This is not a love song.
This is not documentary theatre.
A performance by visual artist and filmmaker Jelena Jureša. With Ivana Jozić and music by Alen and Nenad Sinkauz.
A production by KAAP in collaboration with ROBIN.
Co-produced by Kunstenfestivaldesarts, ROBIN, De Singel, Workspacebrussels, Hannah Arendt Institute. Developed in Co-laBo (les ballets c de la b).
Supported by Vlaamse Overheid, Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK)/School of Arts of University College Ghent and MOUSSEM – Nomadic Art Centre.
Aphasia, the title of Jelena Jureša’s new creation, refers in medical terms to the inability to speak or find the right words. In her work she focuses on the absurdity that arises from the collective silence surrounding crimes and the fragmentation and compartmentalization of historical events.
The moral standpoint we occupy as distant witnesses, judging the psychology of an individual faced with war or societal havoc, rests on the ability to distinguish between good and evil. However, under distinctive circumstances and severe social pressure, ordinary people can commit the most unimaginable crimes.
Aphasia performance is developed at the intersection of music, film, storytelling, and dance. Immersed in the atmosphere of a (post-war-zone)nightclub, the audience physically participates in an intimate investigation of violence, the world of perpetrators, bystanders, and individual responsibility. One can imagine the audience’s attention gradually shifting from an archival film, to a DJ set, to a dance solo, to an integrated concert, intersected by the interventions of the female narrator who ponders about the “monsters and us”.
Whispers, rumours on perpetration and standing by, complicity and violence; every revolution, every genocide, has its soundtrack.
*More dates to be announced soon.
This performance is developed from the film project APHASIA, 2019.
CONCEPT & DIRECTION
CREATED WITH AND PERFORMED BY
Ivana Jozić, Alen Sinkauz, Nenad Sinkauz
Alen and Nenad Sinkauz
Ivana Jozić & Quan Bui Ngoc
Asa Mendelsohn, based on a monologue by Barbara Matejčić (Aphasia film and film installation, 2019)
Thomas Bellinck & Sara Oklobdžija
VIDEO CONCEPT & EDITING
Stef Stessel and Simon Neels
Royal Belgian Film Archive (CINEMATEK), Brussels; Filmarchiv Austria, Vienna; International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), The Hague; Österreichische Mediathek, Vienna; ZDF archive Berlin…
Merel Vercoutere (KAAP)
Sandra Raes Oklobdžija (ROBIN) & Rolf Quaghebeur (KAAP)
Kaat Balfoort, Jachym Vandenabeele
KAAP in collaboration with ROBIN
Hannah Arendt Institute
Developed in Co-laBo
WITH THE SUPPORT OF
Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK), School of Arts of University College Ghent
MOUSSEM, Nomadic Art Centre
Kunstencentrum nona, Mechelen
Brakke Grond, Amsterdam
De Singel, Antwerpen