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Marko Mandić, Bojan Jablanovec

MandićCircus

Director

Bojan Jablanovec

Opening night

6 May 2022
Main Stage

Duration:

95 minutes

»History: the devil in us, in me, in you.«
(Peter Handke: Storm Still; MandićCircus, role no. 63)

Ten years after the premiere of MandićMachine (on 25 June 2011, at the Old Power Station, Ljubljana), and as its 100th repeat performance is approaching, the award-winning show is now followed by MandićCircus performance. Due to the content of the original project, the idea for a sequel to MandićMachine was conceptually inscribed at its onset. At its inception, MandićMachine included a compilation of 37 stage roles created by Marko Mandić in the period from 1996 to 2010. It was conceived as a showcase of Mandić’s genre-wise extremely diverse acting creations, a kind of living museum of theatre and performance aesthetics, in which the quoted characters retained their physical characteristics, original lines, stage elocution, typical situations, original costumes, props and music. MandićCircus, however, is not just an addition to the series of acting quotations and refuses to be described as a continuation of MandićMachine.
MandićCircus is a new and fresh start: it comprises all the roles that Mandić has created since the beginning of his stage acting career in 1996 until May 2021, totalling 91 acting creations. Although it follows the original conceptual premise of MandićMachine (»The actor as a machine for the production of emotions, the actor as a medium of identification, the actor as a body of fascination.«), it is not a continuation but a consequence of Mandić as a machine for the production of emotions. MandićCircus transcends the logic of the living museum of performance arts aesthetics – it is rather a subjectivised history uploaded and fermented in the memory, intimacy, consciousness and body of the creator, actor and performer, who reflects with his body and presence, who manipulates emotion, who offers himself elusively for identification, and who is kept alive by his fascination with theatre.
In Circus, Mandić ruthlessly squares it out with the actor and the performer, the artist and the narcissist, the exhibitionist and the voyeur, the divine and the banal, the pathology of ambition and the misery of success … In doing so, he is as unforgiving of himself as he is of the spectator – they both establish and enable a Faustian theatre-inherent consensus that is, in its essence, no different from the ideological apparatus of the state. On the contrary: the state and the theatre alike – be it when they criticise or praise – are media for the production of ideological fiction. Or, as Pascal Rambert puts it in Love’s End: » … it is not the world that is bad, it is the fiction in which we enclose it that makes it repulsive.« (MandićCircus, role no. 64) This schizophrenic noose, which is increasingly tightening around the neck of the individual and slowly eroding the chair on which he stands in the name of community, inclusivity, political correctness, etc., is also gushing out of Mandić’s solo.
In his Circus of egomaniac subjectivisation, Mandić selectively appropriates from everything he has ever uttered on stage and in his performances, regardless of who wrote it, when or why. Everything he has ever uttered, performed, acted, shouted, recited, scanned, sweated out, internalized, or extracted – all of it has shaped his unique habitus, and all of it spews out onto the spectacle-like surface of the Circus. »My dignity is a smirk … Followspot me, cunt!« (Wajdi Mouawad: Scorched; MandićCircus, role no. 89) The only objective fact establishing a conceptual foundation of the project is Mandić’s biography, comprising 91 acting creations from 1996 to 2021. MandićCircus strictly follows the chronology of their making.
Bojan Jablanovec

