Choreography: Magdalena Reiter
Dramaturgy: Janez Burger
Costume design: Alan Hranitelj
Music: Boleslaw Pietraszkiewicz
Additionally used compositions: Giacomo Puccini (»Tosca«), Wlodzimierz Korcz (»Ogrzej mnie«, text Wojciech Mlynarski)
Light design: Arkadiusz Kuczynski

Danced and created by the dancers of the Polish Dance Theatre:
Karina Adamczak – Kasprzak
Agnieszka Błacha
Katarzyna Kowalska
Anna Marek
Iwona Pasińska
Paulina Wycichowska
Andrzej Adamczak
Kacper Lipiński
Paweł Malicki
Daniel Stryjecki

Polish premiere: 5.12.2007, CK Zamek, Poznan
Slovene premiere: 28.02.2008, Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana

Producers: Polish Dance Theatre and STARAGARA
Co-producer: Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana

The project was subsidised by the Ministry of Culture of Slovenia, Municipality of Ljubljana – department of culture and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland.


Horrifying dance of solitude

Is it possible to tell with dance about a deep, thrilling solitude? It seem that yes, it is. At least Magdalena Reiter knows how to do it. She showed it in the performance „36,5 oC” on the premiere in CK Zamek. What does it actually mean - 36,5 oC? It is the temperature of a healthy human body. Physically healthy – because it is not that easy any more with mental health and the temperature of the soul. We need many more things for the mental health: love, acceptance, presence of other people, their benevolence, friendliness, and so on. We are trying to do anything in order to achive the ideal temperature of the soul, but – as it appears in the performance of Magdalena Reiter, very ofter we exaggerate. In pursuit of perfection we are desperately trying to be equal to the made up canons of beauty, to the ideal model of behaviour in order to become the sublime woman, truly manly man, the most amusing guy or the most sexy girl... Yet we don’t realize that those mad attempts are doomed for failure – because ideals don’t exist – they are distroying people we are intimate with, just because they are not perfect. It is damaging to ourselves as well, because how long can one be chasing the unattainable without running crazy...? And exactly this isolation, stigmatization of the different ones, lack of understanding, pain and dispair, and then merely the fear of the next attempt of coming close to someone – that is what moves most. Precisely that is what the authoress is asking: how often we are hurting each other while we are together, just because we can’t communicate? How much harm do we cause to ourselves by confining?

More or less It inheres in every one of us. Though it can be best seen from a distance – let’s say from the audience at the border of stage. Just then the only possible final strikes with its’ fatality: the solitude. And this terrible chill in the soul which is impossible to warm up.

An excellent though horrifying performace (...)

Lilia Łada, "", 06.12.2007

We are passing by each other in order to meet again. We are cannoning into one another. We are waiting for these collisions. Just like we are waiting for events in our lives. And for love. When it’s not there – there is nothing (and this time it really is not a political joke).

About all this and not only about this talks „36,5oC”, the performance of Magdalena Reiter. Her choreographic, very sensual vision was expressed by the Polish Dance Theatre dancers. (…)

- Warm me up – says to the audience a lonely person at the beginning of „36,5oC”. – For my body thirty six and a half is just enough, my soul requires much more – (…). Later on there is just dance: heedful, pulsating, ecstatic. At times it allows the viewer to “take off”. But this is a trap. Magdalena Reiter decoys the spectator to an easy amusement, a cheap flirt, just in order to show a tearing solitude in the final. That kind of solitude which every man is afraid of.

The character played by Iwona Pasinska deeply sinks in memory. Is it a woman or a man? A human? Or maybe a phantom? The catch is precisely in that multi-meaningness. It is also great to watch Agnieszka Blacha, Kacper Lipinski, Paulina Wycichowska… Their “36,5oC” warms up. And it is important. Because it is cold outside.

Marta Kaźmierska, Gazeta Wyborcza, 11 december 2007


The Polish Dance Theatre - Poznań Ballet was established in 1973. Conrad Drzewiecki was the first director and choreographer of the group.. Drzewiecki's 15 years at the helm were characterised by pioneer accomplishments which placed the Poznań Ballet among Europe's leading dance ensembles and opened the door to international ballet festivals.

In 1988 Ewa Wycichowska, choreographer, dancer and primabalerina, took over as the manager and artistic director of the Polish Dance Theatre. Treating modern and contemporary dance as the basic movement material, Ewa Wycichowska developed an original concept of performance and choreography that aims at a synthesis of arts in which the choreographic, dramatic, musical and visual layers meet and intermingle.

For some years now the Polish Dance Theatre has been perceived as a unique choreography forum, which has seen original choreographies by such artists as Birgit Cullberg, Mats Ek, Örjan Andersson, Jens Ostberg, David Earle, Toru Shimazaki, Yossi Berg and many other. The Polish Dance Theatre's attractive repertoire, original dance language and contemporary theatre form have attracted universal praise from audiences all over the world.


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The feature film Ivan, directed by Janez Burger, received several Vesna awards at 20th jubilee edition of the Festival of Slovenian Film. Among other awards it was presented with the best feature and the jury explained its choice wiht the following words:"With Ivan Burger created a vertiginous danes of images and sound that take hold of the viewer already in the first scene and don't let go unitl the end. Such a film is a deeply moving comment of the state of mind in contemporary Slovenia, but not only that. Namely, his almost hypnostic oscillating between feelings of yearning and desperation is something we are all familiar with. one way or the other."
More about the awards.

