Our Violence and Your Violence

Duration 75′
Language Slovenian, with Romanian and English surtitles


Friday 11/11/2016 from 19:00 to 20:15

inspired by Peter Weiss’ novel The Aesthetics of Resistance

The performance observes Europe naively stunned by the refugee crisis, Europe which willingly forgets its colonial past and closes its borders to thousands who run from the consequences of the American and European politics. It seems like the 20th has persistently worked on encouraging national narcissisms which taught one mass that it is better than the others. The 21st century continues with the same lessons, using the infallible weapon: fear. Are we aware that our prosperity depends of thousands of dead in the Middle East? Do we mourn the same for victims of terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels, as for those in Baghdad? At what moment did we start believing that we are the masters of truth and that our God is more powerful than other Gods?

directed by: Oliver Frljić
with: Barbara Babačić, Daša Doberšek, Uroš Kaurin, Dean Krivačić, Jerko Marčić, Nika Mišković, Draga Potočnjak, Matej Recer, Blaž Šef
dramaturgy: Marin Blažević
costume and make-up: Sandra Dekanić
set: Igor Pauška
lighting design: Dalibor Fugošić
adaptation of lighting design: David Cvelbar
sound: Silvo Zupančič
music selection: Oliver Frljić
artistic advice: Aenne Quiñones
assistant to the director: Barbara Babačić
production management: Hannes Frey

producer: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin
co-producers: Mladinsko Theatre, Ljubljana (Slovenia), Wiener Festwochen (Austria), Zürcher Theater Spektakel (Switzerland), Kunstfest Weimar (Germany), Hrvatsko narodno kazalište Ivana pl. Zajca, Rijeka (Croatia). Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation
regional co-producer: MESS Sarajevo

About the artists

Oliver Frljić, director, theorist, performer, actor, winner of many important theatre awards, graduated from the Academy for Dramatic Arts in Zagreb. He is known for controversial and uncomfortable political questions in his performances, he enthuses and shocks with his original projects and radical interpretations of the classical plays. His provocative performances stir up audiences from Ljubljana and Kranj through Zagreb, Belgrade to Düsseldorf, Graz, Krakow, Vienna, Bydgoszcz. Among other things, he sparked an inflammable public debate about censorship in Croatia, opened the painful topics of the erased in Slovenia and the participation of the Poles in the Holocaust in Poland. From 2014 to 2016 he was the Intendant of the Croatian National Theatre Ivan pl. Zajc in Rijeka.