Authors: Aleksandra Mišić, Žak Valenta, Bojan Gagić
Performer: Aleksandra Mišić
Produced by: masa dance company
The performance was realized within the Zagreb Dance Centre residential platform, supported by the Croatian Institute for Movement and Dance. The project has received the support of the City of Zagreb and the Croatian Ministry of Culture.
"IT'S SHOWTIME, FOLKS!“ is the famous line that Joe Gideon (played by Roy Scheider), the famous choreographer, says each morning looking at himself in the bathroom mirror of his New York flat, as he prepares his new show while facing cancer and trying to overcome his disease in the Bob Fosse hit movie: “All that jazz” from 1979.
In one of his rare interviews with David Sheenan in 1980, one of the greatest and most influential choreographers for the musicals of the 20th century and multiple Academy Award winner Bob Fosse, when asked "Has it been worth it for you?" said:
"That's a tough question. I certainly have received a lot of benefits from it. I like my life. I think that I would be better off if I could get away from work sometimes and let it eat at me, and not be so obsessed with it but it doesn't happen. I'm happiest when I'm rehearsing."
Maybe exactly this explosiveness, dualism and dichotomy of life as well as the intolerance of ordinary life is best evoked in Bob Dylan's timeless song "Knockin' on Heaven's Door"
This interweaving of lives, commitment, passion and destruction, disease and death is an interesting starting point into the exploration of how artists live and the way in which their art mirrors their lives, and vice versa.
Time here is an interesting companion, carrying an evolutionary point which at a given moment changes the perception of life including the arts.
Ladislav Galeta, Croatia’s late trailblazer of video and multimedia art pointed out that if you want to be an artist you have to be one 24/7, which clearly summarizes the dilemma of the relationship between art and life pointing out that the life of an artist and his art are inseparable.
Through a similar self-reference, which runs through the works of all the above sources of inspiration from Fosse to Galeta, this theater project explores our own lives and artistic work through delving into all segments, and question of our own viewpoints, beliefs and experiences in a somewhat voyeuristic and intimate manner, without sparing the discomfort, shame, truth and clarity.