28th Festival 2018

Main programme

Wednesday 07. Nov. 2018 // 10.00 – 11.15 p.m.

From 16 years

Thursday, 08. Nov. 2018 // 7.30 – 8.45 p.m.

Theater der Jungen Welt / Großer Saal

€ 22,00 (red. € 17,00)

Via Negativa / Bojan Jablanovec, Ljubljana


(»The ninth«) VIDEO CLIP  


Concept and staging: Bojan Jablanovec, conceived and elaborated by the compagnie

Choreographic supervision: Anita Wach

Music: Ludwig van Beethoven, Sinfonie Nr. 9, d-Moll, op. 125 (Berliner Philharmoniker, Conducter: Herbert von Karajan, 1963)

Horse masks: Barbara Stupica

Video: Ana Čigon

Light design: Igor Remeta

Actors: Magdalena Tuka, Anita Wach, Loup Abramovici, Jaka Lah, Grega Zorc

The Symphony No. 9 by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) is one of the most popular works of classical music and is considered the epitome of humanism. Beethoven selected the poem »An die Freude« (»Ode to joy«) by Friedrich Schiller as the text for the last movement. It was played at the fall of the Berlin Wall. It is performed by all the world’s major orchestras throughout the year. In 1985, its fourth movement was selected by the European Union to be Europe’s hymn. Without a doubt, it is a fascinating work. Pathos and harmony, festivity, solemnity –it can be used for all purposes.

The piece »Deveta« (»The ninth«) is a performative commentary on this musical masterpiece, it poses questions on the power of music and its abuse. Five people transform from average individuals who disrobe over time and thus lose their individuality to horses as iconographic figures. Reality clashes brutally with the glorifying sounds of a better world. The piece is based on motifs from the book »L’aperto. L’uomo e l’animale« (»The open: man and animal«, 2002) by the Italian philosopher and author Giorgio Agamben.

Bojan Jablanovec, born in Murska Sobota in 1961, graduated from the theatre academy of the University of Ljubljana. From 1993-99, he directed at various Slovenian theatres. In 2002, he founded Via Negativa, an international platform for contemporary performing arts and performance, which he has been directing to the present day. Via Negativa developed over 50 pieces, projects and numerous workshops that have been shown in 24 European countries and the USA.

World première: 08.10.2016, Body/Mind Festival, Nowy Teatr, Warsaw

Contact: www.vntheatre.com

Production: Via Negativa

Co-Production: JaJaJa NeNeNe Association, Warsaw

The guest performance in Leipzig will take place with the kind support of Slovenian Cultural Centre, Berlin.