Symposium on the emotionality of men in the patriarchy
3 hours of talking, crying and drinking

Keynote speaker: Federico Campagna
Moderated by  Eva Neklyaeva
With: Julian Hetzel, Primož Bezjak, Juan Carlos Martel Bayod
Conclusions: Ana Pavlić

Concept by Lea Kukovičič & Sodja Lotker

The symposium When Men Cry the World Shuts Down is the first event in a series exploring male emotionality. Organized, moderated, facilitated, served, and directed by women, the symposium aims to highlight the fact that men are also oppressed by the still prevailing system of patriarchy; while still enjoying many of the privileges. The organizers have recognized that in order to abolish the patriarchy it is crucial to first save men from it and the rest will fall apart by itself. In preparing for the symposium, we found disturbing statistics about how deadly patriarchy is for men (earlier and more violent deaths and more frequent wounding); we discovered that most men are not fully aware of the corrupting privileges they receive; and, most importantly, none of the men approached were willing to be saved (as they perceived this as a submissive position).

In her book The Will to Change, bell hooks writes that patriarchy teaches boys to show no emotion other than anger, and that this anger is directly linked to violence. In this edition of the symposium, we will explore the complexity of the emotional landscape of men in a system that does not nourish their emotions. We will speak to the only men of the many we approached who were willing to join the dialog. And we will try to turn trauma into drama and let the emotions out.
So, expect a lot of talking, drinking, and hopefully some crying.

Scene sequence:

RED CARPET: Ticket collection and welcome drinks
OPENING SPEECH: Welcome by Alma R. Selimović, director of Bunker
INTRODUCTION by Eva Neklyaeva, the moderator of the symposium, and by Sodja Lotker, the dramaturg of the symposium
LECTURE (online): Federico Campagna, philosopher
DISCUSSION with Julian Hetzel, Primož Bezjak, Juan Carlos Martel Bayod, moderated by Eva Neklyaeva
CONCLUSIONS by Ana Pavlič, director, Institute for Gender Equality

Information and reservation at info@bunker.si
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Symposium is part of trilogy WHEN MEN CRY.
Symposium will be held in English.

Concept by Lea Kukovičič & Sodja Lotker
Keynote speaker Federico Campagna
Moderator Eva Neklyaeva
Guest speakers Julian Hetzel, Primož Bezjak, Juan Carlos Martel Bayod
Conclusions by Ana Pavlič
Voice Blaž Andrejka, Žiga Jan Krese, Luka Grižonič, Tadej Premužič
Directed by Lea Kukovičič
Dramaturgy by Sodja Lotker
Set design, light design & visuals by Toni Soprano Meneglejte
Sound design by Jure Vlahovič
Technical director Andrej Petrovčič
Tehnicans Igor Remeta, Duško Pušica, Manca Vukelič, Vid Starman
Producers Alma R. Selimović, Ajda Koloini, Špela Kopitar
Public relations Tamara Bračič Vidmar, Klara Drnovšek Solina
Hospitality by Ajda Koloini
Assistant set designer Monika Pocrnjić
Together with Tanja Radež, Mojca Jug, Ema Levec, Klara Hawlina, Marina Vitković, Neža Dvorščak, Sofiia Rypalenko

Produced by Bunker, Ljubljana
Co-produced by Prešernovo gledališče Kranj
In partnership with Stara mestna elektrarna – Elektro Ljubljana, 53. Teden slovenske drame
Supported by Ministrstvo za kulturo Republike Slovenije, Mestna občina Ljubljana, Mestna občina Kranj
Sponsored by Tektonik kraft pivovarna, Pizzerija Foculus



03. 03. 2023






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