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VIA NEGATIVA

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Bojan Jablanovec
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Špela Trošt
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Sara Horžen
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BALKAN
CONNECTION

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A Croat and a Serb cutting each other on the stage, a Slovene director, the context of Joseph Beuys and Marina Abramović and the lecture by Slovene art theorist Bojana Kunst.

»The Balkans – besides skeletons – has always been an endless source of originality. The concept of the new and original is something so fatal and horrific that no one in common sense would really wish to confront it. But we don’t give up. We know what to do. To dig, dig, dig, and we know where to dig! ” (B. Kadin, Game with toothpicks)

Balkan Connection is the union of a Croat (Boris Kadin) and a Serb (Kristian Al Droubi) under the direction of a Slovene director (Bojan Jablanovec) in the context of Joseph Beuys (“Every man is an artist”), Marina Abramović (Rhythm 10) and Slovene philosopher and art theorist Bojana Kunst (Powerlessness of Radical Consumption). Final result: “A Croat and a Serb cutting each other on the stage. One unconscious person, a decilitre of human blood, four surgical “stitches” and dozens of shocked spectators”. (Ivica Nevešćanin, Slobodna Dalmacija 16.8.2007) With the Balkan openness, radicalness and humour Boris and Kristian disclose their relations towards intellectualization, mystification and impotence of contemporary art – and do not except themselves.

PERFORMANCES

What Joseph Beuys told me while I was lying dead in his lap
Game with toothpicks
Interview with an artist

CREDITS

Concept of the presentation: Bojan Jablanovec
Performers: Boris Kadin, Kristian Al Droubi
Producer:Špela Trošt

Production Via Negativa 2009, supported by Ministry of Culture of RS and the City of Ljubljana
First presentation: St. Dominic Church Zadar, 14. 8. 2009 as part of ZadarSnova Festival Zadar
Duration: 120 min


Hermes three times
Lilla Proics, Via Negativa on the Thealter Festival, szinhaz.net, October 2013

(…) “You have to tell a story that people can’t undersand – but would like to understand it.” (Joseph Beuys: KUNST HEUTE, 1989) The Balkan Connection was maybe the strongest event of this year’s nine-day-long Thealter Festival. The Via Negativa’s performance consisted of three parts – body, mind and soul – if I can say. And also an experience of theatre-theory and cultural history in a personal manner. Contemporary mentality and caring awareness of the performers and the director – with a deeply humorous approach. (…)


Oštri udarci tupih pera
Ivan Kralj, Kupus.net, Zadar, 18. avgust 2009

(…) „Srbin pišao po crkvi Sv. Dominika u Zadru.“ Neobično, takav je, jamačno tržišno uzbudljiv, naslov (zasad) mimoišao medijske objave koje su popratile ili će tek popratiti premijernu izvedbu trodijelne predstave slovenske skupine Via Negativa „Via Nova“ na završetku festivala suvremenog kazališta Zadar snova, 14. kolovoza 2009. Ili možda još bolje: „Slovenac Bojan natjerao Srbina Kristiana da se pomokri po svetom tlu hrvatske crkve“. U gradu poznatom po svom domoljublju i crkvoljublju, koje se ljupko ujedinjuje u jumbo-plakatu zagrljenog haškog i rajskog podstanara (general Ante Gotovina i papa Ivan Pavao II.), predstava kakvu nudi Via Negativa priziva peticije udovica domovinskog rata, demonstracije s križevima, onim istim koje Mesić želi izbaciti iz javnih institucija, pobunu protiv bogohulja, hrvatohulja i općenito vražjih posala koje zadarski festival sad već trinast godina potpomaže (između ostalog, i zadarskim gradskim novcem). Ipak, takav radikalan odgovor na podražaj izostaje – možda i stoga što medijska pažnja, čak i u sezoni visoke konzumacije srdela i kiselih krastavaca, kasni, dolazi post festum. (…)