Undertree is a duo of Slovenian artists, Uroš Marolt and Eva Mulej, working in mediums of street theatre, contemporary circus, film, music and pedagogics. We studied street theatre in School of Contemporary Street Arts (ŠUGLA) organised by Ana Monro Theatre in Ljubljana and are active at Cirkokrog, Slovenian circus association, with juggling as our main discipline. In our creation we focus on outdoor and site-specific events, combining various artistic fields.
Undertree was established in August 2018 when we started to travel by land from Slovenia to Morocco, performing on the streets of France and Spain with a comedy show Toilet. Afterwards, we were developing a contemporary circus performance Uprooted at artist residency Dar Slimane near Marrakech. In February we were cooperating with cultural centre Le Chateau in Saint Louis, Senegal, working on a social circus project and developing Uprooted. We continued teaching and creating through Atlas Association in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, in March. In July 2019 we presented our performance Uprooted at Ana Desetnica street theatre festival in our hometown Ljubljana. We continued performing in Slovenia (Floating Castle festival, Reciklart, Ana Mraz, Kavč Festival …) and Croatia (festival of visual arts Artery). During the year 2020 we were researching materials and upgrading Uprooted with a mentor support of Slovenian directors and artists. We performed on the festivals around Slovenia (Junij v Ljubljani, Ana Desetnica, Lent …) and took part in the competition program for the best Slovenian street performance, Urbana Ljubljana Award. Only after a year’s break due to pandemics we started to tour abroad again in 2021. In June we presented Uprooted in Romania and in July we toured for two weeks around Germany (Von Nord Nach West Street Theatre Festival).
(Photo by Delphine Warrin, 2019)
“Our artist mission is to incorporate different disciplines to create a new language, spoken by the performers. We form a small world, happening here and now, between the performers and the audience, gathered in an unexpected place, may it be street corner, yard or riverbank. In our artistic research we often work with primal and natural materials (soil, bone, water, plants) as we seek for expression of primal in human relations and explore our connections to nature, dependence on it and our fascination with it. Through the sound and visual aesthetics, merged with circus virtuosity and inventive interaction, we want to share our vulnerability and strength. While making art we remain travellers.“