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At Her Majesty’s Pleasure!

At Her Majesty’s Pleasure! focuses primarily on the positions of artists and artistic freedom in contemporary societies in view of legal and ethical frameworks of artistic creation. It examines the questions of the relationship between artists’ rights and the freedom of speech, on the one hand, and personal and material rights of individuals and groups, on the other.

At Her Majesty’s Pleasure! is a semi-documentary performance that takes as its factual starting point the actual legal and ethical questions of artistic freedom brought to light recently; among them: court censorships of novels by Pikalo and Smolnikar, police persecution of Vojnović and the public, media and institutional responses to the projects by Eclipse and Ive Tabar.

At Her Majesty’s Pleasure! examines the nominal and the actual position of contemporary artists, the processes of normalising and appropriating the artistic and an artist’s (ir)responsibility to his or her own work and the reactions to it; and attempts to form a basis for an honest creative stance that takes into account its position in the social structures of power and norm.

 

At Her Majesty’s Pleasure! is part of the programme of Maska, Institute for Publishing, Production and Education, which is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia.

The project is part of the Ljubljana – World Book Capital 2010 programme. The project has been co-funded by the City of Ljubljana.

Glej’s programme is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the City of Ljubljana.

 

 

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Detailed: 

Conceived and directed by: Jure Novak
Dramaturgy: Urška Brodar
Contributions by: Eclipse, Matjaž Pikalo, Breda Smolnikar, TAKO and Ive Tabar, Goran Vojnović
Texts: Jure Novak, Urška Brodar, Vasilij “Vasko” Polič
Also performing: Maruša Kink, Rok Kunaver, Vasilij “Vasko” Polič, Vasja Kokelj, Aleksandar Rajaković
Special guest: Janez Janša
Costume design: Mateja Benedetti
Costume manufacture: Mura Unikat
Hat manufacture: Marjana Zajc
Technical director and lighting: Grega Mohorčič
Technical assistants: Martin Lovšin, Janko Oven
Photos: Urška Boljkovac
Graphic design: Grupa Ee (Damjan Ilić, Ivian Kan Mujezinović)

Production: Maska
Executive producer: Tina Dobnik
Co-production: Glej Theatre and Poza Institute
For Glej, Inga Remeta

Thanks to: Alenka Avbar Novak, Petra Slanič, Matija Šturm, Mare Bulc, Grega Bulc, Maska team, Glej team. Matjaž Pikalo thanks everyone who helped him financially in paying off the damages. The performance was made also with them in mind. And all who in any way contributed to the making of the performance. Aleksandar Rajaković – Sale, Dr. Gregor Ravnikar