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Tankred Dorst

Merlin or The Waste Land

Original title: Merlin oder Das wüste Land

First Slovene production

Director

Aleksandar Popovski

Opening night

7 December 2016
Main Stage

Duration:

210 minutes inc. interval

Tankred Dorst, the doyen of contemporary German playwrights, conceived his comprehensive post-modernist dramatic utopia Merlin or The Waste Land in 1981. Using stories and characters originating in the legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table he explored the ideas of sovereignty, as well as those of human flaws that commonly undermine the ideal concepts. What is the shelf-life of a Round Table, around which the equal and noble knights striving for the benefit of humanity are seated? Is it possible to arrive at a world of no conflicts and wars at all? When dealing with human condition, why is it always necessary to possess a magic wand? What is the role of the Devil? Does he really possess supernatural powers, or is he only a human alter ego? This and many other issues will arise during a series of fantastic, playful scenes, packed with gallows-humor, ranging from cruelty to poignancy, theatrically lavish and utterly magical too.

When trying to redefine the concept of democracy and liberal capitalism, and look for the best connection between these three words, it might be interesting if we sought for a solution that included magic. It seems interesting indeed to call for help the knights and wizards who would defend »the good«.
Once upon a time we used to have traditional local enemies, who were generally members of other nations and countries. Today, our biggest enemy is considered our own nation. We are split into a progressive and conservative camp, patriots and traitors, believers and atheists, former partisans and fascists. Generally speaking, we are split into two groups according to all possible criteria. We are constantly split into two groups by the referendums on all sorts of issues. Each side is ready to fight for their own version of the truth until the very end. There is no solution. Unless, some kind of Lancelot or Merlin appeared out of the blue, or anyone else for that matter, who would use their magic power to resolve a conflict in which we ended up.
 Merlin is an epic poem about knights and wizards, and about utopia … We live in hope that the ultimate winner will be the good.
Aleksandar Popovski

Creators

Creative team

IN COOPERATION WITH

Ursula Ehler

Drama Igralec: Ursula Ehler | odpri ustvarjalca

ADAPTED BY

Patricia Benecke, Patrick Driver

Drama Igralec: Patricia Benecke, Patrick Driver | odpri ustvarjalca

TRANSLATOR

Urška Brodar

Drama Igralec: Urška Brodar | odpri ustvarjalca

DRAMATURG

Darja Dominkuš

Drama Igralec: Darja Dominkuš | odpri ustvarjalca

SET DESIGNER

Branko Hojnik

Drama Igralec: Branko Hojnik | odpri ustvarjalca

COSTUME DESIGNER

Jelena Proković

Drama Igralec: Jelena Proković | odpri ustvarjalca

COMPOSER

Marjan Nečak

Drama Igralec: Marjan Nečak | odpri ustvarjalca

CHOREOGRAPHER

Žigan Krajnčan

Drama Igralec: Žigan Krajnčan | odpri ustvarjalca

LANGUAGE CONSULTANT

Tatjana Stanič

Drama Igralec: Tatjana Stanič | odpri ustvarjalca

LIGHTING DESIGNERS

Aleksandar Popovski, Branko Hojnik, Metod Novak

Drama Igralec: Aleksandar Popovski, Branko Hojnik, Metod Novak | odpri ustvarjalca

MAGIC CONSULTANTS

Ravil Sultanov, Nataša Sultanov

Drama Igralec: Ravil Sultanov, Nataša Sultanov | odpri ustvarjalca

MAKE-UP ARTIST

Anja Godina Rančič

Drama Igralec: Anja Godina Rančič | odpri ustvarjalca

WIG DESIGNER

Julija Gongina

Drama Igralec: Julija Gongina | odpri ustvarjalca

ASSISTANT DRAMATURG

Lejla Švabič

Drama Igralec: Lejla Švabič | odpri ustvarjalca

ASSISTANT COSTUME DESIGNER

Neli Štrukelj

Drama Igralec: Neli Štrukelj | odpri ustvarjalca

ASSISTANT CHOREOGRAPHER

Gašper Kunšek

Drama Igralec: Gašper Kunšek | odpri ustvarjalca

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (STUDENT)

Jan Krmelj

Drama Igralec: Jan Krmelj | odpri ustvarjalca

ASSISTANT SET DESIGNER (STUDENT)

Nastja Miheljak

Drama Igralec: Nastja Miheljak | odpri ustvarjalca

Cast

Silva ČušinDrama Igralec: Silva Čušin | odpri igralca

The Devil

Tina VrbnjakDrama Igralec: Tina Vrbnjak | odpri igralca

Young king Arthur; Sir Kay

Branko ŠturbejDrama Igralec: Branko Šturbej | odpri igralca

Sir Kay; King Arthur

Tadej Toš

The Clown

Saša MihelčičDrama Igralec: Saša Mihelčič | odpri igralca

The giantess Hanne; Herzeloide

Klemen JanežičDrama Igralec: Klemen Janežič | odpri igralca

Sir Lancelot

Filip Samobor

Percival

Rok ViharDrama Igralec: Rok Vihar | odpri igralca

Sir Gawain

Matija RozmanDrama Igralec: Matija Rozman | odpri igralca

Sir Lamorak

Gašper Jarni

Sir Orilus

Matic Lukšič

Sir Mordred

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