The Yugoslav Drama Theatre from Belgrade gave a visiting performance of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet directed by Aleksandar Popovski on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at the CNT in Zagreb.
This is a continuation of the cooperation between the two theatres that was renewed last year when the Serbian theatre gave a visiting performance of The Imaginary Invalid by Molière directed by Jagoš Marković in January 2016 and the CNT in Zagreb visited Belgrade in June 2015 and performed The Wolfhound by Miroslav Krleža directed by Ivica Buljan.
The cast is: Nebojša Glogovac, Jasna Đuričić, Nikola Rakočević, Jovana Stojiljković, Goran Šušljik, Vlasta Velisavljević, Bojan Dimitrijević, Miloš Samolov and Boris Milivojević.
The stage director is Aleksandar Popovski after the dramaturgy of Goran Stefanovski; the composer is Kiril Džajkovski, the sets were created by NUMEN and Ivana Jonke, the costumes were designed by Maria Marković, Lana Cavar and Timy Šarec are authors of video projections, Sonja Vukićević was responsible for stage movement and Ljiljana Mrkić Popović for stage narration.
According to the words of dramaturge Goran Stefanovski this Hamlet questions the war fever, paranoia and foreign policy. The director Popovski chose Nebojša Glogovac for the leading role – he is one of the most prominent movie and theatre actors in the region. Hamlet is a tragedy, but a crisis leads to dissolution. A dead sea and a dead environment do not lead to dissolution. Hamlet is born every few years and this is why he returns and rises from the grave. Hamlet represents processes, the opening of new chapters; Hamlet arrives in order to point out injustice, to enlighten and stir the ghosts. Hamlet comes together with the ghosts to upset everything; this is the reason why he continuously keeps coming back … And, he brings the spring. I am convinced that injustice cannot go on forever; once it will certainly hit a wall. This will be soon. The world cannot be standing on injustice for too long. It seems to me that this is the time to correct injustice, says the stage director Aleksandar Popovski.
The Macedonian stage director Aleksandar Popovski directed more than 30 performances; works by Federico García Lorca, Daniil Harms, Dejan Dukovski, William Shakespeare, Biljana Srbljanović, J. B. P. Molière, A. P. Chekhov, Georg Büchner, Bram Stoker, Cervantes, A. M. Koltès, Goran Stefanovski, August Strindberg, Henrik Ibsen, Mikhail Bulgakov, Christopher Hampton, Vladimir Mayakovski, Carl Sternheim and many others. At the Yugoslav Drama Theatre he directed Voltaire’s Candide: or Optimism and Ovid’s Metamorphoses. At the CNT in Zagreb he directed Shakespeare’s drama Twelfth Night or As You Will in 2012. He is a regular guest artist in Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece, Denmark, Austria, Turkey, Sweden, Italy, etc. This adaptation of Hamlet had its premiere in September 2016 on the stage Ljuba Tadić of the Yugoslav Drama Theatre.