We Speak of Music. A Play by Viktor Alimpiyev and Marian Junin

Public talk, discussion, video show

15.05.2012, 19:00 Tuesday

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Program: [Context of the visual]

Place: National Centre for Contemporary Arts, the small hall

Moderator: [Maria Punina]

Participants: [Viktor Alimpiyev], [Marian Junin], [Chukhrov Keti]

In 2005 leading Italian director Romeo Castelucci intived choreographer Marian Junin and artist Viktor Alimpiyev to present their play “We Speak of Music” at the Venice Biennale. The formal reason for the “conversation” on stage was Dmitry Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No.1, but the real stuff of the dialogue between the performer and the audience was “the event”, free from narrative and context, from the psychological meaning of playing a role and theatrics. Nevertheless, the authors of the play insist upon not calling their work a performance.

The actor's survival strategy on stage as suggested by Alimpiyev and Junin became an object of philosophical study for Keti Chukhrov, who included the analysis of this play in her book, “Being and Acting. The theater project in the philosophical critique of art”.

The evening's program includes the discussion of the play “We Speak of Music” and a video show of the play's documentation.

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