Bienalni nacionalni plesni festival, ki deluje od leta 2003. Festival so v preteklosti organizirali različni producenti, od leta 2011 pa je osrednji producent Društvo za sodobni ples Slovenije. Namen festivala, ki vabi tudi mednarodne selektorje in producente, je predstavitev najboljše sodobne plesne produkcije. Skupaj z Mrežo sodobnega plesa festival razvija še program gostovanj po Sloveniji v obliki štirih manjših festivalov, t. i. Gibanica na turneji. Njen namen je predstavitev plesne produkcije po vsej Sloveniji, povezovanje s podobnimi organizacijami in izvajanje izobraževanj s področja produkcijskih in tehničnih znanj za najširšo javnost in lokalne skupnosti.
Since 2003 the Gibanica (Moving Cake) Festival of Slovene Dance has been a competitive contemporary dance festival whose name is a pun on the Slovene verb for moving (gibati) and a traditional Slovene pastry (gibanica), which varies from region to region. The biennial festival presents an overview of the most outstanding Slovene dance performance of the preceding 2 years.
The first 4 editions of the festival were organised by the Exodos Institute, in collaboration withCankarjev dom Culture and Congress Centre, Vitkar Institute, Bunker Institute, En-Knap Productions, and Dance Theatre Ljubljana. Since 2011 the festival is managed by the Contemporary Dance Association Slovenia in cooperation with a network of partners.
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 artists, which compete for theGibanica (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. 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. Thus, beside Slovene selectors, the 2005 festival hosted as a co-selector John Ashford, the director of the referential London-based dance centre The Place. The 2007 festival invited the Latvian dance curator Laura Stasane, the Croatian dramaturg and dance theoretician Ivana Ivković, and the artistic coordinator of Dance December Festival Samme Raeymaekers, who also co-selected the 2009 programme. The 2011 co-selector was Virve Sutinen, President of IETM Board and Artistic director of Dansens Hus, Sweden. In 2013 the three-member-jury compoased of Mateja Bučar, Pia Brezavšček and Klaus Ludwig,selected from 41 submitted applications 8 performances to the main and 3 performances to the additional programme.