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Drama on tour in the time of pandemic: presenting our production of The Little Wire Girl at the prestigious international theatre festival in Milan

The Slovenian National Theatre Drama Ljubljana will present the world premiere of The Little Wire Girl by Maja Hrgović and Marjan Nečak on 17 and 18 February at the 12th edition of the International Prize »Il teatro Nudo« (»The Naked Theatre«) Teresa Pomodoro in Milan, Italy. Unfortunately, the slow easing of the epidemiological situation in Slovenia and Italy does not allow Drama to travel to Milan. That is why the festival audience will watch the live streaming of contemporary drama opera The Little Wire Girl, directed by Marjan Nečak, performed on the Drama Main Stage, especially for this occasion. The prestigious international theatre festival, which will take place during the 2020/21 season in cooperation with the Spazio Teatro No'hma Teresa Pomodoro and the city of Milan, is held under the honorary patronage of the President of the Italian Republic and with the support of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The recipients of the prizes and special tokens of recognition which will be selected by an international jury and festival audience will be announced in the autumn of 2021 in Milan at a special ceremony before the start of the upcoming, 13th edition of the International Prize.

The recording of the guest performance of The Little Wire Girl in Milan will be available to Slovenian theatre goers on Saturday, 20 February at 20.00 at drama.kupikarto.si/vzivo.

The Effect by Lucy Prebble directed by Eva Nina Lampič – live streaming from the Small Stage (10 and 11 February at 20.00)

SNT Drama Ljubljana is pleased to announce the first Slovenian production of The Effect, a play by a socially committed contemporary British playwright Lucy Prebble, directed by Eva Nina Lampič. The premiere will be live streamed on Wednesday, 10 February at 20.00 from the Small Stage. The upcoming production is the second Small Stage production in the 2020/21 season, entitled Floatation. Lucy Prebble puts man at the very centre of interest, as underlined by her note in the playscript saying The Effect is »a play for four people, in love and sorrow«. In an extremely insightful way, The Effect explores the desires, fears and distress of four protagonists – two volunteers in a clinical trial and two doctors. The cast of the first Slovenian production of the play includes Polona Juh, Rok Vihar, Eva Jesenovec and Klemen Janežič. The play was translated by Tina Mahkota, the dramaturg of the production is Eva Kraševec, the set designer is Jasna Vastl, the costume designer is Gordana Bobojević, the composer is Aleš Zorec, the author of the videos is Dani Modrej, the language consultant is Klasja Kovačič and the lighting designer is Vlado Glavan.

Live streaming of the rerun of The Effect will follow the next evening, on Thursday, 11 February at 20.00. You can watch the live streaming done by four high-resolution cameras at drama.kupikarto.si/vzivo. E-tickets, which cost 13 EUR for the premiere and 11 EUR for the rerun, can be purchased at drama.kupikarto.si.

Cement by Heiner Müller directed by Sebastijan Horvat – live streaming from the Main Stage (13 and 16 February at 20.00)

SNT Drama Ljubljana continues the season 2020/21 with the staging of the play Cement by Heiner Müller, one of the most important playwrights of the second half of the 20th century in the German language. The upcoming performance on the Drama Main Stage is the second part of an international trilogy, conceived after Müller’s play by director Sebastijan Horvat and the author of the adaptation and dramaturg Milan Ramšak Marković in Zagreb, Ljubljana and Belgrade. Each of the performances of the trilogy explores a different aspect of the play: the Ljubljana one, based on a translation by Mojca Kranjc, focuses on the intimate story of the protagonist couple, Gleb and Dasha.The cast includes Nataša Barbara Gračner, Marko Mandić, Igor Samobor, Vanja Plut, Nejc Cijan Garlatti, Gorazd Logar and Timon Šturbej. Set designer and author of the video is Igor Vasiljev, costume designer Belinda Radulović, composer Drago Ivanuša, lighting designer Aleksandar Čavlek, language consultant Tatjana Stanič and assistant to the director Nina Ramšak Marković.

The premiere will be on Saturday, 13 February at 20.00 on the Main Stage. You can watch the live streaming done by four high-resolution cameras at drama.kupikarto.si/vzivo. A rerun of Cement will be on Tuesday, 16 February at 20.00. E-tickets, which cost 13 EUR for the premiere and 11 EUR for the rerun, can be purchased at drama.kupikarto.si.

Dušan Jovanović, playwright and director dies

Dear Dušan, thank you for being our SUN. The radiance of your STAR remains eternal. You are sorely missed.

Director and playwright Dušan Jovanović made history as one of the most prolific and acclaimed contemporary Slovenian theatre makers. His numerous stagings significantly co-created the identity of contemporary Slovenian and Yugoslav theatre. Many of his stunning productions are still considered cult; at the time of their creation, they moved the boundaries of theatrical expression and originally responded to the innovative neo-avant-garde movements of world theatre. He was among the co-founders of several experimental theatres. As an author, he often created new movements, especially so-called ludism at the beginning of his playwriting career. In his mature period, he broke many taboos of our recent past in his historical and political plays; his intimate plays remain subtle studies of human nature, which keeps surprising us and taking unusual turns in various private and social situations.

