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Josif Brodski

Democracy!

A grotesque on the illusion named democracy

Original title: Демократия!

First Slovenian production

Director

Matjaž Zupančič

Opening night

25 September 2015
Small Stage

Duration:

115 minutes inc. interval

The poet and essayist Joseph Brodsky is one of the most emblematic figures of the second half of the 20th century – a dissident and self-educated Nobel Prize winner.
The play Democracy! (1991) was created after the fall of the Iron Curtain and is about a small totalitarian country which, due to the new historical circumstances, has to establish democracy overnight by decree. Brodsky draws both from his own experience of life under totalitarianism and his perspicuous observation of the paradoxes of the much praised Western democracy. The transition is an ideal time for the abuse of democracy and for serving the personal, mainly material interests of the political elite, who have access to sources of wealth while they generously throw breadcrumbs from their table down to the crowds. Brodsky’s humorous and unusually written play is a biting political satire and more than that – an open and uncompromising reflection on the mechanisms that drive postmodern society. The downfall of ideologies has also brought about a downfall of ideals, leaving behind only market mechanisms.

Creators

Creative team

TRANSLATOR

Ana Vipotnik

Drama Igralec: Ana Vipotnik | odpri ustvarjalca

ADAPTED BY

Matjaž Zupančič, Darja Dominkuš

Drama Igralec: Matjaž Zupančič, Darja Dominkuš | odpri ustvarjalca

DRAMATURG

Darja Dominkuš

Drama Igralec: Darja Dominkuš | odpri ustvarjalca

SET DESIGNER

Alen Ožbolt

Drama Igralec: Alen Ožbolt | odpri ustvarjalca

COSTUME DESIGNER

Bjanka Adžić Ursulov

Drama Igralec: Bjanka Adžić Ursulov | odpri ustvarjalca

SONGS AND ARRANGEMENTS BY

Jani Kovačič

Drama Igralec: Jani Kovačič | odpri ustvarjalca

LANGUAGE CONSULTANT

Tatjana Stanič

Drama Igralec: Tatjana Stanič | odpri ustvarjalca

MIME CONSULTANT

Andrés Valdés

Drama Igralec: Andrés Valdés | odpri ustvarjalca

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Vlado Glavan

Drama Igralec: Vlado Glavan | odpri ustvarjalca

COACH

Jože Šalej

Drama Igralec: Jože Šalej | odpri ustvarjalca

Cast

Jernej Šugman

Basil Modestovich, Head of State

Bojan EmeršičDrama Igralec: Bojan Emeršič | odpri igralca

Petrovich, Minister of the Interior

Jurij ZrnecDrama Igralec: Jurij Zrnec | odpri igralca

Gustav Adolfovich, Finance Minister

Silva ČušinDrama Igralec: Silva Čušin | odpri igralca

Cecilia, Minister of Culture

Barbara Ribnikar/Saša Pavlin StošićDrama Igralec: Saša Pavlin Stošić | odpri igralca

Matilda, the secretary

Festivals

2016

25th Days of Comedy, Celje

40th Fadil Hadžić Days of Satire, Zagreb, Croatia

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