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Marjan Nečak, Maja Hrgović

The Little Wire Girl

Original title: Djevojčica sa žicama
Contemporary drama-opera
World premiere

Director

Marjan Nečak

Festivals opening night

26 May 2018
Small Stage

Opening night

28 September 2018
Small Stage

Duration:

70 minutes

The Little Wire Girl (2018) is a drama-opera written by Marjan Nečak, Maja Hrgović and Ana Bunteska about a female violinist travelling by train across Europe. In the course of her journey and stopovers at various railway stations, the story of her life unfolds, from a little girl who wanted to become a top musician, while her father spent the money earmarked for her school fees, to an old woman, still searching to find her spot under the European sky, having spent her entire life as a busker. The reference to Andersen’s »little match girl« is multi-layered. A harsh economic situation, a complicated relationship with the unsuccessful father, a search to find one’s place in contemporary Europe, which is increasingly turning into a place of social exclusion confined by barbed wire, walls and general restrictions ̶ the story is a reminder of a position of many gifted individuals who are currently seeking shelter to fully develop their potentials. However, Europe often turns out to be nothing but »a pale mother«, mastering to perfection how to refuse asylum seeker applications and crush their high hopes. With fathers who had no idea how to protect their children or were unable to look after them, the children are nothing but orphans on windswept train platforms of our cold, alienated technocratic world. Driven by an unstoppable need for artistic expression, they seem to cling to every opportunity, as slim as it may be, to enrich their own lives and the lives of their random passers-by.
This intimate drama, set on the background of current events in contemporary Europe, takes place in a borderline space between the real world and the dream world, in plausible, but often unpleasant situations at border crossings and checkpoints, memories and visions intertwining times and languages, music and poetry, bitterness and beauty of life.

A journey by a female violinist travelling across Europe in the rhythm of a train in search of a better »tomorrow«. Violin strings are signposts, turning into a barbed wire obstructing her way towards a desired goal. A metaphorical dramatic and music score, drifting effortlessly between various music styles, such as rock, pop, electronic music with a deep resonance of circus sounds, to operatic emotional culmination and rendition by two soloists.

Marjan Nečak

*Cameramen Marin Lukanović, Annick Christiaens, Denis Van Laeken. Grateful acknowledgment is made to the NRK Production for the use of extracts from a documentary Bergensbanen.

Creators

Creative team

CO-PRODUCER

Moving Music Theatre, Bitola, Makedonija

Drama Igralec: Moving Music Theatre, Bitola, Makedonija | odpri ustvarjalca

ORIGINAL SONGS

Ana Bunteska

Drama Igralec: Ana Bunteska | odpri ustvarjalca

TRANSLATOR

Darja Dominkuš

Drama Igralec: Darja Dominkuš | odpri ustvarjalca

COMPOSER, SET DESIGNER, LIGHTING DESIGNER

Marjan Nečak

Drama Igralec: Marjan Nečak | odpri ustvarjalca

DRAMATURG

Darja Dominkuš

Drama Igralec: Darja Dominkuš | odpri ustvarjalca

COSTUME DESIGNER

Nataša Filipovič

Drama Igralec: Nataša Filipovič | odpri ustvarjalca

LANGUAGE CONSULTANT

Tatjana Stanič

Drama Igralec: Tatjana Stanič | odpri ustvarjalca

VIDEO DESIGNER

Marin Lukanović*

Drama Igralec: Marin Lukanović* | odpri ustvarjalca

CHOREOGRAPHER

Žigan Krajnčan

Drama Igralec: Žigan Krajnčan | odpri ustvarjalca

ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF SONGS

Elena Kitanovska

Drama Igralec: Elena Kitanovska | odpri ustvarjalca

ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF THE PLAY SCRIPT

Maja Hrgović

Drama Igralec: Maja Hrgović | odpri ustvarjalca

GERMAN EXTRACTS TRANSLATION

Valentina Ilievska

Drama Igralec: Valentina Ilievska | odpri ustvarjalca

CONSULTANT FOR ENGLISH

Darja Dominkuš

Drama Igralec: Darja Dominkuš | odpri ustvarjalca

CONSULTANT FOR GERMAN

Eva Kraševec

Drama Igralec: Eva Kraševec | odpri ustvarjalca

Schedule

Awards

2021

Marjan Nečak – The Golden Lion for best music

2019

Marul Award for artistic achievement for director Marjan Nečak at the 29th Marulić Days Festival in Split, Croatia

The Viminacium Maximus Award for the best performance at the 2nd Viminacium Fest in Požarevac, Serbia

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Festivals

2021

XII edition of International Prize »Il teatro Nudo« ( »The Naked Theatre«) Teresa Pomodoro, Milan, Italy

22nd International Festival of Chamber Theatre “Golden Lion”, Umag, Croatia

3rd Kielce International Theatre Festival, Poland

2019

29th Marulić Days Festival in Split, Croatia

2nd Viminacium Fest, Požarevac, Serbia

33th Festival “Theatre City” Budva, Montenegro

44th Mot International Theatre Festival, Skopje, Macedonia

54th Maribor Theatre Festival

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