Roles in order of appearance
1_Joey, Horovitz: The Indian Wants the Bronx, d. M. Koležnik, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 1996
2_Herald / Chorus, Sofokles: Antigone, d. J. Lorenci, AGRFT, Mrtvo gledališče, LGL, 1996
3_Plunk, Williams: The Class Enemy, d. V. Zidar, AGRFT, 1997
4_God Dionysus, Bogdanovski: Bacchanalia, d. S. Horvat, PDG Nova Gorica, AGRFT, 1998
5_Orestes, Evripid: Iphigenia, d. M. Hočevar, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 1998
6_Marko, Borgeson, Long, Singer: The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged), d. B. Cavazza, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 1998
7_Aleš M., Zupančič: Vladimir, d. M. Zupančič, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 1999
8_Tommy, Welsh, Gibson: Trainspotting, d. E. M. Binder, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 1999
9_Ferdinad, Shakespeare: The Tempest, d. J. Kica, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 2000
10_Andrija, Srbljanović: Family Stories, d. M. Latin, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 2000
11_Actor, Three Products Noordung, d. D. Živadinov, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 2000
12_Lucas, Barker: Ursula, d. J. Pipan, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 2000
13_Cassio, Shakespeare: Othello, d. E. Miler, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 2001
14_Apollo, Novak: Cassandra, d. D. Jovanović, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 2001
15_Tinker, Kane: Cleansed, d. J. Lorenci, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 2001
16_Christian, Vinterberg, Rukov, Hansen: The Celebration, d. M. Koležnik, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 2001
17_Todd, Churchill: Far Away, d. M. Hočevar, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 2002
18_Kostya, Głowacki: The Fourth Sister, d. S. Unkovski, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 2002
19_Pig, Walsh: Disco Pigs, d. I. Djilas, Glej Theatre, 2002
20_Bob, Kureishi: Outskirts, d. M. Latin, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 2002
21_Marko Mandić, Via Negativa: Starting Point Anger, d. B. Jablanovec, Via Negativa, 2002
22_Konstantin Gavrilovich Treplev, Chekhov: The Seagull, d. N. Milivojević, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 2003
23_Orlando, Shakespeare: As You Like It, d. S. Horvat, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 2003
24_Adam, LaBute: The Shape of Things, d. M. Koležnik, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 2003
25_Jason, Müller: Medea Material, d. I. Buljan, Mini teater, Cankarjev dom, 2003
26_Jupien / Dechambre / Duc de Châtellereault, Proust: Remembrance of Things Past, d. D. Jovanović, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 2004
27_Performer, Via Negativa: More, d. B. Jablanovec, Via Negativa, 2004
28_Hippolytus, Racine: Phaedra, d. F.-M. Pesenti, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 2004
29_Prosecutor / Father Piasy, Dostojevski, Korun: The Brothers Karamazov, d. M. Korun, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 2004
30_Tchrimekundan, Tibetan Ihamo Play: Tchrimekundan or The Unblinded, d. J. Lorenci, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 2005
31_Fiance, Koltès: The March / Song og Songs, d. I. Buljan, Mini teater, HNK Reka, 2005
32_Ibn Tahir, Bartol: Alamut, d. S. Horvat, SNT Drama Ljubljana, Salzburger Festspiele, 2005
33_Marko Mandić, Via Negativa: Would Would Not, d. Bojan Jablanovec, Via Negativa, 2005
34_Serpuhovskoy, Tolstoj: Anna Karenina, d. D. Jovanović, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 2006
35_Freder, Bruckner: Pains of Youth, d. M. Koležnik, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 2006
36_Marko Mandić, Via Negativa: Viva Verdi, d. B. Jablanovec, Via Negativa, Kampnagel Hamburg, Eurokaz Zagreb, HNK Opera Zagreb, 2006
37_Polybus, Svetina: Oedipus in Corinth, d. I. Buljan, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 2006
38_Osvald Alving, Ibsen: Ghosts, d. E. Miler, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 2007
39_Strnen PhD, Cankar: Romantic Souls, d. S. Horvat, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 2007
40_Friedrich Wetter, Count von Strahl, Kleist: Ordeal by Fire, d. F.-M. Pesenti, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 2007
41_Baltasar, Hieng: The Conqueror, d. D. Jovanović, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 2008
42_Louis, Lagarce: It’s Only the End of the World, d. P. Calvario, SNT Drama Ljubljana, Mini teater, Cie Philippe Calvario, 2008
43_Macbeth, Müller: Macbeth After Shakespeare, d. I. Buljan, Mini teater, Cankarjev dom, 2009
44_…, the one who ate his name, Mirčevska: The Gorge, d. A. Kovač, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 2009
45_Peter, Horvat, Kopač, E. N. Lampič: A Passage to Jajce, d. S. Horvat, SNT Drama Ljubljana, SNT Nova Gorica , 2009
46_Al, Koltès: Sallinger, d. I. Buljan, Théatre National de Bretagne, Rennes, Mini teater, Kazalište Hotel Bulić, 2009
47_Marko Mandić, Via Negativa: Extract Mandić, Via Negativa, 2009
48_Marko Mandić, Via Negativa: Viva Mandić, d. B. Jablanovec, Via Negativa, 2009
