Oh, How Very Ordinary is a performance that loosely connects three performers, who each weave their own story in their own medium on the boundary between fiction and reality, intimacy and communion. They each form a whole for themselves, but yet there are fragile connections of a hard-to-capture atmosphere that weave between them. In terms of content, the performance draws on the personal stories / fragments / autobiographical motifs of dancers and performers Bojana Robinson and Katja Legin, musician Tomaž Grom, and short stories by Katherine Mansfield. On stage, we see a gap between the ideas of a happy family life and the reality, in which individuals are caught between the ideas, expectations and needs of others. So let’s look at completely ordinary lives, which under closer scrutiny reveal many interesting phenomena. “The basic tone of the performance thus never deviates from its path, from the line, it does not spill over into emotion or moralism, but rather tries to stage exactly ‘that’, always elusive, unenactable” (Blaž Lukan for Neodvisni).
Choreographers, authors and performers: Bojana Robinson, Katja Legin and guests: Tomaž Grom and Nina Rajić Kranjac
Sound design and sound intervention: Tomaž Grom
Lighting: Matevž Ftičar
Projection management technician: Matej Marinček
Artistic advice: Tomi Janežič
Dramaturgical eye: Zala Dobovšek
Photo: Nada Žgank
Producer: Studio za raziskavo umetnosti igre
Co-production: Kino Šiška
Partners: Bunker Institute, Španski borci Culture Centre, DUM
Supported by: City of Ljubljana, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia
Duration of the performance: 120 minutes
Bojana Robinson (1982) is a dancer and choreographer from Belgrade who lives in Slovenia. In 2005, she graduated from the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD) and completed the Erasmus Programme (SEAD and SNDO). As a dancer, she participated in performances by choreographers (selection) Boris Čakširan, Sebastijan Starič, Rebecca Murgi, Vita Osojnik, Boštjan Antončič, Kaja Lorenci, Mateja Bučar; and as a choreographer, in performances by directors such as Aleksandar Švabić, Anđelka Nikolić, Ivana Đilas, Slobodan Unkovski, Andrej Nosov, Ana Tomović, Jovana Tomić, Selma Spahić and Snežana Trišić. She did the choreography for Belgrade’s Ensambal Kola and the movement for Vuk Ršumović’s feature film No One’s Child. She is a student of the Master’s degree programme in the transdisciplinary study of humanities and theory of art at the Faculty of Media and Communication in Belgrade under the mentorship of dr. Miško Šuvaković.
Katja Legin (1985) graduated from the Trinity Laban in London in 2007. Between 2007 and 2009, she was a member of EnKnapGroup. In 2015, she published the book Dualities. Performer and His Work (MGL), based on her master’s thesis. In the last fifteen years, she has collaborated as a dancer and performer with a large number of artists in the field of performing arts. In 2012, she initiated the No!training Lab, and created the performance Variations on slowness: TIME OUT. She participated in various creative processes in various roles; as a dramaturge, choreographer, outside eye, mentor, educator, writer, curator. Together with theatre director Tomi Janežič, she is the art director of the Krušče Creative Center for Artistic Research, a creative property in the Notranjska region. In recent years, she has been interested in designing or composing of a stage work as an event that (only) takes place in the presence of the audience and the actors.