Platform of Contemporary Dance 2020 - CREATIVE REFLECTIONS

Ajda Tomazin


dance-puppetry performance for children (4+)

Chewgumitwist <em>Photo: Urška Boljkovac</em>
Photo: Urška Boljkovac

House of Children and Arts, Open Drawers, 2019

In collaboration with Summer Puppet Pier
Entrance: 1 EUR

Author of the concept, choreographer and director: Ajda Tomazin
Co-creators and dancers: Kristina Rozman and Nina Pertot Weis Dramaturge and lightning designer: Anže Virant Costume designer: Iztok Hrga Composer: Iztok Drabik Jug
Author of visual design and set designer Ajda Tomazin
Production: House of Children and Arts
Co-production: Open Drawers

People who are aware of the environmental footprint of chewing gum can probably be counted on the fingers of one or at most two hands. Most of us think what can I do wrong if I throw this little chewy thing on the ground. The interactive dance-puppet show Chigumitwist informs the youngest about the multifaceted ecological issues, not only large but also small, almost invisible microparticles. The show is a combination of chewing gum and "gumitvist", an elastic rope game that, with its unique combination, forms a dance story about the journey of chewing gum from pleasure, taste and excitement to loss of taste, boredom and waste. Together with Chigumitvist through the elements of contemporary dance, the youngest will participate in various chewing gum stories, their adventures, grouping, glueing, changing colours, cleaning etc. They will be encouraged to dance, to question ecology, to think about our impact on the environment and the impact our actions have on us.

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Ajda Tomazin graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana, and holds a Masters degree in choreography and performance from the Institute of Applied Theatre Sciences at the University of Giessen. She works interdisciplinarily as a designer and choreographer. She is the author of many projects and performances, a creative collaborator in many creative processes, as well as a pedagogue. What is specific about her is that she contributes integrated concepts to projects, which include choreography and design, and these qualities are inscribed in the original performances, the quality of which is being increasingly recognized by the wider international professional public. She was the recipient of the Ksenija Hribar award in 2019 for outstanding achievements in the field of contemporary dance arts.

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