•  Theatre 2014
 Slovenia
  Mladinsko Theatre
DAMNED BE THE TRAITOR OF HIS HOMELAND!
Author and director: Oliver Frljić
Cast: Primož Bezjak, Olga Grad, Uroš Kaurin, Boris Kos, Uroš Maček, Draga Potočnjak, Matej Recer, Romana Šalehar, Dario Varga, Matija Vastl
The text of the performance is based on the improvisations of the actors
Dramaturges: Borut Šeparović, Tomaž Toporišič
Stage and costume design, music selection: Oliver Frljić
Assistant to the director and movement consultant: Matjaž Farič
Sound design: Silvo Zupančič
Lighting design: Oliver Frljić, Tomaž Štrucl
Lighting design on tour: David Cvelbar
Stage manager: Urša Červ
Production: Mladinsko Theatre
In his original project with the working title ”Damned be the traitor of his homeland! ”, Oliver Frljić radically approaches love and hatred towards theatre, surrendering both the actors as well as the viewers to the intertwinning of madness and pain. The framework for this questioning of boundaries of artistic and civil freedom are the fragments of the story about the collapse of the second Yugoslavia, a symbolic space, inhabited by actresses and actors who encounter dilemmas, as do all of us, yet we often look the other way. In the words of the director and the dramaturgs: ”This performance attempts, through the inflation of death, through the incessant repetition of the unrepeatable, to emphasize a theatre mechanism that always remains a representation of a certain outside reality. With its compulsive attempts to stage collective death, this performance challenges the theatrical representation of death, as well as the idea of theatre representation itself. The repetitions of death that appear on stage in almost regular intervals and after which the protagonists ‘come back to life’ expose the standstill of theatre mechanisms of representation. It is these very mechanisms for the production of fiction – that most often remain concealed – that push out any thematic-content frame and thus remain the only visible thing.”
Performance not recommended to persons under 16.
Performance presented in Slovene and English, with translation.

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