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Slovensko narodno gledališče Drama Ljubljana (SNG Drama Ljubljana)
http://www.drama.si/
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Erjavčeva 1, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Phone386 (0) 1 252 1462
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Founded byGovernment of the Republic of Slovenia
Igor Samobor, Director
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Barbara Štukelj, Director's Assistant
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Jernej Pristov, Public Relations
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Past Events
  • 16 June 2014
    Drago Jančar's The Great Brilliant Waltz, co-produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor and Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana, at the Eurokontext.sk Festival at Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava, Slovakia programme
  • 11 June to 14 June 2014
    Boris, Milena, Radko, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana, and Dead Man Comes for His Mistress, produced by the Prešeren Theatre Kranj and Ptuj City Theatre, at the 38th Fadil Hadžić Days of Satire at Kerempuh Satirical Theatre in Zagreb, Croatia programme
  • 7 June 2014
    The Crazy Locomotive, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana, at the 22nd International Theatre Festival Varna Summer at Stoyan Bachvarov Dramatic Theatre in Varna, Bulgaria programme
  • 5 June 2014
    The Crazy Locomotive, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana, at Mladezhki Theatre in Sofia, Bulgaria programme
  • 28 May to 2 June 2014
    Peter Handke's Storm Still, co-produced by the Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana and Slovene Permanent Theatre in Trieste, and 25.671, produced by the Prešeren Theatre Kranj, at the 59th Sterijino Pozorje Festival at Novi Sad Theatre in Novi Sad, Serbia programme
  • 26 May to 27 May 2014
    When I Was Dead produced by the Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana, at the International Theatre Festival Antalya at Haşim İşcan Culture Center in Antalya, Turkey programme
  • 15 April 2014
    Hamlet, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana, at Slovene Permanent Theatre in Trieste, Italy programme
  • 3 April 2014
    Rudi Šeligo's The Marriage, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana, at Zagreb Youth Theatre in Zagreb, Croatia programme
  • 26 March 2014
    Euripides’ Alcestis, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana, at K&K Centre in St. Johann im Rosental, Austria programme
  • 3 March 2014
    Euripides’ Alcestis, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana, stages at Bifet Theatre in Belgrade, Serbia programme
  • 19 February to 20 February 2014
    Peter Handke's Storm Still directed by Ivica Buljan and co-produced by the Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana and Slovene Permanent Theatre in Trieste, at Kulturni dom Pliberk - Bleiburg in Bleiburg, Austria programme
  • 27 September 2013
    The Storm, produced by Ljubljana City Theatre (MGL), and MandićMachine, a solo performance by Marko Mandić, directed by Bojan Jablanovec and produced by Via Negativa and the Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana, at the Bitef Festival at Bitef Theatre, Yugoslav Drama Theatre in Belgrade, Serbia programme
  • 13 July 2013
    When I Was Dead produced by the Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana, at the Ohrid Summer Festival at Vestibule of church St.Sofia in Ohrid, Macedonia programme
  • 4 July 2013
    The Noble Glembays, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana, at the Miroslav Krleža Festival at Bela and Miroslav Krleža Memorial Space in Zagreb, Croatia programme
  • 9 June 2013
    Drago Jančar's The Great Brilliant Waltz, co-produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor and Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana, at Croatian National Theatre Zagreb in Zagreb, Croatia 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
  • 22 May to 28 May 2013
    Premiere of Peter Handke's Storm Still directed by Ivica Buljan, a co-production of the Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana and Slovene Permanent Theatre in Trieste at Slovene Permanent Theatre in Trieste in Trieste, Italy programme
  • 16 May to 18 May 2013
    When I Was Dead produced by the Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana at Le CENTQUATRE in Paris, France programme
  • 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 programme
  • 4 May 2013
    Christmas at the Ivanovs, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana, and A Barren Woman, co-produced by the KUD Borza, at the 20th International Small Scenes Theatre Festival Rijeka at Croatian cultural Centre in Sušak in Rijeka, Croatia programme
  • 25 April 2013
