Extraordinarily Intolerable

Extraordinarily Intolerable has developed in the frame of “The Performing Solidarity Project”, dealing with the problem of criminalisation of activism, and the dilemma that this topic has brought into the public discussion. Created during the residency at Toihaus from May to June and October 2019 the format we have developed guides the visitors through diverse rooms in form of a guided exhibition. The visitors can see and be part of a shared performance research on 'somatic activism'. 

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 for others is prohibited by law?

The work is based on selected public texts and publications that document and discuss the phenomena of criminalisation and legal prosecution of civilians and activists who act in defense of human rights. At the core of the art work lies the performative translation of 'shrinking space', a narrative taken from the publication "The Shrinking Space" that discusses and problematizes the phenomena of "crimes of solidarity" in the context of immigration crisis at the Mediterranean Sea, while intersecting with the figure of a political prisoner. 

How do such "crimes of solidarity" that we do not see but we read about in newspapers, publications, social media translate into an interactive and participatory performance practice? 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? 


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

Co-production: Tomaz Simatovic and INFLUX - Network for Dance, Theatre and Performance; Co-production partner: Toihaus Theater Salzburg; Project funding partners: Salzburg Land, Stadt Salzburg



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)