Marko Mandić, Bojan Jablanovec
SNG Drama Ljubljana and Via Negativa
Première 16. junij 2022, Mala Drama
The first Slovenian performance
Running time 1 hour 55 minutes. No intermission.
Concept and director Bojan Jablanovec
Set designer Matej Stupica
Composer Samo Kutin
Sound designer Eduardo Raon
Video designers Matej Stupica, Stella Ivšek, Jure Lavrin
Lighting designers Bojan Jablanovec, Mojca Sarjaš
Costume selectors Marko Mandić, Bojan Jablanovec
Following the brilliant opening of MandićCircus on 6 May 2022 on the Main Stage of the Ljubljana Drama, MandićCircus (Dressed) was arranged by the creators as a reinterpretation of the original production for the Small Stage. MandićCircus project which includes dozens of roles from the beginning of Mandić’s professional acting career in 1996 until May 2021, set a mirror to itself immediately after its premiere. Realizing fully the power of the context and the circumstances of performing, the creative team with director Bojan Jablanovec has prepared a new staging – with an extra bit, suggested in the title to emphasise the most obvious difference, creating a field of intrigue and speculation about the difference itself and the reasons for the change of title. MandićCircus (Dressed) is a reconsideration of the strategies of performance and the power of interpretation, as well as a test of Marko Mandić’s acting madness. As he set out of reinvent himself as a medium, an actor and the author of all the ninety-one roles he has played on the stage, he has (re)invented the role of the absolute actor testing the limits of his body and soul. If MandićCirkus is a nonchalant gesture of subjectivised history in which the actor "unreservedly confronts the actor and the performer, the artist and the impostor, the exhibitionist and the voyeur, the divine and the banal, the pathology of ambition and the misery of success", MandićCircus (Dressed) implies the same gesture, but with the power of a peculiarly comic, even farcical persiflage. With the surprising production of new meanings, it cuts into the very critique of the production of ideological fiction with new intensity.
After graduating from AGRFT in 1989 and working as a director in repertory theatres for several years, he decided after 1999 to pursue his own artistic vision. In 2002, he founded Via Negativa, which focuses on the exploration of the relationship between performer and spectator and on the development of creative processes and production models. To date, together with an international team of collaborators, he has created more than 60 projects, grouped into three thematic cycles: Seven Deadly Sins, Via Nova and Irresolvable. In 2012, he founded the VN laboratory for contemporary performing arts. He is the initiator and founder of the portal for reflection on contemporary performance art, Neodvisni, and the founder and head of program of the PARL - Performance Art Research Ljubljana.
Slovenian National Theatre Drama Ljubljana is the oldest theatre institution in the country, founded by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia. It is the central Slovenian repertory theatre house and one of the culturally most influential institutions in the region, with a permanent and internationally recognized 44-member ensemble. Drama's repertory includes classical, contemporary and experimental theatre productions.
Via Negativa is a platform for research, development and production of contemporary performing arts. It focuses on the research and creation of different strategies of stage performance, with an emphasis on the ethics and liveliness of performance practices, procedures and genres.