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In terms of the international European project Nomads of beauty Mini teater and Novo Kazalište Zagreb are organizing new workshop!


In terms of the performance Black Beast Sorrow in City Theater Ljubljana (MGL), directed by Ivica Buljan and in cooperation woth Croatian designer group Numen Novo Kazalište Zagreb and Mini teater are preparing a new workshop for all interested …


The workshop will take place between26th January 2013 and 1st February 2013 in City Theater Ljubljana (MGL).


All interested are of course invited to take part in this workshop and in case of interest enroll by applying via email or phone 0038641314414.  






The play is set up as a triptych - the picnic (1), the cataclysm(2), the city (3) - and scenography will follow its tripartite structure entirely. The material we decided to use as a leitmotif in solving the story visually is transparent plastic water soluble film (Polyvinyl alcohol film, PVA). 

1.       In the first part, the PVA film is strapped on frames that enclose the 'innocent' looking picnic area, serving as an actual and metaphorical membrane - a thin layer of order and denial protecting the reality of the protagonists from the constant proximity of horror. The space behind the membrane is continually filled with smoke ensuring that the film appears solid and white throughout the first act. At the onset of the cataclysmic event, the film is gradually dissolved under showers of 'acidic' rain, in a manner reminiscent of the blistering, rippling and peeling of burnt skin.

2.       The growing perforations in the membrane permit the accumulated smoke to penetrate the 'ground zero' of the former picnic area and allow the actors to retreat into the dark primordial soup beyond limits. During the unfolding of the second act, we will use video projections and light effects such as stroboscope, UV-light and lasers to suggest the dramatic, almost (al)chemical transmutation of the characters brought to their psycho-physical melting point by the sheer forces of horror, and to conjure up the 'repressed beast' of natural chaos that suddenly rose from within and without.

3.       In the third and last act, which is preceded by a short technical break, the scene returns to the strictly delineated, sanitized and safely structured world of the solid white cube interior. 

Serving as a clinic, hospital or an art gallery, this environment is a hard and empty protective shell - a limited sector of civilized survival. 

Its specific state of heavily conditioned limbo can perhaps be redeemed through the saving power of sublimation through art. The artist, Oscar, wrapped in the liquefying, placenta-like remains of the PVA film will become a token of potential consolidation and rebirth.




The preliminary task for the participants in the workshop is to try and think of the strong and disorienting imagery to be projected onto the smoke in the second act. 

The visuals should correspond to the reptilian depths of human sub consciousness, to primal fears, death drive and the overwhelming rawness of nature. 

Radically different visual interpretations of the second act are also welcome (especially if backed with convincing argumentation).