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Top Slovenian events at the Maribor Theatre Festival

The 59th Maribor Maribor Theatre Festival will take place from 3 to 16 June.The core of the festival's programme consists of twelve very different, but always top-quality Slovenian productions, selected by the selector Blaž Lukan, which will compete for the festival awards.

Most of the performances focus on subjects that reflect the modern man with a diffuse focus and a fundamental powerlessness in social roles. And so the performances in this year's selection, whether subtly, directly or metaphorically, strike at social, familial and partner relationships, at oppressive systems, at seemingly impenetrable corporate and media realities, and at the very heart of various mechanisms of denial (racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia . ...), exposing one of the most prominent themes of the selection, and in part of the selection, the theme of violence," explained the selector in his justification.

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The selection of performances in the competition programme is rounded off by a selection of Slovenian and foreign productions in the accompanying programme of the Artistic Director, while Borštnikovo srečanje has also prepared its first international festival co-production, The End of the World in three acts, directed by Selma Spahić, which will have its Slovene premiere on Tuesday, 4 June, at the SNG Maribor.

Productions in the competition programme

1 Elfriede Jelinek: Women as Lovers directed by Nina Ramšak Marković for the Mladinsko Theatre

2 Dominik Smole: Antigone directed by Luka Marcen for SNG Nova Gorica

3 Milan Ramšak Marković: Rainy Day in Gurlitsch director by Sebastijan Horvat for Kranj Prešern Theatre and Ptuj City Theatre

4 Shelagh Stephenson: Five Kinds of Silence directed by Maša Pelko for SNG Nova Gorica

5 Tony Kushner: Angels in America. Gay Fantasia on National Themes directed by Ivica Buljan for Mini Teater Ljubljana

6 Marko Sosič, Tadej Pišek: Of Snow and Love directed by Tadej Pišek for Zavod Godot and Permanent Slovenian Theatre in Trieste

7 Jernej Lorenci, Dino Pešut and the ensemble: The Pohorje Battalion directed by Jernej Lorenci, Ljubljana City Theatre and Ptuj City Theatre

8 Tjaša Črnigoj, Lina Akif, Sendi Bakotić, Nika Rozman, Vanda Velagić, Tijana Todorović, Barbara Kapelj, Tea Vidmar, Lene Lekše: Sex Education II directed by Tjaša Črnigoj for the New Post Office and the City of Women

9 Based on the life and work of Karel Destovnik - Kajuh: Assault directed by Živa Bizovičar for Celje Slovenian People's Theatre

10 Tony Kushner: Angels in America. Millennium Approaches and Perestroika directed by Nina Rajić Kranjac for Mladinsko Theatre

11 Rrose Selavy: Rapture directed by Jan Krmelj for Ljubljana City Theatre

12 Milan Ramšak Marković: Prometheus: One Beautiful Apocalypse directed by Sebastijan Horvat for SNG Maribor

Author: Vesna Žarkovič

Date: 3. June 2024

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