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On the Right Track

GREGA ZORC & VITO WEIS
A cabaret of the political absurd

 

 

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“ONE THING IS WHAT THINGS LOOK LIKE. ANOTHER IS WHAT THEY ARE REALLY LIKE. AND WHAT THEY ARE REALLY LIKE? IN FACT THINGS ARE WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE.”


Two back-up singers find themselves alone on an empty stage. No solo singer, no band. They are “backing up” the emptiness. They seem pretty lost, though in fact they are not as helpless as they look. They have a program. They have an opportunity to come to the fore. To take over the game. You are either in or you are out. And … they carry out their supporting job professionally from beginning to end, although on the stage there is nobody to be accompanied.

Actually, this is the absurd situation we are currently living in, a situation in which the political system only keeps up the appearances of there being phantom opportunities of some kind, of phantom possibilities, phantom freedom, etc. In fact, there is no longer anyone who could fill this empty shell of “democratic values” and “free society” with any kind meaning. In a democratic society, any possibility of meaning is also democratically abolished. But still we would like to believe that there exists some hidden backstage in which decisions take place; and exactly because of that, we, “citizens of the free world”, also generate this logic by ourselves. We still believe that we live in a world of opportunities. But there is no backstage anymore, there is no longer anyone who would take on the risk of decision-making. Politics as an art of decision-making no longer exists. There is only the spectacle of a void.

CREDITS

Concived and devised by Grega Zorc, Vito Weis, Bojan Jablanovec
Performers: Grega Zorc in Vito Weis
Concept, direction and text: Bojan Jablanovec
Styling: Mateja Benedetti
Stage and light design: Igor Remeta
Sound design: Tomaž Grom
Producer: Špela Trošt

Production: Via Negativa with the support of Ministry of Culture of Republic of Slovenia and the City of Ljubljana
Premiere: 25 June 2013, The Old Power Station Elektro Ljubljana
Duration: 50 min


Brakes, no brakes. Via Negativa on Desiré Festival

revizoronline.com, 4 December 2013, Bence Bíró

(…) On the right tack is a paraphrase of Waiting for Godot. A political absurd, according to the playbill. Two background singers are waiting for the frontman, who just doesn’t ever seem to arrive. The vocalists are doing their job like machines, as the program says, while the big opportunity slips away in front of them: they could step out, break out from the regular cycle and take over the place of the solo singer. Short Beckett dialogues and refrains of internatnional hits are exchanging each other in a wizard tempo, keeping the rhythms with terrific precision. The lyrics cleverly resonate on the story: Time is on my side, Nothing’s gonna stop us now, I feel free, Come together, etc. The background singers leave their little stage for a short time to come to the rampe, but then they return to the place they are well accustomed to, as if nothing has happened. Maybe next time – they say. – Supposing that he won’t come then, either. He will not come (…)

https://vimeo.com/73518093