Bojan Djordjev / Stipe Kostanić
“Dogs “(based on a text by Hervé Guibert)
Thursday 25. 10., 20 h, HKD na Sušaku, Strossmayerova 1
Dogs (Les Chiens)is a short text by Hervé Guibert that was created very early in his writing career, containing open sexual content, and referred to by the author as his ‘pornographic book’. In a direct language the text alternates both sensuality and violence, desire and cruelty, the anticipation of love and sexual energy. An obsession with bodies is the basic theme of the text: the author uses every body movement, every situation and fantasy to reveal himself. But he is not the only one in the key narrative here; moving through the text are also the experiences of close and loved beings that he has appropriated. In addition to the “I” of the narrator, we recognise this plurality of textual weaving as the face of “you,” “her,” “master,” “dogs”. The intention of the narration is to create from frustrated desire some kind of ceremony that will enable the creation of an abundance of erotic experience. The animality of desire, expressed through the dual nature of a sado-masochistic relationship, is eventually sublimated to the vitality of the shared hetero-homo sexual act.
The performance is constructed in a very simple form: the simple presence of the actor, Stipe Kostanić, on the stage. Through the intrusive, attractive and elusive existence of the body moving through a phantom world of moments of sexual connotation, indefinitely, in the atmosphere between scenes of desire and delight. It develops as a physical performance about the introspection of the soul.
Bojan Djordjev, born in 1977 in Belgrade, is a theatre auteur who is equally active in institutional and independent theatre. He is a co-founder and member of the editorial board of the TkH (Walking Theory) collective. His interest in theatre and performance includes collective authorship, working with experimental playwriting and post-drama theatre.
For this performance he collaborated with the actor Stipe Kostanić. He began his acting career with roles in theatre, on television and on the radio, and has so far performed in theatres in Croatia, Slovenia and Serbia, and appeared at several national, European and international festivals, including the Queer Zagreb Festival in 2011, with Joseph.
director: Bojan Đorđev
performer: Stipe Kostanić
movement: Selma Banich
translated by: Zlatko Wurzberg
photo by: Darko Vaupotić
produced by: Queer Zagreb / Domino
with the support of: projekt BCC (Balcan Can Contemporary) program IPA, European Union
in cooperation with: MCUK Scena Travno
for those 18 and older
duration: 55 min