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Drama International

In the 2024/25 season, the SNT Drama Ljubljana will continue to strengthen its well-established exchanges with theatres from the region, while some new collaborations will be initiated as well. The audience in Ljubljana will be invited to enjoy guest productions by the Slovak National Theatre (Slovenské národné divadlo), Bratislava, the Yugoslav Drama Theatre (Jugoslovensko dramsko pozorište), Belgrade, the City Drama Theatre Gavella (Gradsko dramsko kazalište Gavella), Zagreb, and the Zagreb Youth Theatre (Zagrebačko kazalište mladih, ZeKaeM). Some of our productions are planned to tour internationally as well. Our activities are focused on active participation in the UTE network (Union des Théâtres de l’Europe, Union of European Theatres), since in 2023 we joined eleven theatres of this important network. The members include many famous European theatres, such as Piccolo Teatro di Milano, Théâtre National du Luxembourg, Teatro Nacional São João (Porto) and Narodowy Stary Teatr (Krakow). The Union was founded in 1990 by the distinguished stage director and Piccolo Teatro manager Giorgio Strehler and Jack Lang, French Minister of Culture, as the first association of its kind to strengthen and facilitate the exchange of productions, good practices and theatre makers, and to promote European art. In the previous season, as part of the UTE programme, we toured with our co-production Prometheus ’22 at the 10th Theatrical Olympiad at the Thália Színház in Budapest, the Gyulai Várszínház, the Finisterra Festival in Porto, the Teatrul National de Opera si Balet “Oleg Danovski” in Constanta, and the Kolozsvári Állami Magyar Színház in Cluj. As part of the UteFest, which took place in Cluj on the occasion of the network’s General Assembly, we also presented The Children. In the 2023/24 season, the Drama toured with other productions as well: Cabaret Casper was selected for the Croatian Marulić Days Festival (Split), where Marjan Nečak was awarded the Marula Prize for best direction; our production of Every Brilliant Thing was selected for the International Festival of Chamber Theatre “Golden Lion” (Umag,), and won the grand prix; MandićCircus was invited to the Perforations Festival in Zagreb and the Desiré Central Station Festival in Subotica. Our production of The Great Dictator toured with great acclaim at the Yugoslav Drama Theatre in Belgrade. At the end of the 2023/24 season, The Children was presented at the Small Scene Theatre Festival in Rijeka; the original project Alice: Some Soliloquies on the Unbearableness of Time toured the Croatian National Theatre in Varaždin; MandićCircus was presented at the Zadar Monodrama Festival. Within its budget and scheduling abilities, the SNT Drama Ljubljana remains committed to maintaining international contacts, and regularly participates in prestigious international festivals and hosts notable productions by our partner theatres.

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