The youth in the performance, European youth of 2019, is the product of neoliberal capitalism. It is a youth divided into the weak and the strong, the losers and the winners, and a youth whose pronounced social Darwinism directly links them to Nazi students from 1936.

The performance YOUTH WITHOUT GOD is based on motifs from Odon von Horvath’s novel of the same name and largely inspired by the life and work of Franco “Bifo” Berardi (particularly his book of essays “Heroes: Mass Murder and Suicide”).

Youth Without God is a postdramatic theatre performance based on motifs from Odon von Horvath’s novel of the same name and largely inspired by Franco “Bifo” Berardi’s book of essays “Heroes: Mass Murder and Suicide.” 

The plot begins with a scene that von Horvath’s novel ends with: a high school teacher deciding to abandon his life and leave Europe for Africa. In the performance YOUTH WITHOUT GOD, the teacher, channeling Bifo, remains present virtually through video messages to his students who are no longer faceless Nazi youth but historical figures, mass murderers: Eric Harris, Dylan Klebold, Cho Seng Hui, Pekka Auvinen, even terrorist Andres Behring Breivik. The act of murder committed out of curiosity in von Horvath’s world becomes a spectacularized mass murder in the contemporary world, accompanied by a clear media message and ultimately suicide. The entire plot of the performance takes place in one of the characters’ basement, their “black hole” that might as well be the hell from the FPS video game “Doom” that inspired the performers’ stage movement.

YOUTH WITHOUT GOD is a multimedia performance “operated” by the performers themselves. In real time, the audience follows both the production of video material and its projection, i.e. witnesses the coexistence of reality and its hyperreal (video) product. The material produced is based on documents – footage, journals and photographs of school shooters further built upon with paraphrased photographs from the US military prison in Iraq’s Abu Ghraib, as well as the film “Natural Born Killers.”

Using deconstruction, documentarity and intertextuality as its primary devices, the performance thematizes upbringing and education, the STEM revolution, the digital generation and the fascism of the neoliberal market, posing the central question, the one that Berardi ends his book with: “What can be done when nothing can be done?”



Author and director: Borut Šeparović / Performers: Boris Barukčić, Lucija Dujmović, Ivana Gulin, Ugo Korani, Ivan Pašalić, Bernard Tomić, Rakan Rushaidat / Text: Borut Šeparović, Ivana Vuković / Dramaturgy: Borut Šeparović, Ivana Vuković / Stage movement: Damir Klemenić / Set design: Borut Šeparović and Konrad Mulvaj / Video & multimedia: MONTAЖ$TROJ & Mitropa / Sound & music: MONTAЖ$TROJ, Michel Corrette (Sonata for cello and continuo in D minor “Les delices de la solitude” - I. Allegro Moderato), Antonio Vivaldi (Concerto for two violins, strings and basso continuo in A minor, RV 523 - I. Allegro molto) / Costume design: Marta Žegura / Light design: Aleksandar Čavlek / Technical director: Krešimir Jurić, Ivica Kranzelić, Konrad Mulvaj / Stage management: Petra Prša / Photography: Marko Ercegović / Graphic design: Antonio Dolić / Researchers: Vedrana Klepica, Sara Stanić / Counsel & inspiration: Anja Suša / Thanks: Nebojša Blanuša, Edin Karamehmedović, Sanja Šamanović / Executive producers: Maja Gladović, Nikola Beban, Borut Šeparović / Production and promotion assistant: Ana Paska / Public relations: Danica Juričić Spasović, Borut Šeparović / Social media: MONTAЖ$TROJ, Mario Gigović / Project funded by: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, City Office for Culture, Kultura Nova Foundation, Austrian Cultural Forum Zagreb / Production: Zagreb Youth Theatre, MONTAЖ$TROJ, Academy of Dramatic Art Zagreb


Ödön von Horváth, “Youth Without God” (1937) / Franco Bifo Berardi, “Heroes: Mass Murder and Suicide” (2015) and open letter of resignation from the Advisory Panel of DiEM25 (2017) / Eric David Harris and Dylan Bennet Klebold, videos and journals (1999) / Cho Seng Hui, media package – videos and manifesto (2007) / Pekka Eric Auvinien, videos and “Natural Selector Manifesto” (2007) / Anders Behring Breivik, court statement (2012) / Sean Dunne, documentary “Cam Girlz” (2015)