Goran Stefanovski

Figurae Veneris Historiae

Original Title:Figurae Veneris Historiae


Aleksandar Popovski

  • Translator
    Valerija Cokan
  • Dramaturg
    Darja Dominkuš
  • Set design
    Numen + Ivana Jonke
  • Costume design
  • Composer
    Kiril Džajkovski
  • Language consultant
    Tatjana Stanič
  • LIGHTING designers
    Aleksandar Popovski, Roman Kosmos
  • Assistant to costume designer
    Katja Magister
  • Video designer
    Sandi Skok


Goran Stefanovski is a leading Macedonian dramatist who is now based in Canterbury, Kent where he lectures in Scriptwriting at Canterbury Christ Church University. His new play Figurae Veneris Historiae is based on Sitten Geschichte des Weltkrieges (Sexual History of the First World War) by Magnus Hirschfeld, originally published in Berlin in 1931. Hirschfeld’s book is about the immoral history of the First World War. It documents its infamy, shame and evil. The theme of our play shows war as human mass orgy, a bachannalia. War is massive and organized violence. It is the crown of political pathology. Wars are perversion of history. The Hirschfeld material is explosive and disturbing and it cuts across a number of sensitive political and moral taboos. The genre of the play is a tragic farce.

Opening night

16 October 2014 Main Stage


140 minutes inc. interval


  • 55th Ohrid Summer Festival, Ohrid, Macedonia (2015)

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