PHYSIS

Video / 1h 19min / Eng subtitles

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“A state? What is that? The state, I call it, where the slow suicide of all — is called “life.”

Democracy has become a catacomb of the healthy, responsible and normal. The state needs people who are weak enough to become dependent and obedient enough to remain useful. There is no democracy for sickness and dying, no democracy for visions of a rebellious spirit or for the trembling of a weak heart – there is no democracy for nature.

“For the superfluous ones was the state devised! There, where the state ceases — there only commences the man who is not superfluous.”

But nature, though accustomed to die, still has the power to resist the brutality of civilization; and civilization, though willing to risk everything for its own self-preservation, still has enough time to stop the terror of the “good and just.”

“There, where the state ceases — pray look there, my brothers!” Friedrich Nietzsche

We dedicate the performance to Friedrich Nietzsche, who suffered a nervous breakdown on 3 January 1889, and a series of strokes after the year 1898, which partially paralysed him, leaving him unable to speak or walk. After contracting pneumonia he died on 25 August 1900. The diagnosis of his “mental illness” is still the subject of medical debate.

Conceived by Anita Wach and Bojan Jablanovec
CONCEPT & DIRECTION Bojan Jablanovec
CHOREOGRAPHY Anita Wach, Kristina Aleksova
FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE Grega Zorc
Contains fragments from the book by Friedrich Nietzsche: Thus Spoke Zarathustra (Tako je govoril Zaratursta; Slovenska matica, Ljubjana 1984; translated by Janko Moder)
SUPERFLUOUS Aleksandra Kmetič, Anita Wach, Daniele Tenze, Ena Kurtalić, Jernej Škof, Kristina Aleksova, Loup Abramovici, Mitja Lovše, Neža Blažič, Nina Goropečnik, Olja Grubić, Rok Kravanja, Sara Horžen, Timotej Novaković, Tina Habun (Tjaša Črnigoj), Rea Vogrinčič, Vesna Hauschild and Lena
MUSIC & SOUND DESIGN Eduardo Raon
Contains also fragments from works by Jacques Offenbach: Orphée aux Enfers – Galop infernal, Aram Khachaturian: Sabre Dance, Jacques Offenbach: Les Contes d’Hoffmann – Les oiseaux dans la charmille, Richard Wagner: Tannhäuser – Overture, Charles Ives: Central Park In The Dark, Antonín Leopold Dvořák: Symphony No. 9, Olivier Messiaen: Turangalîla Symphony, Dean Kay – Kelly Gordon: That’s Life. Creative Commons licensed material: Omnisounddesign: Swan_Signet_Honk and Rustle (edited), Bergen Ships Msfinmarken_Bergen (edited), Jared 333: MiloASMR Wheezing (edited)
VOICES Gallina, vocal group; Ana Erčulj, conductor
LIGHT DESIGN Igor Remeta
COSTUMOGRAPHY Olja Grubić

VIDEO Recorded in The Old Power Station Ljubljana, February 2021
SHOOTING DIRECTOR Vid Hajnšek
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Rok Kajzer Nagode
CAMERAS Rok Kajzer Nagode, Vid Hajnšek, Vid Uršič, Špela Škulj
EDITING Bojan Jablanovec
SOUND DESIGN Eduardo Raon
LIGHT DESIGN Igor Remeta
BOOM OPERATOR Jaka Batič
TECHNICAL CREW Janko Oven, Andrej Petrovčič, Duško Pušica

PRODUCTION Via Negativa
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER & PUBLIC RELATIONS Sara Horžen
PHOTO Matjaž Rušt
VIDEO TRAILERS Špela Škulj
CODING Igor Budišin
PRODUCER Špela Trošt
FINANCIAL SUPPORT Ministry of Culture of Republic of Slovenia and City of Ljubljana

“Physis is powered from the bodies in order to disembodied them, and from the thoughts in order to embody them. It expels the people from their own homeland, instrumentalizes them, tests their flexibility and the limits of excess, frees them from cultural shackles and patterns, but also disarms them with self-evidentness and established habits with this same freedom. Physis is a state in itself and at the same time an art … ”


DRŽAVA JE VSOTA VSEH SLIN
Neodvisni / 20-4-2021 / Zala Dobovšek

“Gregor Zorc in the role of Friedrich Nietzsche is exceptional, eerily total in expression and gesture… His communication with the collective is something of the most original, the most suggestive on stage lately. To the pain, to the last atoms of the flesh, we feel it. His constant tension creates such a strong climax that we are rarely used to… ”


KOREOGRAFIRANA KUŽNOST IN RANLJIVOST
Večer / 19-4-2021 / Melita Forstnerič Hajnšek

“Physis is set as a timeless and spaceless symphony of bodies in a world of obscure futures – in a world like ours, here and now. These bodies are lost, confused and above all superfluous. These bodies are all of us…”


VELIKIM DUŠAM JE ŠE NA VOLJO SVOBODNO ŽIVLJENJE!
Odrišča / 11-4-2021 / Matic Ferlan