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Past Events
  • 17 June to 18 June 2017
    The Republic of Slovenia, produced by the Mladinsko Theatre and Maska Institute, My Name is Janez Janša, a film screening and the 350 Janez Janša Bottles project presentation, Bojana Kunst's lecture and book presentation (Artist at Work) and a concert by Laibach at Poznań International Fair MTP1 in Poznań, Poland
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  • 13 May 2017
    Our Violence and Your Violence, produced by the Mladinsko Theatre, at Croatian National Theatre Ivan pl. Zajc in Rijeka, Croatia
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  • 4 May to 5 May 2017
    Draga Potočnjak’s All the Heroes Counted, directed by Branko Potočan and produced by the Mladinsko Theatre, at Slovene Permanent Theatre in Trieste in Trieste/Trst, Italy
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  • 28 April to 29 April 2017
    Our Violence and Your Violence, produced by the Mladinsko Theatre, at Kampnagel in Hamburg, Germany
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  • 24 April 2017
    Our Violence and Your Violence, produced by the Mladinsko Theatre, at Croatian National Theatre Split in Split, Croatia
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  • 22 April 2017
    Our Violence and Your Violence, produced by the Mladinsko Theatre, at Croatian National Theatre Ivan pl. Zajc in Rijeka, Croatia
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  • 17 March 2017
    Damned be the traitor of his homeland!, directed by Oliver Frljić and produced by Mladinsko Theatre, at Studio Hrdinů in Prague, Czech Republic
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  • 10 March 2017
    Josip Vandot's Kekec, produced by Mladinsko Theatre, at Kulturni center Lojze Bratuž in Gorizia/Gorica, Italy
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  • 9 December 2016
    Princess Dramas, produced by the Mladinsko Theatre at Ludowy Theatre in Krakow, Poland
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  • 22 November to 26 November 2016
    Our Violence and Your Violence, produced by the Mladinsko Theatre, at Croatian National Theatre Ivan pl. Zajc in Rijeka, Croatia
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  • 17 November to 19 November 2016
    Mephisto, co-produced by Maska Institute and Mini Theatre, and Our Violence and Your Violence, produced by Mladinsko Theatre, at the Desiré Central Station at Kosztolányi Dezső Theatre, National Theatre Subotica in Subotica, Serbia
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  • 5 October to 9 October 2016
    Our Violence and Your Violence, produced by the Mladinsko Theatre, and King Ubu, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana, at 56th International Theatre Festival MESS at Sarajevo National Theatre, Sarajevo War Theatre in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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  • 28 September to 30 September 2016
    Our Violence and Your Violence, produced by the Mladinsko Theatre, at HAU Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin, Germany
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  • 25 September 2016
    Our Violence and Your Violence, produced by the Mladinsko Theatre, at the Festival of New Dramaturgies at Teatr Polski in Bydgoszcz, Poland
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  • 22 September to 26 September 2016
    Simona Semenič's We, European Corpses, produced by Mladinsko Theatre, and Svetlana Makarovič's Dead Man Comes for His Sweetheart, produced by the Prešeren Theatre Kranj and Ptuj City Theatre, at the 41st International Theatre Festival MOT at Youth Cultural Centre in Skopje, Macedonia
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  • 2 September 2016
    Andrej E. Skubic’s Pavla above the Precipice, produced by the Mladinsko Theatre, at the 12th Mountain Film Meetings at Witkacy Theatre in Zakopane, Poland
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  • 20 August to 21 August 2016
    Our Violence and Your Violence, produced by the Mladinsko Theatre, at the Weimar Arts Festival at E-Werk in Weimar, Germany
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  • 2 July to 6 July 2016
    Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, produced by the Koper Theatre, No Tears for Queers, produced by ŠKUC Association and Cankarjev dom, Cultural and Congress Centre, Madame Bovary, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica, Plato: The Apology of Socrates, produced by Potodom, and Hero 1.0, produced by Mladinsko Theatre and KUD Moment, at the Golden Lion International Festial of Chamber Theatre in Umag, Croatia
