Oscar Wilde

Ivan Peternelj

Josip Vidmar

Branko Jordan, Janja Majzelj, Nino de Gleria

Jana Pavlič

Nino de Gleria

Set and costume designer:
Ljubica Čehovin - Suna

Executive producer:
Barbara Hribar

Mini teater, ŠKUC Theatre and Društvo za umetnost AVGUS

November 2017

Theatre performance

Recommended for viewers over 14 yrs

About the performance

Oscar Wilde’s Ballad of Reading Gaol expresses pristine emotions and thoughts about the execution of a fellow prisoner – Wilde thinks about the universality of guilt and moral weakness, about similarity between a poet, a convicted murderer and mankind in general (»each man kills the thing he loves«), about inhumanity of the prison system – and this is why the ballad speaks to any era of our civilisation build on laws, rules, orders that regulate the human “chaos”.

Stage version of the recital will be a combination of two forms: a musical part and a wording part. Ballad as a literary form is the cohesive thread, a story that is also the main dramaturgical concept of the performance. Musical parts, chant songs from different eras, are the associative flow that will create a world, parallel to the ballad, with various intermezzos. If the ballad represents the prison world, the state of being closed up, the stuffiness, the un-freedom, the death, the chants sung are its cabaret antipode of the freedom, the longing, the utopia, and the decadence. In a way, these are two worlds that exist on their own and meet only on the edges. These are two solo performances that add to each other, and they are connected with a third element that is the contrabass. And then there’s also a fourth element represented in the visual art images from the era of symbolism and decadence that are projected on a black wall in the back of the stage. They are barely noticeable, blurred, intangible and uncatchable, as involuntary contents form a certain era that are drowning and degenerating in a black magma of an unconscious memory that is disappearing in time.