24 October 2016 | DCS2016
Directed by Damir Avdić
It is two thousand and sixteen. The world is coming to an end. God has retreated. There is nobody left to direct Faust. Mephisto walks into a bar…
Avdić’s Mephisto does not attempt to bring down stereotypes of mythical excitement about two poles, nor does it attempt to establish them. In fact, it does not attempt anything. It enters the life stories of the human and divine spirit of protagonists directly and uncompromisingly. These protagonists are Damir Avdić and Grega Zorc. Mephisto and God. Patient and psychiatrist. Director and artist.
Mephisto, a fine member of society, has preserved his sense of humour despite great preoccupations with work. Of course, he is to blame for everything. For illness. Conspiracy. Manipulation. Nonsense. Absurdity. Surrender. Revolution. Anarchy. Capitalism. Performance. Me. Him. … He is, however, no longer sure about his supremacy. And this is what breaks him.
So he walks into a bar where he asks a mason to sell him his soul. He wants to get on his feet and ask God and man a few essential questions. Because both have to know the answers. Because man is God and God is man. From the surgery…
Insofar as you lean too far to one or the other side of anything, insofar as you think that we need to communicate important things and foster an idea about the possibility of accurate transfer of information, insofar as you believe in the meaningfulness of relationships of human, divine or material nature, we ask you to see all that you are about to view today as a mere story, fiction that does not concern you personally in any way.
Maska is a nonprofit organization for publishing, production (performances, interdisciplinary and visual artworks), education and research. Maska’s theoretical, critical and artistic activities deal with contemporary art and theory, research, experimental performing practices, interdisciplinary art and critical theory. Its contents and events often provide a direct and sharp reflection of the cultural and political space in which it acts. Collaboration with various governmental and non-governmental organisations, artists, professionals from different areas and partners from abroad is an important segment of all of Maska’s activities.
Performed by Grega Zorc, Damir Avdić
Text and music: Damir Avdić
Lighting design and technical supervision: Janko Oven
Costumes: Grega Zorc
Professional advisor: Barbara Krajnc
Production manager: Tina Dobnik
Co-production partners Mini teater, Desiré Central Station Festival
The project is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and Ljubljana Municipality.
Thursday, 17 November 2016 – 9 pm Kosztolányi Dezső Theatre
Photo: Miha Fras