Inspired by the Crave of Sarah Kane and with Sarah Kane
The theater play "Crave" was produced as a direct response to a need. A need of the author. A need of the community. A need of the theater. The content of the show was created on rearranging and recomposing of the original text, while the authors of show are in front of you, sharing their stories: poetic, confessional and personal ones, referring to the theatre piece "Crave", also on the others Sarah’s dramas and her biography.
Sarah Kane, a modern English playwright, died after two consecutive attempts of suicide, in age of only 28. Her dramas are a witness of people’s spiritual emptiness, about the tragedy of empathy in the capitalist world and the twisted values being taught to us by the system. The biography of Sarah Kane reminds of the ones of tragic rock stars. During her 28 years of life she has written five dramas for which she was at first attacked and insulted, but was later classified amongst the most important authors of the end of 20th century. For her theater work, there are epithets such as: brutalism, rightening to the boil, extreme emotions… The writers of her biographies say that she never became a poet. The audience recognizes poetry in her dramas. Although her theater pieces present a breakthrough in modern theater, the public is more often more interested in her personal life filled with disappointment, depression and suicide, rather than the soul’s anarchy she was writing about.
While showing the media’s sensationalism in theater, Sarah Kane speaks about trivial, dull man who could be aroused only by death. Sarah Kane writes about that, authentically, in Shakespeare’s style awaking a difficult to reach state of catharsis in the audience.
"Crave" was first shown in 1998. in Edinburgh. At the beginning, the text was presented under the author pseudonym Marie Kelvedon. Sara used the pseudonym to avoid the impact of her reputation of violence from the previous dramas.
Concept and directing: Vojislav Arsić
Art advisor: Milena Bogavac
Coauthors and performers: Đorđe Živadinović Grgur, Jovan Zdravković, Marko Panajotović i Uroš Novović
Sound montague and original music: Ivan Mirković Bambi (Marko Nastić – Ljubav)
Production: Maja Josić, Aneta Goranović i Jovana Janjić
PR and protocol: Marina Ugrinić i Aleksandra Babić
Design: Sanja Drakulić
Printing preparation: Marko Zuber
Photographs: Jelena Janković
Video: Ivan Stojiljković
Sound and lighting: Slobodan Lazarević
Production: KPGT i Centar E8
Support: Four dots, Eurofoam
Techical support: Production Pool
Produkcija: Reflektor teatar, KPGT i KC grad
We thank Vlatko Ilić i Borut Šeparović for translating Sarah’s original text "Crave" from English to our language. We also thank Marko Berkeš for his inspiring discussions about the scene’s appearance.
CRAVE is the play about love, that real love that moves and that cannot be stopped by anything or anybody. Not a wall, not a spiked fence. Love is the crave and crave is love, towards life, persons, values and ideals in today and tomorrow cruel world. CRAVE is love full of fight only if we transform it into source of strength, creativity, growth and mental awareness. That is the state when our neurons, more than in eny other case, are free to make new and different connections.
Authors and performes in CRAVE are like neurons who with every union and disunion bring to the scene new emotions. Intimate, truthful, and true.
Play CRAVE is a demonstration of love for life. Because only love can save us, but it also destroyed us.