Slovene National Theatre Maribor

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Slovensko narodno gledališče Maribor (SNG Maribor)
http://www.sng-mb.si/
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Slovenska 27, SI-2000 Maribor
Phone386 (0) 2 250 6100
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Danilo Rošker, Director
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Phone386 (0) 2 250 6185
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Diana Koloini, Artistic Director, Drama
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Simon Krečič, Artistic Director, Opera
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Edward Clug, Artistic Director, Ballet
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Alja Predan, Director of Borštnik Theatre Festival
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Past Events
  • 21 October to 22 October 2017
    A concert by the Orchestra and Choir Fondazione Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi di Trieste and the opera choir of the Slovene National Theatre Maribor at Teatro Verdi Trieste in Trieste/Trst, Italy
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  • 20 October 2017
    Medea, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at Gavella City Drama Theatre in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 7 July to 8 July 2017
    A ballet based on Mikis Theodorakis' Zorba the Greek, produced by Slovene National Theatre Maribor, in Oderzo, Italy
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  • 31 May 2017
    Reasons to Be Happy directed by Mateja Kokol, produced by Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at Pula City Theatre in Pula, Croatia
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  • 25 May 2017
    Radio and Juliet by Edward Clug, performed by the ballet ensemble of the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia London, at Woolwich Town Hall in Greenwich, United Kingdom
  • 11 May 2017
    An Old-Fashioned Comedy, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at Pliberk Cultural Centre in Bleiburg/Pliberk, Austria
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  • 10 April 2017
    Peer Gynt, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at Hungarian State Opera in Budapest, Hungary
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  • 10 February to 12 February 2017
    Immaculata, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at Teatro Español in Madrid, Spain
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  • 22 January 2017
    Peer Gynt, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at Janáček Theatre in Brno, Czech Republic
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  • 10 January 2017
    Swan Lake, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at Teatro Comunale Luciano Pavarotti in Modena, Italy
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  • 8 January 2017
    Swan Lake, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor at Teatro Municipale di Piacenza in Piacenza, Italy
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  • 20 December 2016
    Forever Young, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at Slovene Permanent Theatre in Trieste in Trieste/Trst, Italy
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  • 16 December 2016
    Reasons to Be Happy, produced by Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at Croatian National Theatre Varaždin in Varaždin, Croatia
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  • 11 December 2016
    TAKE IT SLO(w) SONNTAG, or Ein kultureller Brunch events including a photo exhibition by Urban Cerjak, a literary reading and discussion with Davorin Lenko, a reading with poet Andrej Hočevar and the music programme: the lieder interpreted by Martina Burger (soprano) from Slovene National Theatre Opera and Ballet Ljubljana, Luka Ortar (bass-baritone) (SNG Maribor), and Vladimir Mlinarić (piano) from Ljubljana Academy of Music, organised by Periskop in cooperation with the Slovenian Cultural Centre in Berlin, at Lettrétage in Berlin, Germany
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  • 20 October 2016
    The Cherry Orchard by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor at the FEST(IN) pe Bulevard International Theatre Festival, supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Bucharest, at Odeon Theatre in Bucharest, Romania
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  • 15 October 2016
    Forever Young, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at Kulturni dom Pliberk in Bleiburg/Pliberk, Austria
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  • 15 July to 17 July 2016
    Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faun and Carmen, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at the 67th Dubrovnik Summer Festival at Island of Lokrum in Dubrovnik, Croatia
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  • 8 July to 9 July 2016
    Turandot, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at the Festival Opera in Pizza Giuseppe Di Stefano in Oderzo, Italy
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  • 26 June 2016
    Hedda Gabler, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at the 43rd Infant International Festival of Alternative and New Theatre at Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad, Serbia
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  • 17 June 2016
    The Cherry Orchard, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at Croatian National Theatre Zagreb in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 3 June to 18 June 2016
    Ubu Roi and Democracy, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana, and Forever Young, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at the 40th Fadil Hadžić Satire Days at Kerempuh Satirical Theatre in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 28 May 2016
