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Charms of Harms

Over four evenings of online theatre, SNG Nova Gorica wove a story of hope and despair, using methods pioneered by Russian avant garde artists.

We're delighted to announce that Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica is one of the recipients of ETC's Digital Theatre grants! This 1000 EUR funding is used to support the development of an experimental online or digital theatre project.

There are still five grants available. Find more information here!

Below is information about Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica's funded show, 'Charms of Harms'.

 

Collective theatre
CHARMS OF HARMS
Based on motives of Daniil Harms

A baptismal production

 

Premiere: December 16 to 19, 2020, web.
The premiere is a four-day online event.

 

The production, which will be staged entirely online, is based on the principle of collective theatre inspired by Nikolai Evreinov's theatre therapy (1879–1953) and L. Moreno's theatre of spontaneity and psychodrama (1989–1974).

It highlights the importance of the creative processes used by Russian avant-garde artists in the past, which have led to a global response comparable to the Renaissance. Thematically the project will reflect the themes of »hope«, »despair«, »god« and »the art of the real«, and seek to re-establish the link between art and religion based on work and lifestory of the world famous Russian avant-garde writer and artist from Sankt Peterburg Daniil Kharms and his avant-garde group Oberiu. (One of his pseudonyms was Charms.) The project as an online staging, the theatricalization of life in documentary theatre, seeks its aesthetic expression in the tragicomic genre of creative nonsense.

The spectator who follows all four evenings can, together with the creators, pass over all the mentioned phases, from despair to hope and faith, trying to establish a collective theatre in the Goriška region and help to revitalize the role of the individual in the community, raise awareness of resistance to given topics and transform them through creative artistic gestures; analyze the phenomenon of self-isolation of individuals in the society of the Western world and the growth of this phenomenon as a consequence of the epidemic and establish socially useful collective theatre; and combine various artistic practices.

The online staging in four sequels, has emerged entirely as an online theatre that is the only one possible at this time. It tackles a new way of theatrical performance and is partly filmed as a mockumentary theatre, partly as fiction, partly live as interactive conversation between creators and viewers on the zoom app.

 

Producers Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica, Teater na konfini (Theatre on the Border), Mesto knjige (City of Books)

Director Sakerdon Mihajlovič
Dramaturg Robotka
Author of visual art, animation and video Težki mož postave
Costume Designer Bakila
Composer and Sound Designer Klintz
Video Director, Editor and Cameraman Liline
Light Designer, Director of Photography and Camera Uho


Performing: Klintz, Vrana, Težki mož postave, Keltoukouk, Robotka, Grapa, Tarakanka, Lavuška

 

More information on the Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica website.

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