Slovenia: “Show your Face” – “Beyond and After” two strong contemporary creations

 

 

Slovenia: “Show your Face” – “Beyond and After” two strong contemporary creationsShow Your Face
The performance “Show Your Face” by the Slovene group, Betontanc and the Latvian group Umka.LV was created in Ljubljana and Riga. It is a subtle story of how history meets the present day and repeats itself endlessly in the form of an individual without a face.

This politically and socially engaged story is based on the brilliant performance of the young actors (Umka are experts in using the theatre of objects, while Betontanc are masters of the physical theatre). The actors manipulate the main character, who is only an allegory and a metaphor, but who – unlike heroes in poetry and literature – comes alive in front of the audience, assumes all roles and is the headline of the evening TV-news, a victim, a murderer, a lost man in love and a revolutionary all at the same time.

On the other hand, he is an ordinary person, who wishes only to live his life. Both everyman and an individualist, a representative of a species, which is slowly coming to its end, with the same velocity as those animals on the endangered list.


Directed by: Matjaž Pograjc
Conceived and performed by: Betontanc in Umka.LV
(Primož Bezjak, Daša Doberšek, Branko Jordan, Andris Kalnozols, Marcis Lacis, Katarina Stegnar, Gints Širmelis-Širmanis)
Music: Silence in Ugis Vitins
Dramaturgy and story: Andris Gauja
Puppets and objects: Barbara Stupica
Choreography: Branko Potočan
Costumes: Mateja Benedetti
Light design: Tomaž Štrucl
Sound design: Jure Vlahovič
Executive producers: Ira Cecić, Maija Pavlova
Tour manager: Maja Vižin
Produced by: Bunker and New Theatre Institute of Latvia

 

 



Slovenia: “Show your Face” – “Beyond and After” two strong contemporary creationsRoland Schimmelpfennig: Before / After
The performance Before/After has had a successful premiere showing on December 1st 2006 in Stara elektrarna, in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In this performance the director Sebastijan Horvat has engaged a very interesting cast of actors, among which some very young and some extremely acknowledged in Slovenian contemporary theatre scene.

Before / After is based on the text of one of the leading young German playwrights of a younger generation, Roland Schimmelpfennig, whose drama writing is always exciting and somewhat brutally contemporary, his plays have already been staged across Europe.

Moral principles and decisions regarding (sexual) interrelations between men and women are the most powerful forces that mobilize humans today. Every relation between two people contains a scent of sexuality and morality cannot exist without Christianity. How can we be moral and how can we resist without faith? What shall we believe in, we little communist Antichrists? Do we have any other choice than a constant Resistance, an attack on the reality around us, on the authority of legality and faith in the dead monster of revolution…
Sebastijan Horvat, director


Directed by: Sebastijan Horvat, Set and costume design by: Petra Veber
Music by: Drago Ivanusa
Cast: Matevz Biber, Alja Kapun, Miha Nemec, Iuna Ornik, Nejc Ropret, Alenka Tetickovic, Aljosa Ternovsek and Stefka Drolc
Production: E.P.I. Center , Host/partner: Stara elektrarna
Producer: Tamara Bracic
World premiere: 1st December 2006 in Stara elektrarna, Ljubljana, Slovenia

 

 


 

 

 

(09/10/2007)

 

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