Katarina Morano, Žiga Divjak

Seven Days

Ljubljana City Theatre


26.06.2021, Saturday / 20:00 / Old Hall /

World premiere September 19th 2019, Big Stage LCT
Running time 2 hours 30 minutes. One intermission. 

A discussion after the performance on Old Hall SNT Maribor.

Director Žiga Divjak
Dramaturg Katarina Morano
Set designer Barbara Kapelj
Costume designer Tina Pavlović
Video Domen Martinčič
Composer Blaž Gracar
Lighting designer Boštjan Kos
Language consultant Martin Vrtačnik
Assistant director (as student) Žiga Hren
Stage manager Borut Jenko
Prompter Neva Mauser Lenarčič

Jette Ostan Vejrup
Matej Puc
Mojca Funkl
Ajda Smrekar
Lotos Vincenc Šparovec
Iztok Drabik Jug
a. g. 

People and animals are alike in many ways. Our common characteristic is, for instance, the primal fear – the fear of death. During evolution, both humans and animals were endowed with inherent survival instincts striving to keep us alive. However, humans, in contrast to animals, are the only beings aware of death’s inevitability, the only beings aware that they will have to die. Only time separates us from death – limited time, to be precise. However, for most of us, it is impossible to predict how much time is in question, which bestows priceless value on the time which is given to us. The basic premise of the auteur performance Seven Days is the feeling that our constant hurry to ensure ourselves a better or calmer future can often make us lose our grip. And then another day goes by. The performance tackles the lives of ordinary people who are doing their best to survive week by week, hoping it will not extend to year by year. It is a performance about ordinary people who are burdened with the idea of cultivating their "gardens" (even though they’ve not been thriving for a long time, or ever), even though their world is heading for a disaster. Those people strive to survive so badly that they sometimes almost forget that they are still alive. Seven Days is an omnibus of fates with whom we are sharing streets, as well as blocks of flats, office desks, cashier lines in shopping malls, changing rooms at swimming pools, toilets in our favourite bar; it is an omnibus of fates, with which we line up at tables in popular restaurants, the fates with whom we share our fate.  





Žiga Divjak (b. 1992) entered the Slovenian theatre scene (still as a student) with the series of events and performances titled Right Before the Revolution (2013–2015) that toured in Germany and Croatia and for which the Prešeren Award was bestowed upon him by the Academy for Theatre, Radio, Film and Television (AGRFT) in Ljubljana. Even after his studies, his socially engaging position remained the central impetus of his creative work, which has so far led him to direct at the Mladinsko Theatre, Maska Institute, Prešeren Theatre Kranj, Cankarjev dom and AGRFT, Drama Ljubljana and Ljubljana City Theatre. His susceptible and attentive way of approaching social questions brought him a Borštnik Award for direction for The Man Who Watched the World (Mladinsko Theatre) in 2017, while the original staging project 6 (in coproduction with Maska and Mladinsko Theatre in the scope of The New Post Office programme), which he directed, won the Borštnik grand prix for the best theatre production.


The Ljubljana City Theatre has been founded by the City of Ljubljana in 1949 as the second dramatic theatre in Ljubljana. Today, with an ensemble of 35 actors, 12 opening nights per season and over 100 people employed, the Ljubljana City Theatre is the second largest Slovenian theatre. 


Seven Days <em>Photo: Peter Giordani</em>
Photo: Peter Giordani
Seven Days <em>Photo: Peter Giordani</em>
Photo: Peter Giordani
Seven Days <em>Photo: Peter Giordani</em>
Photo: Peter Giordani
Seven Days <em>Photo: Peter Giordani</em>
Photo: Peter Giordani