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Mini teater’s Tristan and Isolde chosen to be a part of the competitive program of the 47th Borštnik’s Meeting Festival in 2012

At the press conference in Slovenian national theater Maribor art director of the festival Alja Predan and selector Primož Jesenko presented the novelties of this year’s Festival Borštnik’s Meeting, which will take place from 16th to 26th Octiber 2012. In the competitive as well as in the Showcase program of the 47th Borštnik’s meeting Mini teater has been chosen to participate with its new post-drama performance Tristan and Isolde!

»The performance, full of little and intelligent solutions, aesthetic additions, rationally uncatchable ambivalence (set and costume design by Ana Savić Gecan) is a trip into the borderline author’s view of a love discourse of Tristan and Isolde, which legitimately isolates itself from all the linear procedures. /…/ At the interpretation of the mythology of Tristan and Isolde the director radically shortens the story, cleans it of borderline situations and side characters, also of specific history references and traditions of presence. The core tension is focused in love triangle of Isolda, Tristan and his uncle Mark Kornvalski in a relation narrowed and many times overtaken emotional territory. The cut backs of the dialogues to the basic and most important meaning enlarges the space to extra codes – unstopped choreographed movements, symbolic talk and set minimalism.” Zala Dobovšek (Delo, 12th April 2012)

The Hungarian director and Maladype Theater CEO from Budapest, Zoltán Balázs, has set on Mini teater’s stage the eternal story of Tristan and Isolde inspired by Jean Cacteau with young Slovenian actors. Excellent responses from the audience followed an amazing premiere night.

The story of Tristan and Isolde is a constant fluctuation between life and death, dream and reality - their love is the fragile experience of momentary eternity. Equilibrium between the commonplace and the ethereal, the concrete and the abstract. One body. Two hearts beating as one. The reflexes of twin souls. Their story presents an opportunity to review the promise of Eden fulfilled . . . What tore this world apart? Zoltán Balázs's production in Mini teater seeks an answer to this question - enquiring into the delicate balance of the relationship between man and woman - by unconventional means.

The selector Primož Jesenko has presented and explained the selection of the performances of the competitive program in which 12 Slovenian theaters will present themselves with their performances. The accompanying program consists of the following parts – Showcase, Generations and Bridges has been put together by Primož Jesenko and Alja Predan and consists of 11 national and 7 international performances.

 

TRISTAN AND ISOLDE (inspired by Jean Cacteau)

Conceived and directed by: Zoltán Balázs

Cast: Vesna Kuzmić, Ana Urbanc, Jernej Čampelj, Robert Korošec, Rok Kunaver, Tadej Pišek in Marko Ujc

Dramaturgy: Judit Góczán

Stenography and costume design: Ana Savić Gecan

Assistant Director: David Cerar

Production Manager: Sylvia Huszár

Technicians:Tilen Vipotnik, Marko Levičnik in Anže Kreč

 

Duration of the performance: 60 min

Opening Night: 24 March 2012, Mini teater Ljubljana

 

Co-production of Mini teater Ljubljana and Maladype Theatre Budapest.

 

The performance was created within the international European project »Puppet Nomad Academy 2«, financially supported by the European Comission, programme 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)

      

 

ZOLTÁN BALÁZS

Actor and director, was born in 1977 in Cluj Napoca (Romania). He graduated as an actor and director from the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest. He participated in several foreign workshops such as in Vasilyev and Jozsef Nagy’s workshop in Avignon. He studied from Robert Wilson in Paris and he also graduated from the European Theatre Union’s directorial course in Stuttgart. His main works: School for Buffons by Michel de Ghelderode, The Blacks by Jean Genet, Empedocles by Friedrich Hölderlin, Pelléas and Mélisande by Maurice Maeterlinck, Leonce and Lena by Georg Büchner, Faust I-II. by J.W. Goethe, Platonov by A.P. Chekov, Inferno by Dante.

 

Through his performances he aims to give the audience a theatrical experience which is complex, appeals to emotions and senses and raises the scenery, motion and music to the same level as the lyrics.  His latest premierein 2011 was Swan Like by P.I. Tchaikovsky. In 2012 he is working with own Maladype Theatre - since 2001 he has been the artistic director - on new performance Don Carlos/Egmont by F.Schiller/J.W.Goethe. In the coproduction as thepartnerships with the Mini teater  in Ljubljana he will prepare Tristan and Isolde on the program of Puppet Nomad Academy II. supported by the EU (EACEA).

