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Matjaž Zupančič

The Class

First production

Director

Mile Korun

Opening night

16 December 2006
Main Stage

Duration:

115 minutes

The Class (2005), Matjaž Zupančič’s latest play, is yet another example of the cleverness of this playwright in dealing with the burning questions of our everyday “globalized” life. The Class is a black comedy that hits a painful nerve the question of modern mysticism as it is created by contemporary technocracy and all-embracing management. We live in a world of manuals, recommended knowledge and required skills, all of which are necessary just to keep our heads above water in this merciless market-driven world, to prevent us from drowning along with abolished departments, outdated products and regressive ways of thinking. We have probably never lived so precariously in terms of employment: today we may have success and luxury or at least a more or less decent living wage but tomorrow everything could suddenly turn upside down. However exposed we are, though, we are not alone. Marketing experts have developed all kinds of systems and mechanisms to help us. There are therapists, stylists, experts in information technology, communications, marketing, transfers, and so on, who are trying to cloud our vision. And they are somehow on the right track, because we’re already floating in a haze of fear: fear of losing our jobs, of being incompetent, of coping with an insecure position in life.

In depicting these new mechanisms, Zupančič is both witty and poisonous. In his play, a candidate appears in front of the corporate experts for re-training the sole representative of an entire department which was to be abolished. He is slightly insecure and somewhat confused as to what is expected of him, but he’s determined to succeed and ready for anything. No sacrifice is too great if it means we can enter a happy, new class of people with jobs and a guaranteed income.

Creators

Creative team

DRAMATURG

Darja Dominkuš

Drama Igralec: Darja Dominkuš | odpri ustvarjalca

SET AND COSTUME DESIGNER

Janja Korun

Drama Igralec: Janja Korun | odpri ustvarjalca

CHOREOGRAPHER

Sinja Ožbolt

Drama Igralec: Sinja Ožbolt | odpri ustvarjalca

LANGUAGE CONSULTANT

Metka Damjan

Drama Igralec: Metka Damjan | odpri ustvarjalca

MUSIC BY

Laibach

Drama Igralec: Laibach | odpri ustvarjalca

Cast

Aleš Valič

Seminar leader

Ivo BanDrama Igralec: Ivo Ban | odpri igralca

Schultz

Polona JuhDrama Igralec: Polona Juh | odpri igralca

Therapist

Andrej Nahtigal

Janitor

Awards

2006

Grum award

Festivals

2007

Week of Slovenian drama in PG Kranj

Atelje 212 Belgrade

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