2022/2023 — Season 67
Boris Nikitin

The Last Fiction Piece

Directed by: Boris Nikitin
Première: 23. 5. 2023
Tuesday / 30 May / 20:00 / Upper hall / Buy ticket
Wednesday / 31 May / 20:00 / Upper hall / Buy ticket
Tuesday / 6 Jun / 20:00 / Upper hall / Buy ticket
Wednesday / 7 Jun / 20:00 / Upper hall / Buy ticket
  • The Academic Choir Tone Tomšič Academic Choir, University of Ljubljana
  • Polona Janežič
  • Translation: Jan Krmelj
  • Dramaturgy: Goran Injac
  • Space design and music selection: Boris Nikitin
  • Costume selection: Goran Injac, Boris Nikitin
  • Language consultant: Mateja Dermelj
  • Music arrangements: Akademski pevski zbor Tone Tomšič Univerze v Ljubljani; dirigentka Rahela Durič Barić
  • Lighting design: Kristina Kokalj, Boris Nikitin
  • Sound design: Marijan Sajovic, Silvo Zupančič
  • Stage manager: Urša Červ, Gašper Tesner

It is a famous scene in the New Testament: After his torture and execution, Jesus appears to his disciples and has his flesh wound poked by the doubting Thomas' finger. A moment that cuts history in two like an axe blow. This is the final proof of the bodily resurrection and consequently a proof that Jesus is indeed the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of God. There is a world before and a world after.

But the scene has a catch: it does not exist. John, who is the only one of the four evangelists to tell of Thomas the Doubter, reports of an encounter, but there is no touching in his case either. Even with John, a residue remains: the possibility that Jesus' appearance was merely a collective delusion. Therefore, the entire Christian faith is based on a blank space.

What is faith, what is conviction, what is real? Director and writer Boris Nikitin is known for his passionate, often queer exploration of constructions of reality and identity. Many of his works straddle the ambiguous line between document and its forgery, between physical experience and mere dreamlike imagination. With The Last Fiction Piece he now continues a series of pieces in which he appropriates the format of the sermon. Part staged readymades, part illusion theatre, he enters the zone of revolt with actor Primož Bezjak and a choir, in which certainty is produced and the world is invented.

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