Zirkrobajka Tour 2016- Let the fun begin!
Here we go again. New year, (partly) new crew, new (old) car. This year, we are traveling for two weeks through Slovenia and Croatia performing our new street show, meeting old friends and visiting known and unknown places.
We spent last week in Heidelberg, Germany, getting to know each other, rehearsing and creating a new street show. It was a concentrated and exhausting, but very fun and fruitful process and we are quite excited to play the show and see how the public is going to react. We have one especially awesome new feature: a musician composed music for the show and is going to play it live on the streets with us. If you want to check out her music:
LAKE FELIX: https://lakefelix.bandcamp.com/
This year’s artists’ crew consists partly of old Zirkrobajka members, partly of completely new ones. Some of us have worked together before, some haven’t.
Right now, we are already in Ljubljana, Slovenia, where we are visiting some people in ROG, a squat / cultural, artistic center – but more about that later. We took two days of traveling to get here, as our former firefighters car is very pretty, but not very fast. On the way, we camped on a beautiful spot somewhere in the Bavarian middle of nowhere.
Let’s keep it short for now. Check out some of our rehearsal and traveling impressions further down and stay tuned for stories and impressions from the festival of experimental circus in Ljubljana, our premiere of the street show and some words about the ROG project!
Love & crepe tape,
Ljubljana- a circus festival in ROG
Time passes by quickly. We already left our first big stop behind us – sadly. For the second time, we were so lucky to visit ROG in Ljubljana, a former bicycle factory which was squatted ten years ago and now is the home to a big variety of autonomously organized spaces: art studios, a circus training space, a community center, a skate park, and many more. Last year, we got to know the people who run the Cirkosarna (the circus space). Last weekend, they organized the first festival of experimental circus in Ljubljana: Padec – “Fall”. Many guests, circus artists as well as volunteers and friends, came to ROG and put together three great days of workshops, street shows, an open stage and different shows on the factory area.
The festival was organized in a time where it’s more important than ever to show the public and municipality of Ljubljana the importance of places like ROG. The city has plans to tear down parts of the factory and renovate the rest into a cultural center. One might think that not so much is going to change after all, but the cultural center is only a part of the reality. In fact, the city’s plans include luxury apartment buildings and an application process for the people of ROG if they want to continue with their activities. Some months ago, the city sent workers with a bulldozer in the middle of a Sunday night and entered ROG. Needless to say, not really a fair procedure. There was a lot of solidarity with the factory, many people came to support, and managed to close in the bulldozer and consequently force the city to negotiate. There was a lot of media covering the situation, not always positively. Right now, the situation has calmed down a little. However, the people of ROG told us that it’s probably going to start again when the city opens an exhibition about the real plans of the area. We really hope that ROG is going to win and can stay as it is. It’s a great place with great people, providing space for many kinds of activities and people of all ages and backgrounds. If you want to know more about the space and the actual situation, check: ROG website
The festival of experimental circus offered us the opportunity to play the premiere of our street show. It worked out pretty well: the beautiful background of Ljubljana’s old town and a cheering crowd. Apart from street shows, we also played in ROG’s courtyard. Playing in front of circus artists was especially great for the feedback and (constructive) critique we got. Also, it was inspiring to watch other people perform. As ROG is so big, it provides space for all kinds of experiments, for instance an aerial silk show in the staircase of the main factory building – 15 meters high, the public standing on the stairs. Simply breathtaking.
Thanks so much to the lovely people of ROG for welcoming us in such a warm manner and for putting up this great festival. We hope you will be able to do it again next year, and we would be more than happy to come back and take part!
Below, you can see some impressions of our street shows in Ljubljana. Also, we got invited to a hunting hut in mountains in Slovenia for a night. A bed and a warm shower were a real treat. Right now, we are already in Croatia. Sorry for updating so late, internet is a rare good these days. Pictures of Croatia coming up very soon, we’re trying hard to squeeze it in in between the shows!
Love and solidarity with ROG,
Croatia- Sea, sand and shows in the sunset
A few days ago, we arrived to Croatia and with that right into the holiday mood. Although it’s only been four days here, salty hair and skin make us feel very far away from home. Before, we ennjoyed some green hills in the Slovenian countryside…
Our first stop in Croatia was Crikvenica, where we played a show in the sunset, with a background almost too cheezy to be true. We found a beautiful sleeping spot on a peninsula and almost got blown away by a massive storm in the first night. You can tell that summer is almost over…
After two nights, we continued to Zadar, where we’ve also been last year. We returned to the abandoned military airport and spent two days of relaxing, swimming and playing shows in the city center in the evenings (see pictures below). However, you could tell that coming to town two weeks later than last year made a difference in terms of public. Low season is more relaxed, but also there’s less people to watch. Still, it was fun to play.
By now, we’ve continued to Sibenik, our favorite town in Croatia of last year. Stay tuned for some impressions from this beautiful place!
Love and salty hair,
Sibenik- Returning to a favorite place
Although our tour is very short this year, we couldn’t resist to head down a little further south to visit Sibenik again. Last year we were amazed by the calmness of the town in comparison to other coast cities of Croatia – and met very nice people. If you read our blog last year, you might remember that we got to know Ivan, who took amazing pictures of our show and showed us a lovely place to eat fish sandwiches as well as the castle on the hill we slept in. Now, we met again – it’s always a good thing to meet people again you got to know by coincidence. Even better as we ran into a thunderstorm directly after arriving and Ivan gave us the opportunity to spend the night in an old factory building overlooking the sea. With a training room with mirrors and windows facing the sea – pure extravagance. Also, he took pictures of our street show again. As last year we played in front of the cathedral in the old town of Sibenik, which went pretty well and was a lot of fun. Thanks Ivan for welcoming us in Sibenik again! We will try to come back. Thanks even more for the awesome pictures of the show. Below, you can see a selection (although it was hard to decide which ones to choose). Check out his work on Ivan’s flickr page.
Now, we are back in Ljubljana. We changed our plans of staying in Croatia anylonger as more thunderstorms were supposed to come and, as said before, its getting harder to play street shows in low season. It’s the first time ever we return to the same place twice in one tour, but ROG is always a good place to come to. Besides, Ljubljana is a very good spot for street shows.
Tomorrow, the tour is already coming to an end. It felt very short and very long at the same time. But first, enjoy some impressions of beautiful Sibenik and of our show there!
Love and thunderstorms,