Under the Snow
Mini teater Ljubljana
Director: Barbara Zemljič
Dramaturg: Eva Mahkovic
Stage designer: Meta Hočevar
Costume designer: Ana Savić Gecan
Composer: Miha Petric
Choreographer: Magdalena Reiter
Lighting designer: Miha Horvat
Language consultant: Klasja Zala Kovačič
About the performance
The play Under the Snow uses a triangle between a daughter, her lover and her mother to tackle human relationships and the psychological shadows of every individual. It’s an intimate story, full of passion and love that a person finds when they are not even looking for it. Dialogues in the play are written in an elevated, verse form.
Saša Pavček’s playwriting is characterised by the motifs of stigmas, burdening ourselves with strangers, adultery, the absence of a parent. These motifs show the important role of the family in Pavček’s dramas; the male characters desire to be first in everything, and the female ones to have their work acknowledged. Her language is all but ordinary: at times, it carries a clear stylistic or dialectal mark; at times, it’s elevated poetry. Her endings are at least partly open.
The performance focuses on the metaphorical, not naturalism. Through the contrasts in stage design, it indicates the difference between the inner and outer world of the characters; through the body, dance is used to express the intimate feelings of guilt and shame familiar to us all; and sound is used to enhance them, thus becoming one of the key elements of the performance’s emphasis on inner states. The performance is an intimate, metaphorical presentation of inner human emotions, supported by movement and music – a presentation of that shadowy side people usually hide.
Première: 12 November 2017