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Something’s in the Air

March 11 2017

20.10 ► Cankarjev dom I Duša Počkaj Hall

Photography: Nada Žgank

 

IS THERE ANYTHING OPEN IN THE AIR?

In the period when there is a crisis of representation, “being together” has become one of the fundamental issues of contemporary society which evermore functions through temporary, fragmented, mobile and fluid bonds. The questions of how to be together and [together with the spectator] create a temporary community is addressed by the performance Something’s in the Air directly through the form of breath[ing] as a physical action in the space when air is “leftˮ to common breath in which the line of our privacy anyway crosses. “To breathe as one or to breathe one’s own wayˮ as a key dilemma of the individual in a neoliberal society is an attempt to “affirm life beyond the line between worthy and worthlessˮ [Robert Bobnič]. The performance in which a breath never evolves into word in this sense maintains “contact with the theatre or performing arts tradition, which raises unusual questions and through experiments with the principal theatrical dispositif carves a new universe in the middle of the air’s void.ˮ [Jela Krečič]

 

Janez Janša is an author, director, performer and researcher of contemporary art who has to this day created 20 original performative works for which he has won local as well as international awards. Either solo or in collaboration with Janez Janša and Janez Janša he creates socially engaged interdisciplinary performances which question the status of art in the society.

 

Irena Tomažin is a philosopher, singer, dancer and choreographer who upgraded her dance skills in Slovenia and abroad. After her debut work Hitchcock’s Metamorphoses, her solo Caprice was the first in a series focused on the dimension of voice in the performances Caprice (Re)lapse, Out of Discord, As a Raindrop into the Mouth of Silence, The Taste of Silence Always Resonates. Her performances have won her several awards, the latest at Gibanica 2015. Since 2006, she has been engaged in a solo project for voice and dictaphones [iT]. She has released several CDs, holds workshops for voice and is a singer in the Borghesia group.

 

Irena Preda is a soprano who received several scholarships during her studies at the prestigious Trinity College of Music in London where she graduated with distinction. She upgraded her skills with famous opera singers [Montserrat Caballé, Teresa Berganza and Sir John Tomlinson] and actors [Jeremy Irons, Jonathan Pryce and Imelda Staunton]. Other than her opera debut in the role of Bizet’s Carmen, she also participated in the Slovenian opera Love Capital, the performance All Together Now! and The Heart in Hand to which she and Polona Janežič contributed the music score.

 

Boštjan Narat is a philosopher, musician, author of essays as well as the author and performer of scenic music. In fourteen years with the group Katalena that he founded in 2001 he released six studio albums. His solo singer/songwriter debut Strah je odveč released in 2010 was followed by his second album Konec sveta vedno pride nenapovedano. As a singer/songwriter he collaborates with Neca Falk. As the author of music scores for theatre he has collaborated with Janez Janša, Brane Potočan, Mare Bulc and others.

 

Concept and choreography: Janez Janša, Boštjan Narat, Irena Preda, Irena Tomažin
Performed by: Irena Preda, Irena Tomažin, Dragana Alfirević, Leja Jurišič, Teja Reba, Jelena Rusjan, Tina Valentan
Lighting design and technical direction: Igor Remeta
Producer: Tina Dobnik
Production: Maska Ljubljana
Co-production:Mladinsko Theatre
With the support of the Ministry of culture RS and the City of Ljubljana.

Performance duration: 40 min.