Performance by NATAŠA ŽIVKOVIĆ (SI)
A woman is a sack made to endure. – the Kanun, the Code of Lekë Dukagjini from the Middle Ages, north Albania and Kosovo.
#Unwanted. That’s a common girl name in our Montenegro. – a Women’s Rights Centre poster of a campaign against selective abortion practice, Montenegro, 2017
Montenegro’s last “virgina” has died. Her last wish was for her family-grave epitaph to describe her as her father’s only surviving son. – Blic, 2 August 2016
Sonny! – says a close relative when I visit her in Montenegro.
Sonny is an attempt at an anthropological research of a specific phenomenon in a performative form. It is an amazed fascination with images and stories of sworn virgins or “virginas” from the remote parts of Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo and Metohija. It is a hole in the system which maintains that same system. It is drag in relation to the question of surviving in a man’s world asking us in what world we live.
Author and Perfomer: Nataša Živković
Also performing: Daniel Petković, Loup Abramovici, Slobodan Malić
Space design and scenography: Lenka Đorojević
Lighting design and technical direction: Špela Škulj
Photography: Nada Žgank
Advising: Teja Reba
Executive Producer: Eva Prodan
Production: City of Women
Co-production: Bunker – Old Power Station
Special thanks to: Maska and Mladinsko Theatre
Nataša Živković is active in various fields of performing arts as an author, choreographer, dancer and performer. Since 2006 she has regularly participated in the productions of Via Negativa. She is part of No! Training Lab team, led by Katja Legin, she co-created numerous projects in the production of Emanat. In 2016 she co-created the performances If You’re Happy (Bunker), In the Back of Time (Puppet Theater Ljubljana) and Just in appearance sometimes as everyone else (Emanat). In 2018 she received the Ksenija Hribar Award, which is awarded for outstanding achievements in the field of contemporary dance. Her last author work entitled Sonny (City of Women) won the main award at the ACT Festival in Bilbao – ACT Award 2019.
In frame of Performing gender - Dance makes differences.
The project is supported by Creative Europe, the Ministry of Culture and the City of Ljubljana.