Barbara Novakovič: SLEEP: Forms, Landscapes, Creatures
The performance by Barbara Novakovič draws on the rich iconography of sleeping depictions from the Old (Ezekiel, Job) and New Testament and is based on texts by Descartes, St. Augustine and some other literary sources and visual artists who have studied sleep. Occasionally, the project opens the doors for so‑called sweet dreams, nightmares, and daydreaming.
On the one hand, there is pressure to put the action to sleep, and on the other, the need is emerging to stay awake. The performer travels from scene to scene through the names of literary heroes and images from the history of art, simultaneously living in dreams and daydreaming awake. The mental framework of the performance is the realm of dreams, where imagination and sensuality play a central role – a body in art between wakefulness (beyond dreams) and dreams.
Acting: Barbara Ribnikar
Concept and directing: Barbara Novakovič Kolenc
Stage design: Vlatka Ljubanović
Costumography: Lara Kulaš
Production: Muzeum Ljubljana
Co-production: Bunker Ljubljana, Stara mestna elektrarna – Elektro Ljubljana
With financial support of City of Ljubljana
Photo: Tjaša Gnezda