Scipion Nasice Sisters Theatre
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The Scipion Nasice Sisters Theatre (Slovene: Gledališče sester Scipion Nasice) was founded on October 13, 1983, with a founding manifesto (The Sister Letter). The manifesto set this theatre group a time frame of operation – four years – and described its stages from formation to self-destruction. The Scipion Nasice Sisters Theatre (1983-1987) constituted – along with Laibach and IRWIN groups – one of the three pillars of the Neue Slowenische Kunst retrogarde movement. Within the retrogarde movement, theatre research engaged in the relation between religion, art and state. It focused on rituals and the function of spectacle in theatre and in the function of spectacle the state.
The retrogarde production of events, as it was announced in the manifesto (The Sister Letter), incorporated an external manifestative part (actions) and an internal creative part (operations): - external part: The Appearance (1983), The Resurrection (1984) and The Self-Destruction (1987) - internal part: three stages of transformation - The Illegality (1984), The Exorcism (1985) and The Retro-Classic (1986)
In 1987, the Scipion Nasice Sisters Theatre performed self-destruction.
External actions of the Scipion Nasice Sisters Theatre
- 1983 – The Sister Letter, Yugoslavia
- 1984 – The Resurrection, Ljubljana (ŠKUC Gallery)
- 1986 – The Self-Destruction Act, Belgrade (BITEF Festival)
- 1987 – The Self-Destruction, Bohinj – Belgrade – Ljubljana
Internal operations of the Scipion Nasice Sisters Theatre
- 1984 – Hinkemann, The Retrogarde Event, 56 Tito Street (Titova cesta 56), Ljubljana
- 1985 – Maria Nablotska, The Retrogarde Event, 17 Town Square (Mestni trg 17), Ljubljana
- 1986 – Baptism Under Triglav, The Retrogarde Event, 10 Prešeren Street (Prešernova cesta 10), Ljubljana
- 1987 – The Self-Destruction / Day of Youth, The Art Event, Bohinj - Belgrade