Winners are confident. Winners are passionate. Winners appreciate themselves. Winners know what they want and how to achieve it. Winners never quit. Winners are disciplined. Winners don’t wait for perfect conditions. Winners know that the biggest risk is to not take a risk. Winners compare themselves only to themselves. Winners don’t need no one’s confirmation. Winners are healthy and they eat healthy. Winners are nicely built and have beautiful, solid, compact butts. Winners have partners. With a beautiful, solid, compact butts. Winners have sex. Passionate sex. A lot of sex. A lot of friends also. Winners are loved. Winners love life. And life loves them. Winners are rare. Winners are very rare. Winners win.
The performance is a collective work of the group. It is a part of a broader two-year project Unplugged that included four devised solo performances and one group production. Cycle was developed by KUD Moment from Maribor under artistic direction of Zoran Petrovič.
Zala Ana Štiglic (b. 1992) finished her BA in theatre acting and MA in theatre singing, both at Academy for Radio, Theatre, Film and Televison in Ljubljana. In 2008 and 2010 she won at the national contemporary dance competition OPUS. Together with Sara Dirnbek she staged the show Lovings (2017) as part of her MA. In 2012 she attended VN Lab and created the performance Don’t Rub Your Pussy, Rub the Trigger. In 2015 she performed in BiTeater performance Hunters for Luck. She performed in Physics of Sadness (2016) and Victoria 2.0 (2016). The latter received Greenhorn Award at Swiss festival Figura last year and an award for the use of contemporary technology in puppet performance at Polish festival Puppet Is a Human Too. Last year she joined the ensemble of Ljubljana Puppet Theatre.
Actress and authored by: Zala Ana Štiglic
Directed by: Zoran Petrovič
Dramaturgy: Marek Turošík
Set designers and visual image co-authors: Monika Pocrnjić and Toni Soprano
Set makers: Mojmir Ferenc, Matjaž Capi Capuder, Drago Pšunder
Costume and lighting design: Toni Soprano
Technician: Monika Pocrnjić
Producer: KUD Moment
Financial support: Ministry of Culture of RS, Municipality of Maribor
Organized by: Emanat
In collaboration with: Klub Gromka
Performance Victoria 2.0 plays with animation of character’s body, objects and the theatre itself in a very smart, playful and funny way, all this with an extremely charming pound or two in surplus.
With a single breath? Impressed! Štiglic made a show within a show with the small, totally versatile camera (Go Pro), she turned the point of view to change our seats into TV-couches. And what do we watch from the couch? Sports! Who watches sport? Couch selectors. And what would sports commentators like best? The couch of selector’s commentary! That tells us that badminton Barbie is, well, fat! What kind of comments, what a twist, what a jab! Bravo!
Well conceived intermingling of performative, puppetry and video technology in this performance is brought up to a point when besides almost ceaseless display of power (what performer allows herself to do with her body, to Barbies, fruit, eggs and, at the end, to a giant disfigured stuffed teddy-bear) a creative power is also being born barely noticeably.