This is not a hit


In the first part of the Verbalisation Trilogy, Matej Kejžar (dance) and Marjan Stanić (drums) create an atmosphere of loudness and hectic movement. They come to terms with discrepancy and chaos in order to build a new silent beginning.

© Matija Lukić

© Matija Lukić

Matej Kejžar, graduated as a choreographer from the Amsterdam School of the Arts, in the SNDO program, and continued his postgraduate studies in Brussels at X-Group P.A.R.T.S. He was an exchanged student at the Trisha Brown Dance Company in New York and received a scholarship from the Movement Research program. 

In This is not a Hit, Matej Kejžar turns to dissecting the possibility of creating an atmosphere of silence out of the existing noise. Kejžar and Marjan Stanić, a killer percussionist whose solo drumming tour de force fills the performance for over an hour, collectively dissect the established rhythmic paterns, hit all the wrong notes in the right manner, and enact the possibility of a new verbal formation. 

This is not a Hit, the first part of Kejžar's Verbalisation Trilogy, aims at establishing a body stripped of all connotations and a sound stripped of all representation in order to silence the surroundings. In other words, it constructs silence as a basis for a potential future movement and a potential future word. 

This is not a Hit triggered the commission of Rave, the final performance of the Verbalisation Trilogy, by the 2015 Festival d’Avignon.

Created by Matej Kejžar
Performed by Matej Kejžar (dance) & Marjan Stanić (drums & percussion)
Producer: Žiga Predan
Produced by Pekinpah

Premiere: 11 September 2013, PTL, Ljubljana, Slovenia

22 November 2013, ZPC, Zagreb, HR
8 March 2014, Danscentrumjette, Brussels, BE
17 April 2014, Les Subsistances, Lyon, FR