Songs of Wars I Have Seen

Staged concert with words by Gertrude Stein

19. July 2019
20.00
Slovene National Theatre Opera and Ballet Ljubljana
19, 14€

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FESTIVAL LJUBLJANA GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS

1. SERVICE PROVIDER
1.1. FESTIVAL LJUBLJANA
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1000 Ljubljana

2. GENERAL
2.1. Upon arrival at a venue, audience members or purchasers of Festival Ljubljana events are required to switch off any mobile phones, watches or other devices that make noise and could disturb the performance.
2.2. Any audio and/or video recording or photography is strictly prohibited at all Festival Ljubljana events. Festival Ljubljana reserves the right to remove from a venue any audience member contravening this point. In this case, the audience member will not be entitled to any refunds or compensation for the ticket purchased, and will be liable to Festival Ljubljana for any damages it incurs as a result of the audience member contravening this point.
2.3. Festival Ljubljana reserves the right to change the programme, performers, venues and scheduled start times in cases including, but not limited to, performers’ illness, weather conditions preventing an event from taking place, other force majeure events and actions by audience members in contravention of these General Terms and Conditions.
2.4. Festival Ljubljana tickets are exempt from VAT (point 13 of Article 42 of the Value Added Tax Act in conjunction with Article 69 of the Rules on Implementation of the Value Added Tax Act).

3. KRIŽANKE OPEN-AIR THEATRE
3.1. The part of the Križanke Open-Air Theatre intended for the audience is not covered with a roof, which means that in the event of bad weather (rain, wind, etc.) the audience may be exposed to the elements; in such cases, Festival Ljubljana is not obligated to change the programme, venues and/or scheduled start times.
3.2. Seats in rows 9A, 14 and 15, seats in the balconies and seats located by statues and towers have a restricted view of the stage. Audience members viewing a performance from the these seats will not be entitled to a purchase price reduction, to a refund of the purchase price or to any compensation for such tickets. By purchasing such tickets, audience members shall be deemed to accept the aforementioned properties of these seats.

4. EVENTS WITH A BACK-UP LOCATION AND/OR TIME
4.1. Some events are organised by Festival Ljubljana with a back-up location and/or time, which is stated at ljubljanafestival.si and on the ticket, on which the back-up location and/or time, as well as other important information are indicated.
4.2. If an event referred to in point 4.1 is held in a back-up location and/or at a back-up time, the selected location and/or time will be announced no later than on the day of the event at www.ljubljanafestival.
4.3. If an event is held in a back-up location and/or at a back-up time, audience members or purchasers will not be entitled to a purchase price reduction, a refund of the purchase price, any compensation or exchange of the ticket for a ticket to any other Festival Ljubljana event.

5. REFUND AND EXCHANGE OF TICKETS
5.1. If an event is interrupted or is not held due to a power cut, noise, adverse weather or any other external factor or force majeure (hereinafter: “reasons for interruption”), audience members or purchasers will not be entitled to a refund of the purchase price, exchange of the ticket or any compensation for a purchased ticket.
5.2. If an event is cancelled other than for reasons referred to in point 5.1, in accordance with these General Terms and Conditions, audience members or purchasers will be entitled to a refund of the purchase price for a purchased ticket, or to have their purchased ticket exchanged for a ticket to any other Festival Ljubljana event.
5.3. The exchange of a ticket pursuant to point 5.2 above shall only be possible in the case of purchased tickets, and provided that there are still tickets available for the chosen event and provided further that any difference in price between the original purchased ticket and the new ticket is paid by the audience member or purchaser.
5.4. Exchange of tickets shall not be possible for events organised as co-productions with other organisers.
5.5. Audience members or purchasers may claim a refund of the purchase price for a purchased ticket at the sales point where they purchased the ticket.
5.6. If a ticket was purchased online, audience members or purchasers shall exercise their right to ticket exchange or to a refund of the purchase price at the online sales point of the vendor Eventim SI d.o.o., Celovška cesta 25, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia. The vendor’s e-mail address: info@eventim.si.
5.7. Tickets can be exchanged or the purchase price refunded within 30 days of the cancelled event. Audience members or purchasers shall be refunded the amount that they actually paid to purchase the ticket. Where a ticket is exchanged for another ticket, the price actually paid for the ticket by the audience member or purchaser shall be taken as the basis for determining the exchange. In no case shall Festival Ljubljana refund audience members or purchasers who chose to exchange their tickets any difference in price between the original ticket purchased and the ticket to another event.
5.8. In cases referred to in point 2.3, audience members or purchasers will not be entitled to a ticket exchange or a refund of the purchase price.

