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Društvo Gledališče Glej
Gregorčičeva 3, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Phone386 (0) 1 251 6679
Fax386 (0) 1 426 3162
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Inga Remeta, President
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Marko Bratuš, Artistic Director
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Barbara Poček, Producer
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Rok Avbar, Public relations
Phone386 (0) 31 288 937
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Past Events
  • 21 September 2014
    The Passsion of John, produced by Glej Theatre, at the 1st International Festival of Young Audience Korzo at Mostar Youth Theatre in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina programme
  • 8 September to 14 September 2014
    Liferanti, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica, Cultural Association Teater na konfini, School of Arts, University of Nova Gorica, and Glej Theatre, The Second Freedom, produced by the Pekinpah Association and Bunker Institute, at F I A T Festival of International Alternative Theatre, supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Podgorica, at KIC Budo Tomović in Podgorica, Montenegro programme
  • 28 May 2014
    The Passsion of John, produced by Glej Theatre, at the Tact Festival 2014 at Silvio Pellico Theatre in Trieste/Trst, Italy programme
  • 15 November to 17 November 2013
    Reasons to be happy and How Jaromir Sought Happiness produced by Glej Theatre at Teater Sláva in Stockholm, Sweden programme
  • 23 October 2013
    Always the Same Story, co-produced by the Maribor Puppet Theatre, and Edge, co-produced by the MKC Maribor Youth Culture Centre, Glej Theatre, and Maribor Puppet Theatre, at the 4th International Puppet Theatre Show Lutkokaz in Osijek, Croatia programme
  • 16 October to 20 October 2013
    Videk’s New Shirt by Fru Fru Puppet Theatre, Forest of Song by Glej Theatre, Thumbelina by Mini Theatre, and The Enormous Turnip by Bobek Puppet Theatre at the International Puppet Festival Cikl Cakl in Bleiburg/Pliberk, St. Michael/Šmihel, Austria programme
  • 14 October to 19 October 2013
    Plays Whore by Vedrana Rudan and directed by Marko Bulc (Glej Theatre) and Happily Divorced by Iztok Valič and directed by Jaša Jamnik (Valič Theatre), and a screening of the film Good to go directed by Matevž Luzar (PAKT Media) with a special guest Milena Zupančič, and other events at the Days of Slovene culture Istria in Pula, Croatia programme
  • 12 October to 14 October 2013
    Jure Novak’s Reasons to Be Happy, produced by Glej Theatre, at the Café Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival, supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Budapest, in Budapest, Hungary programme
  • 6 June 2013
    How Jaromir Sought Happiness, produced by Glej Theatre, at Mohorjeva hiša in Klagenfurt/Celovec, Austria programme
  • 5 June to 17 June 2013
    Christmas at the Ivanovs, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana, Women's Comedy, by Ljubljana City Theatre (MGL), 25.671, by the Prešeren Theatre Kranj, and Whore, by Glej Theatre at Kerempuh Satirical Theatre, Zagreb Youth Theatre in Zagreb, Croatia programme
  • 19 May to 25 May 2013
    Forest of Song produced by Glej Theatre and Little Sleepy Star produced by Mini Theatre at the International Festival of Children's Theatres in Subotica, Serbia programme
  • 3 May to 5 May 2013
    Doctor Faustus produced by Ljubljana Puppet Theatre and Forest of Song co-produced by Glej Theatre at the SLUK Festival at Branko Mihaljević Children's Theatre, Gallery of Fine Arts in Osijek, Croatia programme
  • 12 March 2013
    Forest of Song, directed by Peter Kus and produced by Glej Theatre, at Lojze Bratuž Cultural Centre in Gorizia/Gorica, Italy programme
  • 31 January 2013
    Vedrana Rudan's Whore, directed by Marko Bulc and produced by Glej Theatre at Slovene Permanent Theatre in Trieste in Trieste/Trst, Italy programme
  • 27 January to 29 January 2013
    Forest of Song, directed by Peter Kus and produced by Glej Theatre, at Dubrava Children Theatre in Zagreb, Croatia programme
  • 22 December 2012
    How Jaromir Sought Happiness, produced by Glej Theatre, at the Neapolis Festival in Nabeul, Tunisia programme
  • 11 December 2012
    Vedrana Rudan’s Whore, directed by Marko Bulc and produced by Glej Theatre, at Students' City Cultural Centre in Belgrade, Serbia programme
  • 6 December to 9 December 2012
    Forest of Song, directed by Peter Kus and produced by Glej Theatre, at Dubrava Children Theatre in Zagreb, Croatia programme
  • 24 November to 25 November 2012
    Reasons to be Happy produced by Glej Theatre and Zavod Poza; Damned be the Traitor of his Homeland! and Re-/de-/construction: Class Enemy produced by Mladinsko Theatre at the Desire Festival in Subotica, Serbia programme
  • 15 October 2012
    Forest of Song, directed by Peter Kus and produced by Glej Theatre, at the Assitej Festival at Čakovec Cultural Centre in Čakovec, Croatia programme
  • 11 October to 15 October 2012
    Forest of Song, directed by Peter Kus and produced by Glej Theatre, at Dubrava Children Theatre in Zagreb, Croatia programme
  • 6 October to 11 October 2012
    Lalanit and Doctor Faustus produced by Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, Mišmaš Bakery and Snow-White produced by Mini Theatre, When Shlemiel Went to Warsaw by Maribor Puppet Theatre, and How Jaromir Sought Happiness produced by Glej Theatre at the International Festival of Children's Theatre in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina programme
  • 1 October 2012
    Jure Novak’s Reasons to Be Happy, produced by Glej Theatre, at Impact – International Festival of Performing Arts at J.H.K.Dzinot Theatre in Veles, Macedonia programme
  • 23 August to 27 August 2012
    When I Was Dead by Ernst Lubitsch, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana, Whore by Vedrana Rudan, produced by Glej Theatre at the Festival of Mediterranean theatre - Purgatorije in Tivat, Montenegro programme
  • 29 June to 1 July 2012
    Scream, directed by Boris Kadin and produced by Glej Theatre, Misterio Bufo, directed by Marko Bratuš and produced by Glej Theatre, and How Jaromir Sought Happiness, produced by Glej Theatre, at Antic Teatre in Barcelona, Spain programme
  • 15 April 2012
    How Jaromir Sought Happiness produced by Glej Theatre at Dječje kazalište Dubrava in Zagreb, Croatia programme
  • 5 March 2012
    Scream by Boris Kadin, performed by the Glej Theatre at the Sarajevo Winter Festival at Chamber Theatre in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina programme

