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Karl Ove Knausgård

The Morning Star

Original title: Morgenstjernen
World première of the adaptation

Director

Ivica Buljan

Opening night

7 October 2023
Main Stage

Duration:

190 minutes, incl. interval

Creators

Creative team

ADAPTED FOR THE STAGE BY

Goran Vojnović

Drama Igralec: Goran Vojnović | odpri ustvarjalca

ARTISTIC ADVISOR

Robert Waltl

Drama Igralec: Robert Waltl | odpri ustvarjalca

DRAMATURG

Mojca Kranjc

Drama Igralec: Mojca Kranjc | odpri ustvarjalca

SET DESIGNER

Aleksandar Denić

Drama Igralec: Aleksandar Denić | odpri ustvarjalca

COSTUME DESIGNER

Ana Savić Gecan

Drama Igralec: Ana Savić Gecan | odpri ustvarjalca

COMPOSER

Mitja Vrhovnik Smrekar

Drama Igralec: Mitja Vrhovnik Smrekar | odpri ustvarjalca

LANGUAGE CONSULTANT

Arko

Drama Igralec: Arko | odpri ustvarjalca

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Son:DA

Drama Igralec: Son:DA | odpri ustvarjalca

VIDEO DESIGNER

Toni Soprano Meneglejte

Drama Igralec: Toni Soprano Meneglejte | odpri ustvarjalca

MAKE-UP DESIGNER

Merima Ćehić

Drama Igralec: Merima Ćehić | odpri ustvarjalca

ASSISTANT COSTUME DESIGNER

Ana Janc

Drama Igralec: Ana Janc | odpri ustvarjalca

Excerpts from Paul Celanʼs poem Stretta translated by Mitja Vrhovnik Smrekar are used in the production.

Drama Igralec: Excerpts from Paul Celanʼs poem <i>Stretta</i> translated by Mitja Vrhovnik Smrekar are used in the production. | odpri ustvarjalca

Cast

Marko MandićDrama Igralec: Marko Mandić | odpri igralca

Egil ALSO Karl Frode

Pia ZemljičDrama Igralec: Pia Zemljič | odpri igralca

Kathrine

Vojko ZidarDrama Igralec: Vojko Zidar | odpri igralca

Funeral home agent

Jakob Merkač

Asle

Ivan Javornik

Heming

Brina Miholič

Ingvild

Nina ValičDrama Igralec: Nina Valič | odpri igralca

Turid ALSO Josteinʼs grandmother

Silva ČušinDrama Igralec: Silva Čušin | odpri igralca

Kathrineʼs mother

Polona JuhDrama Igralec: Polona Juh | odpri igralca

Solveig

Rok ViharDrama Igralec: Rok Vihar | odpri igralca

Inge ALSO Henriksen, Karl Ove and Rescuer

Matija RozmanDrama Igralec: Matija Rozman | odpri igralca

Elleingsen ALSO Hadeland, Torgeir and Ramsvik

Eva JesenovecDrama Igralec: Eva Jesenovec | odpri igralca

Line, ALSO Police officer

Jaš Fujs

Viktor

Zvezdana MlakarDrama Igralec: Zvezdana Mlakar | odpri igralca/Saša PavčekDrama Igralec: Saša Pavček | odpri igralca

Solveig’s mother

Benjamin KrnetićDrama Igralec: Benjamin Krnetić | odpri igralca

Ole ALSO Waiter, Kenneth, Paramedic and Kvitekrist

Maja SeverDrama Igralec: Maja Sever | odpri igralca

Sigrid ALSO Nurse

Gorazd LogarDrama Igralec: Gorazd Logar | odpri igralca

Martin ALSO Georg and Rescuer

Maja KončarDrama Igralec: Maja Končar | odpri igralca

Benedicte

In his novel The Morning Star, Karl Ove Knausgård recounts the events that occur in just two-day period in September. We are treated to a remarkable interplay of multiple family dramas and fantasies that occur in this period. Knausgård, in his signature style enhances the narrative with essayistic and almost philosophical passages. At first glance, this mixture seems untameable, but theatre allows us the opportunity to simultaneously follow the stories of individual characters that Knausgård juxtaposes in the novel one after the other, so that his rich literary world unfolds in all its scope. This seemed to me the best starting point for my stage adaptation; in this way separate scenes can begin to communicate with each other and deliver the viewer a new and surprising whole. It turned out, as it often does, that my plan was very unpredictable as it is rather different to interweave five narrative streams on paper than to present them on stage. I knew it therefore, from the very beginning, that the final version of the stage adaptation would be completed on stage, during the rehearsals.
Goran Vojnović

The Morning Star is a novel that perfectly fits my profession as a director. For the last ten years I have been working passionately on adaptations of major prose texts. For contemporary theatre these texts provide supremely stronger material for stagings than plays. The structure of The Morning Star is distinctly narrative. In the production I would like to show different stories interfering simultaneously. The morning star, as a metaphor for a utopian future and an apocalyptic omen, shines ominously over the nine characters, and disasters seem inevitable. I am interested in the fortunes of the characters of the middle generation who have reached a certain maturity and aspire to crown their lives with successful careers and stable intimate and family relationships. Knausgård’s characters spend inauspicious days of their lives wrought in their personal struggles, undergoing crises of faith in anything, suffering from existential despair. The explanations are flawed, but life goes on and one wonders whether the characters have a premonition of their fate. Not only do scientists and experts have no explanation for the celestial natural phenomenon, for the new astonishing light, but things that are difficult to understand and strange also happen. In short, this is a novel about phenomena and events that we do not fully understand, about people who find it difficult to take control of their lives, and of the outcome once the dark forces of the world are unleashed.
Ivica Buljan

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