VIA NOVA MUSEUM
Gallery performance and installation. A process of decomposing of the old (disassembly of Via Negativa performances) and assembling of the new (Via Nova Museum exhibition).
Via Nova Museum is a process of decomposing of the old (disassembly of Via Negativa performances) and assembling of the new (Via Nova Museum exhibition). 11 performers carry out 20 performances – individual scenes, situations, actions as they’ve been carried out by their authors in the context of Via Negativa performances. The collective aim of performers is to create 20 artifacts and to exhibit them into collection of City Museum Ljubljana. Via Nova Museum treats a performance as a process of creating and setting up of an exhibition. Performances are running for two hours simultaneously at three different venues. During all this time audience can walk from space to space freely. The event is concluded with the opening of Via Nova Museum installation. The installation lasts for one hour. Best performance at Ex Ponto festival 2009 (audience selection)
Katarina Stegnar: You know exactly what you want (Incasso, 2004)
Grega Zorc: Trumpet Zorc (Starting point: Anger, 2002)
Marko Mandić: It’s good to be Marko Mandić (Would Would Not, 2005)
Kristian Al Droubi: In the end everything goes … (Incasso, 2004)
Grega Zorc: Bohemian Rhapsody (Incasso, 2004)
Katarina Stegnar: Long expected point (Viva Verdi, 2006)
Marko Mandić: 60 minutes of sweat (Viva Verdi, 2006)
Kristian Al Droubi – Boris Kadin: Game with knives (Not Like Me, 2007)
Uroš Kaurin: Fontana (Viva Verdi, created by Dylan Tighe, 2006)
Katarina Stegnar: Pina Bausch’s last cigarette (Four Deaths, 2007)
Nataša Živković: Only 10 % divide us (Would Would Not, created by Barbara Matijević, 2005)
Kristian Al Droubi: Something useful (Viva Verdi, 2006)
Grega Zorc: The heart of Forced Entertainment (Four Deaths, 2007)
Katja Legin: Leather Wallet (Incasso, created by Sanela Milošević, 2004)
Jaka Lah: Bang Bang (More, 2003)
Mateja Pucko: The best goalkeeper on the world (More, 2003)
Grega Zorc: Give me the text (Out, 2008)
Boris Kadin: La vie en rose (More, created by Boris Mihalj, 2003)
Barbara Kukovec: No more theatricality (Four Deaths, 2007)
Katarina Stegnar: Don’t look at me (Out, 2008)
Concept of the presentation: Bojan Jablanovec
Producer: Špela Trošt
Technical director: Igor Remeta
Production: Via Negativa, 2009, with the support of Ministry of Culture of RS and the City of Ljubljana
Partners: City Museum Ljubljana, Ex Ponto Festival Ljubljana
Venue and date: City Museum Ljubljana, 20. 9. 2009 as part of Ex Ponto Festival Ljubljana
Duration: 3 hours
Installation: 20 September 2009 from 22:00 until 23:00
Zala Dobovšek: Archiving sin
Delo Ljubljana, 22.09.2009
With the founding of the international project Via Negativa, its initiator Bojan Jablanovec, besides a far-reaching and astutely conceptualized theatrical reworking of the seven deadly sins, announced the ideational germ of the event Via Nova, intended as a concluding event and a reflective overview of the projects creative process spanning a number of years.
In 2002, Via Negativa made its first appearance on the Slovenian theatre scene with the performance Starting Point: Anger, thereby announcing the emergence of a new creative system. The specificity of the creative process unfolding in line with the principle of laboratory experiments opened up new expressive possibilities for the actor, while the performances gave rise to increasingly intense communication with the audience. The status of the performers and the audience was thus not merely enhanced in terms of content and its integrative function, but, in the wake of concrete interactions, it also gained in political, methodological and experiential edge. All of the performances were approached by way of a collage structure, made up in turn of shorter, independent pieces enacted by individual performers. With a strong personal signature and fierce unpredictability, the performers blur the lines between the private and acting persona, thereby testing the suggestiveness of the spectator’s perception as well as the arbitrary line between fictional and real moments in the theatre.
Jablanovec has staged the Via Nova event, together with its performers (Grega Zorc, Katarina Stegnar, Marko Mandić, Barbara Kukovec, Kristian Al Droubi, Boris Kadin, Mateja Pucko, Jaka Lah, Uroš Kaurin, Katja Legin, Nataša Živković) in the meaningful ambience of a museum (The City Museum of Ljubljana), thus from the very inception evoking a certain dialectics between the real historical documentation and the highly sensitive transience of theatre. The staging of the event itself was conceptualized as an ‘enacted polyphony’ in its own right, allowing the spectator a wholly personal take on the performance.
The two-hour format of the event, which followed the already established structural pattern of Via Negativa’s previous performances, once again activated the selection of twenty-one short episodes which emerged out of the performances of the entire repertoire of the seven deadly sins: Starting Point: Anger, More, Incasso, Would Would Not, Viva Verdi, Not Like Me, Four Deaths and Out. Spread over three museum locations, the shortness of the performances momentarily gave them a fictitious stability pertaining to art exhibits and their nurture of historical memory.
By holding onto their notorious stance, not only was there scope for unencumbered carrying out of ‘excesses’ but there was also no question of any adjustment to the tastes of the (new) environment. This only strengthened the desire for an optimal process of archiving. Both the selection of performances and the new space helped shape the composition of enactments into an autonomous event which rent asunder its own history, extracting its essence and through the form of a theatre exhibition or rather exhibiting theatre revitalized it.
Via Nova has reanimated the past, enhanced our desire for repetition, and given rise to an opportunity of what is missed. By transforming the remains of theatre into museum artifacts, the finished theatrical event held ‘for an hour’ the privileged role of writing history; for a moment it became a relevant historical document, and, following its own anthropological approach, narrated the story of the Via Negativa project, a project which had already passed as the Via Nova will pass. It has to pass, for only in passing it will be truly remembered.