Danijela Grgić and Aljoša Bagola win awards for best theatre posters

The jury of the 6th Biennale of Theatre Posters in Varaždin, Croatia, has awarded Danijela Grgić for her poster for the production of Ivanov (SNT Drama Ljubljana) and Aljoša Bagola for the poster of Scandal in St. Florian's Valley (co-produced by the SNT Drama, The City Theatre Ljubljana and Cankarjev dom). Scores of authors from Slovenia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Serbia and Croatia have presented fifty theatre posters at the recent Varaždin Biennale. Since its first edition in 2009, the Varaždin Biennale has been a networking and cross-section opportunity for the graphic designers working in the field of theatre in the countries of the former Yugoslavia.

The best posters of the current Biennale will be on display in the Grand Concert Hall of the Croatian National Theatre in Varaždin until 10 December. A selection of the best biennale posters will be put on display next year at the Zlati Ajngel gallery in Varaždin.

Drama on the road with three productions touring internationally

In the next few days we will tour internationally with three productions. On Tuesday, 26 November at 19.30 we will present the recently opened Salome at the National Theatre in Belgrade, Serbia. On Friday, 6 December at 20.00 we will present Conversations About Love in Zagreb, Croatia, at the Zagreb Youth Theatre. On Sunday, 8 December at 20.00 we will present the award-winning hit of this year’s Maribor Theatre Festival Ali: Fear Eats Your Soul at the same venue in Zagreb. With these three tours, we continue our successful networking and cooperation with the most prominent theatre companies in the countries of the former Yugoslavia.

The opening of the harrowing The Lady from the Sea is to turn the Drama into a world of Scandinavian fjords

We are pleased to announce the opening of The Lady from the Sea by Henrik Ibsen, one of the greatest modern playwrights. Directed by Tin Grabnar, the play will premiere on Saturday, 23 November at 20.00 on the Main Stage.  Along the lines of the current season’s main topic, Love, the staging highlights the very issue of longing for a fulfilling personal relationship and a multitude of difficult choices between a personal passion and collective responsibility. In addition to a wonderful cast, the staging features a unique 3D sound setting that will immerse the Main Stage venue into a mystic world of Norwegian fjords and an intimate soul whirlwind. Previewing on 22 November, the staging will be presented in 2019 on 25, 26 and 27 November at 19.30, as well as on 11 and 23 December at 19.30.

The star-studded cast includes Bojan Emeršič, Pia Zemljič, Tina Vrbnjak, Doroteja Nadrah, Rok Vihar, Luka Bokšan and Klemen Janežič. The play, directed by Tin Grabnar has been stage adapted by Tin Grabnar, Brina Klapmfer and Urša Majcen. Other creative team members include Darko Čuden (translator), Brina Klampfer (dramaturg), Mateja Starič (composer and sound designer), Dorian Šilec Petek and Sara Slivnik (set designers), Sara Smrajc Žnidarčič (costume designer), Kristjan Vidner (lighting designer), Klasja Kovačič (language consultant), Klemen Janežič (movement consultant), Urša Majcen (assistant dramaturg). The music is performed by Matjaž Krivec and Marko Brdnik.

The Lady from the Sea tells the story of Ellida, a woman not short of socially desirable attributes: a loving husband, great financial assets, an agreeable family environment and a predictable daily routine. But deep down inside she is torn between her predictable life and an insatiable desire to escape from a daily routine personified by an unrealized love story from her past. When Stranger enters the symbolic quiet of her town, her craving grows. What will she opt for and what lies in store for her in the future?  

Alice in Bed to open on the Small Stage

On Friday, 8 November at 20.00, the first Slovenian staging of Alice in Bed by the famous American philosopher, a literary icon of the 1960s and versatile author Susan Sontag will open on the Small Stage. Sontag’s first and only published play in its entirety and in which the author addresses in an in-depth way the issue of women, their anguish and self-awareness, is directed and set designed by Dorian Šilec Petek. The play in eight scenes was translated into Slovenian by Darja Dominkuš and features the actors Maša Derganc, Sabina Kogovšek, Vojko Zidar, Saša Tabaković, Iva Babić, Eva Jesenovec, Veronika Drolc and Timon Šturbej. Other members of the creative include Staša Prah (dramaturg), Dorian Šilec Petek (set designer), Tina Bonča (costume designer), Mitja Vrhovnik Smrekar (composer), Tatjana Stanič (language consultant) and Andrej Hajdinjak (lighting designer). The dates of the first repeat performances in November are 9, 11, 15, 16, 18, 26, 27 and 30.

Susan Sontag wrote Alice in Bed in two weeks in January 1990. Ten years earlier, in Rome, during the final rehearsals for Luigi Pirandello’s As You Desire Me, she had reportedly seen Alice in her dreams from the start to the ending. »I suppose I have beep preparing for Alice in Bed all my life; to write a play about female sadness and anger, and, after all, a play about imagination. About the reality of a mental prison. About the triumph of imagination. But the triumphs of imagination are not sufficient,« wrote Sontag in her Note on the Play, translated and published in the theatre programme in a piece entitled The Brilliant Sister.  

