THIS THURSDAY – LAST PREMIERE OF THE SEASON: In the solitude of the cotton fields



 In the solitude of the cotton fields

 The play of a deal.


The play about a desire, illegal and unspoken desire, which is even more forceful since it cannot be fulfilled. The play about “a business transaction of forbidden or highly controlled goods” Bernard-Marie Koltès

Till the last premiere of the season – In the solitude of the cotton fields by Bernard-Marie Koltès there are only 2 days left! Robert Waltl, Marko Mandić and the director Ivica Buljan will reunite at the search of the mysterious “stuff” in the surroundings of an enormous factory hall B Talum in Kidričevo on 21st June 2012 with replays on 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th June 2012 at 9pm. In the solitude of the cotton fields, one of the peaks of a cult dramatic, who basically marked the French and World Theater of the last decades of the 20th Century will premiere in October 2012 in Ljubljana.

“Meeting with Koltès and his Cotton fields is for every theatrical creator and the viewer something fatal, special, and dangerous but at the same time wonderful, charming and touching. It is no coincidence that I have as a conclusion of the best and most demanding season as last chose exactly this performance. It is no coincidence that I have such as Ganesh’s cobra for quite some time lured Ivica Buljan, extraordinary and besides Patrice Chéreau best Koltes’ director to finally “combat” with the cotton fields. With Marko Mandić’s and Robert Waltl’s contribution of their souls and bodies to the performance they battled in fatal meeting with hope, anger, fear, desire … that wounds you and which mainly remains unspoken. It can only be read in the eyes of the beholder.” Peter Srpčič, director of City theater Ptuj.

Mini teater. Koltès. New dimension of the theater. Above the entire relationship Buljan-Koltès-Mini teater floats the text In the solitude of the cotton fields. Due to the friendship  with François Koltèsom, Bernard-Marie’s brother, we were able in some cases to carry out world’s ancient realizations of his texts. The Solitude remains as a black pearl amongst them.

The masterpiece of the 80’s, stylishly complete work of art from the end of the last millennium, the dialogue between the Dealer and Buyer in an extremely precise yet sophisticated way writes the history of our time. The history built upon trade, libidinal economy. When we do not know what the cause for the deal is, what is being traded with, we are not deprived of beauty, passion, sorrow and happiness at retrieval of the wanted thing or person.

Ivica Buljan, director, artistic leader and winner of the Prešeren’s fund 2012 meets in the Solitude with, as he says himself, his most important actors, Robert Waltl and Marko Mandić. Robert Waltl from the beginning of Mini teater performs in The night at the edge of the forests. A wounding monologue of the lonely stranger in a rainy night, surrounded by dealers, whores, drunken passer-by, Arabs. In The solitude of the cotton fields, as Buljan says, Waltl’s “emblematic role” awaits. Marko Mandić has in Sallinger and later on in its radical version Ma and Al created a character of an American veteran who lost one son in the war. The other disappears in fron of his eyes in unsure acting waters. For Mandić’s brave interpretation Koltes’ Solitude makes it unforgettable.


Premiere: Thursday, 21st June 2012 at 9pm in Hall B, Talum Kidričevo.

Repeats: 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th June 2012 at 9pm in Hall B, Talum Kidričevo.

Premiere in Ljubljana: October 2012


Bernard-Marie Koltès

Directed by: Ivica Buljan, winner of Prešeren’s fund 2012

Starring: Marko Mandić and Robert Waltl

Dramaturge: Diana Koloini

Set and light design: son:DA

Costumes: Ana Savić Gecan

Authors of music: Nenad Sinkauz and Alen Sinkauz

Translator: Suzana Koncut

Corrections: Simon Šerbinek

Set design assistants: Eve Ormisson, Tomislav Šilipetar, Matis Mäesalu

Technical crew: Tilen Vipotnik, Anže Kreč, David Cerar, Ivan Waltl and Blaž Mahkota, Rosana Knavs

Photographs of the Solitude: Toni Soprano

Technical crew of City theater Ptuj

Head of the performance and master of lights: Simon Puhar

Wardrobe: Irena Meško

Sound master: Danijel Vogrinec

Stage master: Andrej Cizerl Kodrič

Coproduction: City Theater Ptuj, Mini teater Ljubljana, Novo kazalište Zagreb and Maribor 2012 – European capitol of culture


The performance was created within the international European projects “Puppet Nomad Academy 3” and “Nomads of beauty” co-financed by the European commission, program Culture (2007-2013). This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Mini teater is engaged in several European projects, financially supported by the European Comission, programme Culture (2007-2013)



The programme and activity of Mini Teater is co-funded by the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of the Republic of Slovenia and the Municipality of Ljubljana - MOL.