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Casting Hunger Artist
A performance about a casting for a dance-theater production based on Kafka's story "A Hunger Artist


Credits:
Artistic direction: post theater [new york / tokyo / berlin]
Performance director: Max Schumacher, Hiroko Tanahashi
Media installation: Hiroko Tanahashi
Croatian Dramaturgy: Ivana Ivkovic, Ivana Karaconji

Actors : Edvin Liveric,Slavko Sobin, Nina Violic,Liljana Zagorec
Dancers: Martina Rozic, Ivana Ronceiv, Goga Stimac, Nina Sakic
Pianist: Alberto Frka
Choreographic Support: Selma Banich, Sandra Banic
Choreography for intro: Ana Kreitmeyer
Camera: Sasa Oreskovic
Composition: Sibin Vassilev
Production: EkS-scena

World Premiere: November 23, 20:00, Teatar &TD, Zagreb
Other dates: November 24, 25,26 all at 20:00, Teatar &TD, Zagreb
(In Croatian language)



 


"Casting Hunger Artisth (gCHAh) uses the dramaturgical spine of the American musical gA Chorus Lineh in order to communicate Franz Kafkafs short story gA Hunger Artisth. It tells the process of a casting in which the dancers are asked to reveal their motivation to be an artist. Kafkafs gA Hunger Artisth is about an extinct genre of performing arts, fasting. Kafka wrote it as a contemplation on the situation of artists in general. Does a true artist have a choice to be an artist?

Despite the huge differences in origin and in genre, both gA Hunger Artisth and gA Chorus Lineh deal with this question - and both are about a form of decrease. Kafkafs protagonist reduces in body mass and in presence, and a mass of dancers reduces to a handful at the end of the selection process.

post theater will present the project in a theater venue that hosts both dance and theater, Zagrebfs ITD. Its gSemi-Circle-Theaterh space is a perfect location for the project since it looks like a rehearsal space that could hold auditions. The audience sees a double stage: on the left there are dancers gon stageh, on the right there is a production team watching them. CHA brings together actors and dancers to do an interdisciplinary project that also reflects the genres and their relationship with each other | and collaborates with both scenes, their artists and audiences.


This production is produced as a final phase of Eks-Scenafs TRIATLON project.

The following video was produced as a result of a workshop that took place in October 2006. Casting Hunger Artist is a continuation of this process.


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