Solo performance by Katarina Stegnar
Via Negativa, 2010 production
“What would you like to eat for you last dinner? Where would you like to be buried? How should they bury you? Who should come to the funeral? Who should deliver your funeral speech? Which song should be played at your funeral? What are your last words?” These are questions, which Katarina gives to the picked up viewer who at the end of this short conversation dies in her lap. Of course the audience doesn’t believe it’s true, but this is not the issue here. This prologue is about the idea of death – this is what we all believe in. Death is profoundly intimate but at the same time extremely spectacular sensation. The performance enacts both its faces: an intimate struggle of a dying person: “They told me I would go through 3 stages: first is denial, second is anger, and finally acceptance,” and death as the ultimate spectacle experienced by those watching from outside. Death is a play in which we all must take our parts: the performer becomes a corpse, the audience becomes an undertaker and the performance becomes a funeral.
Conceived and text by Katarina Stegnar and Bojan Jablanovec
Performer: Katarina Stegnar
Direction: Bojan Jablanovec
Costume: Mateja Benedetti
Light design: Igor Remeta
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