In the performance Thinging, the author/performer confronts with the things around him and at the same time, with the feelings and ideas that these things trigger. The performing space becomes a place of contact between living and non-living matter, object and subject, (speculative) existence and non-existence, inactivity and action, saturation and emptiness, the everyday and the mysterious, poetic. The creative process is based on the performative research of materiality started by Jan Rozman during his Master Degree course at MA SODA at the Inter-University Centre for Dance in Berlin. The performance, which leans on the philosophy of speculative realism and object-oriented ontology, activates its choreographic force precisely through the performer’s relation to things on stage, challenging anthropocentric perceptions of reality by seeking alternative possibilities for coexistence in times of global ecological catastrophe and oversaturation with objects with objects in contemporary Western lifestyle.
Jan Rozman works as a performer, choreographer, dancer and improviser between Ljubljana and Berlin. In his artistic practice, he deals with extended notion of bodies, material semiotics, textures, gaps, errors and confusions, ecology, imagination, (science) fiction and humour. His work is focused on the research and articulation of performative articulations for the post-Internet/Anthropocene era. He completed his studies at the department of contemporary dance of the Art Gymnasium in Ljubljana, studied choreography at the School for New Dance Development (AhK) and completed his Master’s degree in solo/dance/authorship at the Inter-University Center for Dance (UdK) Berlin. In 2019, he received the Ksenija Hribar Award for emerging choreographer. In the same year, he received a danceWEB scholarship at the ImpulsTanz festival in Vienna.
Concept and Performance: Jan Rozman
Dramaturgy: Julia Keren Turbahn
Light Design: Urška Vohar
Costumes: Kiss the Future
Scenography Adviser: Dan Adlešič
Stage Assistance and Technical Guidance: Dan Pikalo
Graphic Design: Matija Medved
Video Documentation: Gregor Gobec
Photo Documentation: Nada Žgank
Executive Production: Sabina Potočki
Co-production: Plesni Teater Ljubljana
Financial Support: Mestna občina Ljubljana
Duration of the performance: 50 min