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Oliver Frljić and actors

Damned Be the Traitor to his Homeland!

Damned Be the Traitor to his Homeland! <em>Photo: Žiga Koritnik</em>

Photo: Žiga Koritnik

Slovensko mladinsko gledališče
20. 10. 2010, 19.00 // GREAT HALL - VELIKA DVORANA
Running time 1 hour 15 minutes. No interval.

3. 3. 2010 Spodnja dvorana, Slovensko mladinsko gledališče

Director Oliver Frljić
Dramaturgs Borut Šeparovič, Tomaž Toporišič
Set and costume designer, music selector Oliver Frljić
Assistant director and stage choreographer Matjaž Farič
Sound designer Silvo Zupančič
Lighting designers Oliver Frljić, Tomaž Štrucl

Primož Bezjak
Olga Grad
Uroš Kaurin
Boris Kos
Uroš Maček
Draga Potočnjak
Matej Recer
Romana Šalehar
Dario Varga
Matija Vastl

In his original project with the working title Damned be the traitor to his homeland!, Oliver Frljić radically approaches love and hate towards theatre, surrendering both the actors as well as the viewers to the intertwinement of madness and pain. The framework for this questioning of boundaries of artistic and civil freedom are the fragments of the story about the collapse of the second Yugoslavia, a symbolic space inhabited by actresses and actors who encounter dilemmas, as do all of us, yet we often look the other way. According to the director, "the infl ation of death, the incessant repetition of the unrepeatable serve to emphasize a theatrical mechanism that always remains the representation of a certain external reality. It challenges the theatrical representation of death as well as the idea of theatrical representation itself through compulsive attempts to stage collective death. The repetitions of death, occurring on stage in almost regular intervals and after which the performers ‘come back to life’, reveal a standstill of theatrical representational mechanisms. It is these mechanisms, producing fiction and most often remaining hidden, that oust any framework in terms of content and theme, thus remaining the only ones visible."