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Staging a play: The glass Menagerie

March 11 2017

17.00 ►Stara mestna elektrarna – Elektro Ljubljana

Fotography: Nada Žgank

 

TENNESSEE 2017

In the performance, Matija Ferlin explores the interzone between the abstracted dancing body and the conventions of the theatrical engaging with a group of dancers in the near impossible task to reinvent the theatre through the potential of the body versus text. The stage hence provides the ground to mitigate tensions generated by questioning theatrical conventions and the unveiling of new imaginations. The premise of the performance revolves around the question whether the body can find another, internal apparatus to articulate the spoken word and whether this secondary tool can become the primary? Matija Ferlin’s neo-theatrical research generates a semiotic space with a clear differentiating code which can at least be doubled and in which each performer creates their own choreographic structure. The latter illuminates in fragments the drama character and deepens the totality which through the abstracted movement terminology [of unspoken words] vividly reflects Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie.

 

After completing his study at S.N.D.O. in Amsterdam, Matija Ferlin worked for a few years in Berlin and when returning to Pula he focused on researching and rearticulating various concepts of stage performance and other media. He is the author of a number of stage works, including Sad Sam Revisited (2006), Another for One (2007), Lucky Between the Mountains (2007), Sad Sam Almost 6 (2009), The Most Together We’ve Ever Been (2009), Onformance (2010), Solitaries (2011), Sad Sam Lucky (2012), The Other at the Same Time (2012), Students of Harmony (2014), We are Kings, not Humans (2015), and Out of Season (2015), which have been presented at a number of international festivals. Moreover, he has collaborated with many artists: Ivica Buljan, Christophe Chemin, Maja Delak, Luc Dunberry, Goran Ferčec, Mauricio Ferlin, Ame Henderson, Aleksandra Janeva, Radoslav J. Gonzo, Heinz Peter Knes, Mateja Koležnik, Keren Levi, Karsten Liske, Roberta Milevoj, Maria Ohman & Claudia de Serpa Soares, Sasha Waltz, David Zambrano, Tin Žanić and Jasna Žmak.

 

Concept and direction: Matija Ferlin
Choreography and performed by: Loup Abramovici, Anja Bornšek, Maja Delak, Matija Ferlin, Žigan Krajnčan
Dramaturgy: Goran Ferčec
Set design: Mauricio Ferlin
Music: Luka Prinčič
Costume design: Matija Ferlin
Make-up and hair styling: Tinka Pobalinka
Lighting design and technical direction: Saša Fistrić, Urška Vohar
Administration: Nina Janež
Producer: Sabina Potočki
Production: Emanat
So-produkcija Co-production: Matija Ferlin
Partners: Bunker/SMEEL, Mediterranean Dance Centre (San Vincent, Croatia),  Secondary Preschool Education & Gimnazija Ljubljana
With the support of the Ministry of Culture RS and the City of Ljubljana.
Media support: Mladina, Radio Študent
Performance duration: 85 min.