After a successful Slovenian premiere, you can catch LIBERATION DAY in Slovenia in Kinodvor, Kolosej, Cineplexx, Slovenian Art Cinema Association.
Distribution starts on 23.03.2017
Liberation day Slovenian premiere


RIDERS, feature film by director Dominik Mencej was selected for RE-ACT co-development funding scheme


Italian premiere of the Liberation Day documentary will be at the Seeyousound International Music Film Festival in Torino - January 27th and regional screening at the Trieste Film Festival - January 22ndLiberation day film

Maruša Majer was with her leading role in Ivan (dir.:Janez Burger) selected for SHOOTING STARS!

“She gives a fearless, gritty and thoroughly soul-bearing quality to her work, that goes under both her and our skins – and refuses to let go. Maruša conveys a female animalism of a rarely seen strength.”
Shooting Stars Berlinale

Screening of short film
STAIRWAY (dir. Miroslav Mandić)
Monday, November 28, 2016
at 21:00 (Kinodvor, Ljubljana)


Word Premiere of Co-production film
LIBERATION DAY - Laibach in North Korea
at the most prestigious festival of documentary film
IDFA (AMSTERDAM), 19th of November 2016 at 19:30
The Premiere will follow live Laibach concert!
Laibach poster ang

Slovenian Premiere of Co-production film

      Life is a trumpet / Življenje je trobenta


      Wednesday, 14.09.2016 at 19:00

      (Main Hall Avditorij Portorož)

Life is a trumpet


Evening of short films, produced by Staragara

      KINOTEKA, Miklošičeva 28, Ljubljana
      Petek, 27. maja 2016 ob 19:00

- Love on the top

- Little Princ

- Stairway

- Sistemske napake

- Reconciliation


Bolzano Film Festival Bozen 2016

At the 30th Bolzano Film festival Bozen the Focus Europe section will include 4 films produced by Staragara:

Jan Cvitkovič:
"Bread and Milk" (2011)
"Love on the top of the world" (short, 2015)
- screened on Thursday, 04/14/2016

Janez Burger:
"Idle Running"
(1999 )
"Reconciliation" (short, 2014)
- screened on Saturday, 16/04/2016


TFF 2016 - Trieste, January 30th, 2016

"LOVE ON THE TOP OF THE WORLD" awarded at Trieste Film Festival, Director: Jan Cvitkovič 

EFA nominations 2015


Trieste, January 26th, 2016

Amongs 6 selected project from RE-ACT also 2 co-production documentary films from Staragara:

- "Storks" production Antitalent (Hrvaška)

- "The Lost Dream Team", production Sekvenca (Hrvaška)


EFA 2015 - Berlin, November 7th, 2015

"DANCING WITH MARIA" nominated for prestigious European film award in the category of Documentary films, Director: Ivan Gergolet

Dancing with Maria


Ljubljana, September 9th, 2014

Short film "DRIVING SCHOOL" will be shown at Slovenian Film Festival in Portorose, Director: Janez Burger



 Ljubljana, September 3rd, 2014
At the Venice Film Festival documentary "DANCING WITH MARIA" debut film about 90-year-old Argentine dancer Mary Fux


 Ljubljana, September 3rd, 2014 
At Slovenian Film Festival in Portorose short feature film "RECONCILIATION" will be shown, Director: Janez Burger


 Ljubljana, September 3rd, 2014
Documentary film "DANCING WITH MARIA" will be shown at Slovenian Film Festival in Portorose, Director: Ivan Gergolet



 Ljubljana, September 3rd, 2014
Feature film "TREE" will be shown at Slovenian Film Festival in Portorose, Director: Sonja Prosenc


Ljubljana, January 23rd, 2014

HUNDRED DOGS (Sto psov) available on web


Ljubljana, January 14th, 2014

Kinodvor will mark the 90th anniversary and pay tribute to Staragara's 10th anniversary by screening short films Sto psov (Hundred Dogs) by Jan Cvitkovič, KRIK (Scream) by Janez Burger and omnibus Venezia 70 - Future Reloaded which incorporated a short film I WAS A CHILD by Jan Cvitkovič.

Kinodvor, Ljubljana, 21st of January, 20:00


Venice, August 25th, 2013

Jan Cvitkovič invited to celebrate 70th anniversary of Venice International Film Festival.


Innsbruck, June 9th, 2012

ARCHEO awarded as best feature film at 21st IFFI, Austria!


Ljubljana, April 17th, 2012

ARCHEO on web

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Ljubljana, April 5th, 2012

ARCHEO in Slovene in cinemas!

archeo, jan cvitkovič, staragara


Sofia, March 16th, 2012

World premiere of ARCHEO, film by Jan Cvitkovič will be held on Sofia International Film Festival.


Ljubljana, January 31st, 2012

ON THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE ALPS, short film by Janez Burger has in only two weeks on You Tube seen more then 14.000 people, while video with black Avseniki since it's upload in 2007 more then 76.000.

On the Sunny Side of the Alps


Ljubljana, January 25th, 2012

Film by Janez Burger is in cinema Kinodvor second most viewed film in Slovenia in 2011!


Ljubljana, January 2nd

A MAN AND HIS RAVEN, documentary by Sonja Prosenc is now in postproduction.


Ljubljana, December 9th

HUNDRED DOGS (LANDLINE), short film by Jan Cvitkovič is in postproduction.


Portorož, October 1st, 2011


Archeo won 3 prizes for best feature film, best direction, best cinematography.


Ljubljana, September 1st, 2011


Two best slovenian movies in the period from 1991 - 2011


Ljubljana, 25.01.2010


On Tuesday, November 16th will be at 9 p.m .at TV Slovenia premeire of documentary film TOTAL GAMBIT by director Jan Cvitkovič.