On Trial Together is a hybrid public event between theatre play, choreography, social game, and happening. It takes place in a theatre venue, thereby reaffirming the role of theatre in the symbolization of the social. However, the stage is reappropriated and transformed into a place in public space where citizens discuss issues important to their society and speculate about its future through fictional constructions. The authors base this performance on principles of social, live action and role-playing games, open for all audience members to take part in. This concept invites the audience to create fictional situations out of the initial plots: Up and Down, Then Up and Again Down of the Workers’ Self-Management, The Others and Collective Intelligence Test. The performance ends with an open forum for discussion about experiences related to participation in this performance and stories created within. Those stories and social choreography are temporary, changeable, and they largely depend on us. Thus, On Trial Together becomes a theatrical story we tell ourselves about ourselves, and a choreographic spectacle we create for no one’s eyes. Each performance is a unique event (episode) that starts off with the situation created in the previous event in the chain, thus constructing an open series with unpredictable results.
Authors: Ana Vujanović, Saša Asentić
Textual proposal: Ana Vujanović
Choreographic proposal: Saša Asentić in collaboration with Ana Vujanović, Christine De Smedt, Olivera Kovačević Crnjanski
Performance: audience and moderators
Moderation: Ana Vujanović, Saša Asentić, Alexandre Achour, Boris Radujko, Prodromos Tsinikoris
Stage design: Nataša Murge Savić, Siniša Ilić
The performance version 2015 was coproduced by Mladinsko Theatre, the performance version 2014 by New York Live Arts, Onassis Cultural Centre, BIFET Festival, Serbian National Theatre, the performance version and research 2012 by Per Art and TkH [Walking Theory] platform as well as Serbian National Theatre and Tanz im August. Supported by research residencies by Schloss Solitude, New York Live Arts – The Suitcase Fund and In-Presentable Festival. Episode Offenbach is coproduced by Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in the frame of Dance Platform Germany 2016.