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Sanja Mitrović - SPEAK

vri 19/04/2013 > woe 08/05/2013

SPEAK! is a performance about the power and virtuosity of public speaking and its potential to shape society. Working with a wealth of historical material, two performers try to win the audience approval. In the end, is there a winner? And if so, who will that be?

In SPEAK!, Sanja Mitrović continues her exploration of various systems of communication. In a set-up that is evocative of a political campaign or an election the audience is expected to vote for its ‘representative’. In their attempts to win over hearts and minds of the viewers, the performers draw from an arsenal of historical speeches. They put to test the recruiting force of these speeches and the affective potential of the images they propose. Can the performers stage an image that we can all imagine together? Are we willing to participate in the temporary collectivity that the performance creates?

Together with with Belgian performer Geert Vaes, Mitrović explores the capacity of language, and its public performance, to mobilise a society and to create an image of the world that we can all share and participate in. Marked by subtle humor, driven by playfulness and shot through with painful moments, SPEAK! is a performance that takes us on an emotional journey through images from our collective history and our possible futures.

Concept/choreography/direction: Sanja Mitrović
Performance: Geert Vaes, Sanja Mitrović 
Dramaturgy: Jonas Rutgeerts, Maya Arad 
Stage and light design: Laurent Liefooghe & Christophe Antipas (LLAC architects)
Sound: Luka Ivanović
Costume: Frédérick Denis
Video: Janneke Kupfer
Reseach: Friso Wiersum
Different languages, with subtitles in Dutch and French
Duration: +/- 90 min

Production: Stand Up Tall Productions, Amsterdam
Co-production: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels (BE)
Supported by: Beursschouwburg (BE), Pianofabriek kunstenwerkplaats (BE), SPRING Festival (NL), STUK Kunstencentrum (BE)
Financially supported by: Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (NL)
Photo credits: Kurt Deruyter

World premiere: 9 > 10 > 11 > 12/05/2013 – 20:30
Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Les Brigittines (BE)
NL Premiere: 16 > 17/05/2013 SPRING Festival, Utrecht (NL)
17/10/2013 – STUK, Leuven (BE)
Spring 2014 (dates TBC) – Beursschouwburg, Brussels (BE)
2014 – Toneelschuur, Haarlem (NL)
5 > 6/3/2014 – Bellevue, Amsterdam (NL)
12/3/2014 – Gruitpoort, Doetinchem (NL)
26/3/2014 – Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam (NL)