Participatory performance

“OK. Whatever. We're just anti-politically romantic about actually existing social life. We aren't responsible for politics. We are the general antagonism to politics looming outside every attempt to politicize, every imposition of self governance, every sovereign decision and its degraded miniature, every emergent state and home sweet home."

The Undercommons
Stefano Harney & Fred Moten


Think Much. Cry Much. was created after six months of intensive research of borders. Rima Najdi made a series of artistic residencies in Maribor, Tallin, Udine, Dro, Muenchen, Helsinki … where her main occupation was searching for and researching borders – in Slovenia for example, she was researching the barb wire on Slovene border and the experiences of refugees.
The performance, which is created as a complex choreography, executed by the performance participants with help of instructions, received through a set of headphones, is a two-hour group experiment about the ways our bodies understand and execute various roles in border processes: being a refugee, a social worker, a policeman, a border officer…

Rima Najdi is one of the Urban Heat network’s artists and the theme for her performance was created and researched during the artistic laboratories, conducted by the network partners in different cities.

Concept and realization Rima Najdi
Dramaturgy Nadine Vollmer

Music & Sound design Farahnaz Hatam & Colin Hacklander

Graphic design Maria Kassab
Technical director Federico Nitti

Production manager Sigurdur Finnsson 


Centrale Fies Art Work Space, SAAL Biennaal, Baltic Circle International Theatre Festival , SPIELART Festival München, Bunker – Festival Drugajanje. In collaboration with Dialoghi – Performing Arts Residencies at Villa Manin/CSS Udine

The work takes place within the URBAN HEAT project initiated by FIT / Festivals In Transition network. Supported by Creative Europe program of the European Union


23 July 2017, Villa Manin, Udine, Italy

Past performances:
27 July 2017, Centrale Fies, Drodesera, Italy
22 – 26 August 2017, SAAL Biennaal, Tallin, Estonia
6 – 11 November 2017, Spielart Festival, Munich, Germany
15 – 17 November 2017, Baltic Circle Festival, Helsinki, Finland
28 November 2017, Festival Drugajanje, Maribor, Slovenia