In his performance, Staging a Play: Antigone, choreographer and performer Matija Ferlin continues with his reflection on the concept of solo performances, and on the expanded concept of his Staging a Play series. By choosing Antigone, Ferlin decides to adopt the approach of complete reduction of the stage. In this mono performance, the director and performer Matija Ferlin enters the deconstruction of the theatre conventions in his performing habitus, with the desire to create a choreographic whole of an extremely delicate physicality in juxtaposition to a spoken word. Antigone is the performance where the landscape is the actor.
Fishing is a durational performance on the main city square. Siniša Labrović works mainly in the fields of body‑art, performance and visual art. In Ljubljana, he is best known for his actions and installations in the field of visual arts – he is currently part of the exhibition Heavenly Beings at the Museum of Contemporary Art, and he recently had an independent exhibition at The Match Gallery. Through his work, he addresses the ambiguous and painful aspects of society, such as nationalism, the vampirization of the Catholic Church, reality shows, the understanding of the past, and also the media degradation. His most notable project globally was stado.org, a reality show with sheep. He dressed up the island of Goli otok (Naked Island), sang the text of Gloria magazine to the sound of gusle, licked the feet of the audience. All his projects have a very clear point, but at the same time they are very open to interpretation, as he does his part and leaves the interpretation to the audience.
What happens, when two people who have been playing since forever, stop and look into each other’s eyes – calmly, and for real? When they admit to each other that this is all that really is? That all the rest is… nothing, a game, a fantasy? That the most important thing – and by far the hardest, at the same time – is to simply be yourself, to be here. And to be together. To look into each other’s eyes, and to keep eyes locked on each other. That they are constantly inventing new worlds and new ways to get together, even if just a tiny bit. To drop the masks. That the best, the most frightening, the most powerful feeling is to stand in front of another person the way you are. Only you. And to be together.
Janek Turkowski is a Polish theatre author and curator. His main creative focus is the concept of time and narration, or the origins of the storytelling. In 2008, he discovered a cardboard box containing 64 reels of 8 mm film at a flea market in the north of Germany; each reel contained images of the same woman, Margarete Ruhbe. He embarked on an artistic journey to reconstruct the life of the women discovered on the tapes. A mixture of images and narratives, the performance is a wonderful example of the intimate traversing the global, as we are witnessing Margaret against the backdrop of the former Communist Germany. In 2018, it is also hard to ignore the reflection on the self recording, on the images that we are accumulate of ourselves. Will anyone ever use them to create a performance, too? Margarete is a reconstruction and new construction of reality on the basis of flea market finding.