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Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy

The Power of Darkness

National Theatre in Belgrade, Serbia

Opening night

24 March 2017


105 minutes

Translator Jovan Maksimović
Director Igor Vuk Torbica
Adaptation Tijana Grumić, Igor Vuk Torbica
Set and lighting designer Branko Hojnik
Costume designer Marina Vukasović Medenica
Composers Nenad and Alen Sinkauz
Music selection Nenad Sinkauz
Dramaturgs Molina Udovički Fotez, Tijana Grumić
Stage effects designer Miroslav Lakobrija
Stage speech instructor Ljiljana Mrkić Popović
Executive producer Ivana Nenadović
Organiser Nemanja Konstantinović

Olga Odanović
Hana Selimović
Vanja Ejdus
Ljubomir Bandović
Anastasia Mandić
Marko Bačović
Ivan Đorđević
Nikola Vujović
Ivana Šćepanović
Jelena Blagojević
Novak Radulović

The Power of Darkness is a play, based on a real event that took place in Russia around 1855, when Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy started writing his new play. The author took the case of a man who, due to his recklessness, got entangled in an unsolvable mesh of crime, bad conscience and fear of punishment, and used it to explore the obstinacy of evil in a society that also wields a horrible power over an individual. The play is dominated by the atmosphere of inescapability which is intensified gradually by the dramaturgy of the play. Tolstoy’s investigation of darkness and morbidity provides an excellent starting point for theatre exploration. This is a story about life in misery, and about the human potential for radical evil. The production presents what happens to people on the fringes of society whose lives are hardly ever noticed. It poses a question how they deal with the darkness they carry within themselves, and whether it is possible to win the battle against the darkness and cruelty that surround us.

Slovenian and English surtitles

Followed by a post-show talk at the Drama Forecourt.