6. MOBILITY IMPAIRED PERSONS
6.1. Festival Ljubljana allows mobility impaired persons in wheelchairs to attend events for free.
6.2. Mobility impaired persons who wish to attend a Festival Ljubljana event must announce this in advance by telephone at +386 1 241 6026 or +386 1 241 6028.
6.3. Free attendance of events shall be offered to persons referred to in the preceding point until all available places are taken, with available places being allocated to those persons on a “first come, first served” basis.
6.4. Persons accompanying mobility impaired persons must purchase tickets.

7. GIFT VOUCHERS
7.1. Holders of gift vouchers issued by Festival Ljubljana can exchange their gift vouchers for tickets to any Festival Ljubljana event.
7.2. Gift vouchers can be exchanged for tickets to any Festival Ljubljana event chosen, subject to availability of tickets for such an event.
7.3. The value of a gift voucher is indicated thereon. If the value of the ticket is more than the value of the gift voucher, the gift voucher holder must pay the difference. If the value of the ticket is less than the value of the gift voucher, Festival Ljubljana will not be obliged to pay the difference to the gift voucher holder.
7.4. A gift voucher is transferrable and may be transferred to a third party without restrictions; it must be redeemed within five months of the date of its issue.

8. PERSONAL DATA PROTECTION AND STATEMENT OF CONFIDENTIALITY
8.1. Festival Ljubljana shall act as a controller and processor of personal data in the following cases:
– a complaint under the complaints procedure (point 8.1 and subsequent): the purpose of the processing is to resolve a complaint arising from a contractual relationship, and to meet regulatory standards relating to the resolution of complaints under the Consumer Protection Act.
8.2. In the case referred to in the preceding point, Festival Ljubljana shall collect and process the following information: name, address, telephone number and e-mail address.
8.3. Festival Ljubljana shall process collected personal data in accordance with applicable legislation on the protection of personal data.
8.4. Festival Ljubljana’s policy for managing and processing personal data is as follows:
– it never leases or sells data, and does not permit their processing by any third parties, except for contractual processors of personal data;
– it allows contractual processors to process personal data only provided that they ensure an adequate level of personal data protection as required by applicable legislation;
– it only retains personal data for as long as is necessary to fulfil the purpose for which they were collected;
– it undertakes to permanently protect all personal data;
– personal data are only processed by persons authorised for that purpose by Festival Ljubljana, and by contractual processors’ authorised persons;
– it amends the rules on personal data protection in line with changes to legislation on the protection of personal data.
8.5. Festival Ljubljana shall collect and process personal data (the first indent of point 8.1) on the basis of:
– point (b) of Article 6(1) of the General Data Protection Regulation (hereinafter: “GDPR”),
– point (c) of Article 6(1) of the GDPR,
– point (e) of Article 6(1) of the GDPR,
– point (f) of Article 6(1) of the GDPR.
8.6. For all information concerning personal data processing or the rights of data subjects (rights to withdraw consent, to access, to rectification, to erasure, to restriction of processing, to data portability and to object), you can contact Festival Ljubljana using the contact information provided in point 1.1 of these General Terms and Conditions.
8.7. If you believe that the processing of your personal data breaches applicable legislation on the protection of personal data, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner at the following address: Informacijski pooblaščenec, Zaloška cesta 59, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia, tel.: +386 1 230 9730, e-mail: gp.ip@ip-rs.si.

9. AMENDMENTS TO THE GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS
9.1. In the event of changes to any regulations relating to the operation of Festival Ljubljana, including regulations on personal data protection, or any other regulations, and in the event of changes to its own business policy, Festival Ljubljana shall amend these General Terms and Conditions.
9.2. All amendments to these General Terms and Conditions shall enter into force and be applied eight days after the publication of the amendments. Should amendments to these General Terms and Conditions be required owing to harmonisation with regulations, those amendments may exceptionally enter into force and be applied within a shorter period of time.

10. COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE
10.1. Audience members or purchasers shall submit a complaint regarding a Festival Ljubljana service in written form either via e-mail at maja.stojanov@ljubljanafestival.si or by registered mail at the following address:
Festival Ljubljana
Trg francoske revolucije 1
1000 Ljubljana – with the label: “FOR MARKETING”.
10.2. The complaint handling procedure shall be confidential.
10.3. In their complaint, audience members or purchasers must provide contact information (name, address, telephone number and e-mail address) and a detailed description of the incident and/or reasons for the complaint.
10.4. Festival Ljubljana will handle the complaint within eight days of receiving it in a written form. Within the same period, Festival Ljubljana will be obliged to send the audience member or purchaser a written reply to the complaint submitted.
10.5. Festival Ljubljana will endeavour to settle any dispute amicably.

These General Terms and Conditions shall enter into force on 25 July 2019.

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Heiner Goebbels, director and composer
Ljubljana International Orchestra
Živa Ploj Peršuh, conductor

Heiner Goebbels is a Frankfurt-based composer and director. Not easily confined to one strictly defined artistic category, his work deconstructs the conventions of opera, theater, and concert music. Among others, he has created several works presented in the wider context of contemporary art. He participated in Documenta X in Kassel with a musical theater sketch called Landscape With Man Being Killed By a Snake (1997), produced the sound installations Timeios and Fin de Soleil for the Centre Pompidou in Paris (2000), and created the performative installation Stifters Dinge, his first theater piece without any performers or musicians (2007). In addition to this, Heiner Goebbels has composed chamber music for the Ensemble Modern and the Ensemble Intercontemporain since 1988, and has been nominated twice for the Grammy Awards, first in 2001 and then in 2004. He is also author of the book Komposition als Inszenierung (2002). In his opus are also many operatic works and other complex musical compositions.

What makes this writing of Gertrude Stein so exciting is she didn’t decide for you what is important or not,” comments Goebbels. “She talks with the same intensity about various personal private things and very heavy political catastrophes. Why does she worry about honey and her boots when she talks about prisoners on a train or bombs on the Italians? Why does she talk about food? It’s exactly what in your privacy you have to deal with. You have to find your way to survive every day in such a situation. And I was so excited by her approach of considering history as constantly repeating and her constant comparisons of what happens in the time of Henry VIII and Shakespeare with her experiences in the Second World War. I thought that it would be very nice to confront that also in a musical way.


Instead, and better yet, I heard a different Goebbels monument and again walked away stunned. One hopes that these works will find their way to New York soon.”
James R. Oestreich
NY Times (US)

Heiner Goebbels, his Songs of Wars I Have Seen would link different media and material: music and theatre, notes and texts, 17th-century implants (the music of Matthew Locke) and 21st-century techno haze. Threading through would be the poignant words of Gertrude Stein, from her 1945 memoir Wars I Have Seen. The result? A triumph.
Geoff Brown
The Times (GB)

Among the clutch of works commissioned by the Southbank Centre to mark the reopening of the Royal Festival Hall two years ago, Heiner Goebbels’s Songs Of Wars I Have Seen stood head and shoulders above the others, for its originality and touching eloquence, with words and music interwoven with subtlety and theatrical charm in the way that is singularly Goebbels.
Andrew Clements
The Guardian (GB)

The impact of this unfamiliar mixture was powerful, judging by the almost total silence of the capacity audience, and their probing comments to both composer Goebbels and conductor Tali in the question-answer session following the performance…
We are indeed fortunate that those words have been given a powerful setting by Goebbels and were performed with enormous skill by the Sarasota Orchestra musicians. This is not just difficult “modern music.
Richard Storm
Herald Tribune (US)

A strangely consoling piece about turmoil…”Bravo” on principle for Fringe — plus a more mesmerized appreciation for Songs of Wars — a slowly insinuating piece whose lack of political agenda accommodates whatever feelings one has about the ages-old mystery of why the human race periodically courts self-annihilation.
David Patrick Sterns
The Inquirer (US)

