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.

Awards for SNT Drama Ljubljana at the 51st Maribor Theatre Festival

The jury of the 51th Maribor Theatre Festival  has presented the following awards:

̶  Borštnik Ring Award for lifetime achievement to Dare Valič, a retired member of the SNT Drama Ljubljana ensemble,

̶  Borštnik Award for Acting to Jernej Šugman for his role of Papa Ubu in Ubu the King, after the motifs of Alfred Jarry’s Ubu the King directed by Jernej Lorenci,  

̶  Borštnik Award to the creative team of Ubu the King for their collective original idea of presenting and enacting the interval.

Macbeth on tour in Minsk

The staging of Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth, directed by Igor Pison, which was produced to mark the 400th anniversary of the great playwright’s death, has been invited to a theatre festival in the capital of Belarus. The performance of Macbeth at the 6th International Theatre Forum Teart, led by its director Anzhela Krashevskaya and financially supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Belarus, will take place on Friday, 14 October. It will be attended by almost 400 people. Members of the audience will include many important Belarusian cultural and political figures, as well as representatives of Slovenian companies operating successfully in the area. The participation of Macbeth at the festival has been made possibly by the patronage of the Company Riko and by a support of Bisol Group in cooperation with the Honorary Consul of Slovenia in Belarus, Mr. Sergej Vladimirovič Badulja.

Boris Juh is the recipient of the Bert Prize 2016 for lifetime achievement in film acting

Members of Slovenian Directors Association will present Boris Juh, theatre and film actor, a retired member of the SNT Drama ensemble, the Bert Prize. The ceremony will take place on Tuesday, 25 October 2016 at the Slovenian Cinematheque. The prize is named after a legendary Slovenian actor Bert Sotlar (1921-1992). According to the judging panel »remembering Boris Juh’s roles and characters he embodied, one is bound to think beyond any patterns and restrictions in terms of his characters’ features. On the contrary, one is amazed at his versatility and diversity. It seems as if he had chosen the characters himself. Not only did he achieve this in film, but also in theatre, radio and television.«

Dare Valič is the recipient of Borštnik Ring 2016

This year's winner of the Borštnik Ring Award for lifetime achievement is a retired actor Dare Valič, a long-time member of our ensemble. In his career, spanning over five decades, he has created many outstanding theatre and film roles.
According to the judging panel of the Borštnik Ring Award, “Dare Valič has a great acting personality who has enriched Slovenian theatre not only with his fascinating range of memorable character roles, but also with his own character and a unique face and acting presence, written indelibly in our memory.”  He has appeared in more than one hundred roles, mostly in our theatre.  
The most prestigious Slovenian award for acting achievements will be presented to Dare Valič during a closing ceremony of the 51st Borštnik Theatre Festival in Maribor on 23 October.

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