    Peer Gynt, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 23 April 2016
    Peer Gynt, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at the 15th Dance Open International Ballet Festival at Alexandrinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, Russia
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  • 20 April 2016
    The ballet Radio and Juliet, performed by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 22 March to 23 March 2016
    The ballet Radio and Juliet, performed by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at Teatro Brancaccio in Rome, Italy
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  • 14 February 2016
    Giselle, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at Teatro Municipale Piacenza in Piacenza, Italy
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  • 12 February 2016
    Giselle, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at Teatro Grande Brescia in Brescia, Italy
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  • 10 February 2016
    Giselle, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at Teatro Comunale"Giuseppe Verdi" in Pordenone, Italy
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  • 27 November to 28 November 2015
    Dracula, co-produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at Fondazione Teatro Due in Parma, Italy
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  • 28 October 2015
    Scandal in St. Florian Valley, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at Zagreb Youth Theatre in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 11 October 2015
    Hedda Gabler, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at the 30th Gavella Evenings at Gavella City Drama Theatre in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 25 September to 3 October 2015
    Dracula, co-produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at Zagreb Youth Theatre in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 13 September 2015
    Stabat mater & Le Sacre du printemps, produced by Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at Gare du Midi in Biarritz, France
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  • 11 July to 30 July 2015
    Concerts by the Slovene Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Uroš Lajovic, and the Slovene Octet, Dangerous Liaisons and Requiem for 2 Chairs & Stabat Mater, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, and The Other at the Same Time by Matija Ferlin (Emanat Institute) at the 66th Dubrovnik Summer Festival at In front of St. Blaise’s Church, Rector’s Palace Atrium, Ruđer Bošković Square in Dubrovnik, Croatia
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  • 10 July to 11 July 2015
    Aida, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at the International Festival Opera in Piazza Giuseppe Di Stefano in Oderzo, Italy
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  • 3 July 2015
    The ballet Radio and Juliet, performed by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at the MusicaSens Festival at Place Jean Jaurès in Sens, France
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  • 27 June 2015
    Zorba the Greek, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at the 63rd Festival de Wiltz in Wiltz, Luxembourg
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  • 14 May 2015
    The Night Porter, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at Istrian National Theatre in Pula, Croatia
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  • 7 May 2015
    Hedda Gabler, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at the 22nd International Small Scene Theatre Festival Rijeka at Croatian House of Culture in Sušak in Rijeka, Croatia
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  • 27 March 2015
    The ballet Radio and Juliet performed by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor at Teatro Comunale di Carpi in Carpi, Italy
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  • 12 March 2015
    The Night Porter, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at Istrian National Theatre in Pula, Croatia
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  • 16 February 2015
    Le Sacre du printemps, a neoclassical ballet produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at Zimniy Teatr in Sochi, Russia
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  • 16 February 2015
    Wedekind 's Lulu, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at Novi Sad Theatre in Novi Sad, Serbia
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  • 15 November 2014
    Gogol's The Government Inspector, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at Istrian National Theatre in Pula, Croatia
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  • 17 October to 5 November 2014
    Aida, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, touring Japan, supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Tokyo, in Fukuoka, Hachioji, Jokosuka, Kanazawa, Kobe, Kofu, Maebashi, Mito, Musashino, Nagoja, Nerima, Niigata, Omiya, Osaka, Tokyo, Japan
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  • 6 October to 15 October 2014
    The Dresser, produced by Slovene National Theatre Maribor, and Tobelia, co-produced by the Eẋ Ponto International Festival, at the Biennial of the Montenegrin Theatre, supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Podgorica, in Podgorica, Montenegro
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  • 14 September 2014
    Conference of the Birds, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at the 22nd International Festival Theatre Plzeň at Peklo Hall in Plzeň, Czech Republic
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  • 18 July to 22 August 2014
