Leja Jurišić: RED FOREST
In collaboration with Anamaria Bagarić, Urška Centa, Žigan Krajnčan, Gašper Kunšek, Kristýna Šajtošová, and Veronika Valdés as well as Petra Veber and Eduardo Raon
Premiere: 14 December 2022, at 8:00 p.m.
Repeat performance: 15 December 2022, at 8:00 p.m.
We, humans, encroach on the forest, but the power of the forest to shape people is also inevitable, says Leja Jurišić about the conceptual impulses that drove the creation of the Red Forest. In the forest we heal our wounds, in the forest wounds are created, the silence of the forest is not non-violent, and neither is the loudness of the world. A forest is a place of solitude, entanglement, healing, regression, exaltation, spontaneous growth, and decay.
The attempt to stand out from the everyday realities of capitalism, its ideological and material catastrophes, and the desire to rest in the forest turns out to be an illusion: “Each subject who is sent to the forest considers it an important obstacle. Even though the forest is never conquered, the subject still has to travel through it. There is always a forest between defeat and success. In fact, it is the forest that makes the subject’s success possible. Subjects enter the forest with little or no knowledge, and come out with acute self-awareness,” says Jurišić, loosely quoting Erica Spelman. Six dancers and choreographers are faced with the Red Forest: Anamaria Bagarić, Urška Centa, Žigan Krajnčan, Gašper Kunšek, Kristýna Šajtošová, and Veronika Valdés. What is coming to life is an omnibus of confrontations with the forest and the red, a series of individual entries that are infused with collective actions but require strong and sensitive individuals, the forest is complex, and all despair and disgust must be raised to the sun, they must be potentiated and irradiated so that the human gloating over the disaster would finally end. The direction is therefore not to the forest but to the Red Forest.
Author(s): Leja Jurišić in collaboration with Anamaria Bagarić, Urška Centa, Žigan Krajnčan, Gašper Kunšek, Kristýna Šajtošová, Veronika Valdés, Petra Veber, and Eduardo Raon.
Idea and choreography: Leja Jurišić
Co-authorship and performance: Anamaria Bagarić, Urška Centa, Žigan Krajnčan, Gašper Kunšek, Kristýna Šajtošová, Veronika Valdés
Scenography, lighting, costumes, dramaturgy, photography: Petra Veber
Music: Eduardo Raon
Technical director: Igor Remeta
Producer: Žiga Predan
The Pekinpah art program is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the City Municipality of Ljubljana – Department for Culture.