), and the theatre program of Mladinski klub Nade Žagar in Ilirska Bistrica. She collaborates with Kinodvor in the field of film education. Since 2000, she has been working with the City of Women, developing community projects connecting art and its audience with education.

Tea Hvala has a BA in comparative literature and sociology of culture and an MA in gender anthropology. She is a writer, editor, critic and translator. She writes about feminist theory, activism and art, and translates academic and literary texts. In the past, she co-organised the Red Dawns festival (2000–2014), co-authored the Sektor Ž show at Radio Študent (2007–2017) and ran sci-fi writing workshops In Other Wor(l)ds (2008–2016). Since 2015, she co-organises the Deuje babe (Wild Hags) festival at the Cerkno alternative youth centre C.M.A.K. Since 2018, she oversees the City of Women’s library, publishing programme and art education programme. She is the (co-)author of numerous zines, teaching materials and the children’s book Skrivna bolnišnica (Secret Hospital, 2017), as well as editor of the travel guide A Path of Their Own: 25 Excursions into Women’s History (2021). 

Špela Čekada is a student at the Secondary School for Design and Photography in Ljubljana. She has been expressing herself through fine art, dance and film ever since she was little. She also does graphic and 3-D design and animation.

Petja Golec Horvat is a student at the Prva Gimnazija Maribor grammar school. She has a rather high take-off, occasionally laughs in inappropriate situations and loves the sound of rain. She likes theatre and is interested in movement, dance, falling down and burning holes in her pants. Her general mood is medium sad.

Neža Ana Goričar is a student at the Gimnazija Poljane grammar school and the Secondary Ballet School. She has a lock of grey hair which, of course, is natural. Her favourite moment is when the sun shines through the young leaves of beech trees. Her life goal is to find a life goal, as she is currently going through an existential crisis.

Tara Klemenčič Belšak likes good movies, a good night’s sleep and alone time. She is an art enthusiast, with a particular interest in film directing. She regularly cleanses her chakras. She likes school yet still needs to drink five hundred litres of coffee during exam periods.

Pika Kovač knows all the cartoons, Dalmatian music hits and three thousand Pi decimal digits by heart. She studies at the Gimnazija Vič grammar school, jumps in water, writes prose, keeps a diary and draws comics. She sleeps very little and dreams big. She plans to move to good old Jamaica.

Dominik Križ is a student at the Gimnazija Vič grammar school and does theatre and film acting. He is also a boy scout, singer, animator and writer, as well as retired archer and guitar player. His hobbies include running, hiking, mountaineering, playing chess, reading and watching movies.

Laura Penšek Kozmelj is a student at the Gimnazija Celje – Center grammar school. In her spare time, she puts together broken bottles and annoys her mum. She has a cat named Bojć that sits on her shoulder while she tends the garden. She wants to knit and put colourful clothing on the trees around her home.

Žak Može is a student at the Secondary Preschool Education, Grammar School and Performing Arts Grammar School in Ljubljana. He has ginger hair. He likes flora and fauna and appreciates creativity and goodness. His role-model (but unfortunately not his friend) is Adam Sandler. He gets through sad days with the thought of the approaching trip to the Gardaland amusement park.

Filip Perpar is a student at the Gimnazija Novo mesto grammar school. His interests are theatre and film, particularly acting. He enjoys singing, dance, photography and drawing. Cactuses and the colour yellow brighten up his life.

Ela Romih a.k.a. the stubborn young woman likes to listen to blues and TED Talks while cleaning (no cleaning goes well without it) and secretly takes photographs of passers-by who probably don’t want that.

Sinja Smokvina is a student of graphic design at the Secondary School for Design and Photography in Ljubljana. She likes to listen to old Yugoslavian popular music and the band Smrt boga in otrok. If you don’t find her at a café where she has been sipping her coffee for five hours, you will see her at a rock concert, dancing like a hip mum.

 Premiere 9. 10. 2021

Coproduction: Lutkovno gledališče Ljubljana in Mesto žensk
Author, director and choreographer: Nataša Živković
Concept and assistance: Tea Hvala, Teja Reba
Scenography: Urša Vidic
Co-author and artistic, pedagogic and dramaturgic assistant: Sara Šabec
Co-authored and performed by: Pika Kovač, Sinja Smokvina, Dominik Križ, Tara Klemenčič Belšak, Petja Golec Horvat, Laura Penšek Kozmelj, Žak Može, Ela Romih, Neža Ana Goričar, Filip Perpar, Špela Čekada
Artistic and pedagogic assistant: Benjamin Zajc
Lighting designer: Urška Vohar
Music: Lovekovski (Neža Dobrovoljc, Niki Lapovski)
Song authors: Sinja Smokvina, Pika Kovač
Video: Filip Jembrih, Veronika Francesca Štefančič, Ivana Vogrinc Vidal
Language consultant: Kovačič Klasja
Photographer: Nada Žgank, Ela Romih
Technical and sound direction: Mitja Vasič, Emil Koprivc
Light direction: Niko Štabuc
Set technician: Stanko Božanić
Producers: Alja Cerar Mihajlović, Eva Prodan