A dizzying hybrid experience of reality and virtuality unfolds in front of our eyes. Moving alone on stage with a laptop, Barbara Matijević shapes her body as a seamless extension of the two-dimensional world of videos, made by anonymous users of YouTube. In Forecasting Giuseppe Chico & Barbara Matijević establish a space-time suspended between two parallel systems of perception: that of physical reality and that of the screen. An intriguing and humorous dialogue, challenging the way in which technology affects our senses, our relationship with objects, movement and our understanding of presence. The work of Chico and Matijević explores what theatre and performance can mean in contemporary life that is being so profoundly transformed by the “new tools of the mind” such as the Internet. In Forecasting, they point to the ever-increasing influence of digital tools in the construction of the Self and the collective imaginary. The piece received the Special Jury Prize at the 56th MESS Theater International Festival in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in 2016.
Barbara Matijević was born in Nasice, Croatia in 1978. She studied literature at Faculty of Arts in Zagreb, Croatia, and dance at the Hypaxis Dance Centre (N.H./U.S.A.) and the International Centre for Contemporary Dance and Performance Art – ATHENA, Greece, under the artistic direction of Kilina Cremona in Zagreb. Matijević has worked with Bojan Jablanovec, Bruno Marin, David Hernandez, TRAFIK, and Joris Lacoste. She also collaborated with Boris Charmatz in the project Bocal. She taught dance at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Art in Osijek, Croatia. She has been collaborating with Giuseppe Chico since 2008. Matijević lives in Zagreb, Croatia.
Giuseppe Chico was born in Bari, Italy, in 1974. He studied ancient languages and started working in theatre at an early age with the Abeliano Company under the direction of Tina Tempesta and later with Kismet Theatre, under Robert McNeer. He also worked as a set designer for Paolo Baroni. After studying theatre in Rome and Milan, he moved to Paris in 2000 and began to train in contemporary dance with Joao Fiadeiro, Vera Montero, Julyen Hamilton, Mark Tompkins, Vera Orlock, Pooh Kaye, K. J. Holmes, Olivier Besson. He was a performer for several years for the company Mille Plateaux Associés. He has also worked with George Appaix and Joris Lacoste. Chico lives in Paris, France.
THU 12.11.2020, at 12 (online) The lecture is part of the Prognostics lecture series supported by Saastamoinen Foundation, and organised in collaboration with the Academy of Fine Arts of Uniarts Helsinki. Take part in the Prognostics lecture on Zoom
Authors: Giuseppe Chico and Barbara Matijević
Performed by: Barbara Matijević
Video: Giuseppe Chico
Sound: Viktor Krasnic
Patch Max: Niccolo Gallio
Production: Kaaitheater, Brussels, Belgium
Coproduction: UOVO, Milan, Italy
Executive producer: 1er stratagème and De facto
Supported by: DRAC Ile de France – Croatian Ministry of Culture – the City of Zagreb – the French Institute – Beaumarchais SACD association – PACT Zollverein, Essen, Germany, and Caos/Festival Terni (residency program).
Thanks to: Marie Roche/Grand Ensemble for collaboration and Rostan Chentouf for project management
Visit supported by: TelepART/ Institut finlandais and Institut Français Finlande
Photo: Jelena Remetin