A CULTURE OF HOSTAGES.
Produced by Slovene National Theatre Ljubljana and Via Negativa.
Although both producers operate in a completely different production bases and pursue different artistic goals, the point of our collaboration was not to find a common language, but to identify our joint traumatic core. Irrespective of whether we are talking about national institutions or independent artists we all share the same feeling that we are hostages of a democratic culture to which we do not belong and the future we do not want – in one word: hostages of politics. All of us, who have dealings with art in Slovenia, have been made hostage of some kind of ‘national cultural politics’ and its phantasmagorical ‘cultural market’ with which none of us can identify. We live in a culture of hostages.
The actors of National Theatre perform as parts, the performers of Via Negativa as their authors. Last Rehearsal for the Generation is not an attack mounted by “the non-institutional excessive madness” on the “aesthetically refined institution” – the performance enacts the impotence of both; the impotence of a part to represent its author and the powerlessness of the author to embody his/her own idea. This irresolvable relationship has always existed and is not merely confined to art. An idea holds the potential of a break-through only if it totally radicalizes its relationship to reality; a break-through can only be the result of a brutal confrontation – not cultural dialogue, not national consciousness, not public good, not democratic values. The only thing that can yank us out of this romantic position of powerless hostages is more barbarism and less culture.
Conceived by Bojan Jablanovec, Katarina Stegnar, Marko Mandić, Grega Zorc
Concept, text, direction and set: Bojan Jablanovec
Actors: Veronika Drolc, Boris Mihalj, Matija Rozman
Performers: Katarina Stegnar, Marko Mandić, Grega Zorc
Music: Tomaž Grom
Costumes: Mateja Benedetti
Light design: Vlado Glavan
Prompter: Sonja Povšič
Network video streaming: Slavko Glamočanin
Producer: Špela Trošt
Produced by Slovene National Theatre (SNG) Ljubljana and Via Negativa in the frame of the program of “Mala drama” SNG Ljubljana with the support of Ministry of Culture of Republic of Slovenia and the City of Ljubljana
Premiere: 17. January 2014, Mala drama SNG Drama Ljubljana
Duration of performance: 80 min