Un Vent de folie


Artistic direction: Mark Tompkins

Set and costume design: Jean-Louis Badet
The performance was created in collaboration with Primož Bezjak, Aleš Hadalin, Uroš Kaurin, Boris Kos, Maruša Oblak and BlažŠef

Première 17 May 2014


Mark Tompkins, charismatic choreographer, director and performer, has joined forces with the actresses and actors of our theatre for the first time. His lucid theatrical imagination and magic was incited by two springs: The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky and Vaslav Nijinsky, namely the spring of new art which rises from pagan tradition, and the Arab Spring as a social phenomenon in which it seemed, at least for a while, that in the political terms the spring came after a long neoliberal and totalitarian winter.

Un Vent de folie explores the universal themesof life, love and death andthe never-ending cycles of transformation, renewal and decay. The piece includes and mixes several extremely heterogeneous elements and styles; Slovenian Kurent folklore; the verbal assault of Antonin Artaud’s Theater and the Plague; John Ford’s sulfurous Jacobean tragedy of incest 'Tis Pity She’s A Whore; a burlesque version of the Old Wild West; popular songs including Slovenian and American standards and more. Through the use of contradictory associations and the accumulation, layering and interweaving of these disparate scenes, intricate soundscapes, complex images and composite pictures emerge and vanish.
Nothing is created, nothing is destroyed; everything is transformed.

In collaboration with the Institute Français and the Institute Français Slovénie.

The performace is partly based on improvisations. Texts by Mark Tompkins, Urška Sajko, Maruša Oblak, Tomaž Toporišič are used, as well as the following material: Kurent by Ivan Cankar, With Labour we Build by Srečko Kosovel, Imperialism Rips Off My Head by Tomaž Šalamun, Kurent by Aleš Šteger, The Theatre and the Plague by Antonin Artaud, 'Tis Pity She's A Whore by John Ford. We also used folk songs Prišla bo pomlad, Vsi so venci vejli and Marko skače; and partizan and patriotic songs Hej, tovariši, Hej, brigade, Lepo je v naši domovini biti mlad, Slovenski pionirji; Slovenian pop songs Vrača se pomlad (Silvester Štingl, Elza Budau) and Zvončki in trobentice (Tone Roš); evergreens Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody by Leonello Casucci and Julius Brammer, and Roger A. Graham and Spencer Williams (according to Louis Prima) and I'm An Old Cowhand by Johnny Mercer (according to Patsy Montana); and the pop hit Total Eclipse of the Heart by Jim Steinman (according to Bonnie Tyler).


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