this is my truth, tell me yours
The Steps, 12 Br. Miladinovi St
16.11.2023 18:30

this is my truth, tell me yours
A performance by Jasna Žmak
Followed by a conversation between the author and performer Jasna Žmak (Croatia) and artist and producer Willy Prager (Bulgaria)

➡ November 16, 18:30, The Steps (12 Br. Miladinovi St)

Entry: 10 BGN
The event will be held in English

Appearing on stage in the role of performer for the first time, Žmak deals with questions of truthfulness and representation, participation, and responsibility, guiding us through her dramaturgical and sexual experiences, asking herself and the audience questions about the importance and the meaning of artistic production in the era of wild capitalism.

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Jasna Žmak is a writer, dramaturg and researcher working in the field of literature, performance and dramaturgy, dance, film, and feminism. Her work focuses on the position of women in society, reproductive rights, attitudes towards sex and sexual freedom.

She is the author of several books including 'Moja ti' (Profil, 2015) and 'Dirty words – essays on female sexuality' (Fraktura, 2020), of plays, short stories, reviews, research papers and essays.

Willy Prager is a dance and theater artist, researcher, and producer. He holds a Master’s degree in Solo, Dance, Authorship from the University of Arts in Berlin. He also graduated from the Synthetic Stage Arts program of the University of Plovdiv. His work has been presented at many festivals in Bulgaria and Europe since the beginning of 2000. In 2013 he won the audience award Prix Jardin d’Europe of ImPulsTanz Festival and in 2018 and 2019 the National prize “Ikar”, together with Iva Sveshtarova. He is among the co-founders of Brain Store Project Foundation, "Antistatic" International Festival for Contemporary Dance and Performance, Bulgarian Dance Platform, Balkan dance network - Nomad Dance Academy, and the Magazine for Dance -Annual edition for ballet, contemporary dance, and dance culture.

“this is my truth, tell me yours” is a solo project by the dramaturg and writer Jasna Žmak, in which she explores her relationship with the artistic field, questioning the responsibilities and the anxieties that the role of the contemporary artist implies. Leaning on her personal experience from 2011, when she started suffering from tinnitus and hyperacusis after firing a theater gun during a stage performance “MandićMachine”, (directed by Bojan Jablanovec and performed by Marko Mandić), in this piece Žmak creates her own version of a ŽmakMachine, and explores the ways in which art forms the reality we are living in. Although seemingly not connected, the themes of tinnitus and patriarchy become the central motif of this work that operates at the intersection between stand-up comedy and lecture performance.  

Photos from the performance this is my truth, tell me yours:

Photos 1 - 4 © Marcandrea
Photos 5 - 8 © Sofia Literature and Translation House

Author and dramaturg: Jasna Žmak
Performer: Jasna Jasna Žmak

Light designer: Anton Modrušan
Support in movement creation: Ana Kreitmeyer
Producers: Romana Brajša, Špela Trošt (Via Negativa), Barbara Zonta (City of Women)
Production: Center for Drama Art, Zagreb & Via Negativa, Ljubljana & City of Women, Ljubljana
Partners: KunstTeatar, Zagreb & VoxFeminae festival, Zagreb & Zavod En-Knap, Ljubljana

This project was developed during PARL – Performance Art Research Ljubljana 2022.
This project was made possible with funding support from the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia, the Zagreb City Office for Culture, International Relations and Civil Society, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the City of Ljubljana.

The event is part of Jasna Žmak’s creative residency at the Sofia Literature and Translation House supported by the TRADUKI literary network, National Culture Fund – Bulgaria, Sofia Municipality and in partnership with The Steps/Single Step Foundation. 

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