 

COMPETITIVE PROGRAM OF THE 47TH BORŠTNIK’S MEETING FESTIVAL: chosen by selector Primož Jesenko

1. MANDIĆSTROJ, Via negativa and Drama SNG Ljubljana, dir. Bojan Jablanovec

2. Farid ud-Din Attar, Jean-Claude Carrière, Peter Brook: ZBOROVANJE PTIC, SNG Maribor, dir. Jernej Lorenci

3. Simona Semenič: ZGODBA O NEKEM SLASTNEM TRUPLU ALI GOSTIJA ALI KAKO SO SE ROMAN ABRAMOVIČ, LIK JANŠA, ŠTIRIINDVAJSETLETNA JULIJA KRISTEVA, SIMONA SEMENIČ IN INICIALKI Z. I. ZNAŠLI V OBLAČKU TOBAČNEGA DIMA, Zavod Imaginarni, dir. Primož Ekart

4. Aleksander Nikolajevič Ostrovski: NEVIHTA, MGL, dir. Jernej Lorenci

5. Iztok Mlakar: SLJEHRNIK, SNG Nova Gorica and Gledališče Koper, dir. Vito Taufer

6. Nigel Williams: RAZREDNI SOVRAŽNIK, SMG, dir. Borut Šeparović

7. Choderlos de Laclos, Christopher Hampton: NEVARNA RAZMERJA, Drama SNG Maribor, dir. Aleksandar Popovski

8. Anton Pavlovič Čehov: TRI SESTRE, PG Kranj, dir. Oliver Frljić

9. (according to Jean Cocteau) TRISTAN IN IZOLDA, Mini Teater, dir. Zoltán Balázs

10. Miroslav Krleža: GOSPODA GLEMBAJEVI, Drama SNG Ljubljana, dir. Ivica Buljan

11. John Logan: RDEČA, Mala drama SNG Ljubljana, dir. Zvone Šedlbauer

12. Georg Büchner: DANTONOVA SMRT, SMG, MG Ptuj and Maribor 2012  – European capital of culture, dir. Jernej Lorenci

 

SHOWCASE 47. FBS: between 17th and 21st October. Consists of 6 performances of competitive and 4 performances of the accompanying program.

1. MANDIĆSTROJ, Via negativa and Drama SNG Ljubljana, dir. Bojan Jablanovec

2. Farid ud-Din Attar, Jean-Claude Carrière, Peter Brook: ZBOROVANJE PTIC, SNG Maribor, dir. Jernej Lorenci

3. Simona Semenič: ZGODBA O NEKEM SLASTNEM TRUPLU ALI GOSTIJA ALI KAKO SO SE ROMAN ABRAMOVIČ, LIK JANŠA, ŠTIRIINDVAJSETLETNA JULIJA KRISTEVA, SIMONA SEMENIČ IN INICIALKI Z. I. ZNAŠLI V OBLAČKU TOBAČNEGA DIMA, Zavod Imaginarni, dir. Primož Ekart

4. Zinnie Harris: DLJE OD NAJDLJE, Mestno gledališče ljubljansko, dir. Tijana Zinajić

5. Choderlos de Laclos, Christopher Hampton: NEVARNA RAZMERJA, Drama SNG Maribor, dir. Aleksandar Popovski

6. Anton Pavlovič Čehov: TRI SESTRE, PG Kranj, dir. Oliver Frljić

7. (according to Jean Cocteau) TRISTAN IN IZOLDA, Mini Teater, dir. Zoltán Balázs

8. Oscar Wilde: RIBIČ IN NJEGOVA DUŠA, ŠKUCgledališče, SMG and Zavod Projekt Atol, dir. Ivan Peternelj

9. Janez Janša KDO JE NASLEDNJI?, Maska Ljubljana, Tanzquartier Dunaj and Inkonst Malmö, dir. Janez Janša

10. Matija Solce according to Franz Kafka: PROCES ALI ŽALOSTNA ZGODBA JOSEFA K., Lutkovno gledališče Maribor, dir. Matija Solce

 

Ljubljana, 12th June 2012