A Potential Performance is created, written and performed by a female team: dramaturg Urška Brodar, performer Mel Krodman, and director Eva Nina Lampič, describing a performance that never occurs. It consists of three sections: (A) a scripted part, (B) an improvised part and (C) a short scripted ending. In (A) the performers talk to the audience, using deliberately vague language, avoiding the use of gender and by that questioning audiences’ biases ascribed to certain roles in society, and leaving space to imagine their own imagined reality. In (B) the audience talk back to the performers, reflecting on (A), sharing their perspectives, exchange different points of view, and put them side by side. Then (C), an advancement of the first section, gives the audiences an opportunity for a reinvestigation of their methods of thinking. A Potential Performance explores how our minds fill in the missing parts based on personal contexts, knowledge, and circumstances. In this way cultural, political and gender biases are revealed, and the audience members are offered to question their own perception and the prejudices they hold, which impact the way they view the world.
created, written and performed by Urška Brodar, Mel Krodman, Eva Nina Lampič
performers in Helsinki and Ljubljana (June 2017): Urška Brodar, Eva Nina Lampič, Bence Mezei
photo and video documentation by Dani Modrej
produced by Glej Theatre, Ljubljana (SI)
co-produced by Ballhaus Ost, Berlin (DE)
Two work-in-progress showings and runs were developed within Glej Theatre's Resident Program, in Ljubljana and at Ballhaus Ost, Berlin in 2016. / A Potential Performance was developed in Ljubljana and Berlin, with support of the Slovenian Ministry of Culture residence program. / Mel Krodman is a participant in the Global Connections - ON The ROAD program, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group, the national organisation for the professional not-for-profit American theatre.