On Friday and Saturday (9-10 October, 9 pm), the Opera Nova Chamber Music Hall in Bydgoszcz (ul. Marszałka Focha 5) will host the Polish premiere of a coproduction by Kampnagel Hamburg and Teatr Polski Bydgodszcz, Cabinet of Political Wonders by Ana Vujanović. An independent theoretician, researcher, writer, lecturer, curator and dramaturgy expert, Vujatović focuses on contemporary performative arts and culture, working as a dramaturge, co-author and co-creator of theatre and dance pieces, video projects and performances. The premiere will be presented as part of the Festival of New Dramaturgies.
About the show:
Life in the (neo)liberal world is based on the idea of personal and political freedom. How could we exist without them? But maybe they have nothing to do with an individual, personal rights, and proprietorship? A team of artists, theorists and cultural activists working in Serbia and Germany offers no answers to these questions, rather they invite us to a discursive practice in a staged cabinet of political wonders. Here, influential speeches of the 20th and 21st centuries expand the meaning of personal and political freedom. As a counter movement to the general trend of museumisation of choreography, this heterotopia contrasts voices, bodies and images that would have been incompatible elsewhere. Whoever enters is invited to pose undisciplined questions.
Ana Vujanović is one of the most important representatives of the contemporary performative arts in Europe. She is a researcher, dramatist, author of books on social and political context of performative arts, and the founder of the legendary Walking Theory collective. She has cooperated with, among others, Saša Asentić, Marta Popivoda, Bojana Cvejić, and Eszter Salamon. This time, together with Saša Asentić and a group of co-workers, she invites the viewers to visit a cabinet of political curiosities that translate politicians? speeches into movement and into choreography that becomes part of the installation. They create a unique, unsettling curiosity parade, and a phantom show presenting figures from contemporary history and politics, thus giving unpredictable power to the boring speeches of well-known politicians.
direction, concept: Ana Vujanović
conceptual cooperation: Saša Asentić, Siniša Ilić, Marta Popivoda, Ana Vujanović
dancers: Kristin Schaw Minges
contortionist: Santeri Koivisto
collaboration on choreography: Alexandre Achour
dramaturgy assistance: Heike Bröckerhoff
rehearsal manager: Olivera Kovacevic Crnjanski
video editing: Jelena Maksimovic
production assistance: Luisa Perrone
production manager: Alexandra Wellensiek
theater / producer: Kampnagel (Hamburg), Teatr Polski (Bydgoszcz)
country: Serbia/ Germany/ Poland