Humour and irony, frequent mixing of genres, passionate dialogues, plausible eloquence in comedic and tragic tenors alike were the hallmarks of Jovanović's spirited and idiosyncratic creative devotion. His truly remarkable body of works for stage and screen includes over thirty stage plays, television plays, television series screenplays and numerous stage adaptations of important works of world literature. He was professor of directing at the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film, Television, University of Ljubljana. He received numerous national and international awards for his work, including the Prešeren Award, the Prešeren Fund Award, and several Borštnik and Grum Awards.

Brilliant seasonal gifts from Drama

You can order the products by e-mail at the following address blagajna@drama.si. After paying the pro forma invoice, we will post them to your home or to the recipient’s address. The postage rate is 3,90 EUR. Alternatively, you can collect your purchased items personally at the box office every working day between 12.00 and 15.00. Should you wish to treat your loved ones, your business partners, or your dearest and nearest with a gift and add your personal best wishes to the item, we can write your dedication by hand and add it to the shipment. All prices are in EUR and include 22% VAT.
 

Drama je. backpack

Black polyester backpack with drawstring.
Price: 7 EUR
 

Drama je. enamelled mug in a gift box

Handmade mug of unique appearance (475 ml), suitable for hand washing, in a gift box.
Price: 10 EUR
 

Drama je. face mask

Washable reusable mask with inserted wire to offer a snug and secure fit. Made in Slovenia.
Price: 5 EUR

Drama je. notebook

Spiral unruled notebook.
Price: 5 EUR

Drama je. notebook made of recycled paper

Spiral unruled notebook made of recycled paper. Available in limited quantities.
Price: 5 EUR

Drama je. pencil

Black graphite pencil with eraser.
Price: 1 EUR
 

Gift vouchers

Give the gift of theatre and treat yourself or your loved ones with Drama gift vouchers of value between 16, 17, 18 and 20 EUR. They can be purchased on the website drama.kupikarto.si/darilnibon.

Opening broadcast of the audio play The River Children by Dane Zajc Part One, 4 November

The audio version of The River Children, a play by Dane Zajc, directed by Eva Kraševec (also acting as a dramaturg) is the opening act of a new programme platform called Audio Drama, launched by the SNT Drama Ljubljana in the current  season. The audio studio recording will be released part by part and will remain available free of charge in our audio library. Part one will be broadcast on 4 November to be followed by subsequent parts recurring every Wednesday until 9 December. The recording of audio plays performed by the outstanding members of the Drama Ljubljana resident ensemble is a project that is sponsored by the Nova Ljubljanska banka. Its support has enabled free access to the recordings to all lovers of literature and theatre. The studio recording of The River Children features Janez Škof, Maja Končar, Zvone Hribar, Vanja Plut, Eva Jesenovec, Gorazd Logar, Klemen Janežič, Valter Dragan and Vojko Zidar.

Cancellation of all performances and events from 16 October until further notice

In accordance with government measures to minimize epidemiological risks, we must cancel all performances and events from 16 October 2020 until further notice. If you require further information, do not hesitate to contact us at blagajna@drama.si and info@drama.si or by phone (01 252 14 92 and 01 252 15 11). We hope to be allowed to reopen the doors of our venues as soon as possible and wish you to stay healthy until we meet again.  

My Husband – world premiere of the stage adaptation directed by Ivana Djilas on the Drama Main Stage from 12 to 24 October

My Husband is a production that narrates, breathes, screams and whispers through the intimate yet brutally realistic narratives of nine actresses. »I have been dreaming for a long time about a production featuring a great number of strong women, i.e. actresses I have known for a long time, not only from their stage roles, but also personally,« said Ivana Djilas. The themes that Bužarovska tackles in her works and the human qualities she draws attention to are universal ­ – insincerity, lack of communication, envy, jealousy, patriarchy. In her collection of short stories My Husband she does not talk about men or husbands, but uses her characteristic and personal style to present skilful profiles of contemporary women, who are all trapped in the shackles of various everyday relationships of the overwhelmingly patriarchal world. However, she does not reduce her literary protagonists to be the victims of men and society, but presents them as active participants in these relationships. Their thoughts, decisions and (in)actions give legitimacy to the existence of familial and social patterns that oppress them. She has created a space where women are visible and heard, not requiring them to act as protagonists of the lowest social stratum or as any other kind of female warriors; they can be everything just like men can be: ugly, stupid, corrupt, passive, unprincipled, fake, hurt, evil, prejudiced, patriarchal, engaged, smart, brave, inferior, grotesque, possessive. Reruns are scheduled from 12 to 24 October.

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