The drama performance Echoes is the story of the “fragments” of human civilization, the cruelty and violence of the 20th century and the uprooting and appropriation of historical memory that cue the streaming obliteration of human stories, of true information and individual groups of ideas. In this context, Echoes elucidates the crumbled world, in which the discipline of the singular memory becomes reality, the category of the nomadic a necessity, and utter deterioration the only liberty. The author of Echoes, Neven Korda, places his own “echoing” process parallel to the “fragments of civilization”; through the shattering, uprooting and reconstruction of his own visual, textual, motoric and sonic (processed and unprocessed) materials from the period of the past five years, which were developed mainly in co-operation with the dancer and choreographer Igor Sviderski. Motion remains at the core of the current performance as well, albeit Echoes is presented in the format of a 20th century television show, hosted by two “grounded” dancers (Katjuša Kovačič, Sabina Schwenner), two “airborne” acrobat-dancers (Anže Kreč, Urška Štrukelj) and the connecting link between air and earth, Sarah Al Saleh.
Author and director: Neven Korda
Dramaturgy: Andreja Kopač
Actors: Katjuša Kovačič, Sabina Schwenner, Anže Kreč, Urška Štrukelj, Sarah Al Saleh
Stage design: Tomaž Furlan
Lighting design: Miran Šušteršič
Sound design: Brane Zorman
Video: Boštjan Čadež
Costume: Urška Recer
Make-up: Tina Lasič Andrejevič
Motion advisor: Igor Sviderski
Speech advisor: Maja Cerar
Graphic design: Lijana Veličković
Assistant for video: Jure Sajovic
Executive producer: Marcela Okretič
Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana 2009
Zavod Bunker, Zavod Zank
Thanks to: Brane Ždralo, Elektro Ljubljana, Intakt, Janez Štamberger, Kreatorij DIC, KUD Mreža – Galerija Alkatraz, Marko Kovačič, Moderna galerija, Plezalni klub Stena, Prešernovo gledališče Kranj, Vlado Repnik, Zavod Maska, Zavod SCCA-Ljubljana, VPK - Video Produkcija Kregar, Galerija ŠKUC.
The performance Echoes employs audiovisual material from the performances Letters from the present, TWO, and YYY, which feature the co-operation of Aldo Ivančič, Aljoša Rot, Borut Kumprsčak, Boštjan Gombač, Damjana Grašič, Igor Sviderski, Irena Tomažin, Luka Prinčič, Maruša Oblak Gejmajer, Renata Vidič, Rosana Hribar, Sebastjan Starič, Slavko Glamočanin and Živa Rogelj, and the song Ortega, v kino greš from the record Retinal Circus.
The programme of Aksioma is regularly supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Town Municipality of Ljubljana – Department of Culture
Aksioma - Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana