Make-believe – A Lecture on substitutes is a lecture-performance intended for children and youth, and is based on motifs from an animated film The Substitute by Dušan Vukotić. The film from 1961 is a satirical comment on the social moment of the time. However, today, when direct experiences have vanished from our lives and the substitutes have become a norm for everything but breathing, it appears to be devastatingly current.. With our heads deep in social media, we have never been lonelier. Grasping the world and accepting it as normal is hard, but changing it is impossible, since that would mean: going against history. Still, alternative must be found, and we are looking for it. Vukotić’s film is a basis and inspiration for a multimedia and interactive performance which speaks about ideas, loneliness, emotions and imagination. Using performance and theatre means, we insist on sensory and tangible experiences and we convey the idea of creation as the ultimate substitute (ironically) which brings salvation from the substitute itself.
Direction and visual identity: MIRKO RADONJIĆ
Composer: NINA PEROVIĆ
Assistant director: MARIJA BACKOVIĆ
Photographer: Krsto Vulović