Latest project by Via Negativa. Premiered in NOV 3-4-5. Next performances in Ljubljana: Spring 2012.
After a series of small format projects Via Negativa is coming back with a bigger project and an international cast. “Shame” is a project, which opens a new performance series about unsolvable clashes that form the core structure our contemporary society.
Today, our post-industrial culture seems to be completely open and ready to accept us as we are: “Be yourself, show yourself! There’s nothing to be ashamed of!” As if shame simply doesn’t fit our contemporary identities anymore. But in spite of denial, shame remains secret structure of each subjectivity – persists as some stubborn surplus of humanity. In contemporary media culture shame is ashamed of itself. Media reality became a masquerade of insecure individuals hiding behind their faces and defending their dignity – hiding their shame. And so is our performance: we created numerous fictional, biographic, fairy, allegorical and absurd characters and hide ourselves. Shame is a travesty of fake identities hiding and overlapping each other.
Conceived and devised by the group. Performers: Anita Wach, Darko Japelj, Grega Zorc, Katarina Stegnar, Magdalena Tuka, Marie-Louise Stentebjerg. Concept and direction: Bojan Jablanovec. Costumes: Via Negativa with help of Ajda Tomazin. Producer: Špela Trošt. Production: Via Negativa with support of Ministry of Culture of RS and the City of Ljubljana. Partner: KUD Moment Maribor.
Performance project initiated by DNA – developing new art in Prague, Czech Republic in collaboration with Via Negativa, directed by Bojan Jablanovec.
Collaboration with Development of New Art (DNA)
Project started as a workshop with invited performers from Checz Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary and Denmark in order to introduce them into Via Negativa working process and to select those, which found this way of work challenging and productive. The stories about being a victim of consumption’s love ideology sprang up, scenes about searching for new but at the same time more and more ridiculous and absurd ways to satisfy need for love and need to be loved, were created. Casablanca is a performance about love as a misunderstanding, packed with cheese romantic songs and love clichés. It exploits theatre as a group therapy; performance culminates with the invitation to the audience to come on stage and touch performers following the instructions on their laptops. Casablanca therapy is a performance desperately needing to be touched by the audience and risks to be disappointed again and again.
That’s Love, the one with capital L. That’s the love of the movies, the love of books, the love that causes you to feel butterflies in your stomach, and transforms your eyes into heart-shaped mirrors…(PROVOKATOR.ORG, 20 May 2010)
Text and scenes conceived and devised by the group.
Music used in performance selected by performers.
Performers: Anita Wach and Magda Tuka (Poland), Emma-Cecilia Ajanki and Marie-Luise Stentebjerg (Denmark) and Gregor Zorc (Via Negativa, Slovenia)
Concept and direction: Bojan Jablanovec
Stage manager: Janko Oven
Producer: Adriana Světlíková (New Web, CZ)
Production: New Web, C.A., DNA project partners (Glej Theatre Slovenia, L1 Hungary, Entre Scénen Denmark, A4 Slovakia, Katedra kultury Poland) and Via Negativa, 2010
Supported by the European Commission programme Culture and by the International Visegrád Fund, Ministry of culture of Czech Republic and Ministry of culture of Slovenia, by the city of Prague and the city of Ljubljana.
Premiere: 6 May 2010, L1 Dance Festival, Budapest.
2010-2011: Touring in Slovenia, Slovakia, Czeck Republic, Germany, Denmark and Poland.
MIKS DANCE THEATRE
With a focus on interpretation and translation, the three members of MIKS have invited four artists from different parts of Europe (Christian Ubl, Valeria Primost, Marie-Louise Stentebjerg and Nicholas Quinn) to challenge their creative process and share a common song track as a springboard for creation. [FEVER] is the result of their collaboration: 5 individual responses to a single starting point; 5 cover versions, with performance as their medium of expression.
“A talent to watch” Time Out
Commissioned by Laban and Greenwich Dance and funded by Arts Council England
Supported by the Norwegian and Swedish Embassies in London and European Commission
[FEVER] premiered at Laban Theatre on 11-12 November 2009.
11 June 2010 at RichMix, London
8 June 2010 at Arc Theatre, Stockton-on-Tees
28 January 2010 at Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton
19 November 2009 at Croydon Clocktower
This excerpt is showing the part done ny Marie-Louise Stentebjerg and is build on a reflection on youtubes influence and significance for our use and re-use of material.