The play, divided into eight scenes and called fiction by Sontag, is based on a real-life person. Alice James (played by Maša Derganc) was the only daughter and youngest of five children in an extremely highly regarded American family of the 19th century. His father, the heir to a large business, made a name for himself as a writer on religious and moral issues. A strong-willed eccentric who had lost his leg at the age of thirteen, he was the principal teacher of his children and had taken them to Europe several times in early childhood. When Alice James was thirty, she supposedly confronted her father with her desire to commit suicide. At first, he scolded her vehemently, and then gave her his assent. In 1884, Alice moved to London, where her brother Henry (Harry, played by Saša Tabaković) had settled down, and she spent the next seven and a half years bedridden, until her death from breast cancer.

Ali: Fear Eats Your Soul is named Best Performance of the previous theatre season by the Association of Theatre Critics and Researchers of Slovenia

Ali: Fear Eats Your Soul has won the Best Performance of the 2018/19 season award presented by the Association of Theatre Critics and Researchers of Slovenia.

According to the jury panel, »Ali: Fear Eats Your Soul, based on Fassbinder's film, and staged in an derelict industrial hall, presents a slice of concrete social, racial and class contradictions, while developing its underlying current relevance with precise sensitivity. Sebastijan Horvat’s direction is meticulous and multi-layered in presenting a site-specific performance, using minimalist but first-rate acting gestures, framing of views and freeze frames with unobtrusive commentary. These elements are evocatively enhanced by a change of set arrangements, allowing a point of condensed tension to be established effectively by positioning a multitude of bodies in close proximity.«

Ali: Fear Eats Your Soul wins awards at the 54th Maribor Theatre Festival

The jury of the 54th Maribor Theatre Festival has presented Borštnik Awards for Acting to Nataša Barbara Gračner for the role of Emmi, and Iztok Drabik Jug for the role of Salem, and a Special Jury Award for Artistic Gesture to Sebastijan Horvat.

You can see Ali: Fear Eats Your Soul by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, directed by Sebastijan Horvat in Fassbinderplatz (The Railway Museum) on 28 and 30 October. These are the final dates before Ali returns in spring 2020.

Plato's Symposium directed by Luka Marcen to premiere on the Small Stage

We are happy to announce the opening of the original theatre project Symposium on Friday, 18 October at 20.00 on the Small Stage. Directed by Luka Marcen, the staging after the famous Symposium by Plato, one of the key philosophical dialogues and enquiries on love, is part of the Waiting for Superman programme section. Co-produced by the SNT Drama Ljubljana and the AGRFT (Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television, University of Ljubljana), the cast of the production includes Petra Govc, Lucija Harum, Maja Končar, Ana Pavlin, Nina Valič, Nika Vidic and Barbara Žefran. Other creative team members include Tery Žeželj (dramaturg), Sara Slivnik (set designer), Ana Janc (costume designer), Martin Vogrin (composer), Kristina Anželj (language consultant), Aja Zupanec (choreographer) and Vlado Glavan (lighting designer). The first repeat performance will take place on Saturday, 19 October at 20.00 on the Small Stage.

In the course of the rehearsal process, the creators of the original theatre project Symposium investigated the rules and characteristics of love. Just like Plato they gradually arrived at the conclusion that love defies defining since we know too little about it. People are marked by a series of romantic ideals, phrases that vividly describe the feelings of love, as well as by stories, fairy tales and poems, defining our expectations and understanding of the feeling, with specific narratives used to inscribe personal stories in our own memory … Therefore, the authors of the staging decided to draw primarily from an assortment of various endless stories written by love, since individuals need them to understand better themselves and others.

International co-production Conversations about Love directed by Jernej Lorenci opens on the Main Stage

We are pleased to announce the opening of Conversations about Love, an international co-production, an original theatre project to be held on Saturday, 12 October at 20.00 on the Main Stage. The authors of the text are the creators of the staging. The project has been workshopped as an inquiry into the topic of love in various social, linguistic and cultural contexts.  The international cast includes Janez Škof, Maruša Majer and Zvezdana Novaković (Slovenia); Jelena Laban, Karmen Bardak and Srđan Grahovac (Montenegro); Barbara Folchitto and Daniele Gaggianesi (Italy), and Krist Lleshi and Matia Llupa (Albania).

The creative team includes Jernej Lorenci (director), Matic Starina (dramaturg), Branko Hojnik (set designer), Belinda Radulović (costume designer), Branko Rožman (composer), Gregor Luštek (choreographer), Jernej Lorenci, Branko Hojnik and Juš Zidar (lighting designers), Tatjana Stanič (language consultant), Zvezdana Novaković (répétiteur and vocal coach), Juš Zidar (assistant to the director and producer), and Bernarda Popelar Lesjak (assistant to the costume designer). Previewing on 11 October at 19.00, the opening night will be followed by repeat performances on 14, 15, 16 and 18 October at 19.00, and on 17 October at 17.00, and on 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 November at 19.00.  

The co-production between the SNT Drama Ljubljana and the Royal Theatre Zetski dom is part of the international project ADNICH, and was done in two parts, first in Slovenia and then in Montenegro. The opening in Cetinje, Montenegro took place on 14 September. Opening nights in Italy and Albania as well as international tours are forthcoming.

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