Performance about beauty, suffering, utopia
Directing and dramaturgy: Nenad Colic
Assistant director: Dubravka Vujinovic
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.’
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?