In 2012, a group of young artists and the organization KULTURNOVA from Novi Sad, Serbia, decided to create a site specific performance in the old, abandoned Spitzer-mansion in Beocin. The aim was, to revitalize the space, through the interaction of the audience and the pre-set installations, scenes inside the building. The public events were held in Beocin, on 1st and 2nd September, 2012. This short documentary follows the creation, the performance and its resonance in the public in the following days.
Delo “The New Gypsies” avtorja Iaina McKella je knjiga portretov in zgodb njih, ki nenehno premikajo svoj dom; od festivala do festivala; od mest do vasi, v predelanih kombijih, avtobusih in avtomobilih, se pomikajo v karavanah, spijo v šotorih in improviziranih jurtah. V osemdesetih in devetdesetih letih so »beli cigani« v manjših skupinah potovali po Veliki Britaniji, Novi Zelandiji, in še kje. Novodobno nomadstvo danes ni več izbira v smislu pobega, temveč zapoved preživetja, temelječa na ukazih in prepovedih, ki prostor ožijo, človeka krivijo – kot paradoks potovanja in prisilnega sodelovanja. V tem smo enaki; umetniki, cigani, turisti. V knjigi ni ničesar za prebrati, ničesar za razkriti. Zgodbe »belih ciganov« kot simbolom sodobnega človeka na eni strani in idealom popolne svobode na drugi, se berejo z obrazov… Nenehno potovanje, izkušnja tujstva in omejevanja svobode so izhodišča, na podlagi katerih koreograf in plesalec Gyula Cserepes nekdanji član Central-Europe Dance Theater (Madžarska) in En-Knap Group (Slovenija), ki od 2008 živi in ustvarja v Ljubljani, gradi plesno predstavo New Age Gypsies. Skupaj s plesalko Nino Fajdiga in glasbenikom Janušem A. Luznarjem prehajajo mesta (ne)svobode in iluzije, ob čemer se gibljejo na tanki meji med omejujočo sedanjostjo in pradavno preteklostjo, ki je še vedno del nas, belih ciganov.
...cel svet nas sovraži, živimo kot tatovi,
nismo ničesar ukradli,razen žeblja iz Jezusove dlani…
(iz madžarske ciganske pesmi)
“New Age Gypsies”, a book by Iain McKell portrays stories of people, who constantly move their home; from festival to festival; from cities to villages in modified vans, buses and cars, travelling in caravan, sleeping in tents and improvised yurts. In the 1980s and 1990s, the “White Gypsies” were travelling in smaller groups through Great Britain, New Zealand and elsewhere. These days new age nomad-ism is not a choice any more in the sense of escape, but a command of survival based on orders and bans, which are narrowing the space and curving the people – as a paradox of travelling and forced cooperation. In this we are the same; artists, gypsies, tourists. There is nothing to read in the book, nothing to disclose. The stories of “white gypsies”; the symbol of modern man on one side and the ideal of complete freedom on the other are being read from the faces. Constant travelling, the experience of foreignness and restrictions on freedom are the bases on which choreographer and dancer Gyula Cserepes, former member of Central-Europe Dance Theater (Hungary) and En-Knap Group (Slovenia) who has been living and creating in Ljubljana since 2008, is building a dance performance “New Age Gypsies”. Together with dancer Nina Fajdiga and musician Januš A. Luznar they are migrating through places of (non-)freedom and illusion, while at the same time moving on a very thin line between restrictive present and an ancient history, which is still a part of us, white gypsies.
...all the world hates us, we live like thieves,
even though we did not steal anything, except the nail from Jesus' hand ...
(from a Hungarian Gypsies’ poem)
Avtor / Author: Gyula Cserepes
Izvajalci in soustvarjalci / Performers and Co-creators: Gyula Cserepes, Nina Fajdiga, Januš Aleš-Luznar
Zvočna podoba / Sound Image: Januš Aleš-Luznar
Umetniško svetovanje in dramaturgija / Artistic Advise and Dramaturgy: Andreja Kopač
Kostumografija / Costume Design: Urška Recer
Oblikovanje svetlobe / Lighting Design: Luka Curk
Producentka / Producer: Katja Somrak
Produkcija / Produced by: PLESNI TEATER LJUBLJANA – PRVENEC PTL 2013 / DEBUT PTL 2013
Predstavo posnel / Video of the Performance: Tone Stojko / ProdOK tv
Photo: Miha Sagadin
I believe that dance can alter one's perception of being an individual into perceiving, that as an individual he is part of a community. The bridge is an accessible, open performance, where rhythm - this universal language - is the base for communication. Breaking the so-called "fourth wall" between audience and performer I offer a unique experience to the spectator: the sensation of the power of dancing.
The key to evolution in human history was the ability to co-operate and act as a group. In this world today, where the contemporary individual spends almost more time in the solitude of virtual worlds than in real, physical interaction, new challenges arise. What will happen to our society if we isolate ourselves between the walls of our individualism?
Gyula believes that it is of essential importance to remind ourselves how every single one of us is part of a community, a group. By creating a safe, cozy environment, using the universal language of rhythm – to which every living being can relate – THE BRIGDE aims to tear down the barrier between the performer and the spectator. And through the unique, physical experience of the power of dancing together in the same beat, it offers a slight shift of consciousness – to perceive how the individuals are part of a community at the same time.
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“When you look into my eyes, what you can see is the reflection of yourself”
SELFY is an artistic space created for self-reflection. In this open-source performance, where spectator and performer share the same “stage” in close proximity, the experience wins over “narrative”. Gyula is dancing on the thin line between trance and representation.
SELFY is a constant journey between in and out, between the internal universe and the external world – the reality. While jumping continuously, Gyula aims to become so thin, so transparent that his identity could evaporate, allowing the spectator to see his own reflection. The performer becomes an abstract mirror and having a look into it, one might ask himself: who am I really? Is my identity what I used to think it is?
Author&performer: Gyula Cserepes
Light design: Ints Plavnieks
Composer: László Mádi
Production: Gyula Cserepes
Co-Production: En-Knap Productions
With the support of: Stanica, Žilina-Zarečie SK; Garage29, Bruxelles BE; Workshop Foundation, Budapest HU; Új Előadóművészeti Alapítvány, Budapest HU
Special thanks to the families, friends and colleagues who helped the process of creation!