Ali: Fear Eats Your Soul to open in February in Fassbinderplatz: Railway Museum, Parmova 35, Ljubljana Bežigrad, 46°03'45"N 14°30'04"E

The SNT Drama Ljubljana continues its current season entitled Intimacy by presenting a world premiere of a stage adaptation of Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, a full-length feature film by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, made in 1974. The staging is directed by Sebastijan Horvat. Other members of the creative team include Milan Marković Matthis (author of the adaptation and dramaturg), Urška Brodar (translator from German), Jernej Potočan (translator from Serbian), Igor Vasiljev (set designer), Belinda Radulović (costume designer) Drago Ivanuša (composer), Aleksandar Čavlek (lighting designer), Arko (language consultant), as well as Mitja Lovše (assistant to the director), Jernej Potočan (assistant to the dramaturg),  Maruša Mali (assistant to the set designer), Maša Pelko (student assistant to the director), Bernarda Popelar Lesjak (assistant to the costume designer). The cast includes Nataša Barbara Gračner and Iztok Drabik Jug in the leading roles, Barbara Žefran, Boris Mihalj, Eva Jesenovec, Klemen Janežič, Maja Končar, Maja Sever, Nik Škrlec, Petra Govc, Saša Mihelčič and Vojko Zidar.


Fassbinder takes us to Germany in 1970s. A 40-year-old Moroccan, El Hedi Ben Salem MʼBarek Mohammed Mustafa, called Ali, is one of the many migrant workers from his country, trying to pursue happiness in the golden years of economic migrations. Emmi Kurowski, a 60-year-old widow, earns a living as a cleaning lady. A genuine feeling of warmth and attraction springs up momentarily between her and Ali. However, their relationship stumbles upon strong prejudice and lack of understanding from their environment: Emmi’s female neighbours, co-workers, her grown-up children and even her local shop-keeper. They all grow increasingly cold and even hostile. Ali’s origin and his social position of a »Gastarbeiter«, challenge their narrowly defined notions of humanity, while they are being equally upset by his relationship with Emmi, 20 years his senior. The author tells a multi-layered and gripping love story set on the margins of society. Using his signature modernist aesthetics, Fassbinder allows the viewer to confront social stereotypes that even today – especially in view of a recent new wave of migrations, xenophobia and conservatism – remain neuralgic points of society and every single individual.

The staging will be presented in Fassbinder-Platz: Railway Museum, Parmova 35, Ljubljana Bežigrad, 46°03'45"N 14°30'04"E. Previewing on Friday, 15 February at 19.30, the opening nights will take place on Saturday, 16 and Sunday, 17 February at 20.00. Other dates in February are 18, 20, 22, 27 and 28 at 18.00 and 20.30.

Chekhov's Ivanov launches the New Year 2019 on the Main Stage

A new production of Ivanov (1887), one of the early plays by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, will open on Saturday, 12 January at 20.00 on the Main Stage, presented in a new translation by Tatjana Stanič. Its main protagonist is one of the most significant characters of world drama, a procrastinator who sets the mirror, due to exacting ethical principles, to himself and the society as a whole. Uroš Fürst in the title role will be joined by an outstanding cast featuring  Polona Juh, Gregor Baković, Igor Samobor, Iva Babić, Mia Skrbinac, Timon Šturbej (a new member of the resident ensemble), Maruša Majer, Rok Vihar, Jurij Zrnec, Saša Pavček, Valter Dragan, Matija Rozman,  Zvone Hribar and Vanja Plut. The production team includes Darja Dominkuš (dramaturg), Meta Hočevar (set designer), Barbara Podlogar (costume designer), Marjan Nečak (composer), Tatjana Stanič (language consultant), Metod Novak (lighting designer), Juš A. Zidar (assistant director), Sara Slivnik (assistant set designer), Lovro Ivančić (assistant costumer designer), and Nastja Miheljak (student assistant set designer). 

