Superamas: EMPIRE (ART & POLITICS)
The long-winding creative path of the Austrian-French artistic collective Superamas shows the mark of an ongoing play with opposites, which manifests itself anew in each incantation. The collective uses various theatrical narrative forms in its artistic creations ranging from theatre, video, performance and dance to installations, conversations and banquets. The use of varying directing approaches allows for an explorative expedition into the emerging differences between kitsch and art, elite and popular culture, television and theatre. The Superamas have been shining on the European and North American horizon of contemporary arts for a decade now and the Mladi levi Festival is pleased to introduce them to a Slovenian audience for the very first time.
Empire (Arts & Politics) begins in 1809, at the vibrant core of the Battle of Aspern, which took a record number of casualties and whose cessation gave reason for both sides to celebrate victory, the Austrians and the French. The depicted image of Napoleon’s empire sublimely reveals the traits of another, far more contemporary empire as seen in the capitalist democracies of today. Western society often holds a distorted and pitiful view of the reality as such and also of the other. Exaggerated charitable stances often conceal a difficult personal situation, whereas pretended kindness, correct manners and tolerance seem to only be there to cover over latent and repressed intolerance. One does not need to leave for Afghanistan in order to meet the other.
Directed and produced by: Superamas
with: Roch Baumert, Alix Eynaudi, Davis Freeman, Magda Loitzenbauer, Ariane Loze, Jamal Mataan, Anna Mendelssohn, Diederik Peeters, Faris Endris Rahoma, Rachid Sayet, Martin Schwab and Superamas
Co-produced by: Parc de la Villette dans le cadre des Residences d’Artistes 2008 Paris, Linz 2009 Cultural Capital of Europe, Buda Kunstencentrum Kortrijk, Kaaitheater, Brussels, Workspace Brussels
In collaboration with: Choreographic Center CCL Linz, Centre chorégraphique National de Montpellier, programme hors-séries, CNEAI, Paris, wp zimmer, Antwerp
With the support of: the City of Vienna, Ministry of Education, Art and Culture, Austria, Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles d’Ile-de-France, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, France, l´ONDA, France
Sponsored by: Le Cru 100% Champagne
Costumes: Sabine Debonnets assisted by Odile Hautemulle (historic costumes), Alix Eynaudi (contemporary costumes)
Production assistance: Petra Herglotz
Additional sound design: Peter Connelly, Christophe Demarthe
Stage manager: Martin Schwab
Stara mestna elektrarna – Elektro Ljubljana
Performance is in English and French with English subtitles.