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Edmond Rostand

Cyrano de Bergerac

Original title: Cyrano de Bergerac
Freely adapted by Martin Crimp
First Slovenian production

Director

Tin Grabnar

13 April 2024
Main Stage

Creators

Creative team

TRANSLATOR

Boštjan Gorenc

Drama Igralec: Boštjan Gorenc | odpri ustvarjalca

DRAMATURG

Rok Andres

Drama Igralec: Rok Andres | odpri ustvarjalca

DRAMATURG CONSULTANT

Ana Duša

Drama Igralec: Ana Duša | odpri ustvarjalca

LANGUAGE CONSULTANT

Tatjana Stanič

Drama Igralec: Tatjana Stanič | odpri ustvarjalca

SET DESIGNER

Sara Slivnik

Drama Igralec: Sara Slivnik | odpri ustvarjalca

COSTUME DESIGNER

Tina Bonča

Drama Igralec: Tina Bonča | odpri ustvarjalca

ASSISTANT COSTUME DESIGNER

Nina Čehovin

Drama Igralec: Nina Čehovin | odpri ustvarjalca

COMPOSER

Leon Firšt

Drama Igralec: Leon Firšt | odpri ustvarjalca

REPETITEUR

Iztok Kocen

Drama Igralec: Iztok Kocen | odpri ustvarjalca

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Borut Bučinel

Drama Igralec: Borut Bučinel | odpri ustvarjalca

MAKE-UP DESIGNER

Julija Gongina

Drama Igralec: Julija Gongina | odpri ustvarjalca

Cast

Domen Novak

Lignière

Nina ValičDrama Igralec: Nina Valič | odpri igralca

Leila Ragueneau

Uroš FürstDrama Igralec: Uroš Fürst | odpri igralca

De Guiche

Gašper Lovrec

Valvert, Soldier, Audience

Klemen JanežičDrama Igralec: Klemen Janežič | odpri igralca

Montfleury, Sword Judge, Soldier, Audience

Saša Pavlin Stošić

Marie Louise, Theater Owner, Soldier, Audience

Rok ViharDrama Igralec: Rok Vihar | odpri igralca

Innkeeper, Bore, Priest, Soldier, Audience

Who’s the man we always back?
Cyrano de Bergerac.

Who can take the fucking flak?
Cyrano de Bergerac.

Who is it that twats attack?
Cyrano de Bergerac.

Cyrano de Bergerac is known all over the place as a brilliant warrior who can take on an army of ferocious soldiers single-handedly. By defying the Parisian grandees and publicly defending civil liberties, he has almost achieved celebrity status as a proud rebel. He is also notorious for his virtuoso verse-smithing. He seems to be able to twist the pen even more skilfully than the sword. He can penetrate with his words to the greatest depths of the subtle feminine soul which he understands better than many a seventeenth-century lover. But Cyrano de Bergerac has a very big nose. It is his nose, like some huge and insurmountable barrier, that hinders his way to true love. He is desperately in love with the picky beauty Roxanne, but he simply never confides in her. What could end as a beautiful Renaissance romance turns into one of the greatest tragic love stories in the history of world literature.

Contemporary English playwright Martin Crimp has rewritten one of the classics of French literature. Using rhymed lines that play with elements of rap and spoken word poetry, he has redefined the rules of the rhymed language in drama. He has juxtaposed elevated language and the profane, and thus unleashed a conflict between the protagonists. They compete to find out who can rhyme better and more adeptly. In Parisian high circles, you are only worth something if you can coin a line extremely well. Using these meta-theatrical procedures, Martin Crimp manages to stab lightly at the socio-political circumstances of the French Renaissance, which he wittily parallels with the twenty-first century, using laconic observations. His linguistic masterpiece gradually coalesces around the question of beauty and beauty ideals while various humorous peripeteia unfold. It explores the shame and anger felt by our fellow humans because our appearance does not match the unattainable social norms. In a time of rampant narcissism, Crimp therefore asks how to live a genuinely fulfilled life.

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