Sex Education II
“Sexual pleasure is the physical and/or psychological satisfaction and enjoyment derived from shared or solitary erotic experiences, including thoughts, fantasies, dreams, emotions, and feelings. […] Sexual pleasure is a fundamental part of sexual rights as a matter of human rights.” (From the Declaration on Sexual Pleasure)
“Sex Education II” is a series of five lecture-performances (The Diagnosis”, “Consentire”,“Plays”,“Fight”), that shed light on the right to sexual pleasure from different perspectives and through diverse performance practices. They are based on conversations with women who shared their personal stories, experiences and difficulties, and on interviews with experts in different fields. “The Diagnosis” addresses vaginismus and painful sexual intercourse, which according to some studies is experienced by up to 40% of women. “Consentire” opens up a space for reflection on what consensual sex actually means and what consensual practices look like. “Consentire” is based on the stories of four women with disabilities about their sexual maturation, their relationship with their own bodies, their sexuality and their relationships with their partners. “Plays” ventures into the realm of unconventional sexual practices, what urban slang calls 'kink'. In “Fight”, the artists reconstruct the struggle for reproductive rights in Yugoslavia, which only implicitly touched upon sexual rights, but paved the way for the right to sexual pleasure to be spoken of today.
The lecture-performances were created at Nova pošta (Mladinsko theatre and Maska) throughout the 2022/2023 season. At the City of Women Festival the artists will link them together and perform them one after the other in a day-long event.
*Vaginismus is considered the most difficult sexual dysfunction in women. Vaginismus causes the pelvic floor muscles to spasm, which completely disables vaginal penetration even when a woman desires it.
Replay: Sunday, 8. 10. 15.00, Nova pošta. The lecture-performance will be followed by an audience discussion Zbor za publiko.
Authors: Tjaša Črnigoj, Lina Akif, Sendi Bakotić, Nika Rozman, Vanda Velagić, Tijana Todorović, Barbara Kapelj, Tea Vidmar, Lene Lekše; director: Tjaša Črnigoj; music: Tea Vidmar; set design: Barbara Kapelj, Tijana Todorović, Lene Lekše; costume design: Tijana Todorović; performers: Lina Akif, Sendi Bakotić, Nika Rozman, Vanda Velagić; music and performer: Tea Vidmar; also performing: Tjaša Črnigoj, Barbara Kapelj, Tijana Todorović; music selection: authors of lecture performance; experts from the field: Dr. Gabrijela Simetinger, dr. Maja Vehar, Alja Lobnik
Vida Tomšič’s voice: Draga Potočnjak; Franc Novak’s voice: Matej Recer; the voice of the midwife: Nina Skrbinšek; the voice of the broadcaster: Sara Horžen; music selection: authors; language consultant: Mateja Dermelj; women who shared their experiences: Doris Pandžić, Juta, Tara in Iris; Juta’s voice: Janja Majzelj; Tara’s voice: Nathalie Horvat; Nuri’s voice: Katarina Stegnar
They shared their experiences: Martina Piskač (together with Uroš Sedej), Doris Pandžić, Iris, Juta, Linda, Nura, Suzana, Tara, Tjaša, and anonymous interviewees.
The lectures-performances include statements from experts: Dr. Gabrijele Simetinger, Elena Pečarič, Jernej Hazimali, and Steven De Weirdt.
Biographical information for Vida Tomšič and Franc Novak provided by Živa Novak.
Language advisor: Mateja Dermelj; sound recording editors and sound designers: Klara Otorepec, Marijan Sajovic, Jure Vlahovič, Silvo Zupančič; online portal editor: Tery Žeželj; producer: Tina Dobnik; photographer: Nada Žgank; video recording and editing: Hana Vodeb; technical directors of the performance: Manca Vukelič, Igor Remeta; lighting designers: Tjaša Črnigoj, Barbara Kapelj, Tijana Todorović, Lene Lekše, Manca Vukelič, Igor Remeta; production manager: Demijan Pintarič; translation: Urška Brodar, Tina Malič, Barbara Skubic; subtitles: Tina Malič; public relations: Urška Comino and Helena Grahek; designer: Mina Fina – Grupa Ee; co-production: Nova pošta (Maska Ljubljana and Slovensko mladinsko gledališče) and Mesto žensk; partnership: Kolektiv Igralke
Thanks to: Beata Absalon, Lina Akif, Sendi Bakotić, Pia Brezavšček, Urška Brodar, Daša Doberšek, Tina Dobnik, Boris Dragan, Urška Henigman, Interdisciplinary research group on women’s pleasure; Ana and Breda Kapelj, dr. Roman Kuhar, Shiler Mahmoudi, Tina Malič, Tina Merica, Tibor Mihelič Syed, Anja Novak, Borut Opetnik, Klara Otorepec, Tim Prezelj, Janez Prohinar, Katarina Rižnar, Sisterhood of proud Dolphin, Mojca Stegnar, dr. Alenka Švab, Vanda Velagić, Tery Žeželj, ES Osram, Florist Regina, A shelter for abandoned plants, Boštjan Bebar, Jernej Hazimali, Alja Lobnik, Jaka Sotlar, Borut Laznik, Gabriele Fuso, Elena Pečarič, Žiga Sedevčič, Katarina Stegnar, SVŠGUGL, Steven De Weirdt, Anomandy, Ceci Ferox, Nathalie Horvat, Goran Injac, Juta, Puppet Theatre Ljubljana, Janja Majzelj, Miloš Pavlović, Rafaella Smith Fiallo, SNG Drama Ljubljana, Kres Snyder, dr. Iztok Šori, Nika Rozman, Barbara Kapelj, dr. Ivan Bernik, Blaž Šef, Draga Potočnjak, Matej Recer, Nina Skrbinšek, Sara Horžen, Lene Lekše, Tajda Novšak, Tjaša Juhart, Dušan Kohek, Mateja Dermelj, Anja Sabol, Ana Marija Brđanović, dr. Aleksandar Štulhofer, dr. Jasenka Grujić, Darja Urbanc, dr. Bojana Pinter, Radio and Television archive in Montenegro (RTCG), Andreja Dugandžić – Association for Culture and Art Crvena, Archive of the Anti-Fascist Struggle of the Women of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Yugoslavia, dr. Jelena Simić – Museum of Science and Technology( Museum of Serbian Medicine of the Serbian Medical Association), dr. Tea Dakić, Women’s Museum in Montenegro, Yugoslavia’s Archive Beograd, National Croatian Archive, prof. Laze Tripkov, Marcella Lagalante, German Hygiene Museum Dresden, Aleksandra Vujović, Urška Jež, dr. Gabrijela Simetinger, Vitomir Obal, Boris Kuselj, Nina Škvarč, Mojca Dobnikar, Vlasta Jalušič, Maca Maček, Tanja Rener, Katarina Jurjavčič, Ministry of Jsutice, Leonišče, Jovana Mihajlović Trbovc, HNK Ivana pl. Zajca in Reka, dr. Maja Vehar, Žiga Hren
“Spolna vzgoja II” is part of the project Testing ground: Reparative Practices for New Cultural Ecosystem, supported by EU Creative Europe together with Kurziv from Croatia and Krytyka Polityczna from Poland.
Cofunded by: Ministry of Culture RS, Municipality of Ljubljana.