12.05 – 14.05.2022
In medical terms, APHASIA, the title of Jelena Jureša’s new creation, refers to a condition that robs you of the ability to speak or to find the words to form a complete sentence. APHASIA, the performance, reconstructs an evening in a nightclub, in a post-war region, some thirty years after the war. A woman dancing in the sweaty, partying crowd suddenly recognizes the DJ. She carefully studies his movements, comparing them then and today, and she gradually makes out the face of a war criminal who was never convicted: “the man who kicks the dead”. Together with musicians Alen and Nenad Sinkauz and dancer cum actress Ivana Jozić, Jureša questions the dynamics of polarization, compliance with authority and the lure of group violence. In the setting of a night club, she brings us face-to-face with the absurdity of the collective silence that so often surrounds crime. A central role is set aside here for the bystanders. What does it mean to be a witness? To participate tacitly in violence?
concept and direction Jelena Jureša | performers Ivana Jozić, Alen Sinkauz, Nenad Sinkauz | choreography Ivana Jozić and Quan Bui Ngoc | music Alen and Nenad Sinkauz | sound design Hrvoje Pelicarić | text adaptations Asa Mendelsohn, based on a monologue by Barbara Matejčić (Aphasia film and film installation, 2019) | dramaturgical advice Thomas Bellinck and Sara Oklobdžija | film archives Royal Belgian Film Archive (CINEMATEK), Filmarchiv Austria, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Österreichische Mediathek, ZDF archive Berlin | video concept and editing Jelena Jureša | visual effects Dejan Šolajić | set design Stef Stessel | light design Koen Raes | costumes design Anne-Catherine Kunz | costumes realisation Salvatore Pascapè | scientific advice Christophe Busch | technical director Simon Neels | technical support Maxim Maes | programming Merel Vercoutere (KAAP) | project coordinators Sandra Raes Oklobdžija (ROBIN) & Rolf Quaghebeur (KAAP) | production support Kaat Balfoort, Jachym Vandenabeele | production KAAP in collaboration with ROBIN | coproduction Kaaitheater, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, ROBIN, De Singel, Workspacebrussels, Hannah Arendt Institute | developed in Co-laBo | with the support of MOUSSEM, Nomadic Art Centre, Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK), School of Arts of University College Ghent | with the support of Vlaamse Overheid | presentation Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Kaaitheater, KVS