Lazar (to Devil): There is no soul. Have you s e e n the soul?
(Gregor Strniša: The Frogs)
“If the eye were an animal, sight would be its soul.”
(Aristoteles: On the Soul)
What happens, when two people who have been playing since forever, stop and look into each other’s eyes – calmly, and for real? When they admit to each other that this is all that really is? That all the rest is … nothing, a game, a fantasy? That the most important thing – and by far the hardest, at the same time – is to simply be yourself, to be here. And to be together. To look into each other’s eyes, and to keep eyes locked on each other. That they are constantly inventing new worlds and new ways to get together, even if just a tiny bit. To drop the masks. That the best, the most frightening, the most powerful feeling is to stand in front of another person the way you are. Only you. And to be together.
What is a soul? Where is it? Is it?
The devil is in the details.
A concert performance, a part of the two year long theatre explorations of Strniša’s FROGS by Maruša Kink.
Poems and Texts: Gregor Strniša and team
Director: Maruša Kink
Performers: Maruša Majer, Nika Rozman, Nejc Cijan Garlatti, Stane Tomazin, Nataša Keser, Matija Vastl
Live Music: The Frogs – Jure Maček (percussion), Maša Budič (flute), Blaž Podobnik (piano), Danijel Bogataj (violine, guitar)
Tech Team: Igor Remeta, Duško Pušica, Andrej Petrovčič
Set Design: Tina Bonča
Costume Design: Tina Bonča
Producers: Mija Špiler, Mojca Jug, Tajša Perović, Alma R. Selimović
Production: Bunker, Ljubljana
Coproduction: Zavod Margareta Schwarzwald
Photo: Tanja Radež
The performance is in Slovenian.
Janek Turkowski is a Polish theatre author and curator. His main creative focus is the concept of time and narration, or the origins of the storytelling.
In 2008, he discovered a cardboard box containing 64 reels of 8 mm film at a flea market in the north of Germany; each reel contained images of the same woman, Margarete Ruhbe. He embarked on an artistic journey to reconstruct the life of the women discovered on the tapes. A mixture of images and narratives, the performance is a wonderful example of the intimate traversing the global, as we are witnessing Margaret against the backdrop of the former Communist Germany. In 2018, it is also hard to ignore the reflection on the self‑recording, on the images that we are accumulate of ourselves. Will anyone ever use them to create a performance, too?
Creator and Performer: Janek Turkowski
Video: Margarete Ruhbe, Martyna Głowacka, Adam Ptaszynski, Marcin Piatkowski, Janek Turkowski
Set Design: Wiesława Turkowska, Janek Turkowski
Music: Roger Anklam, Przemek Radar Olszewski
Translators: Jeannette Boettcher, Marcin Piatkowski, Andrzej Wojtasik
Management: Iwona Nowacka
The performance is in English.