And So On
And So Forth
PASSENGERS FALLING FROM THE SHOT DOWN AIRPLANES, A TORPEDO SPEEDING TOWARDS A SHIP FULL OF IMMIGRANTS, LAST PENGUIN FLOATING ON THE LAST PATCH OF ICE… ALL IS COMING TO AN END, BUT NOTHING REALLY ENDS.
And so on and so forth… The phrase, which suggests that something may continue endlessly. If we have enough imagination… Or is it a metaphor for the tedious repetition of always the same. Or depicts the moment when the mind is so weak and drained that can only sighs “and so on and so forth.” And somewhere here, at the beginning of something that cannot be reached with the mind anymore, begins the performance.
“Ladies and gentlemen. His Majesty the Stage is ready to start its royal breakfast. Which mortal should we place in the center?” The stage starts charging with images of the ends, which pile up on the top of each other. The parachute failed to open. A torpedo speeding towards a ship full of immigrants. A deer lying in the middle of the highway. The oxygen is cut off. Last penguin floating on the last patch of ice. Passengers falling from shot down airplanes. And so on and so forth. These are the stories of finality. Absurd and senseless, tragic and comic, fictional and real, believable and unbelievable. The only thing six performers from Finland, Great Britain, Iceland, Poland and Slovenia can do is to remove the corpses and to grab for the last traces of meaning.
The performance is the result of cooperation of an international performance company Oblivia from Helsinki and Via Negativa Ljubljana. What connects both groups is that each of them fosters its unique form of performing, bound to constant reduction to the most basic performing language and strategies of staging.
Conceived and devised by the group.
Performers: Grega Zorc, Rok Kravanja (Slovenia), Anna Krzystek (Scotland), Anita Wach (Poland), Magnus Logi Kristinsson (Iceland) and Timo Fredriksson (Finland).
Concept and direction: Bojan Jablanovec
Programming of audio-visual interface: Vasja Progar
Manipulation of audio-visual interface in real time and sound design: Tomaž Grom, assistant: Beno Gec
Light design: Meri Ekola
Stage: Igor Remeta
Produced by Oblivia Helsinki & Via Negativa Ljubljana with the support of Ministry of Culture of RS and the City of Ljubljana
Producers: Marina Andersson-Rahikka, Špela Trošt
Premiere: 7. DEC 2014, The Old Power Station Ljubljana
Duration: 90 minutes
Performed in English.
And so on and so forth – on the potential of death
MMC RTV SLO, Ljubljana, 16. Dec. 2014, Nenad Jelesijević
“The scene, breathing in its own rhythm, completely free of the weight of the performers or the burden of the performance, thus suggests that its territory might in fact be broader than conventionally thought; that it might in fact go beyond the physical border of the theatre.”