A fantasy about sex and power
After his highly personal analysis of the world of visual art in X-On (realized with Franz West), in his new production for the large stage Ivo Dimchev examines the conventions of the theatre world. The performance is set in the context of an imaginary festival in Copenhagen. The main characters are the performer Ivo Dimchev, a programmer, a technician and a critic. What starts off as a realistic piece soon turns into a fantasy about sex and power.
• Ivo Dimchev is known for his extremely physical shows, his inimitable fantasy, his fascinating voice and his stunning presence. He is an enfant terrible who always goes to the limit, even that of the system of which he is a part. Since January 2013 he has been one of the four artists in residence at the Kaaitheater. His works puts him in the tradition of ‘true’ performance art. Every performance is a real happening and often leaves the audience bewildered and/or enraptured.
‘One day I just realised how bored I was with the conventionality of my everyday professional communications. So I thought that breaking this convention by creating a fictional story would be a good way to go. Fest tells the story of me going to a festival in Copenhagen to present my solo Som Faves. The performance explores and makes visible the subconscious connections between power and desire in any professional relations. Fest is absolute fiction and is not based on any real personal experience. Let’s say it’s inspired by some... But mostly it’s inspired by my guilty love for Theatre in its more "conventional" setting.’
concept, text, direction Ivo Dimchev | performed by Nicola Schössler, Annina Machaz, Mirko Feliziani, Ivo Dimchev | light design Giacomo Gorini | music Emilian Gatsov | coproduction Kaaitheater, Frascati Producties, Impulstanz, Volksroom Brussels | support The Humarts Foundation