timbuktu artistic attempt

“Timbuktu” is an attempt at finding unconventional ways of narration on stage. In that, we try to avoid the uncommunicative strategies of conceptual theater. The story is mediated in an implicitly political manner, while also enabling the audience an intimate identification with the characters. Performance “Timbuktu” is a discussion of the theatrical ontology of the performer rather than the performance. The process is aimed at the different qualities of presence, as the basis for a „live” performance. The goal is to reexamine the idea of how much a „live performance” is necessarily and exclusively a human activity, through the comparison of the actor’s (human) presence and the archaic (mythological, pre-dramatic) presence of the dog. Namely, during the performance, there is a substitution of a “trained” dog with truly untrained, abandoned dogs, while the place in the audience of the main protagonist (a trained actor) is taken by the homeless. This, once again, poses the question about the ways in which a performance demands a form of mediation of the performer’s actions in order to have meaning.

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