Language Slovenian, with Romanian and English surtitles
19:00 to 20:15
inspired by Peter Weiss’ novel The Aesthetics of Resistance
The performance observes Europe naively stunned by the refugee crisis, Europe which willingly forgets its colonial past and closes its borders to thousands who run from the consequences of the American and European politics. It seems like the 20th has persistently worked on encouraging national narcissisms which taught one mass that it is better than the others. The 21st century continues with the same lessons, using the infallible weapon: fear. Are we aware that our prosperity depends of thousands of dead in the Middle East? Do we mourn the same for victims of terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels, as for those in Baghdad? At what moment did we start believing that we are the masters of truth and that our God is more powerful than other Gods?
directed by: Oliver Frljić with: Barbara Babačić, Daša Doberšek, Uroš Kaurin, Dean Krivačić, Jerko Marčić, Nika Mišković, Draga Potočnjak, Matej Recer, Blaž Šef dramaturgy: Marin Blažević costume and make-up: Sandra Dekanić set: Igor Pauška lighting design: Dalibor Fugošić adaptation of lighting design: David Cvelbar sound: Silvo Zupančič music selection: Oliver Frljić artistic advice: Aenne Quiñones assistant to the director: Barbara Babačić production management: Hannes Frey
producer: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin co-producers: Mladinsko Theatre, Ljubljana (Slovenia), Wiener Festwochen (Austria), Zürcher Theater Spektakel (Switzerland), Kunstfest Weimar (Germany), Hrvatsko narodno kazalište Ivana pl. Zajca, Rijeka (Croatia). Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation regional co-producer: MESS Sarajevo
About the artists
Oliver Frljić, director, theorist, performer, actor, winner of many important theatre awards, graduated from the Academy for Dramatic Arts in Zagreb. He is known for controversial and uncomfortable political questions in his performances, he enthuses and shocks with his original projects and radical interpretations of the classical plays. His provocative performances stir up audiences from Ljubljana and Kranj through Zagreb, Belgrade to Düsseldorf, Graz, Krakow, Vienna, Bydgoszcz. Among other things, he sparked an inflammable public debate about censorship in Croatia, opened the painful topics of the erased in Slovenia and the participation of the Poles in the Holocaust in Poland. From 2014 to 2016 he was the Intendant of the Croatian National Theatre Ivan pl. Zajc in Rijeka.