ICH KANN NICHT ANDERS (Beton Ltd., Slovenia)

Thursday 5 Oct. 2017 at 8:30 p.m., New Stage - B Building

Friday 6 Oct. 2017 at 8:30 p.m., New Stage - B Building

Conceived and directed by: Beton Ltd.
Music: Dead Tongues
Space design: sonda4, Toni Soprano
Costume design: Mateja Benedetti
Sound design: Jure Vlahovič
Dramaturgy adviser: Urška Brodar

Performers: Primož Bezjak, Branko Jordan, Katarina Stegnar

The authorial poetics of the Beton Ltd. collective is characterised by a search for personal entries into the global issues – a search for new, hybrid forms of performing, and a mastery of performing techniques. Ich kann nicht anders is their fifth performance, where a counterpoint between complete intimacy and reflections of the global events reminds us of the thesis by Srećko Horvat that a true revolution is always a revolution of everything, all social relations, including the most intimate ones.

Beton Ltd. are active members of the group Betontanc, which was founded in the early 1990s by the director Matjaž Pograjc and has since been one of the leading Slovenian collectives in the field of contemporary performing arts. In September 2010 Primož Bezjak, Branko Jordan and Katarina Stegnar launched the first original project under the name Beton Ltd., the name referring to a limited liability company, entitled SO FAR AWAY (INTRODUCTION TO EGO-LOGY), produced by Bunker.

The Beton Ltd. collective is always tackling problems of the contemporary world with much self-reflection and humour, with innovative performing practices and methods. The starting point of the performance I SAY WHAT I AM TOLD TO SAY is Beckett’s novel The Unnamable and the mechanism of interpretation enabling the “translation of a generation”, which is living in a time of doubt, anxiety, fear and some intangible horror, subordinated to the rule of constant self-questioning, self-persuading and verifying one’s own identity.

The continuation of the Beton Ltd. poetics is most directly connected to the question of ego-logy as dreadful status quo, where conscience, consciousness and responsibility for the world or the place of the other in it don’t play any other role than serving to subordinate to external rules. And this is not so much about a new aesthetics, as it is about the “state” of our operation, which has become impossible to co-create. Art has nothing to do with clarity – no matter how much the latter is of our interest or is (in)directly touching us.

In Slovenian with Czech and English surtitles
Following the performance on 5 October: a debate with the creators in the New Stage auditorium
Duration: 70 minutes

© Photo: Toni Soprano