Concept: Jurij Konjar
Space design: Jurij Konjar, Jaka Šimenc, Katarina Kata Zalar
Costume design and props: Katarina Kata Zalar
Lighting design: Jaka Šimenc
Direction, choreography, performance: Jurij Konjar
Video: Jurij Konjar
Music: Bonga, Blaž Celarec, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Psarantonis
Producer: The DUM Association of Artists
Executive producer: Jurij Konjar
Photo: Nada Žgank
Co-production: The ZaTo Association for Artistic Movement, En-Knap Productions
Special thanks to: Dragana Alfirevič, Mateja Bučar, Blaž Celarec, Zala Dobovšek, Vadim Fishkin, Tomaž Grom, Katja Legin, Jurij Torkar, Špela Trošt, Katerina Vlahbey.
Biodegradables is a dance solo in which space, objects, and the body meet. In it, through a storm of ideas and the mundane, Jurij Konjar forges and combines the elements which are strong enough to persist.
In actual fact, Biodegradables (“Biološki Odpadki”) is also the nickname of the author, Jurij Konjar. This phrase is so present around us that we no longer notice it. When we do, it is sometimes a call to activism, sometimes a small feeling of guilt … But if we happen to pause and reflect on its meaning, we can then wonder at the elegant dance in which everything – everything we do and are – is transformed in a perfect cycle, so that out of the decayed and the rotten there once again comes the next spark; the next life. It is creation par excellence.
If we abandon them to stand in the corner, they rot and stink. If we seal them into plastic, they eventually start to mould and become unhealthy. If we collect them into compost, adding leaves, pomace, inviting worms … that is, if we let nature in, and tend to what we call waste … then, in a few months, they reduce in volume and become excellent hummus, which once more provides food and life. The waste becomes priceless. In the end, we ourselves are also but part of the whole, as organic waste.