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Andrej Hieng

The Conqueror

Original title: Osvajalec

Director

Dušan Jovanović

Opening night

22 March 2008
Main Stage

Duration:

135 minutes inc. intervals

Andrej Hieng’s The Conqueror takes place in Mexico at the time of the Spanish conquista. Don Felipe (based on the historical character of Hernán Cortés) conquers the country with only a small army and religious fervour. Eight years later, the situation starts to get complicated. Don Felipe and his soldiers celebrate their victory and wait for a messenger from Spain to arrive bearing Don Felipe’s appointment to viceroy. The formerly victorious soldiers are now exhausted, poor and taciturn. The country has turned into desert, the fields are barren, and the enslaved Indians are dying in huge numbers or fleeing to the mountains. The state is inefficient; chaos and decay are everywhere. Don Felipe, until now a loyal servant to the Spanish crown, has not taken into account the Spanish court’s intrigues—his world collapses upon learning that somebody else has been appointed viceroy. Once again he gathers his forces and begins a new conquest, only to return defeated and broken. Now it’s his son Baltasar’s turn to fight against the new world order (as a child he had taken part in his father’s invasions). Baltasar, however, fights not for high ideals but only for personal revenge. His rebellion is crushed and he is hanged.

The Conqueror is playwright and director Andrej Hieng’s first work for theatre. Its first production in 1970 »echoed« throughout the former Yugoslavia, and the play was awarded best Yugoslav play of the year. Despite its historical setting, the play speaks primarily about contemporary issues, particularly about the relationship between the individual and the state or authority. In interviews about the play, Hieng repeated that he had merely expressed some of his own intellectual distresses in dramatic form, just as other authors expressed them in essays or diaries. He found Spain and the historical development and collapse of its colonial empire to be an appropriate metaphor for the collapse of colonial empires in the 20th century.

Creators

Creative team

DRAMATURG

Katarina Pejović

Drama Igralec: Katarina Pejović | odpri ustvarjalca

SET DESIGNERS

Branko Hojnik, Mirsad Begić

Drama Igralec: Branko Hojnik, Mirsad Begić | odpri ustvarjalca

COSTUME DESIGNER

Jelena Proković

Drama Igralec: Jelena Proković | odpri ustvarjalca

COMPOSER

Drago Ivanuša

Drama Igralec: Drago Ivanuša | odpri ustvarjalca

LANGUAGE CONSULTANT

Barbara Korun

Drama Igralec: Barbara Korun | odpri ustvarjalca

Cast

Bojan EmeršičDrama Igralec: Bojan Emeršič | odpri igralca/Marko Okorn

Pablo

Jurij ZrnecDrama Igralec: Jurij Zrnec | odpri igralca

Secretary

Jure Henigman

Tall Man

Jure Henigman

Indian

Aljaž Jovanović

Stout Man

Aljaž Jovanović

Indian

Arna Hadžialjević

Margerita

Rok Kunaver

Rivera

Rok Kunaver

Indian

Awards

2009

Marko MandićPrešeren fund Award

Šelig Prize for Best Production

2008

Arna Hadžialjević – Borštnik Award for young actress

Festivals

2009

Week of Slovenian Drama in Kranj

2008

Maribor Theatre Festival

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