SANJA MITROVIC/STAND UP TALL PRODUCTIONS » My Revolution Is Better Than Yours (2018)

About

In May 2018, half a century will have passed since the riots and strikes in France created one of the most iconic cultural landmarks of the XX century. But the student protests in Paris were only one face of a global network of self-organised grassroots movements and rebellions — from the Black Panthers and demonstrations against the Vietnam War in the USA; to the student protests in Western Europe, including those in Spain, Italy and Sweden; to the convulsions in the Eastern Bloc, with the students’ rebellion in Belgrade, the Prague Spring, the political crisis in Poland, and even the protests at the Red Square in Moscow. After the initial explosion of enthusiasm, most of these movements splintered into a range of positions on the political spectrum: from the neoliberal mainstream to left-wing extremism, from the middle class centrism to radical conservatism.

My Revolution Is Better Than Yours is inspired by the protests of ’68 as one of the first genuinely global phenomenons, its potential legacy, as well as perceptions of this turbulent period from half a century distance. Based on the wealth of archive materials and testimonies of the events’ participants from different countries, Sanja Mitrović’s new production considers the breadth of lived experience and historical amnesia, the effects of words and the meaning of actions, and the possibility of remembrance and commemoration. Unfolding through a constellation of characters, ideas, images and statements which relay the fragmented character of the era, My Revolution Is Better Than Yours lets the complexity of ’68 reverberate with the current situation. Are the revolutionary ideals confined to the dustbin of history and marketing slogans of global corporations, or do they still to talk to our experience today?

PAR339242

 

 

Credits

Concept / Direction: Sanja Mitrović

Performers: Vladimir Aleksić, Jonathan Drillet, Maria Herranz, Olga Tsvetkova

Dramaturgy and research: Jorge Palinhos, Karel Vanhaesebrouck

Assistant Director:  Siniša Mitrović

Stage design: Elodie Dauget

Costumes: Alexandra Sebbag

Light design: Giacomo Gorini

Technique: Saul Mombaerts

Intern assistant director: Audrey Gary

Production: Sanja Mitrović / Stand Up Tall Productions (BE) in cooperation with Centre Dramatique National Nanterre-Amandiers (FR)

Co-production: Centre Dramatique National Orléans (FR), Centre Dramatique National La Comédie

de Reims (FR), La rose des vents, Scène Nationale Lille Métropole (FR) / NEXT Festival

Executive production: Caravan Production (BE)

Funded by: Vlaamse Gemeenschap

Supported by: Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg (BE), Pianofabriek (BE)

Playlist

PREMIERE 

04+05+06 May 2018

Nanterre-Amandiers – Nanterre, Paris  (France)

11+12+13 May 2018

Nanterre-Amandiers – Nanterre, Paris (France)

23+24 October 2018 

BELGIAN PREMIERE 

KVS – Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg / Het Brussels Stadstheater, Brussels (BE)

25 October 2018

CC Hasselt – Hasselt (Belgium)

13+14 November 2018 

Centre Dramatique National Orleans, Orleans (FR)

16+17 November 2018

NT Gent – Gent (Belgium)

20+21 November 2018

NEXT Festival / La rose des vents, Scène Nationale Lille Metropole,

Villeneuve d’Arqué (France)

2-11 February 2019

Festival Scenes D’Europe Reims – Reims (France)