    Concerts by the Slovene Octet, pianist Bojan Gorišek, Tartini String Quartet, and Dangerous Liaisons , produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at the 65th Dubrovnik Summer Festival in Dubrovnik, Croatia
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  • 1 July to 5 July 2014
    She, produced by Ljubljana Puppet Theatre and The Night Porter, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at the Golden Lion - the international festival of the chamber theatre in Umag, Croatia
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  • 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
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  • 7 June to 2 July 2014
    Georges Bizet's opera Carmen produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor tours Japan, supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Tokyo, in Aichi, Aomori, Chiba, Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Hokkaido, Iwate, Kanagawa, Mie, Miyagi, Nagano, Osaka, Saitama, Shizuoka, Tokyo, Toyama, Japan
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  • 17 May to 18 May 2014
    Giselle, a ballet produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at Teatro Regio di Parma in Parma, Italy
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  • 2 May to 8 May 2014
    Othello, produced by Ljubljana City Theatre (MGL), and The Forest Ends Here, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at the 21st International Small Scene Theatre Festival Rijeka at Croatian House of Culture in Sušak in Rijeka, Croatia
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  • 13 April 2014
    Dangerous Liaisons , produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 28 March 2014
    Dangerous Liaisons produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor staged at Slovene Permanent Theatre in Trieste/Trst, Italy
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  • 2 March 2014
    Radio & Juliet and Tango, choreography made by Edward Clug and produced by Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at Teatro Comunale Luciano Pavarotti in Modena, Italy
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  • 21 February 2014
    Ibsen's John Gabriel Borkman, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at Croatian National Theatre Varaždin in Varaždin, Croatia
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  • 28 January to 29 January 2014
    Whoever Hopes Will Never Give Up, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at Slovene Permanent Theatre in Trieste in Trieste/Trst, Italy
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  • 3 January to 4 January 2014
    The Forest Ends Here and The Government Inspector, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor at Zagreb Youth Theatre in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 19 October 2013
    Ibsen's John Gabriel Borkman produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor closing the Gavella Evenings at GDK Gavella in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 18 October to 20 October 2013
    The ballets Radio and Juliet and Don Quixote performed by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor at the Savcor Ballet Festival at Concert and Congress hall Mikaeli in Mikkeli, Finland
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  • 18 July to 22 August 2013
    Performances - Euripides's Medea, directed by Tomaž Pandur (Pandur.Theaters), Plato's Trial of Socrates, directed by Tomi Janežič, and Prokofjev's ballet Romeo and Juliet, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, and a concert by violinist Lana Trotovšek and pianist Simon Lane, at the 64th Dubrovnik Summer Festival 2013 at Lovrjenac Fort, Rector's Palace Atrium, Ruđer Bošković Square in Dubrovnik, Croatia
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  • 17 June to 19 June 2013
    Marlene Dietrich, produced by the Prešeren Theatre Kranj, and The Forest Ends Here, by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at the 14th International Festival of the Chamber Theatre in Umag, Croatia
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  • 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
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  • 2 June to 3 June 2013
    Odysseus co-produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor at the Sterijino Pozorje Festival at SNP in Novi Sad, Serbia
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  • 9 May 2013
    The ballet Radio and Juliet by Edward Clug, performed by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor at the Festival O Boticário de Dança at Teatro Guaira in Curitiba, Brazil
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  • 7 May 2013
    The ballet Radio and Juliet by Edward Clug, performed by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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  • 5 May 2013
    The ballet Radio and Juliet by Edward Clug, performed by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor at the Festival O Boticário at Ibirapuera Auditorium in São Paulo, Brazil
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  • 24 April 2013
    The ballet Watching Others produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor at Amilcare Ponchielli Theatre in Cremona, Italy
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  • 19 April to 20 April 2013
    The ballet Sacre du Printemps by Edward Clug and produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor at the Dance Open - International Ballet Festival at Alexandrinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, Russia
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  • 9 April to 10 April 2013
