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Nebojša Pop-Tasi, based on the novel by Gustav Flaubert

Madame Bovary

Madame Bovary <em>Photo: Jaka Varmuž</em>

Photo: Jaka Varmuž

Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica

Première 15. 4. 2015, Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica
Running time 1 hour 45 minutes. No interval.

Director Yulia Roschina
Dramaturg Nebojša Pop-Tasić
Language consultant Srečko Fišer
Set and costume designer Vasilija Fišer
Composer Branko Rožman
Choreographer Matjaž Farič
Lighting designer Samo Oblokar
Make-up designer Ana Lazovski
Sound designer Vladimir Hmeljak
Assistant dramaturg Staša Bračič
Assistant composer Jana Beltran

Emma Arna Hadžialjević
Charles Gorazd Jakomini
Léon, Rodolphe Vito Weis as guest
Apothecary Blaž Valič
Priest, Teacher, Father Rouault Sandi Pavlin as guest
Percussionist Vladimir Hmeljak

In Nebojša Pop-Tasić’s adaptation, Madame Bovary ‒ this eternal persona of world literature ‒ remains, both at the time of her birth and nowadays, the same Madame Bovary, Emma, who tragically ends her fate as the countryside wife, mother and lover due to her unfulfilled yearning. It is a story on smallness, hopeless yearning, narrow-mindedness, cruelty and a comic tragic feeling told in a sincere and empathic manner…

The adaptation of Flaubert’s novel Madame Bovary condenses in an interesting theatrical way this extensive work on questioning the world we live in; a world that hasn’t damaged just Emma’s soul but almost all living souls; a world that has placed barriers between an individual and the key questions on his existence, thrusting him into a state of spiritual impotence. In the agony of aimless quest, we crave for material, transitory pleasures, hoping that we will be able to forget at least for a moment the banality of our own lives and fulfil the inner void. Flaubert himself said: "I deny that Emma Bovary is a monstrous creation of my deformed imagination. Perhaps she is a monster but I am not the one who made her that way. Our world, mine and yours, was the one that made her. Out there there are thousands of Emmas Bovary whose lives were my inspiration.”

Madame Bovary <em>Photo: Jaka Varmuž</em>

Photo: Jaka Varmuž

Madame Bovary <em>Photo: Jaka Varmuž</em>

Photo: Jaka Varmuž

Madame Bovary <em>Photo: Jaka Varmuž</em>

Photo: Jaka Varmuž

Madame Bovary <em>Photo: Jaka Varmuž</em>

Photo: Jaka Varmuž

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