Ivanov is the harshest critic of himself, analyzing himself ruthlessly, dissecting his thoughts and emotions in order to comprehend what happened to him, and how he has driven himself to the edge of sanity. Nonetheless, he is still capable of resolving radically his position on the edge. As Matjaž Regovec put it in the theatre programme, »a dashing hero is transformed into a pathetic and depressing character unable to escape his frame-up of indolence and everyday paralysis. This is a state that we are all familiar with to a certain degree, and that is feared by all. Ivanov is an image of a (post)modern man, as lived by each one of us.«

Preview: 11 January at 19.30
Opening:  12 January at 20.00 on the Main Stage
Repeat performances in January: 14, 15, 18, 19 and 23 at 19.30, and 24 at 17.00.

Chekhov's Ivanov directed by Aleksandar Popovski continues the Drama Main Stage season from 11 January

We continue the journey of the season 2018/19 entitled Intimacy with a new Main Stage production of Ivanov by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, one of the greatest Russian writers and founders of modern drama, in a new translation by Tatjana Stanič and directed by Aleksandar Popovski. To hear about the making of Ivanov we kindly invite you to a breakfast with the creative team on Thursday, 10 January at 9.30 at the Drama Café.

The cast of Ivanov includes Uroš Fürst, Polona Juh, Gregor Baković, Igor Samobor, Iva Babić, Mia Skrbinac, Timon Šturbej, Jurij Zrnec, Maruša Majer, Saša Pavček, Rok Vihar, Matija Rozman, Valter Dragan, Zvone Hribar and Vanja Plut. The production team includes Darja Dominkuš (dramaturg), Meta Hočevar (set designer), Barbara Podlogar (costume designer), Marjan Nečak (composer), Metod Novak (lighting designer), Tatjana Stanič (language consultant), Juš A. Zidar (assistant director), Sara Slivnik (assistant set designer), Lovro Ivančić (assistant costumer designer), and Nastja Miheljak (student assistant set designer).

Previewing on Friday, 11 January at 19.30, the play will open on Saturday, 12 January at 20.00. Other dates in January are 14, 15, 18, 19 and 23 at 19.30, and 24 at 17.00.

The first Slovenian production of Stephen Karam’s play The Humans directed by Nina Šorak opens on 7 December on the Small Stage

We continue our season called Intimacy on the Small Stage by presenting the first Slovenian production of The Humans, directed by Nina Šorak. The play by American playwright and screenwriter Stephen Karam won the Tony Award and the New York Drama Critics Circle award for best play in 2016, as well as the Obie award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for drama.

The play is set in a basement tenement apartment in Manhattan’s Chinatown where Brigid Blake has recently moved with her boyfriend Richard. Her parents and grandmother from Pennsylvania, and her sister from Philadelphia have come to visit them to celebrate Thanksgiving together. Gradually we learn about the problems of a troubled lower-middle-class American family, presented in juicy, occasionally sarcastic and tragicomic dialogues. Using documentary-like naturalism the play depicts the way we live now, highlighting the lives of the non-privileged individuals, not the elite, but the average members of society living in precarious circumstances with an uncertain future. The cast of the first Slovenian production of The Humans, translated by Tina Mahkota, features Bojan Emeršič, Silva Čušin, Tina Vrbnjak, Nina Ivanišin, Milena Zupančič and Gorazd Logar. The production team includes Urša Adamič (dramaturg), Dorian Šilec Petek (set designer), Ina Ferlan (costume designer), Tatjana Stanič (language consultant), Mitja Vrhovnik Smrekar (composer), Tanja Zgonc (stage movement coach), Vlado Glavan (lighting designer) and Ana Duša (the song lyrics). The play will open on Friday, 7 December at 20.00. Other dates in December include 8, 10, 14, 27 and 28 at 20.00.
Cordially invited to a pre-show talk with the creative team of The Humans on Thursday, 6 December at 10.30 at the Drama Café.

World premiere of In the Name of the Mother, a new play by Ivo Svetina, directed by Ivica Buljan, with Capital 2018 exhibition by IRWIN Collective (8 December)

We continue the season called Intimacy by presenting a world premiere of In the Name of the Mother by Ivo Svetina, commissioned by the SNT Drama Ljubljana. The Main Stage production, directed by Ivica Buljan, is also an exhibition of new paintings by IRWIN Collective entitled Capital 2018.

