Protocol of the Republic of Slovenia and Ministry of Culture Republic of Slovenia, Congress Square, Ljubljana
"heart - compass"
script, diretor, set design: Matej Filipčič
text: Eva Kraševec
costume design: Alan Hranitelj
light design: Jernej Guštin
video: Klemen Dvornik
screen design: Nejc Lavrič Osrajnik
graphic design: Rok Marinšek
Voditeljica Nataša Barbara Gračner
Voditelj Aleš Valič
Nina Vodopivec, vocal
Martin Janežič , drums
Peter Dekleva, electric guitar
Tilen Artač, electric violoncello
Bojan Bajželj in Dušica Jenko, dancers
ŠD Sokol Bežigrad
The concept of the celebration was framed by the metaphors of the heart, horizon and compass. The glimpse into the period of Slovenia gaining its independence reminded us of the horizon of the young state, which is constantly changing, but is nevertheless one and common to us all, which is why we keep returning to it. The heart as a polysemous metaphor directs us towards compassion, kindness and tolerance, but on the other hand leads us to adopting decisions guided by courage and bravery. The compass reminded us of the right direction and the responsibility of every individual.
Poetry symbolising emotions was intertwined with more matter-of-fact texts about the state, while the imagery of architecture spoke of concrete facts. The selection of music covered a wide range, from Slovenian folk music to international classics, determining our space-time coordinates also musically. The artists and performers of all ages, from the young singers of Perpetuum Jazzile, and actors Nataša Barbara Gračner and Aleš Valič to the elderly members of the Sokol Gymnast Society emphasised the importance of reciprocation, coexistence and co-creation of various generations.
"The muscle beats rhythmically, pumping blood through the body. Although it is no bigger than a clenched fist, it makes 100,000 thumps a day, sending up to nine thousand litres of blood through the body. Through 100,000 km of veins, it pushes the blood in 20 seconds, circulating it so long that it makes 19,000 km in one day, which is almost half way around the world. The heart is a piece of meat.
Long before we understood its workings, the heart had become a symbol that we associate with spirituality and emotions. The symbolism of the heart is as old as humanity.
The duality of the heart connects body and soul. God and man, Aristotle and Descartes, ancient and modern, sacred and profane, physical and emotional, hard and soft, male and female, left and right… The sound of its beating is bipolar, too.
We associate the heart with love, pain, pride, courage, life, death and music. A healthy beating heart is the essence of every healthy organism. The heart is a compass orienting the decisions in the right direction.
All that takes up space – movably or immovably – is architecture. It creates miraculous landscapes that are the work of the spirit. An architect complements the temporary with the permanent. The colonnade, arch, and nave create a reliable shelter that can endure for centuries.
The construction meets both permanent and temporary demands. A building is a framework with elements and shapes as imposed by the demands of time; it conforms to the present, which it connects to the past and future and creates permanence.
The framework is for a construction what a skeleton is for a living being. In analogy to the skeleton, which – harmonious, balanced, symmetrical – enfolds and carries various organs, so, too, the framework of the state should be composed in a harmonious, balanced, symmetrical way.
When the demands of sustainability and contemporary measures are satisfied, the state receives its character, style, harmony. With the lustre of truth, the state achieves beauty. The truth is in everything permeated with honour and the effort to carry and protect.
Whoever respects the demands of sustainability and the spirit of their time can create a great work that will seem as if it had been there forever. For the goal of statehood is not merely to enchant or move us in a given moment. Enchantment and emotion are only fleeting thrills, while the final goal of statehood is to lead us to satisfaction, and through admiration to pure joy."