One Song a Day Takes Mischief Away

Inspired by Krešo Golik’s screenplay for one of the most popular films in Croatian cinema history, which was based on Vjekoslav Majer’s The Diary of Little Perica (1942), Rene Medvešek will direct a theatrical potpourri reconstructing the dying spirit of Zagreb. The play follows the European theatrical practice of treating cult films as cultural treasures, in order to inspire new generations of viewers. The story takes place in the Zagreb Upper Town between the two world wars. The Šafranek family lives there comfortably, carrying out their white-collar jobs, frequenting cafes and going on day trips. The daily rhythm that Little Perica keeps record of will be disrupted by the arrival of a charming bachelor, Mr Fulir. Franjo is a clerk who is trying unsuccessfully to prove to his wife that he is smarter and more capable than he is. He is hiding the fact that he’s a coward who does… više

Gypsy, Yet So Handsome

The protagonists of Novak’s brilliant novel make up an incredible and masterfully fictionalized gallery of characters that we find reflected in contemporary fears. A young Romany man Sandokan, aka Sandi, falls in love with Milena from Međimurje, a white woman from the neighboring village of Sabolščak. Divorced and in her late forties, she has been unfairly fired at work and returns to her childhood home, where she must take care of her stubborn grandfather. Nuzat, a Kurd from Mosul, has left his family and his country that is ravaged by war, and is in search of a better life in Calais. Plančić, the Zagreb Police Department PR, has been sent to the field and instructed to cover up a murder that could explode into great violence and a major political scandal. A Croatian Homeland War veteran keeps a fragile peace in the village, and a policeman in the twilight of his career is obsessed… više

King Lear

One of the most sublime works of world dramatic literature, Shakespeare’s King Lear was written between 1603 and 1606. More than the aging king himself, the main character here is the storm: a real, dangerous and resounding storm of natural cycles, depicting the fragility of our lives and the overwhelming force of the universe in which we are but a droplet. Shakespeare set the tale in ancient Britain and as the source for the story he used the second edition of Holinshed’s Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland, published in 1587. The story opens as the elderly King Lear is deciding to give up the throne and divide his realm amongst his daughters. His plan is to give the largest piece of his kingdom to the daughter who loves him the most. Goneril and Regan flatter their father, but the youngest, Cordelia, surprises him by saying that love cannot be expressed with empty words. Enraged,… više

Peer Gynt

Peer, you’re lying! are the famous words of Peer’s mother which open Henrik Ibsen’s play Peer Gynt. It had its world premiere in Oslo in 1867, Ibsen having written most of the text during his stay in Italy, shortly after leaving Norway. The protagonist of the five-act play is the antihero Peer: a liar, an adventurer, a romantic, the son of the once rich and highly regarded merchant Jon Gynt, who became a drunk and lost all his money, leaving Peer and his mother in poverty. In the first act Peer arrives at a wedding where he notices the tender and innocent Solveig and falls in love with her at first sight. However, she refuses to dance with him because of his bad reputation. He gets drunks and kidnaps the bride, a girl from a wealthy family, and spends the night with her in the mountains. As a fugitive, Peer leaves the abducted bride and roams the mountains, coming upon the kingdom… više

Correcting Rhythm

Do only those who stop feeling the rhythm of a crime get hurt? Why did his hands shake as he opened the newspaper? Was the acceleration of the rhythm the only way out? In the 2017/2018 season we are proud to present to you  Correcting Rhythm – a co-production of BADco. collective, the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb and the Dubrovnik Summer Festival. The performance, taking its lead from Pavao Pavličić’s The Good Spirit of Zagreb, will be directed by Goran Sergej Pristaš. It will be staged at the CNT sound studio, the venue located on the balcony level looking onto Marshal Tito Square. During the performance the venue turns into an observatory for rhythmanalysis, as proposed by the French philosopher Henri Lefebvre in his work Rhythmanalysis: Space, Time and Everyday Life, where he describes a view through a window as a simultaneous position in the interior and the exterior;… više