25 April / 7 PM / Youth Theatre “Nikolai Binev”
8 Dondukov blv.
RAPTURE AND RAGE
Studies on the authoritarian character
By and with LIGNA (Ole Frahm, Michael Hueners, Torsten Michaelsen – production, text, director), Stephan A. Shtereff (concept, director, production) and Emilian Gatsov (music)
Translation: Gergana Dimitrova
Duration: 84 min.
Supported by Hessisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst, Kulturamt Frankfurt am Main, Nationales Performance Netz, Robert Bosch Stiftung / Internationales Theaterinstitut as part of the “Szenenwechsel”-Programme, Goethe-Institut Bulgaria and the Ministry of Culture Bulgaria.
In Europe, new political parties propagating fascist forms of government are gaining ground or, as in Hungary, already in power. Why is the promise of democratic societies losing its appeal? Why authoritarian leadership seems to appear as a solution in moments of crisis? Which desire is connected to fascism?
The media and performance collective LIGNA and Bulgarian artists Stephan A. Shtereff and Emilian Gatsov explore where the attraction of fundamentalism and radical communitarisation comes from. In “Rapture and Rage”, they address historical constellations, theories and analyses and visualize current developments, by allowing the audience themselves to become central protagonists of the event.
Recently awarded the George Tabori Prize for Independent Theatre, the performance and media collective LIGNA have analysed for years the mechanics and dynamics of group and mass movements in order to find out what moves, controls, manipulates groups and what in turn moves, changes, destroys or makes them accessible to experience in the first place.
TALK – A post-show talk with the artists moderated by Angelina Georgieva