Serbian National Theatre, Novi Sad, RS

A. P. Chekhov: THE SEAGULL

Director, Set and Light Designer: Tomi Janežič

based on the translation by Kirill Taranovsky

Main stage of Tamási Áron Theatre
03/20 Friday 17 h
03/21 Saturday 16 h

6 h 30 min with 3 intermissions
in Serbian with Hungarian, Romanian and English simultaneous translation

Since its premiere in 2012, international critics describe the performance as a theatre phenomenon; a theatre essay on art, creativity and human relationships; a detailed study of Chekhov’s play. A sixteen months creative process of professors and ex-students encountering questions of life, theatre and acting. Performance as a group process using different strategies and perspectives and exploring the role of different media in theatrical art to awaken topics of Chekhov’s play in its uncensored version which vibrates as fresh and actual as it did more than one hundred years ago.

Tomi Janežič (born: 1972)
One of the most interesting theatre directors and researchers of acting of his generation, and has been internationally recognized as one of the experts in the field of creative acting techniques. He teaches acting and theatre directing at the University of Ljubljana’s (Slovenia) Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television. He is the director of the Studio for Research on the Art of Acting in Ljubljana. “Theater may be a space for reflection on the essence. Today, there is almost no space for authentic thinking left. Maybe the purpose our performance is to give people a reason to spend some time together contemplating our lives.”

At the end of the performance there is not what we call applause. It’s a collective celebration. ”
Réka Bíró, Budapest

Theatre as it should be done. Not only in Serbia but in any European country.”
Ivan Jovanović, Serbia

An exclusive piece of art wich transcends conventional borders of theatre becoming life itself.”
Ana Tasić, Serbia

(…) If you stop and think about it you can see that space for authentic thinking almost doesn’t exist anymore today. Maybe our performance also wants to set/ask that kind of question. Maybe its purpose is to give people a reason to spend some time with ourselves – longer than usual, because the performance will last for six or seven hours – contemplating our lives. On the other hand, the play is trying to pose questions about acting and the theater procedures mentioned earlier, about creativity and art in general, etc. I am returning to the question of the aliveness and uniqueness of the theatre and to the subject of past and present moments. It is a fact that in theatre rarely do we have the opportunity to feel the power of an inspirational performance by an actor, as it can happen in rehearsals when there are interesting, intense creative processes and talented actors. I’m not sure that it is that much different when compared to some past times, when the actor was treated as some kind of medium.”
Tomi Janežič

Most awarded international theatre phenomenon of the Serbian National Theatre
Invitations to a dozen of international festivals in 2013 and 2014 (including Zagreb, Timisoara, Novi Sad, Skopje, Ljubljana, Belgrade’s BITEF, Sarajevo’s MESS, Budapest’s Spring Festival, Firenze’s Fabbrica Europa, Sankt Peterburg, New York, etc.) and more than two dozens of international awards (including Grand prix “Golden Laurel Wreath” Award for the best performance, BITEF’s and MESS’s audience awards, awards of national and international juries of the International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC) for the best performance and multiple awards for acting and directing).

Jasna Đuričić: Irina Nikolayevna Arkadina
Filip Đurić: Konstantin Gavrilovich Treplev
Dušan Jakišić: Peter Nikolayevich Sorin
Milica Janevski: Nina Mikhailovna Zarechna
Deneš Debrei: Ilya Afanasyevich Shamrayev
Draginja Voganjac: Paulina Andreyevna
Ivana Vuković: Maria Ilynichna Masha
Boris Liješević: Boris Alexeyevich Trigorin
Boris Isaković: Yevgeny Sergeyevich Dorn
Dimitrije Dinić simulating Semyon Semyonovich Medvedenko
Jovan Živanović: Jacob, worker, dog, curtain
Milica Trifunović: prompter, maid
Tijana Marković: prompter, maid
Dušan Mamula: various functions

Dramaturgy: Katja Legin
Costume Designer: Marina Sremac
Composer: Isidora Žebeljan
Sound design: Tomaž Grom
Musicians: Aleksandar Ružičić, Borislav Čičovački, Nenad Marković, Isidora Žebeljan, Boban Stošić, Goran Kostić, Ivan Marjanović, Boban Stošić, Goran Kostić, Ivan Marjanović

Set co-designer: Željko Piškorić
Assistant director: Dušan Mamula, Dimitrije Dinić
Assistant costume designer: Snežana Horvat
Stage Manager: Zoltan Bešenji
Film, editing: Tomi Janežič
Collaborator in editing: Branislav Klašnja
Cameraman: Srdjan Đurić
Sound: Uroš Stojnić
Technicians: the theatre’s team

Poster design: Tomi Janežič, Katja Legin, Srdjan Đurić
Producer: Elizabeta Fabri
Lightning technicians: Miroslav Čeman, Marko Radanović
Sound master: Dušan Jovanović
Music recording: Zoran Marinković


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