Come Quickly, My Happiness is at Stake!
Concept, text and performance: Igor Koruga; Mentor: Ana Vujanović;
Come quickly, my happiness is at stake! explores communication between spectator and artist within performing arts, from the perspective of hospitality. This performance is constructed as a hybrid form, mixing the elements of a choreography/dance performance, a speech-performance, and a birthday celebration event for 100 people. Switching between representative/aesthetic and social regimes of performing, through its structure, performance creates antagonistic playground that designs a 'communicative community' among artist, artwork, and spectators in theater, which mediates their territories. This mediation enables for both artist and spectator to communicate and experience (in any form) the realms of what is already known, made, familiar and what is unknown, unmade, that can be comprehended in theater context and performance situation. The same case is with hospitality between the host and the guest. Pure, unconditional hospitality is a desire that underscores the conditional hospitality that is necessary in our relationships with others. As guests, we relate to the house rules of the host, the master of one's home and territory, but as well the readiness and the inclination to welcome the Other into one's home. Therefore, as guests we can also negotiate how far we commit to those rules. Isolation is not a feasible alternative in the world, therefore, it is important to consider how best to approach these interactions, and to determine what is at stake for ourselves and the others: what conditions of hospitality to impose, and whether or not we have responded to the call of the Other.