Held biannually since 2003 the Gibanica (Moving Cake) Festival of Slovene Dance has been a competitive contemporary dance festival aimed at offering an overview of the most outstanding Slovene dance performances of the preceding two years. Since 2011 the festival is managed by the Contemporary Dance Association Slovenia in cooperation with a network of partners and takes place at a number of venues across Ljubljana.
The festival’s name is a pun on the Slovene verb for moving (gibati) and a traditional Slovene pastry (gibanica), which varies from region to region.
Programme and organisation
The festival aspires to present the diversity of the Slovene dance scene to the local and international audiences. Presented at various venues in Ljubljana, it embraces a range of dance forms from "pure" to "hybrid", including works of both the established generation as well as dance pieces by newcomers who are just beginning to make their mark on the dance scene. The main programme of the Moving Cake Festival features around 12 shows by selected Slovene dance producers, which compete for the Gibanica (Moving Cake) Festival of Slovene Dance Award – one is selected by the audience and the other by an international jury. Several performances are presented in the side programme, which also includes discussions and round tables taking a critical look at the Slovene dance scene, and occasionally workshops and/or exhibitions. The festival is attended by numerous international dance critics, festival directors, and producers.
The selection of the programme is entrusted to an international team of dance experts and/or artists, who make a selection from commonly over 50 applied productions.
Ksenija Hribar Awards, handed out by the Contemporary Dance Association Slovenia, are also presented at the closing event of the platform.