March 10 2017
21.00 ► Cankarjev dom I Linhart Hall
Photography: Petra Veber
IN A BED WITH A FRIEND
This dance performance for “two performers, a bunch of patriarchal semi-celebrities and a bed” has the suggestive title Ideal as an ironic backside of a serial of human relations that always evolve via a certain inertia – and then again. And again. Self-evidence of available subjects within the reach of a bed hence turns from an everyday pattern into an ultimate “golden rule” governing the variety of lives we live. Like a look into Hitchcock’s bedroom through his own Rear Window. In the Ideal, the authors tackle Goebbels’s division into the intimate, personal-public and public life of the individual which they superimpose upon Marx’s remark that a lot of work gets done horizontally, from a bed, in a bed. The twist from the vertical into the horizontal of witty facility and sarcastic unease which occurs in the pompous demystification of stereotypes, the authors this time pose and transpose even closer to the audience.
Leja Jurišić is a choreographer, dancer and performer who graduated from the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana. In exceeding traditional understandings of liminal corporeality she apparently naturally and almost effortlessly takes different positions of radical performative expression whereby she simultaneously acts within the fields of dance, performance and political art. She redirects the spectator’s attention from the corporeality as such to the line between the body in motion, non-quiescence (text) and what could be described as a body in disquietude (context). Leja Jurišić, who is no stranger to the critique of social, economic and political distortion of personal and collective freedoms, perceives a human body as a powerful emancipatory mechanism of creating experiences of rebellion – both for dancer/dancers as well as the audience. It should also be mentioned that she boasts the title of the (last) Yugoslav national champion in artistic gymnastics. Her work has been presented in a number of theatres and festivals in Europe, the USA and Mexico. As a dancer she has collaborated with choreographers and directors such as Tim Etchells, Janez Janša and Meg Stuart.
Teja Reba works in the field of contemporary performing arts. Together with Leja Jurišić she is co-author of many duos, interventions, installations and performances (2008–2015). In 2013 they won the Ksenija Hribar Award, participated at U3 – the 7th triennial of contemporary art in Slovenia and Art+Biennale New York as two of two hundred of the most promising artists in the world, participated in several editions of Gibanica, toured abroad and took part in the European projects Spider, A Space for Live Art, Identity.Move! and Imagine 2020 – Arts and Climate Change. Teja Reba also has worked as a co-author with Bara Kolenc and Loup Abramovici (2012–2014). As a performer and dancer she has collaborated with the director Janez Janša (2008–2015), the choreographer Yasmine Hugonnet (2006–2009) and Forced Entertainment (2013). She has been the artistic director of the association and international festival of contemporary arts – City of Women.
Concept, choreography and performed by: Leja Jurišić, Teja Reba
Set and lighting design: Petra Veber
Music: Davor Herceg
Advisers: Petra Veber, Matej Kejžar
Technical direction: Igor Remeta
Producer: Žiga Predan
With the support of the Ministry of Culture RS and the City of Ljubljana.
Performance duration: 60 min.