Performance about beauty, suffering, utopia

03Directing and dramaturgy: Nenad Colic

Assistant director: Dubravka Vujinovic

With: Ilija Ludvig, Ranko Trifkovic, Dejan Stojkovic, Nenad Colic

Scenery and costume: Ivana Colic

Music arrangement: Ilija Ludvig

Cooperators: Svetlana Simić, Vera Jovanović, Anđelka Vujinović

 Text: O. Wilde: ‘De Profundis’, ‘Human Soul Under Socialism’, ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’, Beck: ‘The Question 1963’ and personal actors’ texts

Music: The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, L. Cohen and actors’ personal music works

Literature: G. Bataille: ‘Eroticism’, E. Cioran: ‘Evil demiurg’, A. Gide: ‘Oscar Wilde’

 Premiere: 31.03.2000. Belgrade, BITEF theatre

Production: Plavo theatre & BITEF theatre

 Supported by: Fund for an Open Society & REX

Festivals: INFANT 2000 – Novi Sad, Serbia; Altfest 2000 – Bistrita, Romania; Varna Summer 2001 – Varna, Bulgaria; Theatre in a Suicase 2001 – Sofia & Bourgas, Bulgaria; Fair of Chamber Theatres 2001 – Krakow, Poland; Presentation of Serbian Independent Theatres 2002 – The Grotowsky Centre, Wroclaw, Poland; Auawirleben 2002 – Bern, Switzerland

 ‘A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not even worth glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing. And when Humanity lands there, it looks out, and seeing a better country, sets sail! Progress is the realization of Utopias.’

Oscar Wilde

 Is beauty the very essence of life?

Is man able to resist beauty?

Is beauty an unavoidable cause of loneliness and sufferance?

Is this world made of sadness?

Is there any need for joy in this world?

Is it possible for man to live without sufferance?

Is it Utopia to live sufferance?

Is it possible to live Utopia?

Is utopist vision of socialism, individualism and better living a faith in human progress or imagination caused by non readiness to except reality?

Is human existence the biggest of all utopias?

Is it…?