BETONTANC AND UMKA.LV: SHOW YOUR FACE!
Produced by Bunker Productions and the New Theatre Institute of Latvia
Directed by Matjaz Pograjc
Opening night: May 25th 2006
More info: www.bunker.si (in Slovene and English)
"One of Betontanc's three best performances." Rok Vevar, Delo
"Dark in contents and black in form, the performance has incredibly emotional (live!) music and admiringly healthy irony towards their own story." Dita Eglite, Delfi
"... The show has many striking attributes, including the singing of Boris Benko, a Leonard Cohen-Bruce Springsteen-style performer who delivers throughout the show." StarTribune
"Benko's voice is eerie and plaintive in the manner of David Byrne ... (The music) is haunting, melodic and quite beautiful." Scotty Zacher, Chicago Theater Blog
"(Silence) sound a bit like glam-era David Bowie was singing over the soundtracks of Gabriel Yared." Max Sparber, MinnPost
Show Your Face!, a multimedia performance created by Slovene and Latvian artists from the Betontanc and Umka companies, utilises the techniques of physical and object theatre. The play's protagonist, Little Branko (a masterly animated babygrow), is a small, unimportant person - a man without a face - travelling through the 20th century. On his way, Branko meets various people - people who were, like him, unable to change the world because they were either too courageous or not brave enough.
Silence wrote the score in collaboration with Ugis Vitins, a prominent Latvian musician. The music, performed live during the show by Hladnik (upright piano), Benko (voice, toy synthesizers, xylophone and percussion) and Vitins (saxophone and percussion), combines various genres: pop, cabaret, musical ...
In 2007, Show Your Face! was awarded for collective artistic achievement at the central Slovene theatre festival, the 42nd Borstnik Meeting. The jury wrote: "In Show Your Face!, a play about the contemporary everyman without identity, standpoint and face, Betontanc, Umka.lv and Silence create a touching and vulnerable tale about life in a world without utopia and hope utilising their diverse and suggestive artistic skills. The central figure, a kind of postmodern Woyzeck, fleeing a world he is unable to intervene in from his existential position, attracts dramaturgic connotations - as well as the desires of the audience - due to the virtuosic animation, acting, choreography and music of the aforementioned collectives. It is the sinergy between the performances and the audience that turns the play into genuine theatre magic."
03 The Bus
04 The Chase
05 The Party
06 The Priest
07 The Death of Rosa Luxemburg
08 Torture Chamber
09 The Birth
11 In Your Face
Watch the trailer for Show Your Face!
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