49_De Flores, Middleton, Rowley: The Changeling, d. L. Davies, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 2009
50_Roberto Zucco, Koltès: Roberto Zucco, d. P. Calvario, SNT Drama Ljubljana, Cie Philippe Calvario, 2009
51_Al, Salinger, Koltès: Ma & Al, d. I. Buljan, Mini teater, Kazalište Hotel Bulić, 2009
52_Mikhail Vasilievich Platonov, Chekhov: Platonov, d. V. Taufer, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 2010
53_Volker, Sperr: Hunting Scenes from Bavaria, d. I. Buljan, PG Kranj, 2010
54_Maria Antoinetta, Maria Antoinetta, d. M. Filipčič, OSUM, 2010
55_The Beggar / The Confessor, Strindberg: To Damascus, d. A. Popovski, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 2010
56_Bassanio, Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice, d. E. Miler, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 2011
57_Urgentino, Barker: Scenes from an Execution, d. L. Davies, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 2011
58_Marko Mandić, Via Negativa: MandićMachine, d. B. Jablanovec, Via Negativa, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 2011
59_Karlinc, Šalamun: I, After Whom Ljubljana Can Be Named – Poker, d. I. Buljan, Mini teater, 2011
60_Leone Glembay, Krleža: The Noble Glembays, d. I. Buljan, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 2012
61_Dealer, Koltès: In the Solitude of the Cotton, d. I. Buljan, Mini teater, MG Ptuj, EPK Maribor, 2012
62_Hamlet, Shakespeare: Hamlet, d. E. Miler, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 2013
63_Gregor, “Jonatan”, Handke: Storm Still, d. I. Buljan, SNT Drama Ljubljana, SSG Trst, 2013
64_Marko, Rambert: Love’s End, d. I. Buljan, Mini teater, MG Ptuj, Zadar snova, 2013
65_Caligula, Camus: Caligula, d. V. Taufer, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 2013
66_Performer Via Negativa: Last Rehearsal for the Generation, d. Bojan Jablanovec, SNT Drama Ljubljana, Via Negativa, 2014
67_Leo Naptha, Mann: The Magic Mountain, d. M. Koležnik, SNT Drama Ljubljana, SSG Trst, 2014
68_Maks, Cankar: The King of Betajnova, d. E. Miler, SNT Drama Ljubljana, Drama SNT Maribor, 2014
69_Hector, Homer: The Iliad, d. J. Lorenci, SNG Drama Ljubljana, MGL, Cankarjev dom, 2015
70_Tom Buchanan, Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby, d. I. Buljan, MGL, 2015
71_Vladan Vojnović: Yugoslavia, My Country, d. Ivica Buljan, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 2015
72_He, the hunger, Hamsun: Hunger, d. J. Pipan, Mini teater, MG Ptuj, 2015
73_Bruno, Houellebecq: The Elementary Particles, d. I. Buljan, Dubrovačke ljetne igre, 2015
74_Pylade, Pasolini: Pylade, d. I. Buljan, La MaMa Theater New York, 2015
75_Tarzan, rokgre: Tarzan, d. E. N. Lampič, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 2016
76_Atreus, Seneka: Thyestes, d. I. Buljan, Mini teater, Zadar snova, Silba Art radionice, 2016
77_Andrej Arnož, Jančar: Dissident Arnož and His Followers, d. D. de Brea, SNT Drama Ljubljana, Drama SNT Maribor, 2016
78_Andrei Nikolayevich Bolkonsky / Musician / Black Man / Soldier / Dead Man, Tolstoy: War and Peace, d. S. Purcărete, SNT Drama Ljubljana, MGL, Cankarjev dom, 2017
79_Actor, Bible, the First Attempt, d. J. Lorenci, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 2017
80_Jerman, Cankar: The Serfs, d. J. Pipan, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 2017
81_Marko Mandić, Jurišić, Mandić: Together, Via Negativa, Pekinpah, Kino Šiška, 2018
82_Roger / The old man, Genet: The Balcony, d. I. Buljan, Residenztheater München, 2018
83_Baron Naletel, Linhart: The Marry Day of Matiček’s Wedding, d. J. Kica, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 2018
84_Poet / Hauptmann Sterngrüber / Interrogator, Svetina: In the Name of the Mother, d. I. Buljan, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 2018
85_Licht, a clerk, Kleist: The Broken Jug, d. V. Taufer, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 2019
86_Ryumin, Gorki: Summerfolk, d. E. Titov, Salzburger Festspiele, 2019
87_He, Romero Nunes, Haug: Neverland, d. A. Romero Nunes, SNT Drama Ljubljana, Thalia Theater Hamburg, 2019
88_Actor, 2020, d. I. Buljan, SNT Drama Ljubljana, MGL, Cankarjev dom, 2020
89_Nihad, Mouawad: Scorched, d. N. Rajić Kranjac, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 2020
90_Gleb Chumalov, Müller: Cement, d. S. Horvat, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 2021
91_The Night Writer, Fabre: The Night Writer, d. J. Fabre, SNT Drama Ljubljana, 2021

Creators

Creative team

CO-PRODUCER

Via Negativa

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PROJECT IDEA AND DEVELOPMENT

Marko Mandić, Bojan Jablanovec

Drama Igralec: Marko Mandić, Bojan Jablanovec | odpri ustvarjalca

CONCEPT BY

Bojan Jablanovec

Drama Igralec: Bojan Jablanovec | odpri ustvarjalca

SET DESIGNER

Matej Stupica

Drama Igralec: Matej Stupica | odpri ustvarjalca

COMPOSER

Samo Kutin

Drama Igralec: Samo Kutin | odpri ustvarjalca

SOUND DESIGNER

Eduardo Raon

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VIDEO

Matej Stupica, Stella Ivšek, Jure Lavrin

Drama Igralec: Matej Stupica, Stella Ivšek, Jure Lavrin | odpri ustvarjalca

LIGHTING DESIGNERS

Bojan Jablanovec, Mojca Sarjaš

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