Performance was premiered on the day of the first round of Slovenian presidential elections, and reveals how happy we are to live in a democracy.
“Energetic jumps of half-naked bodies. Straight beam of light, also spreading across the audience, one microphone, a lucid music intervention occasionally repeating itself – that’s basically all this performance required to reveal the pitiful state of representative democracy with the maximum irony.” (Nenad Jelesijević, Radio Student Ljubljana)
The performance coincides with the elections and addresses the future president of the country: “Dear Mr. President, we do not ask who you are; we are happy that you are, what you are. The President! You’re ours and we’re yours. Without hesitation. Without a doubt. On the live and dead. Dear President, we are and remain your happy collective, your team, your voting body, your Via Negativa.” Just the Beginning is questioning the role we citizens play in a democratic system, the role of the voting body. We can choose only between the options given to us. Even if you choose not to choose, you are counted in. Representative democracy is very intelligent machinery that crunches everyone – those who vote for and those who are against. Our voting body is not here, in order to express its will, but to maintain the system. Our democratically elected representatives are doing just what the voting body is willing to accept and support. We exhaust our voting body for the empty phrases to the limit of our physical endurance.
Conceived and devised by the group.
Performers: Katarina Stegnar, Grega Zorc, Vito Weis, Anita Wach, Boris Kadin, Loup Abramovici, Lada Petrovski Ternovšek
Concept and direction: Bojan Jablanovec
Music consultant: Tomaž Grom
Styling: Mateja Benedetti
Light design: Igor Remeta
Producer: Špela Trošt
Production: Via Negativa with support of Ministry of Culture, Science, Education and Sport of RS and the City of Ljubljana
Premiere: 11 NOV 2012, on the day of Slovenian presidential elections, The Old Power Station Ljubljana
Duration: 70 min