Cankarjev dom Announces Another Busy Season

Slovenia's top cultural institution Cankarjev dom is ready to inaugurate its 35th season, which will again include all performing arts featuring many familiar faces from Slovenia and abroad, the institution's outgoing head Mitja Rotovnik told the press upon the presentation of the 2014/15 season.

The programme preserves a socially engaged note, reacting to the current existential and humanist problems, Rotovnik said, adding it encourages a dialogue on important artistic, cultural and social issues, Rotovnik added.

The theatre season will open with a Hungarian production of Alfred Jarry's King Ubu in mid-September and will peak in January with Homer's Iliad in a co-production of Ljubljana's SNG Drama Theatre, Cankarjev dom and MGL theatre house.

LIFFE and the FDF documentary film festivals will remain the main film events of Cankarjev dom's season, but film-lovers will also be treated with contemporary Japanese films in September as well as contemporary Russian film cycle a month later.

Dance lovers might appreciate 'The Nights', the latest by the acclaimed French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj, which will be staged at Ljubljana's main cultural venue at the beginning of October.

Later in the season, France's Malandain Ballet Biarritz is also expected to take the stage with "Cinderella", followed by 'In the Mind of Igor' choreographed by Akram Khan, one of the most renowned choreographers in the world.

The December holidays will be marked by SNG Maribor's "Romeo and Juliet" and "Carmen", both choreographed by Valentina Turcu.

Apart from the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra and the RTV Slovenia Symphonic Orchestra, the concert season will also see many guests, including the Japanese piano player Yuja Wang, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow, Syrian singer Noureddine Khourchid, Grammy-winning Buika and Ana Moura.

To round up the diverse and rich programme of Cankarjev dom, the cultural institution will also host numerous exhibitions.

Besides the traditional cycles, visual art lovers should not miss war photographer James Nachtwey's exhibition 'Eyewitness', which will be held in February.