Free Standing

About the performance

Which one of us is independent? Who can stand alone? Walk alone. Sit alone. Dance alone. Is alone. Without the other, without the others… Who am I in a relationship with, whether I want it or not? Who am I involved with, whether I’m aware of it or not? The creators of ’Free standing’ wonder about the different dimensions of relationships that we establish with one another. Who is influencing on us all? Who are we influenced by? And what is the significance of all this? Lots of very importing questions. In a world that is increasingly intertwined and interdependent there is no turning back and no escape from multiple entanglements. Being is about being in a relationship.




Created and performed by: Kaja Lin Jagodič Avguštin, Kany Michel Obenga, Joseph Nzobandora – Jose, Maša Kagao Knez
Text & music: Joseph Nzobandora – Jose
Light design: Danilo Pečar
Costume design: Katja Somrak, Dominika Zver
Photography: Anka Simončič
Production: Studio 25
Coproduction: international Pan-Adria Network (Zavod EN-KNAP, HKD – Croatian Cultural Center, KUD Moment, SNG Nova Gorica and Zagreb Dance Center)
Partner: Maribor Puppet Theatre
Supported by: Municipality of Maribor and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia
Premiere: 9. 1. 2020 / Španski borci, Ljubljana


About the performers:

Maša Kagao Knez (1978) works as a dancer, choreographer and theatre practitioner. She first came into contact with the performing arts as a child through the work of her mother, Jasna Knez, a dancer and choreographer herself. Maša was educated by various international teachers, both in Slovenia and abroad, and graduated in 2006 from Georges Momboye school for African traditional and contemporary dance in Paris. In 2013 she graduated from the Academy of dance in Ljubljana. She has worked with leading Slovenian and international dance and theatre practitioners. As a dancer, actress and choreographer, she has worked in both big production theatres as well as independent companies. In 2009 Maša, together with dancer Dalanda Diallo and musician Damir Mazrek, co-founded the Baobab cultural and arts society, which operates in the field of dance, music and theatre. Since 2015 she has been the artistic director of Institute 25 and manages the Dance studio XXV, as well as creates dance performances. Her last in a series of many successful shows “Concert for Mam” was created in 2017. She received a Ksenija Hribar dance award in 2013. Three years later she won the third prize at the XX. Festival of choreographic miniatures in Belgrade as part of the duo with musician Murat.

Kaja Lin (1990) is a Slovenian choreographer, dancer and dance teacher. She graduated from National Ballet School of Slovenia in 2009. After completing her education she became a dancer at the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company II. She continued dancing and performing with Fresco Dance Company and joined Batsheva Excellent Dancers Project. She collaborated with many international artists (Oden Ronen, Dorry Abben, Deda Bertollini, Rosana Hribar, Lotem Regev…). In the years 2011, 2015 and 2019 she joined Kjara’s Dance Project for the performances ’Prints’, ’Tryptich’ and ’Human’ and in 2017 MN Dance Company, for the production ’Conspiracy of Silence’. From 2015 to 2017 she was a soloist at the ImPerfect Dancers Company (Italy). As a choreographer, she presented her work in Slovenia (Španski borci theater, 6th Dance Nacionala, 9th Front@ Dance Festival, Cankarjev dom), in England (No Format Art Gallery), Israel (Suzanne Dellal Theater, Theater Zichri), India (International Festival of Performing Arts). She has been awarded a prize for best Miniature Dance Choreography and twice a prize for best performance (Slovenia). Kaja Lin is an independent artist who collaborates in national and international project and is a co-founder of the international project ’The Foreigners Collective’.

Joseph Nzobandora (1978), with the artistic nickname Jose, works in different fields of artistic creation: He makes music as a hiphop artist, together with Murat: contribution to the first slovenian hiphop compilation 5 min of fame – Za narodov blagor, recording albums V besedi je moč (Murat&Jose), Yoyocuts (Murat&Jose + BC 400 from London) and Tuki not (Murat&Jose Band). He works (records and performs) with numerous musicians (among them Tomi Meglič, Rok Golob, Janez Bončina Benč, Heavy Les Wanted, soul and gospel group Firm Soundation from Los Angeles, Big Band RTV Slovenia, Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra). He works in theater as an actor in various slovenian and croatian theaters and as a puppeteer, for which he received several international awards. He makes music and writes songs for theater performances, radio plays and television shows for adults, youth and children. In the year 2015 he founded his own theater – Gledališče MalihVelikih, where he makes his own performances. In the last years in colaboration with Maša Kagao Knez, he began to participate in dance performances as an author of music, dramaturge, actor and mover (Momentum Avenue of Lost Moments (2015), The Rite of Spring (2016), Lakeless (2017), Concert for Mam (2017)).

Kany Michel Obenga (2001) finished his education at the Ledina primary school and moved on to“Srednja vzgojiteljska šola, gimnazija in umetniška gimnazija Ljubljana”. His first dance experience was dancing at various local dance schools (Urška, Artifex) and extra-curricular dance classes (Arsana Art Dance, VIBRA, Ballet Masterclass – Aleksandr Lukjanov etc.). His work resume includes various dancing roles in plays such as: Ksenija, Carmina Burana (SNG Opera in balet Ljubljana, 2017, 2018), Prodana nevesta (SNG Opera in balet Ljubljana, 2019), Opera za mlade: Všeč si mi (Cankarjev dom Ljubljana, 2018, 2019), Briljantina (Grease) (Slovenia, 2018, 2019) and also acting roles in movies such as: Na sončni strani alp (2008), Limonada (AGRFT student production/project, 2012) and Codelli (2017). In 2019 he joined Kjara’s Dance Project for the project ’Human’ performed in Caknarjev dom.