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Zagreb Dance Company
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10000 Zagreb, Croatia
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RAVE ON!
2019/07/19

RAVE ON!

Authors: Aleksandra Mišić, Ognjen Vučinić

Choreographer: Aleksandra Mišić

Performer: Ognjen Vučinić

Assistant director: Filip Povrženić

Music selected by: Aleksandra Mišić, Ognjen Vučinić

Sound designer: Luka Gamulin

Lighting designer: Saša Bogojević

Costume: Ljerka Zmajić

Graphic design: Tihana Šeremet

Production: MASA DANCE COMPANY

Supported by: Mediterranean Dance Center residency program 2019, 36th Dance Week Festival

Financial support: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, Zagreb City Office for Culture


For the authors of this work, rave culture is a memory from their past, their attempt to feel a part of the community by establishing a connection with the tribe through dance and physicality. Music and the aesthetics of the rave dance movements are a journey, transformation, transcendence and liberation, the recognition of individuality within a group. In the bodies of the authors, rave reverberates like a feeling aroused by sound and rhythm. In their words, „their“ rave is only theirs, and what they share with other people is just the space, not the emotion. This statement is a threat to mutual understanding in general. But by analyzing the feeling that results from the affective body, the performance they have created encourages an exchange of opinions. Thus this solo balances between a parody of vague attempts to explain the phenomenon of rave culture and a serious attempt to plunge into the inner self. The structure and the concept of this piece have been inspired by the work of Joseph Beuys, who is known as a „provocateur“, and his performance „How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare“ from 1965. Beuys created art that was not supposed „to be intellectually understood, but felt or looked at intiuitively“. That suggests that not everything can be explained. For that reason this solo is motivated by the following questions: How can we explain the feeling of rave? Can a person rave alone? How to convey and explain something individual and inexpressible?

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