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Recording: 2015-05-08 , Uferstudios (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Jasna L. Vinovrški, Public in Private

Modal Verbs – I must, I should, I may, I can, I will and I want


Production Details / Press Releases

“Modal verbs are the modes of being through which the Being lives itself.”
Giorgio Agamben
Modal verbs are playing a fundamental role in structuring our culture, expressing modalities such as ability (can), necessity (must), permission (may), obligation (should), contingency (might, could) etc. Although we are using these words in a simple way, without giving much attention to it, those words are in fact powerful operational devices. Not only as a matter of speech, but in a very concrete and physical way, these words are shaping the experience of ourselves – in different modes such as: to be possible, to be necessary, to be forbidden, to be contingent and so on. At the border of speech, language and physical articulation through the body, choreographer and performer Jasna L. Vinovrski explores these different states of being in a pure black-box setting.

Cast & Credits

Concept, choreography & performance: Jasna L. Vinovrski
Dramaturgy: Katja von der Ropp
Artistic collaboration: Sonja Augart
Licht: Martin Beeretz
PR & production: björn & björn
A production by Public in Private / Jasna L. Vinovrski. Funded by the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senat’s Chancellery – Cultural Affairs. Supported by and


Uferstr. 8/23
13357 Berlin


Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):

University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

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