The play, mapping a 20th century journey of the family S., tells a story of a family from a village at the foot of Stol. Prešeren’s mother Mina was a descendent of the family too. It is a story of a family that refused to be a passive observer of history, but tried to become its co-creator. The cast of In the Name of the Mother includes Barbara Cerar, Maša Derganc, Nina Valič, Pia Zemljič, Sabina Kogovšek, Saša Pavlin Stošić, Veronika Drolc, Aljaž Jovanović, Janez Škof, Klemen Janežič, Marko Mandić, Nik Škrlec, Saša Tabaković, and AGRFT stage acting students: Julija Klavžar, Lana Bučevec, Lara Fortuna, Nika Vidic, Andraž Harauer, Gal Oblak, Luka Bokšan, Martin Mlakar and Žan Brelih Hatunić. The production team includes Robert Waltl (artistic advisor), Mojca Kranjc (dramaturg), Ana Savić Gecan (costume designer), Mitja Vrhovnik Smrekar (composer), sonda57 and Toni Soprano Meneglejte (lighting and video designers), Arko (language consultant), Luka Marcen (assistant director), Sara Smrajc Žnidarčič (assistant costume designer). Previewing on Friday, 7 December at 19.30, the play will open on Saturday, 8 December at 20.00. Other dates in December are 10, 11, 27 and 28 at 19.30.

Cordially invited to a pre-show presentation on the Main Stage on Thursday, 6 December at 9.30.

Scandal wins the Golden ADC * E Award for Poster Advertising

The advertising campaign for Scandal in the St. Valley, co-produced by the SNT Drama Ljubljana, Cankarjev dom and the City Theatre Ljubljana, designed by Aljoša Bagola, creative director of Pristop Agency, won the Golden ADC*E Award in the category of Outdoor Advertising at the Art Directors Club of Europe festival (often labelled the creative League of Champions) as the only winner in the region.

On 10 November 2018, the European Artistic Directors Club presented the ADC * E awards at the European Creativity Festival in Barcelona for the seventeenth time. What makes this festival special is the fact that only entries that have previously won awards nationally are eligible for competition. The Scandal campaign, designed by Pristop, won two major awards at the Slovenian Advertising Festival  ̶  in the category of communication campaigns, printed advertisements and posters, and a golden award for outdoor advertising.

Faust to be presented at the 7th St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum

Our internationally acclaimed co-production of Faust, a dramatic poem by Goethe, directed by Tomaž Pandur, presented by the SNT Drama Ljubljana and the Ljubljana Festival, will be performed on Friday, 16 November at 19.00, on the main stage of the famous Alexandrinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. The guest performance in Russia is a follow-up of many successful presentations of Faust in European, Asian and South American cities where it has been seen by a total of over 30,000 viewers. Faust will be presented on the opening night of the 7th St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum, considered to be the most important and prestigious cultural event in the Russian Federation. The Forum, rightfully recognized as a global event, attracting thousands of experts in the field of culture, foreign delegations and representatives of authorities and artists from all over the world annually, will also be attended by the Slovenian Minister of Culture, Mr. Dejan Prešiček.

The guest appearance of the SNT Drama Ljubljana in Russia, its first in the Alexandrinsky Theatre, is a result of excellent cooperation and exchange between Slovenian culture in the Russian Federation and the Russian culture in Slovenia, which was facilitated and supported by the Slovenian and Russian Ministries of Culture and the Slovenian Embassy in Russia and the Russian State Rusconcert cultural agency. The guest performance of Faust is a new step of this cooperation, representing further strengthening of traditionally good cultural collaboration between Slovenia and the Russian Federation.

Jurij Souček wins the Ježek Award for Lifetime Achievement

Jurij Souček, a retired member of our resident ensemble, is this year’s recipient of the Ježek Award for Lifetime Achievement. As the jury proclaimed in its statement: »Souček, a relentless, passionate and keen explorer of theatre, enthusiastically embraced new media too and joined creative groups at the Slovenian national radio at the very beginning of his career, and co-developed a specific sound image of the original Slovenian radio play. Likewise, he teamed up with the Slovenian national television as early as during its trial broadcasting period more than 60 years ago.« Congratulations!

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