Sarajevo War Theater SARTR
Concept and Direction:
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN-SYMPHONY NO. 9
HERBERT VON KARAJAN, BERLIN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, 1963
“The Ninth” is based on Giorgio Agamben’s reflection on humanism as an anthropological machine. In his book, “The Open Man and Animal”, Giorgio Agamben addresses the boundaries between man and animal, and questions the logic of Western civilisation, which justifies the procedure of “humanization of man” in the first place on a systematic suspension of animal. Man is defined only in the difference from the Animal. This show runs through the entire sound landscape of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, a “masterpiece of the western civilization”, “giant and complex”, “sublime”, “triumphant vision of brotherhood.” And in the middle of this “striking example of human spirit” here’s us. Naked and suspicious. Not complex but reduced. Not sublime but explicit. Nothing great about us. Nothing triumphant. Blind by the images that we see, deaf by the sounds we hear. Looking for a connection with The Animal.
JAJAJA NENENE ASSOCIATION WARSAW
Bunker Ljubljana / A Part Festival, Katowice, Fundacija Ciało/Umysł