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World premiere of Ali: Fear Eats Your Soul continues the season entitled Intimacy at a new venue Fassbinderplatz

World premiere of Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, directed by Sebastijan Horvat is a stage adaptation of a full-length feature film by Rainer Werner Fassbinder entitled Angst essen Seele auf, made in 1974. Following a cancellation of February dates, the play will open in Fassbinderplatz on Friday, 15 March and on Saturday, 16 March at 20.00. Set in Germany in 1970s, the play explores a complex and soul-stirring love affair on the periphery of society. Members of the creative team include Milan Marković Matthis (author of the adaptation and dramaturg), Igor Vasiljev (set designer), Belinda Radulović (costume designer) Drago Ivanuša (composer), Aleksandar Čavlek (lighting designer) and Arko (language consultant), The cast includes Nataša Barbara Gračner and Iztok Drabik Jug in the leading roles of Emmi and Salem/Ali, and Barbara Žefran, Boris Mihalj, Eva Jesenovec, Borut Doljšak, Damjana Černe, Tamara Avguštin, Saša Mihelčič, Vojko Zidar, and Nik Škrlec and Gregor Podričnik (alternate) in other roles. Previewing on 14 March at 20.30, the first repeat performances will take place from 18 to 22 March, and on 27 and 29 March at 19.30.

Other co-workers of the staging include Mitja Lovše (assistant to the director), Urška Brodar (translator from German), Jernej Potočan (translator from Serbian and assistant to the dramaturg), Maruša Mali (assistant to the set designer), Bernarda Popelar Lesjak (assistant to the costume designer) and Maša Pelko (student assistant to the director).

The opening of Wake on the Small Stage

»One does not necessarily live in family, but a family necessarily lives in one,« says the acclaimed playwright and versatile theatre and film maker Nebojša Pop-Tasić in his latest play Wake, commissioned by the SNT Drama Ljubljana. The cast of the play, centred on a paradigmatic moment of birth, includes Saša Tabaković, Sabina Kogovšek, Gorazd Logar, Pia Zemljič, Ivo Ban and Urban Kuntarič. The world premiere of the play is directed by Mare Bulc. Other members of the creative team include Nebojša Pop-Tasić (dramaturg), Damir Leventić (set designer), Sanja Grcić (costume designer), Barbara Rogelj (language consultant), Damir Avdić (composer), Sebastjan Starić (stage movement director) and Andrej Hajdinjak (lighting designer). The opening on Friday, 22 February at 20.00, will be followed by repeat performances on 23 February and on 1, 7 and 8 March at 20.00. The performance on Saturday, 23 February will be followed by a post-show talk on the Small Stage.

Bjanka Adžić Ursulov, recipient of the Prešeren Award 2019 for lifetime achievement, and Maruša Majer, winner of the Prešeren Fund Award 2019

We congratulate warmly Bjanka Adžić Ursulov, a costume and set designer, recipient of the highest national award in the field of arts, the Prešeren Award 2019 for lifetime achievement. It gives us great pride to note that Ursulov has collaborated as a costume designer in many outstanding SNT Drama Ljubljana productions: Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Emilia Galotti (director Igor Vuk Torbica, 2018/19), Anton Tomaž Linhart, The Merry Day or Matiček’s Wedding (director Janusz Kica, 2017/18), Mile Korun, A Holy Many (director Matjaž Zupančič, 2017/18), Joseph Brodsky, Democracy! (director Matjaž Zupančič, 2015/16), Franz Kafka, The Castle (director Janusz Kica, 2014/15), Seneca, Medea (director Meta Hočevar, 2013/14), Ernst Lubitsch When I Was Dead (director Diego de Brea, 2009/10), and many others.  According to Alja Predan, a jury panel member, »Bjanka Adžić Ursulov possess an incredible sense of detail and the total; it is from tiny add-ons that one can detect not only the scope of her mind, but also her subtle humour, so that the total is always refined, colour-coordinated and aesthetically pleasant to perfection«.

Maruša Majer, a member of the SNT Drama Ljubljana resident ensemble, has won the Prešeren Fund Award 2019 for her roles in the last three years. According to Janez Burger, a jury panel member, »there is hardly a person in Slovenia who has not felt the impact of Maruša Majer’s explosive creative potential in the last two years. Therefore, may I draw the jury panel’s attention to some of her recent acting achievements that have resonated and continue to do so, nationally and internationally. Majer has won two of the most distinguished national awards, i.e. Vesna for best actress in a leading role in the film Ivan, and the Maribor Theatre Festival for her role in The Bedbug, as well as the Berlin film festival shooting star and the Golden Arena Award for her role in Ivan, alongside with a number of prizes, praise and enthusiastic reviews from all over the world. Majer, who used to be the queen of Slovenian independent theatre scene, has swept over mainstream theatre tsunami-like, and has created a truly fascinating range of diverse roles over the last two years«.
Our heartfelt congratulations to Maruša Majer.

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 Your Soul, a full-length feature film by Rainer Werner Fassbinder entitled Angst essen Seele auf, 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 director), Jernej Potočan (assistant dramaturg),  Maruša Mali (assistant set designer), Bernarda Popelar Lesjak (assistant costume designer) and Maša Pelko (student assistant director). The cast includes Nataša Barbara Gračner and Iztok Drabik Jug in the leading roles, as well as 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 Fassbinderplatz: 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.

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