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  • 29 May to 1 June 2016
    Our Violence and Your Violence, produced by the Mladinsko Theatre, at the Weiner Festwochen at Schauspielhaus Wien in Vienna, Austria
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  • 4 April to 6 April 2016
    Svetlana Makarovič’s Kuzma the Gremlin Wins a Prize, produced by Mladinsko Theatre, at Slovene Permanent Theatre in Trieste in Trieste/Trst, Italy
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  • 11 March to 27 March 2016
    L’innocente, directed by Diego de Brea and produced by Mladinsko Theatre, and Faust, directed by Tomaž Pandur (Pandur.Theaters) and produced by Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana, at the Ibero-American Theater Festival of Bogota at Teatro Libre de Chapinero, Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo in Bogotá, Colombia
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  • 9 March 2016
    The Ristić Complex, co-produced by Mladinsko Theatre, at the Open World Festival at Theater im Pfalzbau in Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany
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  • 28 January to 30 January 2016
    The Ristić Complex, co-produced by Mladinsko Theatre, at Croatian National Theatre Ivan pl. Zajc in Rijeka, Croatia
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  • 15 January to 17 January 2016
    Andrej E. Skubic’s Pavla above the Precipice, produced by the Mladinsko Theatre, at Teatro Metastasio in Prato, Italy
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  • 11 December to 15 December 2015
    The Ristić Complex, co-produced by Mladinsko Theatre, at Croatian National Theatre Ivan pl. Zajc in Rijeka, Croatia
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  • 28 November to 5 December 2015
    The Ristić Complex, produced by Mladinsko Theatre, and Manipulations, produced by Via Negativa, at the Desiré Central Station International Festival of Contemporary Theatre at Theatre “Kosztolányi Dezső« in Subotica, Serbia
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  • 22 November 2015
    Damned be the traitor of his homeland!, directed by Oliver Frljić and produced by Mladinsko Theatre, at Teatr Powszechny, Victoria Eugenia Antzokia Theatre in Warsaw, Poland
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  • 28 October to 30 October 2015
    The Ristić Complex, produced by Mladinsko Theatre, at Croatian National Theatre Ivan pl. Zajc in Rijeka, Croatia
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  • 26 September 2015
    Hero 1.0 by Uroš Kaurič and Vito Weis, produced by Mladinsko Theatre, at the IMPACT International Performing Arts Festival in Veles, Macedonia
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  • 23 September to 26 September 2015
    The Ristić Complex and Phaedra, produced by Mladinsko Theatre, at the MOT International Theatre Festival at Macedonian Opera and Ballet, Youth Cultural Centre in Skopje, Macedonia
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  • 20 September 2015
    Phaedra, produced by Mladinsko Theatre, at the Stobi International Antique Drama Festival at Stobi Amphitheatre in Stobi, Macedonia
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  • 18 September to 21 September 2015
    The Iliad, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana, Ljubljana City Theatre (MGL) and Cankarjev dom, Cultural and Congress Centre, and The Ristić Complex, co-produced by Mladinsko Theatre, at the Belgrade International Theatre Festival BITEF at Bitef Theatre, Madlenianum in Belgrade, Serbia
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  • 29 August to 2 September 2015
    Svetlana Makarovič's Dead Man Comes for His Sweetheart, produced by the Prešeren Theatre Kranj and Ptuj City Theatre, Tobelija, co-produced by B-51 Cultural Society, Cyril and Methodius, Who Are You?!, co-produced by New European Theatre Action (NETA), Hurrah, Nosferatu!, directed by Simona Semenič and produced by Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica and Mladinsko Theatre, at the NETA 2015 International Theatre Festival at National Theatre of Bucharest in Bucharest, Romania
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  • 17 June 2015
