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Tristan and Isolde just before taking off to 47th Festival Borštnik's Meeting

Just before taking off to 47th Festival Borštnik’s Meeting where it will be performed on October 20th at 7pm in Grand Hall of Puppet Theater Maribor as one of 12 performances selected to be a part of the competitive program of the festival, for the last time in Mini teater!  

Tristan and Isolde, which Society of theatrical critics and theatrologists of Slovenia nominated for the best staging in season 2011/2012will be performed on Wednesday, October 17th at 8pm in Mini teater, Križevniška 1.  

»With performances enrolled into this year’s festival it is more about the stories, the power of theatrical expression /…/ with its modern approach, development and complexity they empower the impression that the theatrical market in Slovenia is far from its beginnings.« mag. Primož Jesenko, selector of the festival

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 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 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)

More about this performance and a short video clip of this masterpiece Tristan and Isolde can be seen here!