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Slovene National Theatre Maribor
Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet

Director: Aleksandar Popovski

Schedule

02.10.2021 at 20:00 Old Hall

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05.10.2021 at 19:00 Festival MITEM - National theatre Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
22.10.2021 at 20:00 Old Hall

Premiere

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23.10.2021 at 20:00 Old Hall

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26.10.2021 at 20:00 Old Hall

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27.10.2021 at 20:00 Old Hall

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29.10.2021 at 20:00 Old Hall

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30.10.2021 at 17:00 Old Hall

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17.12.2021 at 20:00 Old Hall

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18.12.2021 at 20:00 Old Hall

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Premiere: 22 January 2021, Old Hall

Arguably the most famous love story of all time, Shakespeare's 1593 tragedy Romeo and Juliet, is also one of most frequently staged tragedies of the esteemed "bard" of the English theatre, although it has been so far staged only twice at the Maribor Drama – for the first time in 1929 and the second time in 1951. After nearly 70 years of absence, the Maribor Drama artistic director Aleksandar Popovski decided to return this world-renowned play on Maribor stage with the following commentary: "I must say, I find the story of a girl, who decides to defy death only to be found again in the embrace of love, quite fascinating. Thus, it was crucial to re-enact the story through her eyes. /.../ The opportunity to work on Romeo and Juliet in the times of perpetuating plague of the new age, as one could describe the ongoing coronavirus pandemic throughout the world, was in any case a unique experience. As if I was, in parallel to the teenagers' fight that their love may survive, fighting for our theatre and profession that they may both endure these hard times. In the world full of violence, aggression and fear, I empathized with this tender young couple that is trying to preserve the only thing that is of vital interest to them: Beauty."

The dramaturg and co-author of the adaptation, Nina Kuclar Stiković, pointed out the following in her analysis No Harvest for me, or the Diary of Juliet Capulet: "This is essentially the main conflict: the Capulets and Montagues are fighting, there is a clash between hatred and love, yet above all, there is a great dissonance between human nature and expectations of society. Between instinct and the norm. The very instinct is leading both parties into the conflict, which might also reflect the lack of reasoning, why the families actually hate each other. Moreover, the same as one cannot, in spite of phantasms, fully justify the "love at first sight" phenomenon, there might be impossible to justify hatred."

In his text From the Archetype to the Beating/Essence of Heart, the actor Žan Koprivnik, who is portraying the role of Romeo, points out that "only through writing becomes clear that it is of crucial importance to talk about the context. As it becomes evident, each love is situated in its unique context and it cannot be studied on a general level, as it generally means nothing as such; such as Romeo means nothing, he could represent love, but as we can see, even this love is, in my opinion, tainted, cruel, drenched in blood and tears, in short, (all too) human." Peter Rak, a theatre critic of the newspaper Delo thus outlines his views on the performance: "All-encompassing non-sensical and short-sighted hatred between Montagues and Capulets is the most direct allusion to contemporary (Slovene) society; while this animosity without a cause, which could be detected, nor rational foundation and expiry date fundamentally defines the state of society. Popovski is able to present this hatred in all its intensity and vigour, while ridiculing and degrading it through parody. Furthermore, he links the plot with our time by employing vulgar and coarse language, which only leaves hatred in its utter banality and bereft of its last traces of assumed moral standards and principles. Such gestalt settings of the ultimate "reality" that can obliterate the appearance of the stage distance are being further accentuated with hyper-realistic interaction of protagonists, such as non-simulated slaps in the face, which resound quite well across the theatre hall. The constant interchangeability of classical drama discourse and departure from theatre illusion provides a compelling and autonomous theatre event, for neither of both modalities prevails over the other, while the audience can relate to both of them easily enough. Of course, the major credit for this goes to the players."

Photo gallery

Romeo and Juliet <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Romeo and Juliet <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Romeo and Juliet <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Romeo and Juliet <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Romeo and Juliet <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Romeo and Juliet <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Romeo and Juliet <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Romeo and Juliet <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Romeo and Juliet <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Romeo and Juliet <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Romeo and Juliet <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Romeo and Juliet <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Romeo and Juliet <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Romeo and Juliet <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Romeo and Juliet <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Romeo and Juliet <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Romeo and Juliet <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Romeo and Juliet <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Romeo and Juliet <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Romeo and Juliet <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Romeo and Juliet <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Romeo and Juliet <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Romeo and Juliet <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

Romeo and Juliet <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc


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