    Nora Gregor – the Hidden Continent of Memory, co-produced by Mladinsko Theatre and the Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica, at the 23rd Theatre Marathon Theatre on Film/Film in Theatre at Sombor National Theatre in Sombor, Serbia
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  • 16 June 2015
    Nora Gregor – the Hidden Continent of Memory, co-produced by Mladinsko Theatre and the Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica, at Yugoslav Drama Theatre in Belgrade, Serbia
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  • 8 May 2015
    Nora Gregor – the Hidden Continent of Memory, also co-produced by Mladinsko Theatre and the Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica, supported by the Slovenian Culture and Information Centre, Vienna (SKICA), Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Vienna, at Schauspiel Graz in Graz, Austria
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  • 31 March 2015
    Nora Gregor – the Hidden Continent of Memory, also co-produced by Mladinsko Theatre and the Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica, at Rossetti Teatro Stabile del Friuli-Venezia Giulia in Trieste/Trst, Italy
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  • 27 March 2015
    Nora Gregor – the Hidden Continent of Memory, also co-produced by Mladinsko Theatre and the Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica, at Il Teatro Comunale Giuseppe Verdi in Gorizia/Gorica, Italy
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  • 12 March 2015
    Damned be the traitor of his homeland!, directed by O. Frljić and produced by Mladinsko Theatre, at Victoria Eugenia Antzokia Theatre in San Sebastian, Spain
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  • 10 March 2015
    Damned be the traitor of his homeland!, directed by O. Frljić and produced by Mladinsko Theatre, at Théâtre de Bayonne in Bayonne, France
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  • 24 September to 25 September 2014
    All Together Now!, by Mare Bulc and performers, produced by Maska Institute and co-produced by Bunker Institute and Exodos Institute, Škrip Inc., produced by Maska Institute and co-produced by Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture and in cooperation with Bunker Institute, and Pavla above the Precipice, produced by Mladinsko Theatre, at the 39th International Theatre Festival MOT at Youth Cultural Centre in Skopje, Macedonia
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  • 19 July to 21 July 2014
    A Tomb for Boris Davidovich, co-produced by Mini Theatre, and Damned be the traitor of his homeland!, produced by Mladinsko Theatre, at Mittelfest in Cividale del Friuli/Čedad, Italy
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  • 7 June 2014
    Damned be the traitor of his homeland!, directed by O. Frljić and produced by Mladinsko Theatre, at the Sibiu International Theatre Festival at Union Hall - Studio Hall in Sibiu, Romania
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  • 10 May to 11 May 2014
    Damned be the traitor of his homeland! by O. Frljić, produced by Mladinsko Theatre at the 21st Fabbrica Europa at Teatro Cantiere Florida di Firenze in Florence, Italy
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  • 4 April 2014
    A Chrysantemum on the Piano, produced by Mladinsko Theatre, at Slovene Permanent Theatre in Trieste/Trst, Italy
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  • 1 April 2014
    Oliver Twist, produced by Mladinsko Theatre, at Slovene Permanent Theatre in Trieste/Trst, Italy
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  • 5 March to 16 March 2014
    Damned be the traitor of his homeland! by Oliver Frljić (Mladinsko Theatre), Sad Sam Lucky by Matija Ferlin (Emanat Institute), Who is Next? by Janez Janša (Maska Institute), and Just the Beginning produced by Via Negativa, at the Festival of the Independent Balkan Scene Transitions: 1. Balkans in Athens, Greece
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  • 12 December to 15 December 2013
    Damned be the traitor of his homeland! by O. Frljić, produced by Mladinsko Theatre in São Paulo, Brazil
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  • 25 October to 26 October 2013
    The Conquest of Happiness, co-produced by Mladinsko Theatre, at the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queens at T13 Skatepark in Belfast, United Kingdom
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  • 23 October to 25 October 2013
