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Bertolt Brecht

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

Original title: Der aufhaltsame Aufstieg des Arturo Ui

Co-production with Cankarjev dom and Maribor 2012 – European Capital of Culture

Director

Eduard Miler

Opening night

20 January 2012
Gallus Hall

Duration:

150 minutes

Creators

Creative team

TRANSLATOR

Marijan Kramberger

Drama Igralec: Marijan Kramberger | odpri ustvarjalca

ADAPTATION AND DRAMATURGY

Žanina Mirčevska

Drama Igralec: Žanina Mirčevska | odpri ustvarjalca

COMPOSER

Boštjan Gombač

Drama Igralec: Boštjan Gombač | odpri ustvarjalca

SET DESIGNER

Marko Japelj

Drama Igralec: Marko Japelj | odpri ustvarjalca

COSTUME DESIGNER

Leo Kulaš

Drama Igralec: Leo Kulaš | odpri ustvarjalca

AUTHOR OF VIDEO

Andrej Intihar

Drama Igralec: Andrej Intihar | odpri ustvarjalca

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Andrej Hajdinjak

Drama Igralec: Andrej Hajdinjak | odpri ustvarjalca

CHOREOGRAPHER

Gregor Luštek

Drama Igralec: Gregor Luštek | odpri ustvarjalca

LANGUAGE CONSULTANT

Arko

Drama Igralec: Arko | odpri ustvarjalca

MAKE-UP ARTIST

Ana Lazovski

Drama Igralec: Ana Lazovski | odpri ustvarjalca

ASSISTANT DRAMATURG

Anja Rošker

Drama Igralec: Anja Rošker | odpri ustvarjalca

Cast

Jernej Šugman

Arturo Ui

Bojan EmeršičDrama Igralec: Bojan Emeršič | odpri igralca

Ernesto Roma

Janez ŠkofDrama Igralec: Janez Škof | odpri igralca

Emanuele Giri

Vanja PlutDrama Igralec: Vanja Plut | odpri igralca

Dockdaisy

Zvezdana MlakarDrama Igralec: Zvezdana Mlakar | odpri igralca

Mrs. Butcher

Katja Levstik

Mrs. Caruther

Aleš Valič

Dogsborough

Vojko ZidarDrama Igralec: Vojko Zidar | odpri igralca

Ignacijus Dullfeet

Maša DergancDrama Igralec: Maša Derganc | odpri igralca

Betty Dullfeet

Polona VetrihDrama Igralec: Polona Vetrih | odpri igralca

The woman judge

Iva BabićDrama Igralec: Iva Babić | odpri igralca

Mrs. Goodwill

Maja KončarDrama Igralec: Maja Končar | odpri igralca

Mrs. Gaffles

Marko Okorn

Sheet

Boštjan Gombač

Fish

Gašper Jarni

Bowl

Boštjan Gombač (clarinet, singing saw, pocket trumpet, soprano saxophone), Janez Dovč (accordion, organ), Matija Krečič (violin, viola, mandolin), Goran Krmac (tuba), Vid Drašler (drums, acoustics)

Orchestra

Slobodan Anđelić (coach), Mitja Dišič, Gal Šmid, Ervin Brulc, Leo Kostič

Boxers

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui is a savage and witty parable of the rise of Adolf Hitler – recast by Bertolt Brecht into a small-time Chicago gangster’s takeover of the city’s greengrocery trade. The caricatured world of businessmen and mobsters has direct counterparts in real-life Nazi Germany. Brecht wrote the play in exile in 1941 just before his arrival in the USA, investing it with an outspoken didactic message: to provide the American audiences with a clear analysis of the reasons for and consequences of the events in the 1930s Germany and highlight the fact that Hitler’s rise to power was simple, abrupt and utterly resistible. The ascendance of this monstrous person, who has rendered the whole world speechless, was enabled by capitalism, psychological mechanisms of a nation faced with its imperilled existence and small corruptive methods of power accumulation that refuse acknowledgement of the ultimate responsibility.

The play presents a wide range of parody and pastiche – from Richard III to Al Capone, from Mark Antony to Faust – without diminishing the horror of the real life Nazi prototypes. What in Brecht’s day was an allegory, a simplified and entirely grotesque image of an adventure undertaken by the mob and the government in their rise to prominence, has today gained a very contemporary edge.

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