Tea Tupajić: “Variete Europe”, residency at Tanzfabrik Berlin (apap Production Studio), December 9th-22nd

Created on Thursday, 05 December 2013 Written by Student Centre Zagreb

Tea Tupajić: “Variete Europe”, residency at Tanzfabrik Berlin (apap Production Studio), December 9th-22nd

The performance Variete Europe by Croatian theatre director Tea Tupajić questions the identity of what we today know as Europe. It brings on stage people from everyday life, each of them resembling a character from European mythology or art work. Through improvised situations, tasks and challenges, performers enter the characters in order to evoke and examine myths that constitute us.

Why is the old tax inspector invited to perform the role of Orpheus? Into which character does the shy nude model enter? The salesman of used books, that hasn't read a book in years? And what can they tell us about Europe? 

"Let us name the things by their name. But we are told: You forget that there are "questions". To assassinate a man is a crime, to assassinate a people is a "question". Each government has its questions. We answer: Humanity also has it's questions."

Victor Hugo "Pour la Serbie", 1876.

Tea Tupajić (Sarajevo, 1984) is a Croatian theatre director. She is an independent artist, working on theater and gallery projects. From 2010. to 2012, in collaboration with Petra Zanki, she was creating "The Curators' Piece", as well as several performances and conferences as a part of "The agora project" initiated by Jan Ritsema. Her projects are presented in venues/festivals such as BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), Bastard (Trondheim), TUPP festival (Uppsala), Tanzquartier Wien (Vienna), Kaaitheater (Brussels), steirischer herbst (Graz), PACT Zollverein (Essen)...

She is a guest editior and writer for the Croatian magazine Frakcija. Her articles are published in various magazines. She gives lectures and takes part at conferences in Croatia and abroad.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.