NATAŠA ŽIVKOVIĆ: SONNY
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A woman is a sack made to endure. – the Kanun, the Code of Lekë Dukagjini from the Middle Ages, north Albania and Kosovo.
#Unwanted. That’s a common girl name in our Montenegro. – a Women’s Rights Centre poster of a campaign against selective abortion practice, Montenegro, 2017
Montenegro’s last “virgina” has died. Her last wish was for her family-grave epitaph to describe her as her father’s only surviving son. – Blic, 2 August 2016
Sonny! – says a close relative when I visit her in Montenegro.
Sonny is an attempt at an anthropological research of a specific phenomenon in a performative form. It is an amazed fascination with images and stories of sworn virgins or “virginas” from the remote parts of Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo and Metohija. It is a hole in the system which maintains that same system. It is drag in relation to the question of surviving in a man’s world asking us in what world we live.
Author and Perfomer: Nataša Živković.
Performers: Daniel Petković, Loup Abramovici, Slobodan Malić
Space design and scenography: Lenka Đorojević.
Lighting design and technical direction: Špela Škulj.
Photography: Nada Žgank.
Advising: Teja Reba.
Executive production: Eva Prodan.
Production: City of Women.
Co-production: Bunker – Old Power Station. Special thanks to: Maska and Mladinsko Theatre.
In frame of Performing gender – Dance makes differences.
The project is supported by Creative Europe, the Ministry of Culture and the City of Ljubljana.