Hoppla, wir leben. THE LOST GESTURE OF SELF RESIGNATION
Final Act of the German Cycle
The performation Hoppla, wir leben. The Lost Gesture of Self Resignation is the final act of the Beton Ltd.’s German Cycle, which complements the performances Ich kann nicht anders (2016) and Große Erwartungen I Great Expectations (2018), and the music-performance hybrid project Mahlzeit (2019).
In terms of content, performation addresses the question of what’s going on in society so that no one uses the gesture of resignation anymore, as well as the question of the performer’s resignation in relation to the audience, a resignation from the stablished production of theatre art while radically reconsidering one’s own model of collectivity, extended autonomy and non-hierarchy.
In a subversive position of living while not really living, Beton Ltd. refuses to accept any currently established or acquired theatrical form (certain forms take the edge off certain contents). This time, we embraced reduction as the basic artistic principle that led to the creation of a performation, as we define the work ourselves.
In order to avoid misinterpretations, Hoppla, wir leben is not about abandoned ore future scenography, but rather a form that is closer to installation, while building it theatrical tension through personal interpretations of members of the resigning collective. Thus, the 29-hour uninterrupted event (opening on Saturday, September 25 at 5 p.m. – closing on Sunday, September 26 at 10 p.m.) will see the members of the collective guard the performation, have lunch together, and conduct guided tours.
Premiere – Per-formation opening:
September 25th to 26th 2021, Stara mestna elektrarna – Elektro Ljubljana
May 13th to 15th 2022, in the frame of the German Cycle, Stara mestna elektrarna – Elektro Ljubljana
- Concept and execution: Beton Ltd. (Katarina Stegnar, Primož Bezjak, Branko Jordan, Toni Soprano Meneglejte, 0045)
- Sound Design: Jure Vlahovič
- Executive Producer: Maja Vižin
- Technical Director: Andrej Petrovčič
- Public Relations: Tamara Bračič Vidmar
- Production: Bunker, Ljubljana
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, City of Ljubljana,
European Union – Creative Europe programme, Culture, Create to Connect
-> Create to Impact, Elektro Ljubljana, Ministry for Public Administration
We thank Kristina Sever, Mojca Jug, Zdravko Duša, Petra Horvat, the Saxophone Quintet Ljubljana Vič-Rudnik Music School – consisting of Vita Pukl, Mila Bezjak, Jakob Jamšek, Špela Smrtnik and Marko Jan Vukajlović, Janez Weiss, Sara Oškera and Igor Remeta for their help in the development and implementation of the per-formation.
Foto: Nada Žgank
September 26th 2021:
September 26 at 10 a.m. – Branko Jordan: Beton Ltd. Collective’s German Cycle
September 26 at 12 a.m. – Toni Soprano Meneglejte: Untitled
September 26 at 4 p.m. – 0045: When I Became Part of Beton Ltd. Collective
September 26 at 6 p.m. – Katarina Stegnar: A Step Too Much Theatre
September 26 at 8 p.m. – Primož Bezjak: Gesture of Resignation
May 13th – May 15th 2022 in the frame of the GERMAN CYCLE:
Friday, May 13 at 7 p.m. – Andreja Kopač
Saturday, May 14 at 6 p.m. – Lea Kukovičič
Saturday, May 14 at 7 p.m. – Počemučka
Sunday, May 15 at 11 a.m. – Petra Varl
Sunday, May 15 at 6 p.m. – Tjaša Pureber
Sunday, May 15 at 7 p.m. – Jure Novak