    The Noble Glembays, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana, at the 23rd Marulić days Festival at Croatian National Theatre Split in Split, Croatia programme
  • 12 April 2013
    The Crazy Locomotive, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana at Zagreb Youth Theatre in Zagreb, Croatia programme
  • 10 April 2013
    Dorota Masłowska's No Matter How Hard We Tried, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana, at K&k in St. Johann im Rosental, Austria programme
  • 8 April 2013
    MandićMachine, a solo performance by Marko Mandić, directed by Bojan Jablanovec and produced by Via Negativa and the Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana, at Royal Theatre Zetski Dom in Cetinje, Montenegro programme
  • 20 March 2013
    MandićMachine, a solo performance by Marko Mandić, directed by Bojan Jablanovec and produced by Via Negativa and the Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana, at K&k in St. Johann im Rosental, Austria programme
  • 18 March 2013
    MandićMachine, a solo performance by Marko Mandić, directed by Bojan Jablanovec and produced by Via Negativa and the Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana, at Slovene Permanent Theatre in Trieste in Trieste, Italy programme
  • 7 March to 10 March 2013
    When I Was Dead by Ernst Lubitsch, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana at Teatro Metastasio Stabile della Toscana in Prato, Italy programme
  • 2 December 2012
    Eugène Ionesco's Exit the King, co-produced by Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana and the B-51 Cultural Society at the International Theatre Festival Interferences 2012 at Hungarian Theatre of Cluj in Cluj-Napoca, Romania 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
  • 16 June 2012
    The Merchant of Venice produced by Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana at Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava, Slovakia programme
  • 2 June 2012
    The Merchant of Venice produced by Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana at Sarajevo National Theatre in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina programme
  • 10 May 2012
    John Logan's Red directed by Zvone Šedlbauer, produced by Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana at Kulturni dom Pliberk in Pliberk, Austria programme
  • 7 May 2012
    Ernst Lubitsch's When I was dead, directed by Diego de Brea, produced by Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana presented at the BOK FEST 2012 in Bjelovar, Croatia programme
  • 4 May 2012
    Ernst Lubitsch's When I was dead, directed by Diego de Brea, produced by Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana presented at the International Small Scenes Theatre Festival Rijeka in Rijeka, Croatia programme
  • 29 March to 31 March 2012
    Ernst Lubitsch's When I was dead, directed by Diego de Brea, produced by Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana presented at the Bogotá Latin American Theatre Festival in Bogotá, Colombia programme
  • 29 February 2012
    Performance The Dust by György Spiró, directed by Vinko Möderndorfer, Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana production at Cultural and Communication Centre Šentjanž in Rož in St. Johann im Rosental, Austria programme
  • 4 October 2011
    Ernst Lubitsch's When I was dead, directed by Diego de Brea, produced by Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana presented at 51th International Theatre Festival MES in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina programme
  • 12 July 2011
    Ernst Lubitsch's When I was Dead performed by Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana at the Mittelfest in Cividale in Cividale del Friuli, Italy programme
  • 27 May to 5 June 2011
    Ernst Lubitsch's When I was dead, directed by Diego de Brea, produced by Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana presented at the Sibiu International Theatre Festival in Sibiu, Romania programme
  • 21 May 2011
    A. P. Chekhov's Platonov, directed by Vito Taufer, produced by Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana presented at 12nd International theatre festival Melikhovskaya Vesna, organised by A.P.Chekhov State Literary Museum at Družba Hall in Melikhovo, Russia programme
  • 31 March 2011
    Ernst Lubitsch's When I was dead, directed by Diego de Brea and A. P. Chekhov's Platonov, directed by Vito Taufer, produced by Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana at Jugoslovensko dramsko pozorište Beograd in Beograd, Serbia programme
  • 29 March 2011
    A. P. Chekhov's Platonov, directed by Vito Taufer, produced by Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana at Srpsko narodno pozorište Novi Sad in Novi Sad, Serbia programme
  • 28 March 2011
    Ernst Lubitsch's When I was dead, directed by Diego de Brea, produced by Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana presented at at Hungarian theatre Novosadsko pozorište in Novi Sad, Serbia programme



