Hundred Toasts is a celebration of achievements and failures of people who fundamentally influenced the track of history. Audience is invited to raise glasses and toast artists, statements and thinkers who knew how to bring people together, who knew how to make people to think, who knew how to focus people’s attention on the most important issues, and who knew what exactly is the most important issue. And we also toast to all of us, the present and absent ones, who need to be cheered up: deadly bored ones, badly confused ones, pretty disappointed ones and to all, for no reason, sad ones.
For each performance we write new toasts depending on cultural, national or political context of festival, exhibition or venue in which we present Hundred Toasts. Hundred Toasts was first performed in Poland, where it was dedicated to the celebration of the birth of the Polish theater director and visual artist Tadeusz Kantor. In Slovenia it was dedicated to the celebration of the death of Slovenian romantic poet France Prešeren, and the culture, which flourish on his grave. In Rome toasts were dedicated to Dante Alighieri and his nine circles of hell. In New York toasts were dedicated to the figure of father of American democracy: George Washington. In Zagreb we were celebrating heritage of Yugoslavian regime embodied in the figure of Josip Broz Tito – it’s founder and it’s destroyer. The last Toasts were dedicated to the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Polish independence and the current Polish Prime Minister Jarosław Kaczyński.
Conceived and devised by Anita Wach and Bojan Jablanovec
Performed by Anita Wach
Concept and direction: Bojan Jablanovec
Music: Glenn Miller, Michael Nyman, The Stooges, Alfred Schnittke
Producer: Špela Trošt
Production: Via Negativa with the support of the City of Ljubljana
Co-production: Maat Festival Lublin, Ja Ja Ja Ne Ne Ne Association Warsaw
Premiere: 4 December 2015, Maat Festival Lublin / 8 February 2016, Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova Ljubljana
Duration: 50 min