Extraordinarily Intolerable

a performance activism project

Extraordinarily Intolerable is a performance on 'crimes of solidarity' in two parts. Made of two solo sections and integrating the audience into a participatory experience, the performance guides the visitors through diverse rooms. Dealing with the problem of criminalisation of civilian activist intervention, the work is based on texts and publications that document and discuss criminalisation and legal prosecution of civilians and activists who act in defense of human rights. 

How to deal with the sensitive topic of criminalization and prosecution of those that decide to protect, help, and work for a common good? How to deal, and how to act when care in form of solidarity for others is prohibited by law? How does the act of reading about crimes of solidarity in newspapers, publications, social media translate into a participatory performance? How does re-imagining them in performance influence our perception of this seemingly remote reality, yet in this performance they appear to be intimately and intolerably close? How much does it take to make a small yet extraordinarily gesture of care towards a stranger, a refugee? 


Photo credits: Bernhard Müller/INFLUX

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A letter of contemplation in form of an evening program, given to the audience at the end of the performance. (June, 2019)


Concept/artistic direction/choreography: Tomaz Simatovic; research/performance: Andras Meszerics, Nayana Keshava Bhat; dramaturgy consultant: Claudia Heu; technical assistance: Alexander Breitner 

Co-production: Tomaz Simatovic/The Performing Solidarity Project and INFLUX - Network for Dance, Theatre and Performance; Co-production partner: Toihaus Theater Salzburg; Project funding: Salzburg Land, Stadt Salzburg.

Created during the residency at Toihaus from May to June and October 2019 Extraordinarily Intolerable has developed in the frame of “The Performing Solidarity Project”. Extraordinarily Intolerable is associated to the Laboratory for Participative Imaginaries.

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