Made With Love / Stara elektrarna, Ljubljana 2015
Author and choreographer: Teja Reba
Space and light design: Meta Grgurevič and Jaša
In Made With Love, Reba examines the social and private roles of a woman as an artist, a mother, a partner, a precarious worker. Faced with the economic reality, giving birth and the creation of a new life as a cosmic experience is degraded into unrecognised and self-evident carework that, other than emotional, has no proper social status. The artist juxtaposes the ideology of motherhood as well as woman's happiness and fulfilment with the feeling of uneasiness. The idyllic picture of family cosiness (where the traditional roles are already dissolving) is troubled by anxiety, uncertainty, effort, necessity. On the other hand, the family, with its social role of disciplining also turns out to be the place of the unseizable, the ludist, the chaotic – i.e. a place of creation. For this reason, this well-structured performance transitions into performative vagueness and affective impetuosity.
The life of a family and a mother is problematised mainly from the standpoint of the contemporary precarious working conditions of artistic activity, which erase the difference between work (social) and private life – their equalisation is no longer a matter of political declarativity but a necessity. Production occupies the entire field of life, and in precarious working conditions, production and reproduction get mixed. If the family sphere is included in work, can its products therefore be socially and economically valued? How much is a child worth? What is the economic value of giving birth? And what is the economic value generated by an artwork?
Performed by: Teja Reba, Loup AbramoviciDramaturge: Suzana Koncut
Sound design and original music: Eduardo Raon / Space and light design: Meta Grgurevič and Jaša/ Light design and technical supervision: Igor Remeta / Professional advisor: Barbara Kapelj Osredkar / Photographer: Nada Žgank
Graphic design: AjdinBašič
Production manager and executive producer: Tina Dobnik
Public relations: JanjaTekavec
Produced by: Maska
Special thanks to: Janez Per in Količevo Karton Proizvodnja kartona d.o.o., JanezJanša, Barbara Rajgelj, Maja and JernejaŠorli, Sarah Lunaček, Ava and Bela Reba Abramovici and all who helped with the realisation of the project in any way.