BETON LTD.: HOPPLA, WIR LEBEN. THE LOST GESTURE OF SELF‑RESIGNATION
September 25 – 26, 2021
Stara mestna elektrarna, Ljubljana, Slovenia
The per-formation Hoppla, wir leben. The Lost Gesture of Self Resignation is the final act of the Beton Ltd.’s German Cycle, which complements the performances Ich kann nicht anders (2016) and Große Erwartungen | Great Expectations (2018), and the music-performance hybrid project Mahlzeit (2019).
In terms of content, per-formation addresses the question of what’s going on in society so that no one uses the gesture of resignation anymore, as well as the question of the performer’s resignation in relation to the audience, a resignation from the stablished production of theatre art while radically reconsidering one’s own model of collectivity, extended autonomy and non-hierarchy.
In a subversive position of living while not really living, Beton Ltd. refuses to accept any currently established or acquired theatrical form (certain forms take the edge off certain contents). This time, we embraced reduction as the basic artistic principle that led to the creation of a per-formation, as we define the work ourselves.
In order to avoid misinterpretations, Hoppla, wir leben is not about abandoned ore future scenography, but rather a form that is closer to installation, while building it theatrical tension through personal interpretations of members of the resigning collective. Thus, the 29-hour uninterrupted event (opening on Saturday, September 25 at 5 p.m. – closing on Sunday, September 26 at 10 p.m.) will see the members of the collective guard the per-formation, have lunch together, and conduct guided tours.
Guided tour schedule:
September 26 at 10 a.m. – Branko Jordan: Beton Ltd. Collective’s German Cycle
September 26 at 12 a.m. – Toni Soprano Meneglejte: Untitled
September 26 at 4 p.m. – 0045: When I Became Part of Beton Ltd. Collective
September 26 at 6 p.m. – Katarina Stegnar: A Step Too Much Theatre
September 26 at 8 p.m. – Primož Bezjak: Gesture of Resignation
The per-formation and guided tours are admission free.
Registration for guided tours: firstname.lastname@example.org or 00 386 51 269 906
Concept and direction: Beton Ltd. (Katarina Stegnar, Primož Bezjak, Branko Jordan, Toni Soprano, Meneglejte 0045)
Sound design: Jure Vlahovič
Executive producer: Maja Vižin
Technical director: Andrej Petrovčič
Public relations: Tamara Bračič Vidmar
Produced by: Bunker, Ljubljana
Made possible by: Ministrstvo za kulturo RS, Mestna občina Ljubljana, Evropska Unija – program Ustvarjalna Evropa, Kultura, Create to Connect -> Create to Impact, Elektro Ljubljana
Thanks to: Zdravko Duša, Music school Vič’s saxophone quintet (Vita Pukl, Mila Bezjak, Jakob Jamšek, Špela Smrtnik and Marko Jan Vukajlović), Petra Horvat, Janez Weiss, Sara Oškeri, Igor Remeta, Mojca Jug and Kristina Sever.