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The oldest independent performing arts venue in Ljubljana, since its establishment as an experimental theatre in 1970, Glej Theatre has played an important role in the making of the Slovene theatre scene. It remains a place open to unorthodox approaches and theatrical research and focuses mainly on the upcoming generations of artists. Glej Theatre has profiled itself as an alternative theatre of different poetics and genres with a programme that attracts very different audiences.

Besides numerous co-productions with Slovene and international organisations, Glej Theatre strives to develop fresh and innovative programmes to support young emerging artists and build longstanding partnerships on an international level.



The theatre emerged in the 1970s from a need for an alternative space for theatrical production in Ljubljana. It was founded by a group of directors, who were inspired by evolving experimental theatre approaches and introduced them into the Slovene space, such as Lado Kralj, Dušan Jovanović, Zvone Šedlbauer, and others. Aiming for innovative and experimental approaches as well as new, more radical contents and sensibilities, the theatre chose its name (in English: Look) in view of the notions developed by the American avant-garde theatre theoretician Richard Schechner. Since its beginnings, Glej has produced works that did not fit into the existing institutional theatre structures. Already in its formative years, Glej staged a number of successful performances, most notably Bojan Štih's Monument G [Spomenik G] (1972), directed by Dušan Jovanović, and Milan Jesih's The Bitter Fruits of Justice [Grenki sadeži pravice] (1974), directed by Zvone Šedlbauer, which strongly influenced the theatre production in then Yugoslavia.