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The Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana (shorter SNG Drama Ljubljana) is one of the nine professional repertoire theatres in Slovenia and at the same time the oldest of the three theatres founded by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia. Being the major drama theatre in Slovenia, the theatre's repertoire includes contemporary, classical, and experimental drama works of Slovene and foreign playwrights.

The ensemble includes 49 permanent members though a dozen retired members of the ensemble as well as students of the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television (AGRFT) regularly appear in the theatre's productions. The theatre annually presents 10 to 14 new productions, while the repertory commonly consists of over twenty performances. SNG Drama Ljubljana has presented its successful productions in more than 20 countries around the world.





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History

With its formal status as a national statutory institution, SNG Drama Ljubljana has been declared heir to the noble tradition of the Slovene Dramatic Society which staged the first performance in the Slovene language in the premises of the Ljubljana Reading Society on 24 October 1867. Since its conception, the theatre has been organised under a number of names. Thus the Dramatic Society subsequently became the Provincial Theatre in Ljubljana and was renamed the National Theatre in Ljubljana in 1918, in 1919 it was renamed to Royal Theatre and in 1920 again National Theatre. During World War II, it operated under the names State Theatre and the Slovene National Theatre on Liberated Territory and after the war, the Drama of the Slovene National Theatre in Ljubljana. It acquired its current name in 1992.

Programme

Over the last decade, SNG Drama Ljubljana focused its repertory to most demanding works of classical authors, to modern dramatic works, and non-commercial European and Slovene contemporary dramatic texts, which were predominantly staged in line with contemporary performing practices, thus keeping the theatre's repertory in touch with contemporary European theatre. To this purpose, SNG Drama commissioned a number of younger directors with new poetics and aesthetics.

Plays by Slovene authors are regularly included in the programme. The most recent productions of Slovenian texts include: Alamut (staged in 2005) by Vladimir Bartol, co-produced by Salzburger Festspiele, The Class [Razred] (2006) by Matjaž Zupančič, considered the first Slovene play dealing with ramifications of contemporary capitalist society and which received the Grum Award for best play in 2006, The Life of the Provincial Playboys After the Second World War [Življenje podeželskih plejbojev po drugi svetovni vojni, 1972] (2008) by Dušan Jovanović, The Conqueror [Osvajalec] (2008) by Andrej Hieng, Supply and Demand [Ponudba in povpraševanje] (2010) by Boštjan Tadel, Vehicle [Vehikel] (2010) by Kristijan Muck, Totenbirt (2010) by Ivo Prijatelj (the Grum Award for best play in 2010), Nežka se moži [Nežka Gets Married] (2010) by Vinko Möderndorfer (the Gracious Comedy Quill Award for original Slovene comedy text at the Days of Comedy 2010 festival).

In the 2009/10 season, SNG Drama Ljubljana presented on its main stage texts by Bernard-Marie Koltès, Thomas Middleton and William Rowley, William Shakespeare, Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, and Boštjan Tadel. On the small stage the programme comprised productions based on texts by Samuel Beckett, Ulrike Syha, Ernst Lubitsch, Milena Marković and Kristijan Muck.

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The 2010/11 season features on main stage texts by Eugène Ionesco, Ivo Prijatelj, Georges Feydeau, August Strindberg, William Shakespeare and Howard Barker, while on small stage the authors presented are Spiro Scimone, Sam Shepard, Oscar Wilde/John von Düffel, David Mamet and Vinko Möderndorfer. Drama pieces are directed by Boris Cavazza, Lindy Davies, Mile Korun, Eduard Miler, Silviu Purcărete, Aleksandar Popovski, Marko Sosič, Luka Martin Škof, Ajda Valcl, Jaka Andrej Vojevec and Matjaž Zupančič.


Co-productions and international guest directors

The theatre often enters co-productions with other Slovene theatres: with the Slovene National Theatre (SNG) Nova Gorica, Mini Theatre, the Slovene National Theatre (SNG) Maribor, Cankarjev dom, etc.

Alamut, based on the novel by Vladimir Bartol (taking place in 11th Century Persia, the novel was originally written in 1938 as an allegory of Mussolini's fascist state; 60 years later it was translated into more than 19 languages), was put on stage for the first time in co-production with Salzburger Festspiele and premiered at the main stage of SNG Ljubljana Drama in October 2005.

