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Festival – English

 


19th INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL
SLAVIJA 2020“
9-16 MARCH 2020, BELGRADE

 

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Festival will be opened by Ljiljana Blagojević, actress

 

In the totally changed circumstances, due to the current social situation caused by the occurrence and spread of Coronavirus, the 19th International Theatre Festival “Slavija 2020“, was held in a somewhat shorter edition.

Namely, out of eight performances, from six countries:  Croatia, Bulgaria, Belarus, the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan and Serbia, the following theatres arrived and presented their performances:

 

Planet Art, Zagreb, Croatia

“The Love Letters to Stalin“, by Juan Mayorga

State Drama Theatre „Stefan Kirov“, Sliven, Bulgaria

“The Enemy’s Cosmetique“, by Amelie Nothombe

Buinsk State Drama Theatre, Buinsk, Tatarstan, the Russian Federation

“The Lady“, after the motives of“ Mumu“, by Ivan Turgenyev

Republic Theatre of Belarusian Drama, Minsk, Belarus

“If Tomorrow Never Comes“, by Dmitry Bogoslavsky

 

By a joint decision of the Festival Founder, Jury and participants, it was agreed to hold the Festival in the possible format. With a special gratitude to all participants that arrived and desired to participate in the Festival in such a complicated situation, the Jury of the 19th International Theatre Festival “Slavija 2020”, consisting of:

Prof. dr Raško Jovanović, Theatre Scholar, Serbia – President of the Jury

Dr Nina Mazur, Theatre Scholar and Critic, Germany, and

Dr Marina Timaševa, Theatre Critic, Russia,

after the detailed analyzes of all presented performances, has reached the unanimous

 

DECISION

to proclaim as the best production in the 19th International Theatre Festival SLAVIJA 2020, the performance „The Lady“, after the motives of „Mumu“, by Ivan Turgenjev, presented by the Buinsk State Drama Theatre, Tatarstan, the Russian Federation.

The performance is characterized by the dynamic acting of all actors and performers, with clearly profiled main characters, within the framework of the text, after the motives of the Russian classic, Ivan Turgenev.

With the well selected music, implemented in an adequate manner in terms of dramaturgy, the actors have created a uniform scenic performance, which has established full communication with the spectators. When a great literature is presented in such a way, you get a unique performing result, which meets high esthetic criteria and fulfils all expectations of the audience.

 


We can be sure that the spring is knocking at the door because, on 9 March 2020, the nineteenth edition of the International Theatre Festival Slavija is beginning, at which we will watch eight performances. In the frst festival evening, the theatre ensemble from Croatia – Theatre “Planet Art“, Zagreb will present the drama by Juan Mayorga “The Love Letters to Stalin” whereas in the second evening the actors from Bulgaria – members of the State Drama Theatre “Stefan Kirov“, Sliven will present the performance by Amelie Nothombe “The Enemy’s Cosmetique” In the third festival evening, on 11 March, the Akmolinskiy District Russian Drama Theatre, from Kokshetau, Kazakhstan will present the performance, which is the dramatization of the novel by Chingiz Aitmatov “Plaha - Part 1-2. Moiynkumskiy History”.

After that, the next evening, the host of the Festival, Theatre “Slavija“, Belgrade, will present the dramatization of the short story by Laza Lazarević “The People Will Gild It All”. In the ffth festival evening, on 13 March, the members of the Buinsk State Drama Theatre, from Buinsk, Tatarstan, the Russian Federation will present the performance “The Lady”, after the motives of the novella by Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenyev “Mumu”.

The Republic Theatre of Belarusian Drama, Minsk, Belarus, will perform in the sixth festival evening, on 14 March, and present the drama “If Tomorrow Never Comes?”, by Dmitry Bogoslavski.

In the last but one evening, on 15 March, another theatre from the Russian Federation, the Vladimir Academic Drama Theatre, from the town Vladimir, Russia, will present the drama “The Secret of the Old House”, by Olga Gunina. In the fnal evening of the International Theatre Festival Slavija 2020, the State Puppet Theatre, Sliven, Bulgaria will present the performance after the piece by John L’Heureux “The Comedian”.

In this-year Festival, we will watch the performances that come from the neighbourhood and remote eastern places. The programme consists of the pieces by the authors from three centuries – from the 19th to our, 21st century. The entire Festival programme is characterised by the domination of the dramas that deal with numerous topical issues. At the beginning, we will watch the drama about the relationship between the totalitarianism and the author, the relationship between the dictator Stalin and internationally acclaimed Russian author, Mihail Bulgakov, which underscores that, in the 21st century, nothing has changed much in the relationships between artists and those that dispose of material resources.

