DEAD IN THE POOL (CROATIA)
Post-clown performance / public intervention
27.5. 2022 - first rerun
FAKI Festival for Alternative Theatrical Expression, Zagreb, HR
In a very action-packed and deceptive Trailer for the performance, the authors invite you to an indefinite cultural event, which will take place throughout the Monday afternoon at the Lake. Visitors can go swimming during the performance and do something extra for their health. The second option is to see for free from the beach what is happening in the Lake.
For each rerun, a special trailer is created as part of the promotion, which is tailored to the area where the intervention will take place. Likewise, each trailer is intended as an update, with added elements overlaying the previous ones. This creates a self-contained cinematic experiment, a collage charting the work's journey through the world. The content of this very action-packed and stereotype-based campaign is to give only basic information: visitors can go swimming during the performance and do something extra for their health. The second option is to see for free from the stands what is happening in the pool.
We usually understand clowns as someone who is supposed to amuse us with their clumsiness, scare them, or that they are jokers. But if the clown doesn't do anything like that and just looks at his job as a rescuer in case of danger, it may seem a bit suspicious to those around him. The tension of such an expectation that something is going to happen puts the situation on its head. Viewers become the ones who, based on suspicion, can start to act comically, irrationally, start creating their own scenarios in their heads and act according to them, or they just ignore it and swim on. The viewer can thus inadvertently take on the role of a clown, while the real clown behaves as if nothing.