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Svetlana Makarovič

Bloody Smokers

Original title: Prekleti kadilci

Theatre concert

Adaptation by creators of the performance; concept by Tin Grabnar and Brina Klampfer

Director

Tin Grabnar

Opening night

6 April 2018
Small Stage

Duration:

120 minut z odmorom

The staging of Bloody Smokers has been labelled a theatre concert, since it involves a combination of a concert format and typical elements inherent to a theatre performance. The stage music unobtrusively breaks into scenes, and vice versa. In the process, reflecting about smoking and smoking-related issues is constantly punctuated by the hints from the life and work of the Slovenian first lady of nicotine, Svetlana Makarovič.
Makarovič is a most sincere and uncompromising Slovenian torch bearer, who has always struck a chord with the problems of contemporary society. She has exposed bitterly every form of deception, perfidiousness, parvenu behaviour and self-seeking vanity. Her use of language has been compared to a perfectly sharpened knife, pointed and precise, even when dealing with the notions of beauty, goodness, tenderness and affection. In her short satirical pamphlet Bloody Smokers, Makarovič presents a genesis of the smoking bunch in order to tackle the opponents of smoking. Using her acerbic sense of humour, she presents a world history of tobacco to illustrate her clever views on the issues related to smoking, starting at the moment of the creation of the world, moving on to the ambitious Christopher Columbus who brought the tobacco curse to Europe, all the way to exposing a nicotine-infested euphoria of the 20th century, and pausing at the dark, glazed smoking rooms of our time. By doing so, Makarovič succeeds in presenting the increasingly topical issue of intolerance from different angles, exposing intolerance as a state of mind that invariably targets a certain social group, and is, ultimately, manifested and defined by its desire to overwhelm it.
Being intolerant to smokers can, at some point, turn into a metaphor for a general feeling of intolerance inherently present in contemporary society. This kind of intolerance may easily become fuelled and turned into hatred. It remains open, however, whether such emotions should be repressed or acknowledged. Negative emotions are part of our psychological universe too. Is it better perhaps to acknowledge and express them rather than supress them? Svetlana Makarovič presents her views with an unrelenting conviction: »People who are unable to hate are unable to love too!« What kind of stance is one to take of this complex issue?
Tin Grabnar

Creators

Creative team

AUTHORS OF SONGS

Jani Kovačič, Svetlana Makarovič

Drama Igralec: Jani Kovačič, Svetlana Makarovič | odpri ustvarjalca

COMPOSER

Boštjan Gombač

Drama Igralec: Boštjan Gombač | odpri ustvarjalca

DRAMATURGS

Brina Klampfer, Darja Dominkuš

Drama Igralec: Brina Klampfer, Darja Dominkuš | odpri ustvarjalca

SET DESIGNER

Dorian Šilec Petek

Drama Igralec: Dorian Šilec Petek | odpri ustvarjalca

COSTUME DESIGNER

Sara Smrajc Žnidarčič

Drama Igralec: Sara Smrajc Žnidarčič | odpri ustvarjalca

LANGUAGE CONSULTANT

Tatjana Stanič

Drama Igralec: Tatjana Stanič | odpri ustvarjalca

CHOREOGRAPHER

Anja Mejač

Drama Igralec: Anja Mejač | odpri ustvarjalca

COACH

Ana Erčulj

Drama Igralec: Ana Erčulj | odpri ustvarjalca

LIGHTING DESIGNERS

Dorian Šilec Petek, Vlado Glavan

Drama Igralec: Dorian Šilec Petek, Vlado Glavan | odpri ustvarjalca

MUSIC NOTATION

Blaž Pucihar

Drama Igralec: Blaž Pucihar | odpri ustvarjalca

Cast

Nina ValičDrama Igralec: Nina Valič | odpri igralca

Smoker, Anti-smoker, vocal, flute

Janez ŠkofDrama Igralec: Janez Škof | odpri igralca

Smoker, Anti-smoker, vocal, accordion

Pia ZemljičDrama Igralec: Pia Zemljič | odpri igralca

Smoker, Anti-smoker, vocal, piano

Aljaž Jovanović

Smoker, Anti-smoker, vocal, guitar, piano

Awards

2018

Nina ValičStane Sever Fund Award

Festivals

2019

28th Days of Comedy

MIT – Montenegro International Theatre Festival, Cetinje, Montenegro

2018

Kunigunda Festival, Velenje

53th Maribor Theatre Festival

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