In the drama “The Love Letters to Stalin”, by Juan Mayorga, directed by Saša Broz, and presented by the Theatre “Planet Art“, Zagreb, we will see how unenviable is the position of an artist in the  environment where the authorities emerge in all spheres of social and private lives of individuals.

The performance of the drama by Amelie Nothombe “The Enemy’s Cosmetique” considers the situation in which an unwanted encounter reveals the secrets that beset the consciousness and subconsciousness of an individual. Three actors from the State Drama Theatre “Stefan Kirov“, Sliven, Bulgaria, and director Peter Denchev will show this to us directly in the second festival evening.

In the third evening, the Akmolinskiy District Russian Drama Theatre, Kokshetau, Kazakhstan, will present the cruel drama about the power of money “Plaha”, by Chingiz Aitmatov, created on the example of an evil fate of a former seminarian Avdiy Kalistratov, directed by Shamil Dyikanbaev.

In the fourth evening, Theatre “Slavija“, as the Festival host, will present the dramatization of one of the best short-stories by Laza Lazarević “The People Will Gild It All” in which the author discusses very suggestively about the meaning and greatness of the sacrifce for the homeland. Director of the performance is Mihailo Laptošević.

After the motives of the novella “Mumu”, by Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenjev, the Buinsk State Drama Theatre, from Tatarstan, the Russian Federation, will present in the ffth festival evening the performance “The Lady”, directed by Timur Kulov, whose characters, living in the period of great changes, got tired of any kind of thinking, and even of imagining a better life.

The Republic Theatre of Belarusian Drama, Minsk, takes us, in the sixth festival evening, to the 21st century, in which a young drama hero Anton, does not see any prospects, because the present time cannot be pleasant and suitable to everybody. This is the topic of discussion in the performance “If Tomorrow Never Comes?” by Dmitry Bogoslavsky, directed by Aliaksandr Hartsuyeu.

Based on a combination of several short stories by Olga Gunina, the performance “The Secret of the Old House” was created. It presents the destiny of three drama heroes that remind of the Checkov’s characters, which is also the case with the dramatic situation, since they have met in the old house to sell it. This contemporary replica of Checkov, presented by the Vladimir Academic Drama Theatre, Russia, directed by Yulia Belyayeva, will catch the interest of our audience without any doubt.

In the last festival evening, we will watch the performance “The Comedian” by John L’Heureux, in the production of the State Puppet Theatre, Sliven, dramatized and directed by Nevena Miteva, and presented by the actress Maya Beyanska.

Prof. Raško Jovanović


 

Festival "SLAVIJA 2020" Catalogue
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9 MARCH 2020

Juan Mayorga “THE LOVE LETTERS TO STALIN”
CROATIA THEATRE „PLANET ART”
Zagreb, CROATIA

10 MARCH 2020

Amelie Nothombe “THE ENEMY’S COSMETIQUE”
STATE DRAMA THEATRE “STEFAN KIROV”
Sliven, BULGARIA

11 MARCH 2020

Chingiz Aitmatov “PLAHA”
AKMOLINSKIY DISTRICT RUSSIAN DRAMA THEATRE
Kokshetau, KAZAKHSTAN

12 MARCH 2020

Laza Lazarević “THE PEOPLE WILL GILD IT ALL” 
THEATRE “SLAVIJA”
Belgrade. SERBIA

13 MARCH 2020

Ivan Turgenjev “THE LADY”
TATARSTAN BUINSK STATE DRAMA THEATRE
Buinsk, THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

14 MARCH 2020

Dmitry Bogoslavsky “IF TOMORROW NEVER COMES?... ”
THEATRE OF BELARUSIAN DRAMA
Minsk, BELARUS REPUBLIC

15 MARCH 2020

Olga Gunina “MYSTERY OF THE OLD HOUSE”
VLADIMIR ACADEMIC DRAMA THEATRE
Vladimir, THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

16 MARCH 2020

John L’Heureux “THE COMEDIAN”
STATE PUPPET THEATRE
Sliven, BULGARIA

Closing Ceremony, Proclamation of the Jury Decision on the Winner of the Festival

Award for the best production Statuette of Don Quixote work of the sculptor Nikola-Kolja Milunović

Jury Members
Prof. dr Raško Jovanović, Theatre Scholar and Critic, Serbia - President
Dr Nina Mazur, Theatre Scholar and Critic, Germany
Dr Marina Timasheva, Theatre Critic, RussiaLA

 


 

 

Closing Ceremony, Proclamation of the Jury Decision on the Winner of the Festival

Award for the best production Statuette of Don Quixote work of the sculptor Nikola-Kolja Milunović

Jury Members
Prof. dr Raško Jovanović, Theatre Scholar and Critic, Serbia - President
Dr Nina Mazur, Theatre Scholar and Critic, Germany
Dr Marina Timasheva, Theatre Critic, RussiaLA

 


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