Safe Chemistry

Photo credits: Karla Jurić – 925STUDIO


21:21 / Petra Hrašćanec and Ksenija Zec [discover the artist]


2024 March 18 (Premiere – Zagreb)
2024 May 9-11 (Santarém)

Venue: Pogon – Zagreb Center for Independent Culture and Youth, Zagreb (HR) + Teatro Sá da Bandeira, Santarém (PT)

The production

The Safe Chemistry project is conceived as a diptych in which Petra Hrašćanec and Ksenija Zec together with numerous authors/collaborators in their performance respond to the predefined theme Work and Happiness. The project was developed through two seemingly separate projects: 21°C by Petra Hrašćanec and Dinner at 21 by Ksenija Zec that balance between performance and active installation. As part of the pursuit of happiness, Safe Chemistry seeks to explore patterns of friction and reactivity between intentional actions as opposed to evaded performance control by creating the context of choices for performers and audiences. The idea of collaborative intervention connects the conventional performance space with a more intimate gathering space around the table with distinctive details such as objects, food, clothing, music or the identity of the performer.

More details

Authors: Petra Hrašćanec and Ksenija Zec
Performed by: Petra Hrašćanec, Krešimir Mikić
Chef in cast: Robert Perenić
Stage design: Igor Ruf and Lovro Ivančić
Costume design: Lovro Ivančić
Light design: Andrija Santro
Music: Nenad Sinkauz (music in the trailer Stian Westerhus)
Photography: Karla Jurić, 925STUDIO
Video: Ivan Idžojtić
Editing: Petra Šobak
Poster and booklet design: Petra Milički
Mediator Santarém: Gabriel Silva
Acknowledgements research residency Santarém: Agrupamento de Escolas Dr. Ginestal Machado, Professors Luís Mouzinho and Sara Gabriel and students from the Curso Profissional de Intérprete, Centro Social Interparoquial de Santarém (Cátia Carriço), Círculo Cultural Scalabitano, Lúcia Pelarigo, Manuel José Pelarigo, Quinta da Ribeirinha, Rodrigo Castelo and all participants in “Dinner for 21” open rehearsal
Producers: Ivana Kuzmanić and Andrea Turić
Coproduction: Artistic organization 21:21 (HR), POGON – Zagreb Center for Independent Culture and Youth (HR), ARTEMREDE (PT) in association with Santarém Municipality (PT), and Sardegna Teatro in collaboration with Fuori Margine (IT), within the scope of the project Stronger Peripheries: A Southern Coalition, co-financed by the Creative Europe programme of the European UnionCo-financing: República Portuguesa – Cultura I Direção-Geral das ArtesSupport: City of Zagreb, Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia

Duration: 120 min (Dinner at 21, 60 min +  21°C, 60 min)

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