Life in contemporary forms of capitalism is becoming unbearable and one of the strategies of survival is to develop and protect at all costs small communities that offer us different relations. With art we cannot cause and do not aim at causing great social changes but we can make room for collective creation, a space where it is possible to survive and even have a good time. Every moment is worth asking a very important human question "How do we actually want to live together?". And by doing so, we are finding answers on the way.
Community is a performance devised within the international project Our Lives, a project running from 2017 till 2019 dealing with the topic of lives and ways of living within Europe through artistic means of theatre improvisation. It is a stage piece that involves artists from 7 different European countries, performers from different cultural, economic and political environments, also with different political standpoints. Within their stage piece they are opening societal and political topics, dealing with them not from a general or theoretical entry point, but through personal experiences and stories of the performers and through the relationships they have with each other.
It is an improvisational piece with a strong artistic vision, devised and performed by international masters of improvisation, combining physical theatre, clowning, dance, sounding, music, various improvisational backgrounds and the passion for exploring the idea of community. Community is an artistic response to the Europe of today where the nationalism and xenophobia are rising, the right wing populism is strong, inequalities are growing, international corporations are gaining power over governments, environmental and human catastrophies are at the doorstep, physical and mental fences are being built all around. Community is a piece about cocreation, collaboration and coexistence between people of different cultural, economic and political backgrounds.
Videos about the previous performances:
Our Lives - Creation Week Ljubljana
Creation Week Ljubljana - Hannu Risku
Director and co-author: Maja Dekleva Lapajne
Performers and co-authors: Alexander Georgiev Mitrev, Audrius Bružas, Maja Dekleva Lapajne, Mia Møller
Co-author: Alenka Marinič, Beatrix Brunschko, Gilles Delvaulx
Live music composer and co-author: Hannu Risku
Executive producer: Marie Wellmann
Artistic counsellors: Christoph Jungmann, Matthieu Loos, Michaela Puchalková
Production: Kolektiv Narobov
Coproduction: Zavod Federacija, Gorilla Theater, Combats Absurdes, Česká improvizační liga
Support: Creative Europe programme of the European Union, The Municipality of Ljubljana, The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia