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Merlin or The Waste Land, the first Slovenian production of Tankred Dorst’s theatre epic, directed by Aleksandar Popovski (Press conference on 5 December)

You are cordially invited to join us on Monday, 5 December at 10.00 at the Drama Café to hear about the making of the first Slovenian production of Tankred Dorst’s theatre epic Merlin or The Waste Land. Directed by Aleksandar Popovski, the impressive theatre fresco on the Main Stage presents heroic legends from the myth of King Arthur and The Knights of the Round Table.

The cast includes Barbara Cerar (Merlin), Silva Čušin (The Devil), Tina Vrbnjak (Young king Arthur; Sir Kay), Branko Šturbej (Sir Kay; King Arthur), Tadej Toš (The Clown), Saša Mihelčič (The giantess Hanne; Herzeloide), Saša Pavlin Stošić (Guinevere), Klemen Janežič (Sir Lancelot), Filip Samobor (Percival), Rok Vihar (Sir Gawain), Matija Rozman (Sir Lamorak), Gašper Jarni (Sir Orilus) and Matic Lukšič (Sir Mordred).

Preview on Tuesday, 6 December at 19.30, premiere on Wednesday, 7 December at 20.00. First repeat performances on 16 and 17 December at 18.00, and on 19 December at 19.30.

Faust, directed by Tomaž Pandur, opens the 5th edition of the Interferences International Theatre Festival in Cluj tonight

Faust, co-produced by the SNT Drama Ljubljana and the Ljubljana Festival, directed by Tomaž Pandur, is the opening performance of the 5th edition of the Interferences International Theatre Festival, organized every two years by the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj. This year's edition, themed »The Stranger’s Odyssey«, will take place from 24 November and 4 December and will present 50 events, including 22 theatre performances from 14 countries (Ireland, Slovenia, Hungary, Romania, Germany, South Korea, Luxembourg, Italy, Russia, Great Britain, USA, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Poland) in 13 languages. The primary festival programme consists of theatre productions, as well as of discussions on guest performances, panel discussions on theatre, theatre installations, literary presentations, film screenings and concerts. Pandur’s Faust, the opening and the only Slovenian production at the festival, will be attended by almost 900 people on 24 November at 19.00 in the Main Hall of the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj.

The first Slovenian production of Alistair McDowall’s play Pomona, directed by Jaša Koceli (11 November)

We are pleased to announce the opening of the first Slovenian staging of Pomona, a play by a young British playwright Alistair McDowall. The opening of Pomona will take place on Friday, 11 November at the Small Stage venue. Pomona, which is set in the underground, in the dark periphery of society, provides a mythically surreal vision of society. This afternoon, Alistair McDowall will take part in a discussion of Pomona during a Social and Sociable event at the Drama Café, starting at 17.00. According to McDowall, Pomona is »a hole at the heart of the city« inhabited by dark destinies of different individuals. On stage, actors Eva Jesenovec, Bojan Emeršič, Sabina Kogovšek (alternate Mia Skrbinac), Petra Govc, Iva Babić, Nik Škrlec and Primož Vrhovec become Ollie, Zeppo, Fay, Gale, Keaton, Charlie and Moe.

For the second year in a row we conclude the international Seoul Performing Arts Festival (SPAF)

Faust, a co-production of SNT Drama Ljubljana and the Ljubljana Festival, directed by Tomaž Pandur, is the central and at the same time a title performance of SPAF 2016. A photo of Igor Samobor in the role of Faust is featured on front pages of all festival programme brochures and displayed with high exposure in festival international programme publications, as well as on posters and other material promoting the current edition of SPAF. The festival is held in the South Korean capital of Seoul, a city with 10 million inhabitants. Festival organizers as well as the South Korean Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism have highlighted the importance of Ljubljana production of Faust and called it »a magnificent final masterpiece by Tomaž Pandur, a genius director«. Both sold-out performances of Faust, which will take place on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 October in the Main Hall of Arko Arts Theatre will traditionally close a month-long festival. Festival organizers expect that they will be attended by 1,100 viewers. SPAF has paid tribute to Tomaž Pandur, who passed away earlier this year, with a lecture by Livija Pandur on the director’s outstanding theatre output and the Tomaž Pandur theatre. The lecture took place on 27 October at the South Korean Artists House.

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