beton ltd.: I Say What I Am Told To Say

The perfomance I Say What I Am Told To Say is tackling the interpretation of Samuel Beckett’s work in an original way. Beckett, intimate in presenting his own stream of thoughts and yielding himself to the events from the outside world, is a starting point for the authors and performers: Primož Bezjak, Daša Doberšek, Branko Jordan and Katarina Stegnar, united in the collective Beton Ltd.

Decades after the utterance “You must go on, I can’t go on, I’ll go on.” the spiral of talking and talking nonsense advanced to unimagined dimensions. The lost faith in ideas and ideologies dismantled every possibility of believing in the word and in new future existing after the future. The performance is developing from point zero, which is the performing process of a group of artists, which is and isn’t, not because it shan’t be, but for it to become. “I have my faults, but changing my tune is not one of them. I have only to go on, as if there was something to be done, something begun, somewhere to go.” The basic premise is completely Beckettian: from a dialogue to a monologue, from a monologue to solitude.
The last scene of the real face of individualisation no longer takes place where you can see me, nor does it take place where you can’t see me and neither does it take place over there, far away. For there is no one there, far away; I am alone. As if a reason always existed, because of which we must go on, and a place, where we can go.

Credits

  • Authors and performers: Primož Bezjak, Daša Doberšek, Branko Jordan, Katarina Stegnar
  • Translation of Samuel Beckett’s texts: Aleš Berger
  • Dramaturgy: Andreja Kopač
  • Music: Dead Tongues
  • Costume design: Mateja Benedetti
  • Sound design: Jure Vlahovič
  • Set and lighting design: son:DA
  • Editing: Barbara Rogelj
  • Wardrobe: Nataša Recer
  • Printed materials design: Gašper Brezovar
  • Bunker producer: Maja Vižin
  • APT producer: Jasna Dokl Osolnik
  • Co-production: Anton Podbevšek Teater and Bunker, Ljubljana
  • Supported by: Novo mesto City Municipality, Krka, d. d., Novo mesto, Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport, Ljubljana City Municipality

Photo: Urška Boljkovac, Borut Peterlin
Video: Bunker archive
Editor: Gregor Gobec

Additional information

Premiere:
29th September 2012 at 8.00 pm, Anton Podbevšek Theatre, Novo mesto

Past performances:

  • 7th, 8th and 9th February 2014 at 8.00 pm, Stara mestna elektrarna – Elektro Ljubljana
  • 8th June 2013 at 9.00 pm, Stara mestna elektrarna – Elektro Ljubljana
  • 24th and 25th April 2013 at 8.00 pm, Stara mestna elektrarna – Elektro Ljubljana
  • 18th and 19th December 2012 at 8.00 pm Stara mestna elektrarna – Elektro Ljubljana
  • 4th December 2012 at 6.00 pm, Stara mestna elektrarna – Elektro Ljubljana
  • 3rd December 2012 at 8.00 pm, Stara mestna elektrarna – Elektro Ljubljana
  • 1st, 5th, 6th and 7th October 2012 at 8.00 pm, Anton Podbevšek Theatre, Novo mesto
  • 30th September 2012 at 8.00 pm, Anton Podbevšek Theatre, Novo mesto

Critics
Z. Dobovšek: UNIQUE PHILOSOPHIES OF (PLAIN) EVERYDAY, Delo, 4.10.2012 (word 31 KB)
N. Jelesijević: Deconstructing the Design of Capitalism, Radio študent, 9.10.2012 (word 32,5 KB)
A. Golob: How To Get Your Say, Večer, 16.10.2012 (word 30 KB)

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