Co-produced by Prešeren Theatre Kranj and Ptuj City Theatre
Translator: Tatjana Stanič
Director: Jernej Lorenci
Choreographer and Assistant director: Gregor Luštek
Dramaturg: Matic Starina
Stage designer: Branko Hojnik
Costume designer: Belinda Radulović
Composer: Branko Rožman
Language consultant: Tatjana Stanič
Lighting designers: Jernej Lorenci and Branko Hojnik
Sound designer: Matej Čelik
Make-up designer: Matej Pajntar
Assistant dramaturg: Tjaša Mislej
Iztok Drabik Jug, as guest
Nataša Keser, as guest
Maruša Majer, as guest
Gregor Zorc, as guest
About the performance
What has happened from the time of Mayakovsky till today? How has the individual, the ordinary everyman, the little man, made out for himself and lived in the great systems of the past and how has the whirl of history driven him forward until spitting him out on the shores of our contemporariness?
The actualisation of Mayakovsky demands improvisations, writing new monologues, scenes, making up situations and searching for paths into the text of the collective. The first part of the performance is set in the time after World War II, in the time of Yugoslavia and the construction of socialism. This period is not limited to merely a single point in time, or to the narrow post-war period, but rather extends until the disintegration of the country at the end of the 1980s. A 50-year time-leap, and we find ourselves in the present or near future.
But for the coexistence in the society, the relationship between the individual and the collective is always crucial. What was the relationship between the individual and freedom fifty years ago? And today? Both in socialism and capitalism, the individual’s freedom is limited. What united the collective once upon a time, and what unites us today? Common ideas and solidarity, or the intrusive ideology, obedience and fear of authorities? In the contemporary consumerist capitalism, extreme individualism is on the roll, but the individual is extremely limited, subdued to the free-market economy, sometimes even lost. We are united by consumerist habits, pop culture and, in the rising xenophobia and right-wing politicians, also by fear of the enemy, the foreign and the different.
Let’s make some fun of human foibles and societal dystopia. At the same time, let’s question the values, and search for utopia and connection.
Première: 18 February 2017, Prešeren Theatre Kranj
Première: 17 October 2017, Ptuj City Theatre