    Ballets Songs for the Mating Season, Nychthemeron, and the opera Black Masks produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor at the Music Biennale Zagreb at Croatian National Theatre Zagreb, Zagreb Youth Theatre in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 12 March 2013
    Odysseus co-produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor at Akzent Theater in Vienna, Austria
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  • 1 March 2013
    The ballet Hommage à Stravinsky performed by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor at Slovene Permanent Theatre in Trieste in Trieste/Trst, Italy
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  • 7 February to 8 February 2013
    Odysseus co-produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor at Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad, Serbia
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  • 11 December to 12 December 2012
    Hillary the Witch Goes to the Opera, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor at Slovene Permanent Theatre in Trieste in Trieste/Trst, Italy
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  • 22 November to 24 November 2012
    Odysseus co-produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor at Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad, Serbia
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  • 8 November 2012
    The Woman I Used to Read to performed by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor in Bleiburg/Pliberk, Austria
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  • 7 November to 11 November 2012
    Odysseus co-produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor at GDK Gavella in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 20 July to 30 July 2012
    Odysseus by Goran Stefanovski, co-produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor at Minor fortress in Mali Brijun, Croatia
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  • 13 July to 14 July 2012
    L’elisir d’amore, an opera by Gaetano Donizetti, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor at the Festival - Opera in Piazza Giuseppe Di Stefano in Oderzo, Italy
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  • 30 June 2012
    The ballet Radio and Juliet by Edward Clug, performed by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor at the Osijek Summer of Culture in Osijek, Croatia
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  • 30 June to 4 July 2012
    The Woman I Used to Read to, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, and Mirka, Živka and Dadakice, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor and KUD Moment at the Golden Lion - International chamber theatre festival in Umag, Croatia
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  • 24 May 2012
    The Conference of the Birds directed by Jernej Lorenci, produced by Slovene National Theatre Maribor on Days of Muci Festival at Atelje 212 Theatre in Belgrade, Serbia
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  • 11 May 2012
    P. Marber's Closer directed by Dino Mustafić, produced by Slovene National Theatre Maribor at Istra National Theatre in Pula, Croatia
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  • 27 April 2012
    Radio & Juliet choreography by Edward Clug, produced by Slovene National Theatre Maribor at the Festival Nomus at Srpsko narodno pozorište in Novi Sad, Serbia
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  • 18 December 2011
    Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, or What You Will directed by Janusz Kica produced by Slovene National Theatre Maribor at Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 18 November to 20 November 2011
    Twelfth Night, or What You Will directed by Janusz Kica produced by Slovene National Theatre Maribor at Slovene Permanent Theatre in Trieste in Trieste/Trst, Italy
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  • 10 November 2011
    Don Juan produced by Slovene National Theatre Maribor presented at Cultural House in Pliberk/Bleiberg in Bleiburg/Pliberk, Austria
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  • 9 November 2011
    Janko in Metka produced by Slovene National Theatre Maribor at the Puppetry Festival at HKD Theatre at Sušak in Rijeka, Croatia
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  • 15 July to 16 July 2011
    Madame Butterfly by Puccini presented by the ensemble of the Slovene National Theatre Maribor at the festival Opera in Piazza in Oderzo, Italy
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  • 16 June to 26 June 2011
    Ema Kugler, Dunja Zupančič and Miha Turšič presented in Performer + Space = Performative Space curated by Tomaž Toporišič (Section of Countries & Regions); Belinda Radulović presents a costume from A Journey to Rome (Caravaggio) SNG Maribor in the Extreme Costume Design Section at the the 11th Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space in Prague, Czech Republic
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  • 17 May to 19 May 2011
    Molière's Don Juan directed by Boris Cavazza, Marber's Closer directed by Dino Mustafić and Brecht's A Respectable Wedding directed by Mateja Koležnik, produced by Slovene National Theatre Maribor, guest presentations in the cycle of European theatre at the Zagreb Youth Theatre at ZKM (Zagrebačko kazalište mladih) in Zagreb, Croatia
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One of three state-owned theatres in Slovenia, the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, commonly known by its Slovene acronym, SNG Maribor, was established as a professional theatre in 1919. It is organised into five units: Drama, Opera, Ballet, Symphony orchestra, and the annual Borštnik Theatre Festival. The Slovene National Theatre has five venues: Grand Hall, Old Stage, Small Stage, Chamber Stage and Casino Hall.

