Rijeka Can Contemporary
Designed to connect South Eastern Europe’s fragmentary and often isolated performing arts scenes, Balcan Can Contemporary project has reached its end after five years of activities. Drugo more is happy to invite you to the final three-day event, which will take place in Rijeka from September 28 – 30, bringing you three theatre performances from Balkans and beyond!
Produced by the Institute for development and affirmation of dance and contemporary art Emanat from Ljubljana, Image Snatchers is a technoburlesque that uses the eclectic noise of media images to mock the rigidity of social roles. The performance will be held at Youth Cultural Center Palach (Kružna 6) on Wednesday, September 28, at 20:00 h. Admission is free. MORE…
By attending the interactive performance Traffic of Desire, directed by Bojan Đorđev and jointly produced by Teorija koja hoda (Walking Theory, Belgrade) and Centar za dramsku umjetnost (Centre for Drama Art, Zagreb), visitors will be drawn into a journey across the city, accompanied by the voices of a few characters from the world of literature, united in their pursuit for satisfaction. The adventure will last around 65 minutes and is set up for Friday, September 30, from 20:00 h to 23:00 h. The place of departure is Caffe bar Voyager, just across Rijeka Main Railway Station, wherefrom every fifteen minutes a three-piece audience will begin its voyage. Participants will need to have a mp3 player or a smartphone with headphones. Admission is free, and you are welcome to book your place by sending an e-mail to petra<at>drugo-more.hr. MORE…
As an exotic spice added to this domestic Balkan stew – a very hot one, we might add – German performance and theatre collective Showcase Beat Le Mot will perform their show Nazisuperpeople are better than you all – The Horror of the Ordinary. This four-member group often radically deals with problematic historical issues and stories, using brute humour, sarcasm and crossing the lines of good taste. Mentioned performance piece thus follows the pack of Nazi Superhumans in their traveling through time, wishing to prepare everybody for the arrival of the Führer, Alfred Hitler. Drugo more will host this hilarious play at the edges of what’s politically correct in cooperation with Croatian National Theatre Ivan pl. Zajc, on Thursday, September 29, and Friday, September 30, in Hrvatski kulturni dom na Sušaku, at 19:30 h. Tickets can be purchased at the Theatre’s ticket office, workdays from 9:00 to 19:00 and Saturday’s from 9:00 to 13:00 h, as well as at the venue one hour before the start of the show. MORE…
Photo: Tanja Kanazir / Drugo more (Flickr gallery)
Technoburlesque is a mute comedy of the body that mocks rigidity of social roles. It uncritically appropriates, copies and glues together femininity, masculinity, family relationships, machismo and other degenerated social roles that are unrighteous considered to be normative. When Image Snatchers totally expose themselves — and remove their social dresses layer by layer — they do not find the essence, but realize that the essence is nothingness, and the performed travesties opium that makes living bearable. This amusing play in cross-dressing and their behavior are a result of great sexual and bodily liberation from social bands. Satisfied in eclectic noise of media images they stretch popular snap-shots and bite them to their unheard-of forms that provoke burst of laughter or despair. Image Snatchers don’t seek for meaning but pleasure. As pleasure is the hedonistic polish with which they smeared everyday objects and made something exceptional out of them. Technoburlesque is an intersection of (program/cybernetic) code and subjectivity; a laying bare of the physical and emotional body indivisibly bound up with the information matrix of contemporaneity.
“I am riddled with ambivalence. I am both the rule and its exception, the law and its outcast, the doctor and the hysteric, I cannot be one without the other. I do not reject the images that consume me. I become them.”
Foto: Tanja Kanazir / Drugo more (Flickr gallery)
The Nazi Super People hire a choir so they can travel on their voices. A choir with angels and trumpets. They’re supposed to sing Wagner but they only know Verdi. “Whatever”, think the Supernazis.
For their slogan is: make space. And their need for fresh air and wide, open spaces is mightier than any hatred. The Supernazis mow down everything and anything that’s in their way because they realise that destruction makes the world so much less complicated.
They don’t have a blueprint or a plan; they just want to create space, empty space. They don’t want to be understood. They consider any attempts in this direction as being superficial. Being misunderstood worries them not a jot.
Showcase Beat le Mot is an international performance and theatre collective. Since their formation this four-member group has worked in various artistic fields and has produced and staged performances, shows and theatre pieces all over Europe. Because of their way of integrating different pop-cultural elements as music, sports, comics, cinema and TV in their pieces and because of their humoresque approach of dealing with complex political and social issues, they consistently attract interest among international press. Showcase Beat le Mot is mentioned as one of the internationally relevant contemporary performance groups in Hans-Thies Lehmann’s “Postdramatic Theatre”.
Traffic of Desire is a performance serial designed as a collection of monologs by the characters from contemporary literature who wonder around the city in search for satisfaction – sexual, intellectual, existential. Those stories echo all around us: from apartments, hotels, train and gas stations, parks, streets, sex shops and police stations. They are present on the air all the time, and only sometimes articulated. The discours of desire precisely maps the city and the position of this subjects in contemporary socio-political context: their criticism, reflexivity and subversion as the results of (auto)marginalization. The city is observed, but at the same time the city also observes. The anonymity of the crowd and the mass, so neccessary to the Baudelairean figure of the flâneur, the stroller, this time is provided by the sound recordings in the form of audio guide.
The selected texts in this cycle, dealing with cruising, almost require the sound that reaches out from the headphones, the one we “hear in our head”, as the ideal performative medium. The voice describes the scene we are looking at, or we should be looking at, or perform. These texts are the descriptions of the image whose integral part we’re becoming, the image of the body in the city, that is being explored using detailed, thick description, observation. The dramaturgy of the body, its borders as the only secure outline of the reality, put face to face with the dramaturgy of the city that pulsates at the iconic points of desire and satisfaction – in this case, the park, train station, public transport, taxi, the streets… Taken as a whole, these texts dissect the city into a series of pornographical close-ups, locations that await to be consumed.
Foto: Tanja Kanazir / Drugo more (Flickr gallery)
The performance will begin in Caffe bar Voyager (Nikole Tesle 1a, across Rijeka Main train station), and it will be consumed/performed in such a way that the audience listens to the audio recorded speeches while traveling through the city. You can book your place by sending an e-mail to petra<at>drugo-more.hr. Taking part in performance requires a mp3 player or a smartphone. If you don’t possess any of these, tell us that in your message and we will lend you a mp3 player. Duration time of the performance is around 65 minutes.