    Damned be the traitor of his homeland! by O. Frljić, produced by Mladinsko Theatre, at the Festival Sens Interdits, in cooperation with the Consulate of the Republic of Slovenia St. Etienne at Théâtre des Célestins in Lyon, France
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  • 5 October 2013
    The Conquest of Happiness, co-produced by Mladinsko Theatre, at Zetra Olympic Hall in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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  • 1 October to 4 October 2013
    Damned be the traitor of his homeland! by O. Frljić, produced by Mladinsko Theatre, at Centre Dramatique National in Besançon, France
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  • 28 September to 7 October 2013
    The Conquest of Happiness, co-produced by Mladinsko Theatre, and L'Innocente, produced by Mladinsko Theatre, at the International Theatre Festival MESS in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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  • 26 September 2013
    L'Innocente, produced by Mladinsko Theatre, at the Youth Open Theatre (MOT), supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Skopje, in Skopje, Macedonia
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  • 20 September to 21 September 2013
    The première of The Conquest of Happiness, co-produced by Mladinsko Theatre, at the Derry Londonderry City of Culture 2013 at Ebrington Square in Ebrington, United Kingdom
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  • 26 August to 30 August 2013
    Norman Allen's Nijinsky's Last Dance, directed by Marko Mlačnik and produced by Mladinsko Theatre, in celebration of the National Gallery of Art’s exhibition Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909–1929: When Art Danced with Music, supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Washington, at CulturalDC in Washington D.C., USA
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  • 4 July 2013
    Damned be the traitor of his homeland! by O. Frljić, produced by Mladinsko Theatre, at the Almada Festival at Escola D. António da Costa in Almada, Portugal
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  • 29 June 2013
    Damned be the traitor of his homeland! by O. Frljić, produced by Mladinsko Theatre, at Cine-Teatro Constantino Nery in Matosinhos, Portugal
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  • 7 June 2013
    Amado Mio, produced by the ŠKUC Association and Mladinsko Theatre, at the Premières Festival at Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe in Karlsruhe, Germany
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  • 27 May to 28 May 2013
    Damned be the traitor of his homeland! by O. Frljić, produced by Mladinsko Theatre at The Fifth Theatre in Omsk, Russia
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  • 14 May to 15 May 2013
    Damned be the traitor of his homeland!, produced by Mladinsko Theatre, at the at the Horizon Festival at La Filature in Mulhouse, France
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  • 10 May to 14 May 2013
    When I Was Dead produced by the Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana and Damned be the traitor of his homeland! produced by Mladinsko Theatre at the Passages Festival in Metz, France
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  • 4 February to 5 February 2013
    Damned be the traitor of his homeland! by O. Frljić, produced by Mladinsko Theatre at the Lessing Festival – For the World at Thalia in der Gaußstraße in Hamburg, Germany
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  • 17 December 2012
    Amado Mio, produced by the ŠKUC Association and Mladinsko Theatre at Slovene Permanent Theatre in Trieste in Trieste/Trst, Italy
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  • 28 November 2012
    Damned be the traitor of his homeland! by O. Frljić, produced by Mladinsko Theatre at the Automne en Normandie in Rouen, France
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  • 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
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  • 26 September 2012
    Mephisto, produced by Mladinsko Theatre at the International Theatre Festival MOT Skopje in Skopje, Macedonia
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  • 7 September to 8 September 2012
    Amado Mio produced by Mladinsko Theatre at FITO - El Festival Internacional de Teatro de Oriente in Anzoátegui, Barcelona, Venezuela
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  • 14 July 2012
    Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky produced by Mladinsko Theatre at the Fortress Theatre Festival – Smederevo in Smederevo, Serbia
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  • 25 June to 3 July 2012
    MandićMachine by Marko Mandić and Bojan Jablanovec, and produced by Via Negativa; Re-/de-/Construction: Class Enemy produced by Mladinsko Theatre; and Divine Comedy, choreographed by Edward Clug, music by Milko Lazar and Borut Kržišnik, at the 39th International Festival of Alternative and New Theatre in Novi Sad, Serbia
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  • 14 June to 24 June 2012
    Damned be the traitor of his homeland! by O. Frljić, produced by Mladinsko Theatre at the New Plays from Europe biennial at Staatstheater Wiesbaden - Wartburg in Wiesbaden, Germany
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  • 6 June to 8 June 2012
    Damned be the traitor of his homeland! by O. Frljić, produced by Mladinsko Theatre at the Festival Theaterformen at Staatstheater Kleines Haus in Braunschweig, Germany
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  • 31 May to 2 June 2012
    Damned be the traitor of his homeland! by O. Frljić, produced by Mladinsko Theatre at the Festival TransAmériques at Conservatoire d'art dramatique de Montréal in Montreal, Canada
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  • 4 May 2012
    Damned be the traitor of his homeland! by O. Frljić, produced by Mladinsko Theatre opens the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels, Belgium
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  • 12 October to 13 October 2011
    Damned be the traitor of his homeland! by O. Frljić and actors, produced by Mladinsko Theatre at the 6th Dialog-Wrocław Festival at ATM Małe Studio in Wrocław, Poland
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  • 23 September 2011
    Crime and Punishment directed by Diego de Brea and Nijinsky's Last Dance by Marko Mlačnik, produced by Mladinsko Theatre at the 36th International Theatre Festival Mladi otvoren teatar (MOT) in Skopje, Macedonia
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  • 18 September 2011
    Damned be the traitor of his homeland! by O. Frljić and actors Mladinsko Theatre and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Ivica Buljan (Ljubljana City Theatre (MGL)) at the 45th International theatre festival BITEF in Belgrade, Serbia
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  • 23 August to 25 August 2011
    Damned be the traitor of his homeland! by O. Frljić, produced by Mladinsko Theatre, at the the Stage Helsinki Theatre Festival at Korjaamo Cultural Centre in Helsinki, Finland
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  • 24 May to 4 June 2011
    Damned be the traitor of his homeland! by O. Frljić, produced by Mladinsko Theatre, at the 45th Sterijino pozorje festival in Novi Sad, Serbia
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  • 19 May to 21 May 2011
    Focus on Slovenian drama and theatre at the Nová dráma Festival presents drama texts by Dušan Jovanović, Matjaž Zupančič and Simona Semenič, a performance Damned be the traitor of his homeland! by O. Frljić and actors, produced by Mladinsko Theatre, and lectures (Blaž Lukan, Primož Jesenko and Alja Predan) at Mestského divadla Pavla Országha Hviezdoslava (MDPOH City Theatre) in Bratislava, Slovakia
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  • 17 March to 20 March 2011
    Mladinsko Theatre, Via Negativa and Mini Theatre at the Perforations Festival at La MaMa Theatre in New York, USA
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  • 15 June 2010
    Damned be the traitor of his homeland! by O.Frljić, produced by Mladinsko Theatre at the Days of Satire festival at Kerempuh Satirical Theatre in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 3 May to 11 May 2010
    Damned be the traitor of his homeland! by O.Frljić, produced by Mladinsko Theatre at the International Small Scene Theatre Festival in Rijeka, Croatia
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Mladinsko Theatre (Slovensko mladinsko gledališče) is one of two municipal theatres in Ljubljana and is considered to be a laboratory for actors and directors, choreographers and musicians to research and develop, risk and create. Throughout its history, Mladinsko has collaborated with the reformers of the Slovene theatre of the second half of the 20th century. The theatre regularly tours worldwide and was awarded the title European Ambassador of Culture by European Commission in 2008.