Richard Galliano - Gallianissimo - Maribor Festival 2010 - Photo Dejan Bulut.JPG


History

In its over 90-year-long history, SNG Maribor has presented more than 900 premières of dramatic works, 450 operas and 100 ballets – a comprehensive programme realised by over 700 authors and collaborators.

In 1978, a series of renovations of the SNG Maribor building began, which were realised in several stages over a period of 25 years. In 1994 the Grand Hall was added to the existing building and in 2003 the Old Hall was renovated.

Drama

Theatre activity in Maribor began in 1785, when the first theatre hall was organised, which mainly presented works by travelling theatre groups. The building was enlarged in 1864 and has remained practically the same since then. Until 1919, the building was the home of the German professional drama and opera theatre, when the Dramatic Society, established in 1909, moved to the existing theatre building and formed the first Slovene professional theatre with a permanent drama ensemble. The opening première was Josip Jurčič's Tugomer directed by the first director of SNG Maribor Hinko Nučič.

In the period before World War II, the theatre focused on Slovene playwriting, but also staged some world classics, mainly expressionist. After WWII and simultaneous with the city's industrialisation, the programme took on a more socially-critical emphasis, staging mainly Russian socialist realist plays. During the following decades the programme consisted of contemporary authors (Osborne, Camus, Brecht) and a number of new Slovene playwrights. In 1989 Tomaž Pandur, who brought the name of SNG Maribor Drama to the theatre world, became director and created a number of visually distinctive performances (La Divina Commedia, Carmen, Faust, Hamlet). Widely praised for his poetics, Pandur's performances have toured extensively across the world (Vienna, Dresden, Saint Petersburg, Brussels, Cuidad de Mexico, Caracas, etc.).

In 1966, the Week of Slovenian Theatre festival was organised for the first time and in 1971 was renamed to Borštnik Meeting, the central Slovene theatre festival in which all the Slovene drama theatres compete for different awards. Each year, the highest award for acting achievement, the Borštnik Ring, is awarded.

Opera

The history of the SNG Maribor Opera Company goes back to 1919 when a small company staged mostly operettas. The operas were regularly given form the season 1922/23 onwards but gradually ceased because of the lowered subventions. Operas were staged again after World War II (1947). The small ensemble consists of soloists (members were such renown singers as Janez Lotrič, Sabina Cvilak, and Petya Ivanova), a chorus, and a symphonic orchestra.

Ballet

The first ballet staging, Možiček, took place in 1926. However, the first evening-length ballet performance premièred only in 1949, when Leo Delibes's Coppelia was choreographed by Maks Kirbos. The ensemble included around 20 dancers. The programme included new ballet works by foreign as well as Slovene choreographers.

Programme

Drama

The programme of the SNG Maribor Drama presents both classical and contemporary dramatic texts, including works by Slovene dramatists (Ivan Cankar, Slavko Grum, Anton Tomaž Linhart, Dominik Smole, Tone Partljič, Drago Jančar, Rudi Šeligo) as well as international playwrights. Many original Slovene texts staged at SNG Maribor are national premières. The theatre annually presents around 7 new productions, while the repertory commonly consists of around 12 performances. The stagings of SNG Maribor Drama comprise elements of traditional dramatic theatre with contemporary post-dramatic approaches. The theatre's programme oscillates between unconventional and radical stagings and communicative, popular genres, such as spectacle, comedy, and performance art. At present the ensemble comprises 27 permanent members. The theatre continually collaborates with established Slovene directors of a younger and middle generation, such as Janusz Kica, Jernej Lorenci, Mateja Koležnik, Ivana Djilas, Sebastijan Horvat, Diego de Brea, etc.

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SNG Maribor Drama is regularly included in the programmes of major Slovene theatre festivals, such as the Borštnik Theatre Festival or Slovene Drama Week, where its performances as well as individual members of the ensemble are often awarded the highest recognition from the expert as well as the wider audience. The theatre also appears abroad. The 2008 production An Intimate Self-Portrait of Frida Kahlo [Intimni avtoportret Fride Kahlo], directed by Ivana Vujić, received 3 awards at the International JoakimInterFest 2008 in Serbia, namely for direction, visual concept, and the audience award; the 2009 production Wind in the Pines. Noh plays [No-igre. Veter v vejah borov], directed by Jernej Lorenci, received the Best Direction Award at the Golden Lion Festival Umag, while the actress Nataša Matjašec received the Borštnik Ring Award at the 2009 Borštnik Theatre Festival, where the performance Peer Gynt, directed by Janusz Kica, was also awarded twice, namely for set design (Marko Japelj) and acting achievement (Branko Šturbej).