Important information

FESTIVAL LJUBLJANA GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS

1. SERVICE PROVIDER
1.1. FESTIVAL LJUBLJANA
Trg francoske revolucije 1
1000 Ljubljana

2. GENERAL
2.1. Upon arrival at a venue, audience members or purchasers of Festival Ljubljana events are required to switch off any mobile phones, watches or other devices that make noise and could disturb the performance.
2.2. Any audio and/or video recording or photography is strictly prohibited at all Festival Ljubljana events. Festival Ljubljana reserves the right to remove from a venue any audience member contravening this point. In this case, the audience member will not be entitled to any refunds or compensation for the ticket purchased, and will be liable to Festival Ljubljana for any damages it incurs as a result of the audience member contravening this point.
2.3. Festival Ljubljana reserves the right to change the programme, performers, venues and scheduled start times in cases including, but not limited to, performers’ illness, weather conditions preventing an event from taking place, other force majeure events and actions by audience members in contravention of these General Terms and Conditions.
2.4. Festival Ljubljana tickets are exempt from VAT (point 13 of Article 42 of the Value Added Tax Act in conjunction with Article 69 of the Rules on Implementation of the Value Added Tax Act).

3. KRIŽANKE OPEN-AIR THEATRE
3.1. The part of the Križanke Open-Air Theatre intended for the audience is not covered with a roof, which means that in the event of bad weather (rain, wind, etc.) the audience may be exposed to the elements; in such cases, Festival Ljubljana is not obligated to change the programme, venues and/or scheduled start times.
3.2. Seats in rows 9A, 14 and 15, seats in the balconies and seats located by statues and towers have a restricted view of the stage. Audience members viewing a performance from the these seats will not be entitled to a purchase price reduction, to a refund of the purchase price or to any compensation for such tickets. By purchasing such tickets, audience members shall be deemed to accept the aforementioned properties of these seats.

4. EVENTS WITH A BACK-UP LOCATION AND/OR TIME
4.1. Some events are organised by Festival Ljubljana with a back-up location and/or time, which is stated at ljubljanafestival.si and on the ticket, on which the back-up location and/or time, as well as other important information are indicated.
4.2. If an event referred to in point 4.1 is held in a back-up location and/or at a back-up time, the selected location and/or time will be announced no later than on the day of the event at www.ljubljanafestival.
4.3. If an event is held in a back-up location and/or at a back-up time, audience members or purchasers will not be entitled to a purchase price reduction, a refund of the purchase price, any compensation or exchange of the ticket for a ticket to any other Festival Ljubljana event.

5. REFUND AND EXCHANGE OF TICKETS
5.1. If an event is interrupted or is not held due to a power cut, noise, adverse weather or any other external factor or force majeure (hereinafter: “reasons for interruption”), audience members or purchasers will not be entitled to a refund of the purchase price, exchange of the ticket or any compensation for a purchased ticket.
5.2. If an event is cancelled other than for reasons referred to in point 5.1, in accordance with these General Terms and Conditions, audience members or purchasers will be entitled to a refund of the purchase price for a purchased ticket, or to have their purchased ticket exchanged for a ticket to any other Festival Ljubljana event.
5.3. The exchange of a ticket pursuant to point 5.2 above shall only be possible in the case of purchased tickets, and provided that there are still tickets available for the chosen event and provided further that any difference in price between the original purchased ticket and the new ticket is paid by the audience member or purchaser.
5.4. Exchange of tickets shall not be possible for events organised as co-productions with other organisers.
5.5. Audience members or purchasers may claim a refund of the purchase price for a purchased ticket at the sales point where they purchased the ticket.
5.6. If a ticket was purchased online, audience members or purchasers shall exercise their right to ticket exchange or to a refund of the purchase price at the online sales point of the vendor Eventim SI d.o.o., Celovška cesta 25, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia. The vendor’s e-mail address: info@eventim.si.
5.7. Tickets can be exchanged or the purchase price refunded within 30 days of the cancelled event. Audience members or purchasers shall be refunded the amount that they actually paid to purchase the ticket. Where a ticket is exchanged for another ticket, the price actually paid for the ticket by the audience member or purchaser shall be taken as the basis for determining the exchange. In no case shall Festival Ljubljana refund audience members or purchasers who chose to exchange their tickets any difference in price between the original ticket purchased and the ticket to another event.
5.8. In cases referred to in point 2.3, audience members or purchasers will not be entitled to a ticket exchange or a refund of the purchase price.

6. MOBILITY IMPAIRED PERSONS
6.1. Festival Ljubljana allows mobility impaired persons in wheelchairs to attend events for free.
6.2. Mobility impaired persons who wish to attend a Festival Ljubljana event must announce this in advance by telephone at +386 1 241 6026 or +386 1 241 6028.
6.3. Free attendance of events shall be offered to persons referred to in the preceding point until all available places are taken, with available places being allocated to those persons on a “first come, first served” basis.
6.4. Persons accompanying mobility impaired persons must purchase tickets.

