KD Integrali, City of Women
DIRECTOR SIMONA SEMENIČ
AUTHOR OF VISUAL IMAGE BARBARA KAPELJ OSREDKAR
LIGHTING DESIGNER AND TECHNICAL DIRECTOR ANDREJ PETROVČIČ DRAMATURGICAL AND EMOTIONAL SUPPORT BARBARA KAPELJ OSREDKAR, SIMONA HAMER, ROK VEVAR
PERFORMER SIMONA SEMENIČ
About the performance
PREMIÈRE 12 OCTOBER 2014
THE PERFORMANCE IS 50 MINUTES LONG.
"let me smoke
i pause to let the words ring off
look a t You
i would like to caress You with my glance, i try to caress You with my glance, but i
don\'t know if i\'m succeeding, i don\' t know if i even know how to caress you
with my glance
the words rang off a while ago
i dramatis personae simona semenič still don\'t continue
let me smoke"
Simona Semenič is considered one of the most successful young Slovenian playwrights, her work has found its way to international stages, but is less often performed at home. Her plays are characterised by a clearly formed and unique language, and, in addition to other things, radically explore the relationship between the text, performance and reality. Several years ago she created a tableau starring her own stage persona, a drama solo, her life story– her illnesses and her struggle with them – in the project I, Victim. The performance second time is a continuation of this story in anew time, exactly seven years later, and a new dramaturgical concept in which she turns around the theatre convention and clearly defines the roles of the author, actor, text and spectator.
"It seems that the two persons called Simona Semenič, the dramatis persona and the one sitting in front of us, present the fundamental split, while the duplications multiply on all levels – sickness and health, body and spirit, fiction and reality, Simona Semenič and You as a dramatis persona, the real Simona Semenič and the audience … Simona Semenič erases herself in front of us and while at the same time constructing herself, in a constant game of confirmation and negation (of herself, life and theatre), in questioning which one is ‘more real’, in a sincere narrative of herself and the paradoxicality of alternative versions of life."
(Nika Arhar, Delo)