The international box-office hit When I Was Dead to celebrate its 7th anniversary and a 200th repeat performance on 11 March 2017

Our international box-office hit When I Was Dead, directed by Diego de Brea and based on the eponymous silent film by Ernst Lubitsch, has been viewed by almost 35,000 spectators on 96 nights at our Small Stage venue and during 104 performances touring Slovenia and abroad. Since its opening on Friday, 11 March 2010 on the Small Stage, the show has been performed internationally to enthusiastic popular and critical acclaim. To celebrate its 200th repeat performance, When I Was Dead will be presented to mark its 7th anniversary on Saturday, 11 March at 20.00 at our Small Stage venue.

The opening of Utopia, An Archeology of Paradise, directed by Jan Krmelj at Ptuj City Theatre (10 February)

Following its successful premiere last September on the Small Stage, Utopia, An Archeology of Paradise, will now open at Ptuj City Theatre, our co-production partner. The show is an homage and salute to the famous playwright Fernando Arrabal and his vision of the world through dysfunction, otherness and difference. Exploring a tangle of dream and real worlds, it tries to achieve the impossible: to revive the lifeless, to overcome the original violence, brutality and objective reality of a certain period by celebrating imagination, irrationality, persistence. A gesture of defiance to the existing, the contemporary, is to defy violence. It is in the realm of the impossible that humankind begins. The same goes for the theatre; the theatre as a site of extreme utopia, a constant beginning of the world, a beginning of history, creating the world anew. The theatre is a separation from the world, not its mirror, which is its historical privilege. The cast includes: Polona Juh (Lis), Aljaž Jovanović (Fando), Uroš Fürst (Abraham), Klemen Janežič (Isaac) and Tina Vrbnjak (Kora). Utopia, An Archeology of Paradise will be presented in Ptuj on Friday, 10 February (premiere) and Saturday, 11 February.

Faust on tour in Madrid to do homage to Tomaž Pandur

Having successfully toured the following festivals, International Theatre Festival Interference (Cluj, Romania), Seoul Festival of Performing Arts (South Korea), MNT-Fest (Macedonia), Theatre World Brno (Czech Republic), Ibero-American Theatre Festival in Bogota (Colombia) and Cervantes International Festival (Guanajuato, Mexico), Faust is currently on tour at the Teatro Español. It was a place of great importance for a creative oeuvre of director Tomaž Pandur who passed away last year. Teatro Español is now hosting Homenaje a Tomaž Pandur, homage to the deceased director, which runs from 31 January to 12 February. Spanish audience can enjoy Faust during four consecutive nights, from 2 to 5 February.

A Spanish tribute to Tomaž Pandur was launched on 31 January with the opening of a photo exhibition by Aljoša Rebolj, called Spanish theatre oeuvre of Tomaž Pandur. On display are photographs of performances that Pandur created in Spain between 2005 and 2014: Infierno (Centro Dramático National, Teatro María Guerrero, Madrid, 2005) Barroco (Fernán Gómez, Centro Cultural de la Villa, Madrid, 2007), Hamlet (Teatro Español, Madrid, 2009), Medea (International Festival of Classical Theatre in Mérida, 2009), La Caida de los Dioses (Teatro Español, Madrid, 2011), Fausto (Centro Dramático National, Teatro María Guerrero, Madrid, 2014). The exhibition will be on display until 12 February.

A weekend of premieres: People's Democratic Circus Sakeshvili and Antigone

A new Slovenian play, People's Democratic Circus Sakeshvili, will open on Friday, 27 January at 20.00 on the Small Stage. The play, written by Rok Vilčnik rokgre, which won the Grum Award 2016, is directed by Luka Martin Škof. The Sakeshvilis on stage are Gregor Baković, Maša Derganc, Boris Mihalj and Klemen Slakonja. The Sakeshvili state has all the characteristics of a rock-solid totalitarian state; it is hampered by a severe shortage, everything is strictly regulated and rationed, not only material things, but also good fortune, let alone masturbation.

The ancient Greek tragedy Antigone will open on Saturday, 28 January at 20.00 on the Main Stage. Translated by Kajetan Gantar and adapted by Žanina Mirčevska, it is directed by Eduard Miler. Nina Ivanišin appears in the title role with Jurij Zrnec (Creon, the ruler of Thebes), Iva Babić (Ismene), Nik Škrlec (Haemon), Saša Pavček (Tiresias), Vanja Plut (Guard), and Damir Avdić, the composer of the production, in the role of Chorus. The creators inquire to whom or what Antigone’s opposition is aimed at today, and whether her decision for love can jam the mechanism of the world, driven by hatred.

Pre-opening presentation of People's Democratic Circus Sakeshvili and Antigone (25 January at 14.00)

On Wednesday, 25 January at 14.00 you are cordially invited to the Drama café to hear about the making of our forthcoming new productions, People's Democratic Circus Sakeshvili and Antigone, which will open the following weekend ((27 and 28 January). The former, a ludic grotesque People's Democratic Circus Sakeshvili (The Grum Award 2016) by Slovenian playwright and versatile author Rok Vilčnik rokgre will open on the Small Stage, directed by Luka Martin Škof. The Main Stage will see the opening of Sophocles’ tragedy Antigone, adapted by Žanina Mirčevska and directed by Eduard Miler. The presentation will be attended by both directors, Rok Vilčnik, Žanina Mirčevska, the cast and other members of both creative teams.

A big co-production of War and Peace to preview tonight in the Gallus Hall of Cankarjev dom

»Allow me to invite you to enter the rich and expansive world of the novel War and Peace in few hours. It is its sheer length that is the novel’s source of beauty. Its storyline is impossible to summarize. It is full of tenderness and cruelty. Its message: war and peace that we are talking about are both of the same material. There is no war without peace. Peace is born out the war and already contains its metastases.« Silviu Purcărete
Silviu Purcărete is world renowned Romanian director who lives in France and works in the most prestigious opera and theater houses. Tonight, the best Slovenian actors and Purcărete’s permanent artistic team will present a preview of the greatest novel ever written on the magnificent stage of Cankarjev dom.  

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