7. GIFT VOUCHERS
7.1. Holders of gift vouchers issued by Festival Ljubljana can exchange their gift vouchers for tickets to any Festival Ljubljana event.
7.2. Gift vouchers can be exchanged for tickets to any Festival Ljubljana event chosen, subject to availability of tickets for such an event.
7.3. The value of a gift voucher is indicated thereon. If the value of the ticket is more than the value of the gift voucher, the gift voucher holder must pay the difference. If the value of the ticket is less than the value of the gift voucher, Festival Ljubljana will not be obliged to pay the difference to the gift voucher holder.
7.4. A gift voucher is transferrable and may be transferred to a third party without restrictions; it must be redeemed within five months of the date of its issue.

8. PERSONAL DATA PROTECTION AND STATEMENT OF CONFIDENTIALITY
8.1. Festival Ljubljana shall act as a controller and processor of personal data in the following cases:
– a complaint under the complaints procedure (point 8.1 and subsequent): the purpose of the processing is to resolve a complaint arising from a contractual relationship, and to meet regulatory standards relating to the resolution of complaints under the Consumer Protection Act.
8.2. In the case referred to in the preceding point, Festival Ljubljana shall collect and process the following information: name, address, telephone number and e-mail address.
8.3. Festival Ljubljana shall process collected personal data in accordance with applicable legislation on the protection of personal data.
8.4. Festival Ljubljana’s policy for managing and processing personal data is as follows:
– it never leases or sells data, and does not permit their processing by any third parties, except for contractual processors of personal data;
– it allows contractual processors to process personal data only provided that they ensure an adequate level of personal data protection as required by applicable legislation;
– it only retains personal data for as long as is necessary to fulfil the purpose for which they were collected;
– it undertakes to permanently protect all personal data;
– personal data are only processed by persons authorised for that purpose by Festival Ljubljana, and by contractual processors’ authorised persons;
– it amends the rules on personal data protection in line with changes to legislation on the protection of personal data.
8.5. Festival Ljubljana shall collect and process personal data (the first indent of point 8.1) on the basis of:
– point (b) of Article 6(1) of the General Data Protection Regulation (hereinafter: “GDPR”),
– point (c) of Article 6(1) of the GDPR,
– point (e) of Article 6(1) of the GDPR,
– point (f) of Article 6(1) of the GDPR.
8.6. For all information concerning personal data processing or the rights of data subjects (rights to withdraw consent, to access, to rectification, to erasure, to restriction of processing, to data portability and to object), you can contact Festival Ljubljana using the contact information provided in point 1.1 of these General Terms and Conditions.
8.7. If you believe that the processing of your personal data breaches applicable legislation on the protection of personal data, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner at the following address: Informacijski pooblaščenec, Zaloška cesta 59, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia, tel.: +386 1 230 9730, e-mail: gp.ip@ip-rs.si.

9. AMENDMENTS TO THE GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS
9.1. In the event of changes to any regulations relating to the operation of Festival Ljubljana, including regulations on personal data protection, or any other regulations, and in the event of changes to its own business policy, Festival Ljubljana shall amend these General Terms and Conditions.
9.2. All amendments to these General Terms and Conditions shall enter into force and be applied eight days after the publication of the amendments. Should amendments to these General Terms and Conditions be required owing to harmonisation with regulations, those amendments may exceptionally enter into force and be applied within a shorter period of time.

10. COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE
10.1. Audience members or purchasers shall submit a complaint regarding a Festival Ljubljana service in written form either via e-mail at maja.stojanov@ljubljanafestival.si or by registered mail at the following address:
Festival Ljubljana
Trg francoske revolucije 1
1000 Ljubljana – with the label: “FOR MARKETING”.
10.2. The complaint handling procedure shall be confidential.
10.3. In their complaint, audience members or purchasers must provide contact information (name, address, telephone number and e-mail address) and a detailed description of the incident and/or reasons for the complaint.
10.4. Festival Ljubljana will handle the complaint within eight days of receiving it in a written form. Within the same period, Festival Ljubljana will be obliged to send the audience member or purchaser a written reply to the complaint submitted.
10.5. Festival Ljubljana will endeavour to settle any dispute amicably.

These General Terms and Conditions shall enter into force on 25 July 2019.