The 5th Drama Festival to highlight the final week of May 2018

The 5th Drama Festival will take place from 26 to 31 May at the SNT Drama Ljubljana. The current festival edition will be dedicated to the great Slovenian actor and artist Jernej Šugman who sadly passed away last December. For three decades he made an indelible impression and contribution to Slovenian culture and its recognition in the international arena. He will remain forever an unforgettable member of the Drama ensemble. To pay tribute to Jernej Šugman, the festival will feature nine high-profile performances on its Main Stage and on the Small Stage, two of which will be opening productions presented by the SNT Drama Ljubljana: A Girl with Strings directed by the Macedonian director Marjan Nečak, and a stage declaration by Polona Vetrih Don’t Forget the Flowers directed by Ivana Djilas. Alongside two productions by the Slovenian National Theatres Maribor and Nova Gorica, the festival line-up will include the productions by the Hungarian theatre Újvidéki Színház / Novi Sad Theatre, Zagreb Youth Theatre, the Royal Theatre Zetski dom Cetinje, and an acclaimed co-production by the Belgrade National Theatre and the Bitef Theatre directed by Jernej Lorenci. The festival programme will be accompanied by lectures, post-show talks and two concerts. The opening concert will be given by the Trieste-based group The Authentics, while the closing of the festival will take place in the rhythms of the much-admired Slovenian group Čompe.

We kindly invite you to attend a press conference on Thursday, 24 May at 10.00 to launch the 5th  Drama Festival and the opening of the Šugman Salon (directly above the Drama Café).

Repertoire 2018/19

Main Stage

Gotthold Ephraim Lessing Emilia Galotti
Director Igor Vuk Torbica

Dea Loher Thieves
Director Ivana Djilas

Ivo Svetina In the Name of the Mother
Director Ivica Buljan

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov Ivanov
Director Aleksandar Popovski

Rainer Werner Fassbinder Ali
Director Sebastijan Horvat

Heinrich von Kleist The Broken Jug
Director Vito Taufer

Small Stage

Marjan Nečak, Maja Hrgović A Girl with Strings
Director Marjan Nečak

Co-produced by Moving Music Theatre, Bitola, Macedonia

Stephen Karam The Humans
Director Nina Šorak

Nebojša Pop-Tasić Wake 
Director Mare Bulc

Duncan Macmillan Lungs
Director Žiga Divjak

We reserve the right to change the repertoire.  

Communication identity of Scandal in the St. Florian Valley has won three awards of excellence at the 27th Slovenian Advertising Festival

Communication identity of our co-produced staging of Scandal in the St. Florian Valley, conceived and designed by Aljoša Bagola, has won three awards of excellence at the recent 27th Slovenian Advertising Festival in the categories of printed advertisements and posters, ambient advertising, and integrated advertising campaigns. The awarded poster shows Jacinta, a central character of Cankar’s Scandal in the St. Florian Valley, played by a dancer Maša Kagao Knez, wearing a hairstyle in the shape of Slovenia. Not only is this a subtle hint on the topics dealt by Cankar, but it also provides an attempt to reflect the age in which we live. Directed by the distinguished Eduard Miler, the acclaimed co-production of three leading Ljubljana theatre and cultural institutions, the SNT Drama Ljubljana, the Ljubljana City Theatre, and Cankarjev dom Culture and Congress Centre, has already been seen by more than 18,000 spectators. The final performances in the current season will be held on 7, 8 and 9 May in the Gallus Hall of Cankarjev dom.

Art and creative director Aljoša Bagola
Photo Peter Uhan
Postproduction Enrique Tortosa (The Umer Artists Agency)  
Associate co-workers Edin Alibešter, Emil Barbarić

Theatre concert Bloody Smokers wraps up the jubilee season of 2017/18 on Small Stage

The jubilee season marking the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Dramatic society in Ljubljana will be wrapped up on the Small Stage on Friday, 6th April at 20.00 by the premiere of Bloody Smokers after the striking satirical essay by Svetlana Makarovič, directed by Tin Grabnar. The authors of the stage adaptation, conceptualised by director Tin Grabnar and dramaturg Brina Klampfer, are the creators of the staging. The cast of Bloody Smokers, theatrically interlaced with songs by Jani Kovačič and Svetlana Makarovič along with original music compositions by Boštjan Gombač is presented by “female Smokers, Anti-smokers” Pia Zemljič (vocal, piano) and Nina Valič (vocal, flute) and “male Smokers, Anti-smokers” Aljaž Jovanovič (vocal, guitar, piano) and Janez Škof (vocal, accordion). The second dramaturg of the performance is Darja Dominkuš who also edited the theatre programme. The set designer is Dorian Šilec Peter, costume designer Sara Smrajc Žnidarčič, language consultant Tatjana Stanič, choreographer Anja Mejač, repetiteur Ana Erčulj, lighting designers Dorian Šilec Petek and Vlado Glavan.

The staging Bloody Smokers has been labelled a theatre concert, since it involves a combination of a concert format and typical elements inherent to a theatre performance. The stage music unobtrusively breaks into scenes, and vice versa. In the process, reflecting about smoking and smoking-related issues is constantly punctuated by the hints from the life and work of the Slovenian first lady of nicotine, Svetlana Makarovič.

Invitation to the presentation of a new production: Bloody Smokers (5 April at 9.30)

The jubilee season, marking the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Dramatic Society in Ljubljana, will be wrapped up on the Small Stage by a theatre concert entitled Bloody Smokers after the eponymous satirical essay by Svetlana Makarovič, directed by Tin Grabnar. The authors of the stage adaptation are the creators of the staging. Cordially invited to a presentation and a discussion with the creators of the staging on Thursday, 5 April at 9.30 at the Drama Café.

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