A drama about democracy, populism and responsibility is analysed through the perspective of three years – 1919, 1968 and 2019.
The performance rePublika u orkestru (rePublic in the Orchestra) is based on one of the key texts of the avant-garde theatre Hoppla, wir leben! (Hoppla, We’re Alive!), by the German writer and playwright Ernst Toller, which BADco. treats in a three-part performance structure founded on intersections of historical modernist, postmodern and contemporary artistic practices.
Toller succeeded to create a faithful image of society in the Bavarian Republic. Premiered in 1927, the drama depicts a fragile constitutional state which was in danger of collapse. The drama about democracy, populism and responsibility are analysed through the perspective of three years – 1919, 1968 and 2019.
Situated in the orchestra of the Rijeka theatre, the performance turns to the historical interpretations both of the piece by Ernst Toller and the question of practising the impossible, of the attempt of action despite hopelessness all the way to the level of the performance of the impossible in artistic practice. Besides Toller’s drama, also used are materials from the performance of Oplà Stick by Italian avant-garde artist Paolo Scheggi, performed in 1968 at the Tendencije 4 exhibition in Zagreb, the complex Etudes Boreales for cello by American composer John Cage, and choreographic score for impossible dances of the American performance group Goat Island and alike.
The creators of the adaptation are Nataša Antulov (HR), Ivana Ivković (HR) and Tomislav Medak (HR).