Text adaptation: Oliver Frljić, Marin Blažević
Dramaturgy: Marin Blažević
Costumes: Sandra Dekanić
Stage: Igor Pauška
Light: Dalibor Fugošić
Artistic advice: Aenne Quiñones
Director's assistant: Barbara Babačić
Production management: Hannes Frey
Cast: Barbara Babačić, Daša Doberšek, Uroš Kaurin, Dean Krivačić, Jerko Marčić, Nika Mišković, Dragica Potočnjak, Matej Recer, Blaž Šef
In Croatian with English and Polish subtitles
Does not art currently tend to define itself predominantly as a contribution to general consensus? Should it not be a form of anti-consensus? Should it not be an anarchic counter-project opposing present political and economic systems and vested interests?
A Croatian director Oliver Frljić was inspired by the 100th birthday of Peter Weiss to reread the latter’s seminal novel/essay The Aesthetics of Resistance. Although the book is set in the late 1930s, analogies with the current situation are conspicuous. The Aesthetics of Resistance is a monumental construct detailing the interrelationship of art and political power. Oliver Frljić’s stage adaptation explores the status quo of the world and in particular the situation of Europe: what sort of contemporary art and theatre do we need at a time when Europe is heading with increasing rapidity towards a new type of fascism? Well-known for his productions that ask inconvenient and politically provocative questions, Oliver Frljić already was a guest of the Festival of New Dramaturgies last year with Aleksandra Zec (HKD Theatre / Theatre Festival Rijeka). For his latest project, he draws on the joint ensembles of the Croatian National Theatre in Rijeka and the Mladinsko Theatre, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Director, author, actor and theatre theorist Oliver Frljić was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1976. He lives and works in Croatia, where he studied philosophy, religious studies and direction. In 1995 he founded Le Cheval Theatre with which he has already developed more than 40 projects. He also works for the Croatian Radio. Frljić has received numerous awards for his productions and has been invited to numerous international festivals; Stuckemarkt in Heidelberg, the theatre biennial “New Plays from Europe” in Wiesbaden and the BITEF Festival in Belgrade, among others. He collaborates with the Schauspielhaus in Graz, the the Schauspielhaus in Dusseldorf and the Hebbel am Ufer HAU in Berlin. He is director of the Croatian National Theatre in Rijeka.
He is an expert in bold revisions of the classics (including Spring Awakening, The Bacchae, The Three Sisters, Danton’s Death) and a creator of the spectacular, original projects, in which he deals with places attacked by trauma, in both its dimensions – the collective and private ones. Frljić acts as a ruthless sociotherapist, confronting the society with all that is difficult to understand and what is displaced, falsified.
For audiences aged 16 years and older