Eugène Ionesco's Exit the King was premiered in September 2010. The performance, directed by Romanian stage director Silviu Purcărete, was produced by Les Arts et Mouvants, Cie à l’endroit des mondes allant vers and co-produced by Théâtre d’Esch (Luxemburg) Slovene National Theatre (SNG) Ljubljana - Drama, International Festival Theater MOT (Macedonia) and Scène Nationale Bayonne Sud-Aquitain (France), while the co-funders were also French and Romanian cultural agencies.

The exchange with Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava, as well as with theatre houses in Belgrade, Serbia (Jugoslovensko dramsko pozorište, Atelje 212, Narodno pozorište) has taken place.

Among most eminent international guest directors are Janusz Kica (Polish by origin, who directed 25 stage pieces in Slovene theatre houses, works also in Mainz, Vienna and Croatia), Martin Kušej (Austria), Aleksandar Popovski (Macedonia) and Silviu Purcărete (Romania).

Festivals and tourings

The theatre regularly presents its most visible productions at Slovene theatre festivals, such as the Borštnik Theatre Festival, Slovene Drama Week, Days of Comedy, Slovene Festival of Chamber Theatre (SKUP), etc. Its performances as well as individual members of the ensemble are often awarded the highest recognition from the expert audience. Thus Borštnik Award was given to Ivana Djilas in 2010 for her direction of Ulrike Syha’s play Private Life [Zasebno življenje] (2010), to Jernej Lorenci in 2009 for his direction of Aeschylus's The Oresteia [Oresteja] (2008), while the performances Ordeal by Fire [Katica iz Heilbronna ali Preizkus z ognjem] (2007) by François-Michel Pesenti and Oedipus in Corinth [Ojdip v Korintu] (2006) by Ivica Buljan were given awards for best performance and direction; in 2002 Sarah Kane's Cleansed [Razmadežna] (2001) by Jernej Lorenci also received award for best performance of the year. Individual actors in productions participating at the Borštnik Theatre Festival regularly receive awards for best actors.

In recent seasons the ensemble has also successfully participated in international festivals in Germany, Sweden, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, South Korea, Greece, Croatia, Italy, Austria, Montenegro, Serbia, Hungary, Slovakia, Cyprus etc.


Stages

Main Stage

  • type of venue: drama theatre
  • main use: theatre performances
  • seating: 436 seats total, comprising 198 stalls, 30 boxes; 46 dress circle, 30 boxes; 120 upper circle, 12 boxes
  • proscenium opening: 8.45m W x 6.8m H
  • performing area: 14m W x 17m D x 16m H, flat wooden stage floor suitable for dance
  • orchestra pit: area for 12 musicians
  • wing spaces: 3m W SR, 2m W SL
  • suspension equipment: 20 counterweight lines, max load 180kg each
  • soft hangings: red house curtain, black tabs, black legs and borders, cyclorama
  • lighting: DMX 240-channel computerised desk, extensive lighting rig
  • sound: AMEK 16:8 mixer, power amplifiers and loudspeakers, 8 wireless microphones, 6 microphones
  • stage equipment: 11m x 11m cinema screen
  • backstage: 11 male dressing rooms accommodating 33 persons, 9 female dressing rooms accommodating 27 persons, technical staff available
  • climate control: heating, no air-conditioning
  • availability: available for hire

Small Stage

  • type of venue: drama theatre
  • main use: theatre performances
  • seating: 92 seats total
  • performing area: 8m W x 8m D x 2.45m H flat stage floor
  • suspension equipment: overhead pipe grid for suspension of masking and lighting
  • soft hangings: black legs and borders
  • lighting: installed according to need
  • sound: Soundcraft 16-channel mixer, power amplifiers and loudspeakers, 2 microphones
  • stage equipment: shared with Main Stage, technical staff available
  • backstage: 1 dressing room accommodation 2 persons
  • climate control: heating, air-conditioning
  • availability: available for hire

See also

Slovene National Theatres

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