Ideal

 

Leja Jurišić and Teja Reba occupy a bed, interrogate the lives of some rather famous and some less famous male figures, and seem to have loads of fun revealing the hidden and not so hidden connections between female sexuality and patriotism. 

 
© Petra Veber

© Petra Veber

Unpleasant and sharp.
— Ana Schnabl, Dnevnik, Slovenia, 15 June 2015

Perfect absurdity of the situation
— Alja Lobnik & Robert Bobnič, Radio Študent, Slovenia, 17 June 2015

CREDITS
Created by Leja Jurišić & Teja Reba
Performed by Leja Jurišić & Teja Reba
Scenography, Light Design & Costumes by Petra Veber
Music by Davor Herceg
Produced by Bunker
Coproduced by Pekinpah
Photographs by Matija Lukić

Premiere: 13 June 2015, Spider Slang Festival, the Old Power Station, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ideal is a performance for two performers, a bunch of patriarchal semi-celebrities and a bed. In it, Leja Jurišić and Teja Reba, who operate at the intersection of dance, performance art and (post-dramatic) theatre, grasp Goebels’s division of intimate, personal-public and public life of individual, which they then apply to Marx’s remark that a lot of work gets done in bed. 

Through a bed, the performers investigate the patriarchal and paternalistic relationships that persist in the world and out of which we have yet to climb, even though we cannot seem to stop pronouncing their dissolution. 

Jurišić and Reba employ and interrogate the lives of smart, dead and immortal male figures in order to discuss the connections between the female body and female sexuality on the one hand and patriotism and national identity on the other.