Beton Ltd. is one of the leading Slovenian collectives in the field of contemporary performing arts, established in 2010 by three renowned Slovenian actors Katarina Stegnar, Primož Bezjak and Branko Jordan. Beton Ltd. collective is always tackling problems of the contemporary world with much self-reflection and humour, with innovative performing practices and methods.

»This is an ensemble, which builds on a gesture. This is not revolutionary theatre, although it is innovative and political. It is a theatre we need here and now, to push us at least a few feet somewhere else – or reminds us, that it’s time to go.« (Muanis Sinanović, Kriterij)

Primož Bezjak

Katarina Stegnar

Branko Jordan

Ich kann nicht anders (I can do no other) is fifth performance of the collective Beton Ltd.. It is an arena where the audience peek like voyeurs into selected intimate moments of three people. Their relationship is fluid, their roles are ephemeral, their words … their words are something we would never write down, never say out loud in front of people we do not know, never repeat. Because they are so intimate, so banal, so common, so connected to everything daily omni-present, yet ungraspable: terrorism, capitalism, hashtags, patriarchy, sex, food … and: other people too. The atmosphere of this piece is ever elusive, almost embarrassing and the shifts are sublime: the viewer can never fully immerse herself in the performance, even though the performers are so close one could almost touch them, but one can also not look away. What happens behind closed doors or a curtain?

Ich kann nicht anders was made based on improvisations, the text is based on documenting dialogues, while co-existing in an isolated space to which the actors confined themselves during the developing process. It erases the boundaries between the fictitious and private, between the politically incorrect and objective, between the world outside and the world of intimacy.

Today the performance created in 2016 carries a new context, the real world due to corona circumstances became very much like the performance. Powerless isolated middle-aged middle-class people talking their heads off. Probing the environment Beton Ltd. managed to sense, to make a prophecy on the new world. This is not a calming fact.

»A show seen with gaping mouths. Not because the actors revealed themselves, but because they revealed society, not society even, they undressed us.« (Jaša Lorenčič, Urbani.si)

»One of the strategies against the noise of the world is exile into a world of one’s own. Not to surrender, but to defend your intimate territory against the outside world. The withdrawal into privacy, where freedom is possible and were utopia is – now.« (Alma R. Selimović)

CREDITS

Beton Ltd.: Ich kann nicht anders

Conceived and directed by: Beton Ltd.
Performers: Primož Bezjak, Branko Jordan, Katarina Stegnar
Music: Dead Tongues
Space design: sonda4, Toni Soprano
Costume design: Mateja Benedetti
Sound design: Jure Vlahovič
Dramaturgical adviser: Urška Brodar
Technical director: Andrej Petrovčič
Executive producer: Maja Vižin
Produced by: Bunker, Ljubljana
The performance was supported by: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, Municipality of Ljubljana
With help of: Elektro Ljubljana d.d.,  Slovensko mladinsko gledališče

HISTORY OF PERFORMANCES

Premiere
26th August 2016, 8.00 pm, Dvorana športnega društva Tabor, Ljubljana

Past performances

30th May 2021, ŠD Tabor – in English, for Trigger

31st August 2020, at 10 pm, ŠD Tabor – in English, for Trigger

21st June 2020, at 10 p.m., ŠD Tabor

16th, 17th, 18th, 19th January 2020, La Mama, New York, USA

5th January 2020 at 7 p.m., ŠD Tabor, Ljubljana (in English

6th July 2019 at 9 p.m., Festival FKK, Kostanjevica na Krki, Slovenia

10th March 2019 at 9 p.m., Dvorana športnega društva Tabor, Ljubljana

6th and 7th October at 9.00 p.m., Dvorana športnega društva Tabor, Ljubljana

11th August 2018, 9.00 p.m., Kamfest, Kamnik, Slovenia

6th March 2018, 8.00 p.m., Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica, Slovenia

10th and 11th February 2018, 8.00 pm, Dvorana športnega društva Tabor, Ljubljana

10th and 11th October 2017, Festival Konfrontacje Teatralne Lublin, Poland

5th and 6th October 2017, Prague Crossroads International Theatre Festival, Czech Republic

17th September 2017, 8.00 pm, Dvorana športnega društva Tabor, Ljubljana

3rd and 4th June 2017 at 8.00 pm, in the frame of Flanders – Balkan Express Meeting, Dvorana Športnega društva Tabor, Ljubljana

13th and 14th May 2017 at 8.00 pm, Dvorana Športnega društva Tabor, Ljubljana

4th April 2017, The Week of Slovenian Drama, Kranj

22nd November 2016 ad 6.00 pm and 9.00 pm, Narodni dom Maribor, Maribor

19th and 20th November 2016, 8.00 pm, Dvorana športnega društva Tabor, Ljubljana

8th, 9th October 2016, 8.00 pm, Dvorana športnega društva Tabor, Ljubljana

24th, 25th September 2016, 8.00 pm Dvorana športnega društva Tabor, Ljubljana

27th, 29th, 30th August 2016, 8.00 pm, Dvorana športnega društva Tabor, Ljubljana