Discipline as Condition
1996 , SNG Opera in Balet Ljubljana.
Mateja Bučar, stage:
Vadim Fishkin, music: Random
Logic, light: Klaus
Berce, Andreja Hriberšek , Sanja Neškovič, Sabina Potočki,
Mateja Rebolj, Marinka Ribič, Igor Sviderski
is supported by: Ministry of Culture RS, MO Ljubljana, OSI - Slovenia,
Governmental Office for Woman's Policy of RS
"A human being is not by nature
an amoral being; it is only by education and drill that he or she becomes
accustomed to the duties of a free individual.
According to Kant, a free individual is the result
of interjected law, coercion.
"One of the greatest illusions of love is that
prohibition and social codes prevent its realisation. The true sublime
love can only emerge against the background of an external, contractual,
symbolic exchange institutionally mediated. Here again it is discipline
that produces the excess - love as freedom."
Throughout its history, ballet was an institution:
a dance for the eye of the state or the monarch. Dance is not a direct
expression of the dancer's inner impulses - their self-expression -
but discipline, order; dance is a movement that relies on the pain of
constraint. But what defines dance as art is the remnant - that which
is simultaneously the result of discipline and its annihilation; freedom
realised in the guise of discipline.