Sofa

 

Leja Jurišić and Teja Reba laugh the audience away in this durational performance of distinct quality recognised by curators around the globe, including Tim Etchells, Walter Heun, Jan Hoet and Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez.

 
 
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© Petra Veber

One of the highlights of the U3, the 7th Triennale of contemporary Art in Slovenia. — Matevž Čelik, Nedelo, 23 June 2013

A decadence of figures, performed by Leja Jurišić and Teja Reba in the performance Sofa, illustrates the erosion of cultural and neoliberal Europe and the ever stronger rejection of intellectuality. A stinging performance in which each individual spectator can choose their own 'rhyme.' — Helmut Ploebst, Der Standard, 4 December 2010

Developed in relation to the local social, political, artistic and even personal situation, the durational performance Sofa is a context specific event, comprised of short-sentenced dialogues and bittersweet comments that are bound to end in laughter. 

Although one of primal emotional responses, public laughter was historically understood as a socially undesirable act. By men, naturally. Yet even more so by women. Sofa, however, shows women and men alike how to use laughter as a weapon. 

Sofa was performed more than 20 times at prominent venues and events such as
U3 - 7th Triennial of Contemporary Art in Slovenia in Ljubljana (2013, currated by Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez); OnlineBiennale Art+ in New York (2013, currated by Jan Hoet & Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez); the ]performance space[ Festival in London (2013); Exodos Festival in Ljubljana (2013, currated by Tim Etchells); City of Women Festival in Ljubljana (2012, currated by Mara Vujić); and Scores II Festival inVienna (2010, currated by Tim Etchells & Walter Heun)

CREDITS
Created by Leja Jurišić & Teja Reba
Performed by Leja Jurišić & Teja Reba
Scenography & Light Design by Petra Veber
Photography by Petra Veber
Produced by Pekinpah
Coproduced by Tanzquartier Wien
Premiere: 3 December 2010, Scores II Festival, Tanzquartier Wien, Vienna, Austria

SELECTED DATES
21 April 2015, Festival I. M. Prague, Czech Republic
17 May 2013, The ]performance space[ Festival, London, United Kingdom
30 April 2013, BiennaleOnline Art+, New York, United States
12 October 2012, City Of Women Festival, Ljubljana, Slovenia