In the 1980s, the theatre slowly moved away from radical experimental production. However, it retained its main orientation to produce works by emerging, innovative authors who were able to offer new aesthetics and emphases, and collaborated with a number of still influential Slovene directors, such as Vinko Möderndorfer, Matjaž Zupančič, and Eduard Miler. In the 1990s Glej opened up to various poetics under Nevenka Koprivšek's programme direction, producing works of non-verbal, physical theatre by Iztok Kovač, Matjaž Pograjc, and Tomaž Štrucl, as well as promoted unorthodox approaches, exercised by Nevenka Koprivšek, Matjaž Berger, Igor Štromajer, Tomi Janežič, Sebastjan Horvat, Diego DeBrea, Jernej Lorenci, Ivana Djilas, and Emil Hrvatin. It also produced comedies by Iztok Lovrić and the group Grejpfruit ("Grapefruit").


Since 2000, Glej has continued to produce works of different aesthetics and genres, from classical stagings of dramatic texts and comedies to puppet and "post-dramatic" performances. Glej's challenging productions have been accepted by the audience and the expert public, invited to numerous international festivals and won various awards. Different artistic directors have influenced and introduced pioneer programmes which have been widely accepted by theatre institutions in Slovenia. These programmes have meant a great shift from Glej being only a performing arts venue to a theatre production house and an educational platform.

Glej's guiding principle in the recent years has undoubtedly become "a process". The various programmes introduced during the last four years have supported the upcoming artists' desire to focus on the process of their work rather than on the result itself. This approach has been undertaken in order to steer Glej's artistic and production vision away from the prevailing hyper-production model and has been widely recognised as suitable both by upcoming artists and different publics (experts, audiences, etc).

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Following its policy to promote new ideas, approaches, and aesthetics, Glej Theatre annually produces or co-produces over a dozen performances of different genres, ranging from classical dramatic stagings to physical theatre and even dance works.

Since 2007 Glej has opened its programme structure in the form of the year-round open call (for theatrical and multidisciplinary projects) to anyone who wishes to work in the theatre. This gives Glej the flexibility to swiftly respond to any potential changes and needs in the theatre environment.

Glej runs several programmes which consist of innovative, engaged, and proactive concepts:

  • Glej, Debut – offering young authors the opportunity to present their first project;
  • Glej, Miniatures – a platform for short experimental theatre pieces, regardless of whether they are completed works or works in progress;
  • Glej, Across the Border – guest performances of foreign small venues and production houses;
  • Glej in English – performances that are performed in English or have English subtitles, aimed at foreign citizens living in Slovenia;
  • Glej, Resident – a unique residency programme offering upcoming artists the opportunity to research, develop, and produce their own poetics over a period of one year.


Glej Theatre also forms bonds and connections with other institutions, regardless of whether they are independent or state funded. Since 2012 Glej Theatre co-organises the Overflight International Theatre Festival with Mladinsko Theatre and coordinates Transferzala, the first season ticket that covers five independent Ljubljana theatres (Mini Theatre, Dance Theatre Ljubljana, Španski borci Culture Centre, Stara Elektrarna - Old Power Station and Glej Theatre). Glej also often helps various festivals and independent artists by offering its venue for their performances.

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Educational platform

Glej differs from other theatres in Slovenia by its unique way of identifying and addressing challenges in the performing arts community in Slovenia. Glej has initiated several educational platforms which have been widely recognised as original, fresh, and innovative (PreGlej na glas! Playwriting Festival, a programme for the promotion and development of quality Slovene playwriting; TOP Program for the development of young theatre critics; workshops for light designers; Poslušaj, a programme for the development of theatre music).

Regardless of its various programmes and numerous cooperation activities, Glej remains dedicated to young artists who often take their first steps in the theatre between the four pillars in Glej.

International cooperation

Glej Theatre has been actively involved in several international projects and platforms, for example, Development of New Art (DNA) (an EU supported project 2011–2013 led by the Czech NOVA SIT Association, with partners from Denmark, Hungary, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia) and the European Theater Night (2011, 2012). Currently, it is a member of the International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts (IETM), East European Performing Arts Platform (EEPAP), and a Call to Create platform.

In 2014 Glej initiated the Generation 2 Generation project together with partners from the Netherlands, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and France, which focuses on the development of theatre for teenage audiences and on audience development in general.

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