The Visoko Chronicle

Based on a novel by Ivan Tavčar
World premiere of the adaptation
Adaptation by creators of the performance


Jernej Lorenci

  • Dramaturg
    Matic Starina
  • Set designer
    Branko Hojnik
  • Costume designer
    Belinda Radulović
  • Composer
    Branko Rožman
  • Lighting designer
    Pascal Mérat
  • Choreographer
    Gregor Luštek
  • Language consultant
    Tatjana Stanič
  • Assistants to director
    Mirjana Medojević, August Braatz

The Visoko Chronicle is a historical novel, first published in 1919 in instalments in a literary magazine Ljubljanski zvon, and subsequently in a book form in 1921. Considered unfinished due to the author’s death prior to its completion, The Visoko Chronicle ranks as one of the best Slovenian novels of all times. Although it is set in the 17th century, its historical themes ̶ the Thirty Years War, witch hunts and the persecution of Protestants ̶ made it easily accessible for readers after the Great War. Since then every new generation has detected their own issues in the novel. The old-fashioned style of chronicles is characterized by flowery and vibrant language allowing the author’s imagination and emotions to blend with convincing irony and realistic observations of life. In terms of subject matter, Tavčar combined the idea of a fight against bigotry and social backwardness, with patriotism and a love of one’s native soil. His choice of a rural topic is matched by his descriptive skills in presenting the beauty of one’s native land and by manifest anti-German attitude.
How topical is a chronicle of long-gone times when it addresses us a hundred years later - from a theatre stage?

Who are we, the Slovenians, the Izidors or the Jurijs?
Izidor bore the sins of his father. Izidor lived according to the rules. He worked hard. When he should have resisted, Izidor kept quiet. He was afraid of his father, and he was God-fearing. When Izidor loved, he loved feebly and silently. When he should have shouted, Izidor shied away. Izidor allowed the likelihood of Agata being a witch. For he was hardworking and fearful. Izidor did not live fully.
He looked down when he should have looked one in the eye. He looked at the sky, when he should have punched one in the face. Izidor did not live fully.
Jurij shouted. Jurij loved. Jurij jumped to action.
Are we, the Slovenians, the Jurijs or the Izidors?
Are Slovenian women the Margaretas or the Agatas?
Jernej Lorenci


Official transporter:

Opening night

20 January 2018 Main Stage


220 minutes inc. interval


  • Aljaž Jovanović

    Borštnik Award for Acting

  • Tamara Avguštin

    Borštnik Award for Young Actors

  • Matic Starina
    Borštnik Award for Dramaturgy

  • Branko Rožman
    Borštnik Award for Best Original Composition

  • The Balkan Empress Award for best production MIT Fest 2019, Cetinje, Montenegro

  • Nina Ivanišin

    Stane Sever Fund Award 2019

    Prešeren Fund Award 2020


  • 53rd Maribor Theatre Festival (2018)

  • 49th Week of Slovenian Drama, Kranj (2019)

  • MIT - Montenegro International Theatre Festival, Cetinje, Montenegro (2019)

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