The Man Who Planted Tress 15+
Based on motifs from the story by Jean Giono The Man Who Planted Trees
To plant a tree is an eloquent metaphor representing carefulness, patience, perseverance, faith, magnificence, eternity, life. We plant the performance just like the narrator: "... I wish to see the whole world intoxicated with life. I wish to see life bubble up like a torrent and flood all bitter and disheartened people with waves of joy, and hurl pink blood into their faces." A story about the life of a recluse, it talks about nature and invites you for a walk in a forest ─ a walk with yourself.
From The Man Who Planted Trees: Clay and Metaphysics, a performance review by Peter Rak, Delo, 18th September 2012:
"/.../The paradigm is clear: nowadays classical topics of ecology and saving the planet are pushed to the foreground, along with questions on the meaning of our existence and mainly a dedication without a financial stimulant, while the results are seen only in the long run, and even then they can remain nameless or anonymous. Bezeljak turns all of this into a kind of visualized meditation with a distinctive dynamic. Bezeljak uses signs which don't necessarily hold the status of a significant in that they don't always correspond to the verbally expressed meaning but rather remain ambiguous and, most of all, autonomous as well as – to put it like Kant – represent an illustrative force for which no thought is suitable and which cannot be reached by any language. A pleasant performance where form and content are nicely harmonized. In fact the 15+ rating, that is to say the warning that the performance is not suitable for children, seems superfluous. It contains enough elements with which anyone can identify, be it metaphysical reminiscences or simply the delight of kneading wet clay./.../"
Crew and cast
Director Nika Bezeljak
Actor Miha Bezeljak
Artistic designer Branko Hojnik
Sound designer Marko Jakopanec
Premiere — 15. September 2012