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LMWCL

02/01/2014 media project / audio project / video project / theatre

Little man works and does not get paid. Little man has a big heart. Little man struggles with loans. Little man does not play leading roles. Little man fights for his own existence. The voice of a little man is rarely heard... Are you a little man?

LMWCL

The project LMWCL is a musical theatre performance based on songs from the new wave rock’n’roll album “Package deal” recorded in 1981. The backbone of the performance is made out of 17 songs recorded in a period when people believed that pop music can bring change to society. Thirty years later neoliberal capitalism brought us to the point where the world crumbles before our eyes producing countless collateral victims of the system. Music, theatre and art did not fulfill their promises about the changes in society. In the LMWCL new wave music experienced a radical transformation and became a repertoire of battle songs for the beginning of the 21st century. Punk rhythm and guitar riffs transformed into electronic dance hits speak of our reality in a politically incorrect way, without passed times nostalgia.

In the LMWCL performance the text is not spoken but sung. Thirty people in the performing collective were amateurs - deprived members of the Croatian society: Old People, Dykes, Workers, Serbians, Women, Blacks…and they were joined by professional performers. They were all united in the ‘’Choir of Little People” creating a new meaning for the populist empty phrase ‘’little man’’ in a society where the working class does not have self awareness or the necessity to self organize. ‘’Choir of Little People” spoke in a fighting energy about everything that repressed the ‘’little man’’: about brotherhood and union which ended in mass tombs, about war destruction, about the 90ies that dictated our present era, about the fascist currents in society, about capitalistic crisis…

The Choir’s performance is backed with a huge projection screen and other audiovisual content. Text from the original template is presented on the screen giving us a pornographic critique of our reality. The play unfolded a question of intellectual property which pushed music into the domain of capital. The play LMWCL therefore questions the concept of the society today, a society which has not justified the expectations of a better life.

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CREDITS

PERFORMANCE

Concept, direction: Borut Šeparović / Music producers: Borut Šeparović and Konrad Mulvaj / Lead vokal: Sara Renar / Guitar: Ante Perković / Choirmaster: Gloria Lindeman / Choreoraphy and assistant director: Nataša Mihoci / Performers: Aleksandar Čimeša, Ridone Dawud, Andrea Dodig, Siniša Domislović, Ivana Ganić, Vedran Gospodarić, Karolina Hrga, Andrea Hrovatić, Silvio Salamon Jazbec, Tereza Kaurinović, Ana Knežević, Marica Komljenović-Mikša, Dora Krajnović, Ivan Latin, Gloria Lindeman, Marija Lovinčić, Nevena Lovrinović, Vesna Mačković, Nataša Mihoci, Tomislav Miljak, Ante Perica, Ante Perković, Petra Prša, Sara Renar, Hrvoje Rodić, Hermina Rukavina, Vera Sekula, Prince Soniyi, Nina Špoljarević, Marinela Švik / Technical director and lighting design: Miljenko Bengez / Sound technician: Branko Puceković / VJ: Ivan Lušičić / Photography: Damir Žižić / Camera: Vjekoslav Gašparović / Graphic design: Konrad Mulvaj / Coordination and production: Nevena Lovrinović, Nataša Mihoci, Zdravko Popović / Public relations: Nataša Mihoci / PR support: Vedrana Pribačić / Special thanks: Luka Geček, Marko Grbac, Damir Klemenić, Dubravko Jagatić, Nenad Romić aka Marcell Mars, Ana Štunić, Damir Šimunović

NEW MEDIA FEATURES

Concept and art direction: Borut Šeparović / Video reports: Vedrana Pribačić / Camera: Tibor Marochini / Editing: Željka Biličić / Coordinator: Nevena Lovrinović / Social network manager: Borut Šeparović / Web page: Boris Vidošević (Pipser) / Special thanks: Bad Blue Boys, Centre for Peace Studies, Children Choir "Bajka", Theatre of the Blind and Visually impaired "Novi život", Choir "LeZbor", "Franak" Association, "Živi zid" Association, "55+" Association, Choir "ZborHor"

SUPPORT

Donators: City office for education, culture and sport - Zagreb, Ministry of culture of the Republic of Croatia, Kultura Nova Foundation / Project partner: Zagreb centre for independent culture and youth – Pogon / Media partner: Tportal / Technical support: Apcom, Resolution / Production: MONTAЖ$TROJ