Through its current projects the theatre is dealing with the 'symptomisation' of the society, showing the detected symptoms via appropriate performative procedures. For this reason, public space becomes a performance space as well.

History

Mladinsko Theatre was established in 1955 as the first professional theatre for children and youth in Slovenia. Although Mladinsko Theatre's productions of its first decade aimed at younger audiences with the stagings of adaptations of classical as well as domestic youth literature, the theatre's first director Balbina Battelino Baranovič (who established in 1955 also the first experimental theatre in Slovenia, introducing the theatre-in-the-round principle) succeeded to professionalise the theatre's activities and also include into the theatre's programme productions intended for a wider audience. Thus in the 1960s and 70s, Mladinsko collaborated with distinguished Slovene directors, such as Mile Korun, Dušan Jovanović, etc.During this period its productions and actors were gaining wide recognition, exemplified also by several prominent awards. For example, Mile Korun's staging of Aurand Harris's Androcles and the Lion [Androkles in lev] (1973) brought to the theatre the first Borštnik Award for best performance in 1973.

In the 1980s Mladinsko Theatre initiated a unique interdisciplinary stage research and its productions (Victims of the Bang Bang Fashion [Žrtve mode bum-bum] (1975), Missa in a minor [Maša v a molu] (1980), The Class Enemy [Razredni sovražnik] (1982), Romeo and Juliet – Commentaries [Romeo in Julija – komentarji] (1983), The Persians [Peržani] (1980), Anna [Ana] (1984), etc.) were widely acclaimed during the 1980s for their political engagement as well as for their innovative approach to mise-en-scène. The performance Victims of the Bang Bang Fashion, directed by Dušan Jovanović, who was the artistic director of Mladinsko Theatre in the 1980s, put Mladinsko Theatre on the international map of experimental theatres.

However, the complete aesthetic break was brought about with the performance Missa in A Minor, directed by Ljubiša Ristić, who staged an original montage of Danilo Kiš's text A Tomb for Boris Davidovich with fragments from political texts of Lenin, Trotsky, Proudhon, Bakunin, etc., thus departing from the traditional relation between the literary text and theatre. This gesture constituted a new understanding of theatre and proved to be decisive for the general orientation of Mladinsko Theatre in the future.

In 2015 the Mladinsko Theatre produced with the HNK Ivana pl Zajca in Rijeka,the BITEF in Belgrade and the MOT in Skopje the Ristić Complex performance directed by Oliver Frljić. on the occasion of the theatre's 60th anniver­sary, it aimed at recontextualisation of the performances by controversial director Ljubiša Ristić in the light of art and ideology.

By the end of the 1980s, Mladinsko Theatre production took a turn from making subversive, director-oriented theatre to making theatre by deconstructing modernist theatre traditions, a transition that was most notably epitomised by Vito Taufer's dramatisation of Lewis Caroll's Alice in Wonderland [Alica v čudežni deželi] (1986), which combined the apparently incompatible: childlike sensibility and daredevil theatre experimentation.

The production of the 1990s was marked by spectacle and intimacy, the aesthetic radicality approached the post-modernist theatre of images, while Mladinsko Theatre continued to work with stage directors whose dialogue with dramatic texts and personal poetics was inventive and avant-garde (Matjaž Pograjc, Vito Taufer). Another turn in Mladinsko Theatre production was introduced at the turn of the 21st century by the youngest generation of directors (Diego de Brea, Tomi Janežič, Jernej Lorenci), who again brought to the focus the dramatic text. In its productions, Mladinsko Theatre continues to thematise the universal paradoxes of civilisation, its programme being founded in problematisations of new times and spaces. By moving the experiment from the level of artistic expression into the field of civic action, Mladinsko is one of those exceptional theatre organisms that with their objectives often cause important effects in non-artistic discourse as well.

In 2006 Mladinsko Theatre celebrated its 50th anniversary, publishing an illustrated book about its history, entitled Has the Future Already Arrived? [Ali je prihodnost že prišla] (in English and in Slovenian editions).

Youth programme

Mladinsko in English means "youth". However, although the theatre has outgrown its primary role while keeping the name, Mladinsko Theatre has always included performances for children in its programme. These productions have met with great success and have toured extensively in Slovenia and abroad, winning also a number of Slovene and international awards. Vito Taufer's Alice in Wonderland [Alica v čudežni deželi] (1986) received the Golden Laurel Wreath Award at the 1988 MESS Festival in Sarajevo, his staging of Pippi [Pika] (1998) received the Silver Laurel Wreath Award for best children performance at the same festival in 2008 (after 10 strong years in the repertory). Pippi, based on Astrid Lindgren's beloved Pippi Longstocking character, also won three Little Golden Stick Awards at the Golden Stick Festival in 1999 for Best Performance, Best Actress (to Janja Majzelj) and Special Award of the Jury (to Ivan Rupnik).