The 2009/10 season programme of SNG Maribor Drama emphasised the re-examination of the traditions of 20th-century historical avant-gardes. The texts selected for the repertoire originated from the periods of symbolism (Maeterlinck's Blue Bird), futurism (the project with the working title Futurism based on texts by Marinetti and his contemporaries), and surrealism (a love comedy with songs Bepop based on Boris Vian's play Head of Medusa and That Obscure Object of Desire based on Luis Buñuel's film of the same title). The programme also includes Patrick Marber's play Closer [Od blizu] and Dominik Smole's Antigone [Antigona], the re-staging of which will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first institutional staging of this very important Slovene play.

Opera

The SNG Maribor Opera ensemble stages a mostly standard operatic programme, centred around Italian 19th-century opera (especially Verdi and composers form the verismo period). Operettas and musicals comprise a standard part of the repertoire as well as operas by Slovene composers (Pavle Merku, Tomaž Svete, Viktor Parma). In the last years standard concepts of productions have often been replaced by the productions of the younger generation of Slovene stage directors (Diego de Brea, Vito Taufer, Ivica Buljan). Opera in SNG Maribor enjoys a reputation of being the first opera company in the state whose expertise can be confirmed by regular appearances by visiting international guest performers and the regular touring of its productions (to Croatia, Austria, Italy, Luxemburg, Taiwan, etc.) – see also SNG Maribor Symphony Orchestra.

Marij Kogoj's opera Black Masks (written in 1924–1927) was directed by Janez Burger and performed by the joint ensembles of the SNG Maribor and Slovene National Theatre Opera and Ballet Ljubljana as an opening performance of the Maribor, European Capital of Culture 2012 programme.

Ballet

The SNG Maribor Ballet ensemble cooperates with the Opera and Drama ensembles in its productions and produces around 2 ballet performances per year. The ensemble, led by the Romanian dancer and choreographer Edward Clug, hosts many guest dancers and choreographers from other countries. During the last decade, Edward Clug has put SNG Maribor Ballet on the international map of ballet companies with his stagings of innovative and highly expressive ballet performances, which are nevertheless firmly rooted in ballet tradition, among others, the highly successful Tango (1998), Lacrimas (2002) and Radio and Juliet (2005), Prêt-à-porter (2008), etc. Edward Clug received the Prešeren Foundation Award in 2005 and the Glazer Award in 2008 for achievements in the area of contemporary dance.

Radio and Juliet featured the music of the British rock band Radiohead and appeared in numerous festivals in Europe and America (Le temps d'aimer in Biarritz (FR), Dance Festival Tel Aviv (IL), Arts Festival Singapore, Festival of Firsts and Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival (US)), later also in New York (2011), Croatia, Serbia (2012), Brazil and Finland (2013)).

In 2006, Architecture of Silence [Arhitektura tišine], a dance-music performance directed by Clug and accompanied by the music by the Slovene composer Milko Lazar, was realised in co-production with the SNG Opera and Ballet Ljubljana and Festival Ljubljana Public Institute. The performance brought together the ballet and opera ensembles as well as the symphonic orchestras of the two major national ballet and opera houses in Slovenia. Another co-production between the two houses took place in November 2009, when La Bayadère [Bajadera], choreographed by Rafael Avnikjan following the original choreography by Marius Petipa and directed by Aleksej Baklan, premièred in the Grand Hall of SNG Maribor.

SNG Maribor Ballet productions have been presented world-wide, for example, in Austria, Columbia, Luxembourg, Hungary, Israel, Portugal, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Singapore, the USA, and so on.

See also

Slovene National Theatres

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