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Slovenes Upraised by Slovenes

First production

Production: SNT Drama Ljubljana and Maska Ljubljana

Co-production with Plesni teater Ljubljana

Director

Mare Bulc

Opening night

24 April 2008
Small Stage

Duration:

65 minutes

In the contemporary globalized world, the question of a nation state and the pertaining national identity is seen by some people as a mere peculiarity of history, which is on the verge of disappearing. Others proclaim that the nation state will become extinct but that national identities will be preserved. Again, some others predict that the world will consist of monocultural states, where national identities would imperceptibly succumb to consumerist, economic and religious affinities of individuals. The notion of the nation has changed fundamentally; the sense of belongingness is no longer a result of common corporeal rituals and collective passivity, where individual perception is subject to a unified group of people sharing the same space. On the contrary, it is formed by heterogeneous practices of belonging, which are not confined within the territory of an individual community. Namely, communities are formed unintentionally, as a multitude of different, also contradictory identities, positionings and connections. The fact that we are members of a certain community is manifest in our perception of community as a ‘joint’ undertaking, a process, achievement or enterprise. However, collective accomplishments of a nation no longer present a way to understand ourselves as a nation. We live in a world where having an identity does not mean a mere recognition of what we already know of ourselves – of that which is already included in its construction. Community as a multitude of different, antagonistic identities implies precisely the opposite: it is not ourselves that we find in the community; what is revealed in the ways of our being together is the double, the shadow of a community. Ultimately, this has wide ramifications for the unyielding protocols of performing the nation, the national and (above all pedagogic and cultural) production and identification of its members.
The performance Slovenes Upraised by Slovenes is a research into the protocols of performing the community. It deals with performing the corporeal and affective ways of being a member. It is precisely in this field that we can discern a profound antagonism between performing the community and the life of its individual members. We could say that the very stage of performing the community is the locus of a merciless ideological struggle between the uniform definition of a nation and the new understanding of the national as a critical multitude of communities of those who have nothing in common, yet are still fundamentally bound to one another.

Creators

Creative team

CONCEIVED BY

Mare Bulc

Drama Igralec: Mare Bulc | odpri ustvarjalca

DRAMATURG

Bojana Kunst

Drama Igralec: Bojana Kunst | odpri ustvarjalca

SET DESIGNER

Damir Leventić

Drama Igralec: Damir Leventić | odpri ustvarjalca

COSTUME DESIGNER

Mateja Benedetti

Drama Igralec: Mateja Benedetti | odpri ustvarjalca

COMPOSER

Bratko Bibič

Drama Igralec: Bratko Bibič | odpri ustvarjalca

VIDEO

Aleš Nadai

Drama Igralec: Aleš Nadai | odpri ustvarjalca

AUTHORS OF THE MAPS

Vuk Ćosić, Davor Bauk

Drama Igralec: Vuk Ćosić, Davor Bauk | odpri ustvarjalca

LANGUAGE CONSULTANT

Barbara Korun

Drama Igralec: Barbara Korun | odpri ustvarjalca

COACH

Ana Duša

Drama Igralec: Ana Duša | odpri ustvarjalca

PRODUCTION MANAGER MASKA LJUBLJANA

Barbara Hribar

Drama Igralec: Barbara Hribar | odpri ustvarjalca

CO-PRODUCER

Maska Ljubljana

Drama Igralec: Maska Ljubljana | odpri ustvarjalca

Cast

Miha Brajnik

Alja Kapun

Maša Kagao Knez

Rok Matek

Katarina Stegnar

Festivals

2009

Week of Slovenian Drama in Kranj

2008

Maribor Theatre Festival

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