SOLO PERFORMANCEPerformance Theatre & Performance
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The audience is invited to raise glasses and toast artists, statesmen and thinkers who knew how to bring people together, who knew how to make people to think, who knew how to focus people’s attention on the most important issues, and who knew what exactly is the most important issue. And we also toast to all of us, the present and absent ones, who need to be cheered up: the deadly bored ones, the badly confused ones, the pretty disappointed ones and to all, for no reason, sad ones.
Hundred Toasts is a celebration of achievements and failures of artists, statesmen and thinkers who fundamentally influenced the track of history. For each performance we write new toasts depending on cultural, national or political context of festival, exhibition or venue in which we present Hundred Toasts. Hundred Toasts was first performed in Poland, where it was dedicated to the celebration of the birth of the Polish theater director and visual artist Tadeusz Kantor. In Slovenia it was dedicated to the celebration of the death of Slovenian romantic poet France Prešeren, and the culture, which flourish on his grave. In Rome toasts were dedicated to Dante Alighieri and his nine circles of hell. In New York toasts were dedicated to the figure of father of American democracy: George Washington. In Zagreb we were celebrating heritage of Yugoslavian regime embodied in the figure of Josip Broz Tito – it’s founder and it’s destroyer. The last Toasts were dedicated to the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Polish independence and the current Polish Prime Minister Jarosław Kaczyński.
Each toasts either makes the audience laugh either transforms laughter into silence. In the meantime the artist on the stage presents specific kind of inbred dance: she carefully walks among dozens of plastic cups displaced on the floor, repeatedly dressing up and undressing, making aerobatics with cups doing her best not to spill the wine or opposite, to spectacularly pour out the liquid on her body. By building contrast between her gestures and meaning of toasts she creates unusual performance, full of surprising twists. Gazeta Wyborcza, Monika Żmijewska
partners in crime
Conceived and devised by Anita Wach and Bojan Jablanovec. Performed by: Anita Wach. Concept and direction: Bojan Jablanovec. Music: Glenn Miller, Michael Nyman, The Stooges, Giuseppe Verdi, Alfred Schnittke. Producer: Špela Trošt.
Production: Via Negativa with the support of the City of Ljubljana, 2015. Co-production: Maat Festival Lublin, Ja Ja Ja Ne Ne Ne Association Warsaw