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Goran Vojnović

The Fig Tree

Original title: Figa
World premiere of stage adaptation

Director

Luka Martin Škof

Opening nights

13 March 2021

On the Web

 

27 November 2021

Main Stage

Duration:

200 minutes inc. interval

The Fig Tree, the third in a series of highly acclaimed and award-winning novels by Goran Vojnović, deals with a wide range of topics that offer a comprehensive insight into the historical and social life circumstances of several generations of families living in the culturally and politically volatile Balkans. The leitmotif and trigger of the story is loss. Following his grandfather’s death and the suspicion of suicide, Jadran feels the need for a thorough research of his family history to make sense and re-evaluate his memories and his benign present. The novel, written in a strikingly rich language ranging from the juicy Yugoslav vocabulary to almost philosophical and poetic melancholy qualities – brings to light Safet who was unlawfully erased from the register of permanent residents of Slovenia, Jana’s dementia, Aleksandar and his struggling with the loss of his wife, Vesna’s coming to terms with her husband’s sudden departure, Jadran’s conformism and lost ideals, Anja’s privileged family pedigree, etc. The driving force charging the fragmentary structure – with many leaps in time and space stretching geographically all the way to Egypt and to the period before the Second World War – is love. The Fig Tree is therefore also a story of (love) relationships, inherited fear and yearning.
The main character, Jadran Dizdar, tries to makes sense of the (voluntary) departures of the people he loves by reconsidering and filling in the gaps in his family memory base. Due to the feeling of alienation, placed in his cradle, so to speak, he tries to formulate his identity by words as well. This kind of »manipulation«, presented by the first-person narrator of the novel, is extremely powerful and effective for the staging as well. The skeleton of the production arises from the exploration of the principles of narration and the subjective view connecting dialogue scenes and monologues. The stage adaptation adheres to the author’s associative logic of sequence of scenes, while organizing and making new sense of them. The key question of the novel about identity and the parts we play (in front of others and in front of ourselves) comes to life on stage in all its complexity and metaphorics.
Simona Hamer

Cast of the video projection
Domen Saša Tabaković
Jera Sabina Kogovšek
Tadeja Eva Jesenovec
Undertaker Vid Kozelj

Creators

Creative team

DRAMATIZATION

Simona Hamer

Drama Igralec: Simona Hamer | odpri ustvarjalca

STAGE ADAPTATION

Luka Martin Škof and actors

Drama Igralec: Luka Martin Škof and actors | odpri ustvarjalca

SET DESIGNER, AUTHOR OF THE SOUND DESIGN, SOUND RECORDING AND SOUND DESIGNER, AND VIDEO PROJECTION EDITOR

Luka Martin Škof

Drama Igralec: Luka Martin Škof | odpri ustvarjalca

DRAMATURG

Darja Dominkuš

Drama Igralec: Darja Dominkuš | odpri ustvarjalca

SET DESIGNER, DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY, CAMERAMAN AND VIDEO PROJECTION EDITOR

Miha Knific

Drama Igralec: Miha Knific | odpri ustvarjalca

COSTUME DESIGNER

Urška Recer

Drama Igralec: Urška Recer | odpri ustvarjalca

COMPOSER, SELECTOR OF MUSIC, ARRANGER, VOCAL COACH, AND SOUND DESIGNER OF THE VIDEO PROJECTION

Ivan Mijačević

Drama Igralec: Ivan Mijačević | odpri ustvarjalca

LIGHTING DESIGNERS

Metod Novak, Luka Martin Škof

Drama Igralec: Metod Novak, Luka Martin Škof | odpri ustvarjalca

LANGUAGE CONSULTANT

Tatjana Stanič

Drama Igralec: Tatjana Stanič | odpri ustvarjalca

SPEECH COACH FOR BOSNIAN, SERBIAN AND CROATIAN

Benjamin Krnetić

Drama Igralec: Benjamin Krnetić | odpri ustvarjalca

CAMERAMAN, ASSISTANT TO THE VIDEO PROJECTION DESIGNER

Sandi Skok

Drama Igralec: Sandi Skok | odpri ustvarjalca

CAMERAMAN

Vid Kozelj

Drama Igralec: Vid Kozelj | odpri ustvarjalca

EDITOR

Mitja Lovše

Drama Igralec: Mitja Lovše | odpri ustvarjalca

Cast

Benjamin KrnetićDrama Igralec: Benjamin Krnetić | odpri igralca

Jadran Dizdar

Tina VrbnjakDrama Igralec: Tina Vrbnjak | odpri igralca

Anja Černjak

Pia ZemljičDrama Igralec: Pia Zemljič | odpri igralca

Vesna Benedejčič

Uroš FürstDrama Igralec: Uroš Fürst | odpri igralca

Safet Dizdar

Janez ŠkofDrama Igralec: Janez Škof | odpri igralca

Aleksandar Đorđević

Maja SeverDrama Igralec: Maja Sever | odpri igralca

Jana Benedejčič

Petra GovcDrama Igralec: Petra Govc | odpri igralca

Stanka Černjak

Vojko ZidarDrama Igralec: Vojko Zidar | odpri igralca

Miro Černjak, Comrade Mahnič

Valter DraganDrama Igralec: Valter Dragan | odpri igralca

Coroner, Commissar Marjanović, Police Officer, Man in Uniform, Doctor

Zvezdana MlakarDrama Igralec: Zvezdana Mlakar | odpri igralca

Old Woman, Eva Terčon, Nurse

Schedule

27

NOVEMBER

SATURDAY

MAIN STAGE

29

NOVEMBER

MONDAY

MAIN STAGE

30

NOVEMBER

TUESDAY

MAIN STAGE

1

DECEMBER

WEDNESDAY

MAIN STAGE

2

DECEMBER

THURSDAY

MAIN STAGE

3

DECEMBER

FRIDAY

MAIN STAGE

4

DECEMBER

SATURDAY

MAIN STAGE

6

DECEMBER

MONDAY

MAIN STAGE

7

DECEMBER

TUESDAY

MAIN STAGE

8

DECEMBER

WEDNESDAY

MAIN STAGE

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