Besides stagings of classical children stories, such as Snow White and Seven Dwarfs [Sneguljčica in sedem palčkov] (2003), which was selected as the best performance of 2005 in the Bologna-based Teatri di Vita, and Kekec (2004), based on the Slovene story about the adventurous, courageous, and kind shepherd Kekec, or Kuzma the Gremlin Gets an Award [Škrat Kuzma dobi nagrado], based on a witty story by the legendary Slovene poet, writer and children's writer Svetlana Makarovič. Mladinsko also stages performances for young adult audiences, for example Mark Ravenhill's Totally Over You [Kok ti men zdej dol visiš] (2007).

Since 2009, Mladinsko co-organises the Ljubljana-based festival of children education in culture and the arts called Bobri (in English: Beavers), featuring a number of theatre and music performances, a film programme, and workshops for children.

Programme

Mladinsko Theatre prepares around five new productions each year, some of them in co-operation with guest directors and in co-production with independent producers. Mladinsko's productions include adaptations of classical and contemporary texts (from Shakespeare's The Tempest [Vihar] (2008) to Tena Štivičić's Fragile! (2005), Sarah Kane's Blasted [Razdejani] (2008) and Crave [Sla] (2009) or Elfriede Jelinek's Princess Dramas [Drame princes] (2015), as well as projects by guest directors such as Dragan Živadinov or a puppetry author Silvan Omerzu, and directing projects by actors of Mladinsko Ivan Peternelj, Neda Rusjan Bric and Janja Majzelj.

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Since 2007 the Mladinsko Theatre runs its own festival called Mladinsko Showcase: an overview of Mladinsko Theatre productions.

International cooperation

Mladinsko Theatre regularly makes guest performances at international festivals worldwide (Nancy, Hamburg, Belgrade, London, Moscow, Essen, Cardiff, Lisbon, Madrid, Bogota, New York) and also hosts selected performances from other countries. Its most acclaimed performances have included Alice in Wonderland, Drama Observatory Zenith, Scheherezade, Roberto Zucco, Miss Juliet, Silence Silence Silence, Queen Margot, Fragile!, The Epic of Gilgamesh, Crime and Punishment, Damned Be the Traitor of His Homeland!, Amado mio, The Republic of Slovenia and Our Violence and Your Violence.

Venues

The Mladinsko Theatre is found in Ljubljana's Bežigrad neighbourhood, occupying a part of Slovene architect Jože Plečnik's unfinished Akademski kolegij which was intended to be the Baraga Seminary. The theatre incorporates two venues – the Upper Hall (Zgornja dvorana) and the Lower Hall (Spodnja dvorana), however, some of Mladinsko performances are also held at the Old Post building in immediate vicinity of the theatre.

Upper Hall (Zgornja dvorana)

  • Type of venue: multi-purpose hall
  • main use: theatre, puppetry, film, music
  • seating: 275 seats total
  • proscenium opening: 8m W x 4.4m H
  • performing area: 9m W x 12m D x 4.4m H flat wooden stage floor, suitable for dance
  • forestage: 2m D
  • wing spaces: 2m W SR, 2m W SL
  • soft hangings: black house curtain, black tabs, legs and borders
  • lighting: Euro system lighting desk, 500-1000W beamers
  • sound: Euro system mixer, power amplifiers and loudspeakers
  • stage equipment: 35mm projection equipment, cinema screen, technical staff available
  • backstage: dressing rooms for 40 persons total
  • climate control: air-conditioning
  • availability: available for hire

Lower Hall (Spodnja dvorana)

  • Type of venue: multi-purpose hall (non-conventional space)
  • main use: theatre, puppetry, film, music
  • seating: 103 seats total
  • performing area: 8m W x 25m D x 3.15-4.47m H, flat stage floor suitable for dance
  • wing spaces: 2m W SR, 2m W SL
  • soft hangings: black house curtain, black tabs, legs and borders
  • lighting: Euro system lighting desk, 500-1000W beamers
  • sound: Euro system mixer, power amplifiers and loudspeakers
  • stage equipment: 35mm projection equipment, cinema screen, technical staff available
  • backstage: dressing rooms for 20 persons total
  • climate control: air-conditioning
  • availability: available for hire

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