As the initiator of the Ventilator series, Zavod Sploh has this to say about the concept:
The title suggests ventilation, airing, fluid content, theme, combinations, forms, techniques, mode of presence, modules, authors, performers, gestures and sonority. This enables exceptional creativity, originality, responsiveness and openness in creation. It will scaffold untested combinations of authors, performers, artistic styles and techniques.
Meeting 1 – January ’20: Katja Legin, Jurij Konjar, Zlatko Kaučič
1. MEETING: a situation where two or more people meet, randomly or by agreement. Meeting of Zlatko, Jurij and Katja. Meeting of Katja, Zlatko and Jurij at a public event. Meeting of Katja, Jurij and Zlatko with an audience. Meeting as potential for change. Meeting as a space of confrontation and negotiation between me and you, between me and us. Meeting someone other as (my) mirror.
2. CONVERSATION: conversation as a way of exchange. Exchange between Zlatko, Jurij and Katja. An exchange between Jurij, Katja, Zlatko and the audience present. Conversation as listening. Conversation as stating oneself in front of another. Conversation as silence between question and answer, between what is said / realized and the response to it.
3. IMPROVISATION AND COMPOSITION at the same time. Improvisation is composing, composing is improvisation. Is this true? But? What is the relationship? When do I do what? What do we do together?
4. EVENT: anything that happens, especially when important or unusual. An event in the context of performing arts. Meeting as an event. Conversation / exchange as an event. An event like the moment we all know it happening now. When it happens, we don’t care if it was a composed or an improvised moment. An event as a moment that gives meaning to the presence (Jurij, Zlatko, Katja and the audience).
16.01.2020, Španski borci, Ljubljana
Meeting 2 – June ’20: Katja Legin, Jurij Konjar, Samo Kutin
In addition to the new combination – Katja, Jurij and multi-instrumentalist Samo Kutin – the second edition was also marked by a new experience of “theater” after three months of self-isolation. They spent one work week together and built toward the show.
05.06.2020, Španski borci, Ljubljana
Meetings 3,4,5 – September ’20: Trip-tych
The trio (Jurij – Samo – Katja) set the third stage as a series in three “episodes” over three days in three different venues. Samo lives in Lesno Brdo, Katja in Krušče, and Španski borci are almost like a home stage.
Three improvised performances took place in a condensed manner, one after the other, over three days.
22.09.2020, Pri Samu, Lesno Brdo
23.09.2020, Pri Katji, Krušče
24.09.2020, Španski borci, Ljubljana