Jelena Ilić, actress:
It’s been a long time since I last saw something so lively and exciting, without inventing a wheel. So simple and yet it demands the full presence by the performer, while at the same time being so symbolic. This is the best performance at Bitef so far, we’ll see.
Bojan Kaurin and Danijela Matović, students of stage design:
Bojan: Oof… just a second. Bold… but also clumsy. But in the end, the house still collapsed. I liked it, but I need some time to settle the impressions.
Danijela: It’s interesting, the space is interesting, and the process that took place before our eyes, the growing tension, and the moment when the performer is squatting and looking at us looking at the structure collapsing, it’s quite striking.
Nataša Milojević, performer:
I liked this model of anarchism, I’m more and more confident that the anarchists are the essence of the change of the entire society, because they are the ones holding civil initiative and everything else, and communism is outdated. And then this model of an anarchist builds a house and you expect… you can see her, now she’ll… and she’s actually building a house. That’s amazing! Any kind of house! That’s my first impression, and then everything else. We’ve experienced that! Very multi-layered!
Impressive but also sad. Man tries so much and everything around him turns out to be material and decayable. That’s my first impression. We are watching that woman building a house and it ends up being destroyed by the elements. She has invested a lot of energy and we saw what happens in the end. It’s a sad thought that everything around us will collapse one day. That’s what it’s all about. But that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t build it again, just like Phia Menard will rebuild her house all over again.
Ružica Anja Tadić, student of directing:
There is a hint of tension and apprehension and some states of happiness, a joy over small things in life. There is dramaturgy of an attempt to build something and this initial lack of enthusiasm where it seems as if she is wondering if it is worth it. And a hope is born and an entire range of emotions, and it affects the audience.
Gordana Marić, a retired professor of acting:
I’m shaken up beyond expectations, as if I have never experienced something so moving. Because it’s real. The art of sound, it makes you believe in it. The feeling of truth. The unbelievable effort and the optimism that the performer radiates, it made me feel so connected to her. In the end, I was watching that catastrophe with tears in my eyes, and I was truly shaken up. It’s like Titanic, except that the music here is better.