Performance based on tragedy by Oscar Pannizza ’Council about Love’
Directing and dramaturgy: Nenad Colic
Assistant director: Dubravka Vujinovic
Actors in the first version: Ilija Ludvig, Ranko Trifković, Maša Jelić, Dejan Stojković, Marko Potkonjak, Nenad Čolić
Actors in the second version: Ranko Trifković, Maša Jelić, Dejan Stojković, Marko Potkonjak, Nenad Čolić
Music arrangement: Dejan Stojkovic, Marko Potkonjak, Ilija Ludvig
Set & costume: Ivana Colic
Photography: Saša Stajić, Marija Janković, Milanka Balaban
Text: O. Panizza: ‘Council About Love’, F. M. Dostoevsky: ‘The Brothers Karamazov’; D. Trotsky: ‘The Revolution Betrayed’, V. I. Lenin – quotations; Frida Kahlo – quotations; H. Loffting: ‘Doctor Dolittle’ and actors’ personal texts
Music: songs and author works
Premiere: 12.07.2002. Belgrade, BITEF theatre
Co-production: PLAVO theatre & BITEF theatre
Supported by: Pro Helvetia & Assembly of Belgrade – Culture Department
Festivals: Pancevo, Serbia 2002; Tremafest 2003 – Ruma, Serbia; Vrsac, Serbia 2003; MANÖVER 2003 – Leipzig, Germany; Reminiscencje teatralne 2004 – Krakow, Poland; Cultural Centre Zamek 2004 – Poznan, Poland
When you find your demon you will not be all alone in the world any more…
And together with him you will be able to challenge this stupid dull world,
you will be able to despise those masques of watery blue eyes that circle you…
And only if in your deathbed you find strength to say to yourself: I did let my demon speak,
you will be able to say that your life mission is fulfilled.
“Exactly five years ago in a conversation with one of my teachers, a starting motivation for a performance like this one was born. He told me then that our civilization is a civilization of answers, not of questions. Then I realized that in the absence of answers anxiety appears. And anxiety inevitably brings to rash judgments trapped by fears. Only in order to leave the position of ignorance as soon as possible.
Human system of values is full of such judgments. In time they were established and became official. They regulate the relation to God and devil, good and evil, love and guilt, punishment and reward. In the time of archaic man, psychology didn’t exist. Things were regulated in a complete conjunction of God and all that existed. In those circumstances any new sensation, any extraordinary thing was easily explained.
Today, things are different. Man has become free to search for an answer, and the only instruments he uses are rash judgments trapped by fears. Science is soon pushed aside and that is how wrong actions with horrible consequences appear.
Will paradoxical human need for eternal conquering of once forever lost freedom bring to a new form one day, to a complete emanation and perhaps even to that new man? The man to whom everything is permitted.
Or a new punishment always follows!”
Nenad Čolić, 2002