Via Negativa: PHYSIS
1h 18min / Eng subtitles.
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“A state? What is that? The state, I call it, where the slow suicide of all — is called life.”
Democracy has become a catacomb of the healthy, responsible and normal. The state needs people who are weak enough to become dependent and obedient enough to remain useful. There is no democracy for sickness and dying, no democracy for visions of a rebellious spirit or for the trembling of a weak heart – there is no democracy for nature.
“For the superfluous ones was the state devised! There, where the state ceases — there only commences the man who is not superfluous.”
But nature, though accustomed to die, still has the power to resist the brutality of civilization; and civilization, though willing to risk everything for its own self-preservation, still has enough time to stop the terror of the “good and just.”
“There, where the state ceases — pray look there, my brothers!” Friedrich Nietzsche
We dedicate the performance to Friedrich Nietzsche, who suffered a nervous breakdown on 3 January 1889, and a series of strokes after the year 1898, which partially paralysed him, leaving him unable to speak or walk. After contracting pneumonia he died on 25 August 1900. The diagnosis of his “mental illness” is still the subject of medical debate.
CONCEIVED BY Anita Wach, Bojan Jablanovec
CONCEPT & DIRECTION Bojan Jablanovec
CHOREOGRAPHY Anita Wach, Kristina Aleksova
FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE Grega Zorc
Contains fragments from the book by Friedrich Nietzsche: Thus Spoke Zarathustra (Tako je govoril Zaratursta; Slovenska matica, Ljubjana 1984; translated by Janko Moder)
SUPERFLUOUS Anita Wach, Kristina Aleksova, Sara Horžen, Olja Grubić, Loup Abramovici, Ena Kurtalić, Rok Kravanja, Tina Habun (Tjaša Črnigoj), Timotej Novaković, Neža Blažič, Nina Goropečnik, Rea Vogrinčič, Daniele Tenze, Jernej Škof, Aleksandra Kmetič, Mitja Lovše, Vesna Hauschild and Lena
MUSIC & SOUND DESIGN Eduardo Raon
Contains also fragments from works by Jacques Offenbach: Orphée aux Enfers – Galop infernal, Jacques Offenbach: Les Contes d’Hoffmann – Les oiseaux dans la charmille, Richard Wagner: Tannhäuser – Overture, Dean Kay – Kelly Gordon: That’s Life
VOICES Gallina, vocal group, Ana Erčulj, conductor
LIGHT DESIGN Igor Remeta
COSTUMOGRAPHY Olja Grubić
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER & PUBLIC RELATIONS Sara Horžen
PRODUCER Špela Trošt
PRODUCTION Via Negativa – VN Lab, 2020
FINANCIAL SUPPORT Ministry of Culture of Republic of Slovenia and City of Ljubljana
SHOOTING DIRECTOR & EDITING Vid Hajnšek
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Rok Kajzer Nagode
CAMERAS Rok Kajzer Nagode, Vid Hajnšek, Vid Uršič, Špela Škulj
SOUND DESIGN Eduardo Raon
LIGHT DESIGN Igor Remeta
BOOM OPERATOR Jaka Batič
TECHNICAL CREW Janko Oven, Duško Pušica
MULTI-CAM PLAYER CODING Igor Budišin
PRODUCTION Via Negativa, 2021
Recorded in The Old Power Station Ljubljana, February 2021
This video is presented within the Old Power Statopn’s programme of streamings E+TOK / POWER STREAM.