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Critics have for the best staging in the last season nominated Mini teater’s performance Tristan and Isolde.

For the last couple of years at Borštnik’s meeting its own award is given by the Society of theatrical critics of Slovenia which will this year for the fourth time give out an awards for best staging in the last season.

Critics have for the best staging in the last season 2011/2012 nominated Mini teater’s performance Tristan and Isolde.    

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 new post dramatic performance of Mini teater is placed among 12 competitive performances and among performances of Showcase of the 47th Festival Borštnik’s Meeting 2012 and nominated for best staging in the past season by the Society of theatrical critics of Slovenia.

»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 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.


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)