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48th Week of Slovenian Drama

Authorial project

Bedbug

Co-produced by Prešeren Theatre Kranj and Ptuj City Theatre

Crew

Translator: Tatjana Stanič

Director: Jernej Lorenci

Choreographer and Assistant director: Gregor Luštek

Dramaturg: Matic Starina

Stage designer: Branko Hojnik

Costume designer: Belinda Radulović

Composer: Branko Rožman

Language consultant: Tatjana Stanič

Lighting designers: Jernej Lorenci and Branko Hojnik

Sound designer: Matej Čelik

Make-up designer: Matej Pajntar

Assistant dramaturg: Tjaša Mislej

Cast

Iztok Drabik Jug, as guest

Vesna Jevnikar

Nataša Keser, as guest

Maruša Majer, as guest

Darja Reichman

Blaž Setnikar

Vesna Slapar

Aljoša Ternovšek

Borut Veselko

Gregor Zorc, as guest

About the performance

What has happened from the time of Mayakovsky till today? How has the individual, the ordinary everyman, the little man, made out for himself and lived in the great systems of the past and how has the whirl of history driven him forward until spitting him out on the shores of our contemporariness?

The actualisation of Mayakovsky demands improvisations, writing new monologues, scenes, making up situations and searching for paths into the text of the collective. The first part of the performance is set in the time after World War II, in the time of Yugoslavia and the construction of socialism. This period is not limited to merely a single point in time, or to the narrow post-war period, but rather extends until the disintegration of the country at the end of the 1980s. A 50-year time-leap, and we find ourselves in the present or near future.

But for the coexistence in the society, the relationship between the individual and the collective is always crucial. What was the relationship between the individual and freedom fifty years ago? And today? Both in socialism and capitalism, the individual’s freedom is limited. What united the collective once upon a time, and what unites us today? Common ideas and solidarity, or the intrusive ideology, obedience and fear of authorities? In the contemporary consumerist capitalism, extreme individualism is on the roll, but the individual is extremely limited, subdued to the free-market economy, sometimes even lost. We are united by consumerist habits, pop culture and, in the rising xenophobia and right-wing politicians, also by fear of the enemy, the foreign and the different.

Let’s make some fun of human foibles and societal dystopia. At the same time, let’s question the values, and search for utopia and connection.

Première: 18 February 2017, Prešeren Theatre Kranj

Première: 17 October 2017, Ptuj City Theatre

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Bedbug <em>Photo: Nada Žgank</em>
Photo: Nada Žgank
Bedbug <em>Photo: Nada Žgank</em>
Photo: Nada Žgank
Bedbug <em>Photo: Nada Žgank</em>
Photo: Nada Žgank

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