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Princess Dramas

DATE   TIME   PLACE
9 December 2016
9 December 2016
  17:00
21:00
  Ludowy Theatre - Main Stage
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Directed by:

Michał Borczuch

Author

Elfriede Jelinek

DURATION

130 min.

Tickets

35/60 pln

Michał Borczuch’s play for the Slovenian Mladinsko Theatre is supported by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Warsaw and the Polish Embassy in Ljubljana. Based on a series of texts by Elfriede Jelinek, the play offers a vivisection of the social and cultural status of the titular princesses, in both the mythological and the real-world dimension. Fables about Sleeping Beauty and Snow White are juxtaposed with the stories of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Ingebor Bachmann and Sylvia Plath. The five short theatre pieces aren’t credible psychological portraits, but become a vehicle to sharply criticize the general cultural norms that punish and imprison women, for whom the only available recourse is the one regulated by patriarchal rules, as the playwright observes. The title of the cycle, “Death and the Maiden”, is borrowed from the well-known composition by Franz Schubert and suggests the impossibility to save either the modern or the fairy tale princesses from destruction, even for the most handsome prince in shining armour on a white horse. The director, together with a group of his frequent collaborators including set designer Dorota Nawrot and dramaturg Tomasz Śpiewak, and a cast of Slovenian actors, creates a disturbing stage world, where an oppressive value system seems to be an impossible obstacle to overcome for the characters. 

Team

Directed by Michał Borczuch

Translation: Urška P. Černe, Anja Uršič, Sandra Baumgartner-Naylor, Lučka Jenčič, Amalija Maček

Adaptation and dramaturgy by Tomasz Śpiewak

Set design and costumes by Dorota Nawrot

Music by Bartosz Dziadosz „Pleq”

Choreography by Dragana Alfirević

Lighting design by Jacqueline Sobiszewski

Video by Maruša Oblak

Make-up Designer: Nathalie Horvat

Language Consultant: Mateja Dermelj

Assistant to Language Consultant: Katarina Krapež

Interpreter tutorials and Whisperer: Špela Kopitar

Stage Manager: Janez Pavlovčič

Cast

Damjana Černe, Daša Doberšek, Boris Kos, Janja Majzelj, Anja Novak, Maruša Oblak, Samir Alibegić

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