How can you translate the concept of ‘national identity’ to the stage?
Theatermaker en componist Marko Ivic gaat in zijn residentie op zoek naar de betekenis van nationale identiteit als je niet meer in je geboorteland woont. We spreken Marko (van origine Venezolaans) en presenteren zijn onderzoek dan ook in het Engels.
Composer and sound artist Marko Ivic grew up in Venezuela, a country which has been in so much upheaval in the past decade that he doesn’t really know how to feel about his national identity. His research in Het Huis Utrecht focuses on the question what it means to be culturally adrift, of not having a place to return to anymore. Ivic doesn’t see this loss of identity as something purely negative though: it is also a process of liberation. How can we summon an idea of ambiguity and complexity towards the themes of national identity and the quest for belonging, and stop reducing them to just stories of pain and loss? Ivic and his collaborators will try to find a theatrical form that allows them to ‘reconstruct’ his sense of self on stage, using text, physical objects and sound as his building blocks.