SOFA by Leja Jurišić & Teja Reba


In “Sofa” the authors each time develop its context in relation to the political situation and broader event in which it is performed. It uses political, social and artistic themes to develop bittersweet comments. In the show the artists are binary positioning themselves as a protagonist and an antagonist. A schematic separation through opposing qualifications (man-woman, left-right, black-white etc.) presented in a distanced way is disproving the system of binary thinking itself and functions as a fissure between the performers, which gradually turns into a fracture between the artists and the audience.

Single-word politically incorrect dialog is each time ending in a loud laughter. According to Judith Butler the intentional laughter functions as a subversive act in view of inadequate discourses and as a sign of relief.

“Sofa” opened at Tanzquartier Wien in December 2010. “Plea on the sofa” was the re-enactment of this performance for the 18th International Festival of Contemporary Art- City of Women and was dedicated to members of the punk group Pussy Riot sentenced to two years in prison and was drawing the context from the closing argument at the courthouse held by Nadedza Tolokonikova.

Authors and performers: Leja Jurišić & Teja Reba
Set and lighting design: Petra Veber
Production management: Žiga Predan
Production: Pekinpah / King Kong
Photo: Silvano Magnone