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Silviu Purcărete after the novel by Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy

War and Peace

Original title: Война и миръ

World premiere of the adaptation

Director

Silviu Purcărete

Opening night

21 January 2017
Gallus Hall

Duration:

200 minutes inc. interval

mirWith its impressive fifteen hundred pages, War and Peace (first published in the book form in 1869) by Leo Tolstoy, remains the epitome of greatness in any shape or form. Although the novel is set in a relatively short period of time (1805-1812, and in 1820, in the epilogue), it never fails to leave an indelible impression of epic grandeur. Despite its precise historical context and a detailed depiction of real-life events, invariably supported by a multitude of authentic documents, War and Peace is not only a chronicle of a certain period nor is it a historical novel, but a novel about history or, more precisely, a novel that addresses the very issue of history-makers, as well as individual responsibility in an uncontrollable and unstoppable stream of history. The author devoted his full attention to this subject particularly in the second half of the novel, in which he directly and explicitly dealt with the philosophy of history. Also, he covered the subject in a concrete way by presenting a story of three extended and widespread aristocratic families. Many prominent and striking characters appear on the background of elaborately projected contexts; their actions, considerations, inquiries and insights reflect an astonishing complexity and the anarchic dynamics of the time. Using bold brush strokes, the consistency of the whole is ensured, and Tolstoy’s unmistakable sense of the dramatic results in a series of dynamic, compelling scenes. The universal content of our shared humanity still appeals to us. It is a novel about peace that is never really peaceful, battles that are raging in remote territories, and sinister claws of war, stretched out to reach remote rural estates and metropolitan lounges … Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

Great works of art are fascinating. This fascination is dangerous, since it makes us dream of the impossible. How does one stage, in a span of just a few hours, such a rich and large-scale work as Tolstoy’s War and Peace? The novel’s length in itself is a source of beauty, richness and truth. This is a novel which is impossible to summarize, bursting with tenderness and cruelty, and presenting an original and cynical meditation on the tragedy of history at the background of an enormous historical fresco. We will not stage the exact chronology of the tragic destinies of the Bolkonskys, the Rostovs, the Bezukhovs and other Russian aristocrats during the hustle and bustle of the Napoleonic Wars. Nor shall we enact all of their complicated love stories that emerged in the grip of time and misfortune. Nor shall we stage all political combinations emerging and renewing themselves in the continually disintegrating Europe. It is clear that the staging cannot replace the reading of the novel. I invite you, therefore, to come and see how the imagination of contemporary artists echoes some of the figures and events in Europe, described 150 years ago by a great writer. His message is not very encouraging: war and peace are made of the same substance. There is no war without peace. Peace is born out of war and contains in itself the metastases of war.
Silviu Purcărete

Creators

Creative team

CO-PRODUCERS

Mestno gledališče ljubljansko, Cankarjev dom

Drama Igralec: Mestno gledališče ljubljansko, Cankarjev dom | odpri ustvarjalca

TRANSLATOR OF ADAPTION ACCORDING TO THE TRANSLATIONS OF VLADIMIR LEVSTIK

Jana Pavlič

Drama Igralec: Jana Pavlič | odpri ustvarjalca

ADAPTED BY

Silviu Purcărete

Drama Igralec: Silviu Purcărete | odpri ustvarjalca

SET DESIGNER

Dragoş Buhagiar

Drama Igralec: Dragoş Buhagiar | odpri ustvarjalca

COSTUME AND LIGHT DESIGNER

Dragoş Buhagiar

Drama Igralec: Dragoş Buhagiar | odpri ustvarjalca

COMPOSER

Vasile Șirli

Drama Igralec: Vasile Șirli | odpri ustvarjalca

DRAMATURG

Eva Mahkovic

Drama Igralec: Eva Mahkovic | odpri ustvarjalca

LANGUAGE CONSULTANT

Tatjana Stanič

Drama Igralec: Tatjana Stanič | odpri ustvarjalca

VIDEO DESIGNER

Matej Šmuc

Drama Igralec: Matej Šmuc | odpri ustvarjalca

MAKE-UP ARTIST

Špela Ema Veble

Drama Igralec: Špela Ema Veble | odpri ustvarjalca

CONSULTANT FOR FRENCH LANGUAGE

Jana Pavlič

Drama Igralec: Jana Pavlič | odpri ustvarjalca

CONSULTANT FOR RUSSIAN LANGUAGE

Tatjana Stanič

Drama Igralec: Tatjana Stanič | odpri ustvarjalca

CHOREOGRAPHER

Nataša Berce

Drama Igralec: Nataša Berce | odpri ustvarjalca

ASSISTANTS DIRECTOR

Tin Grabnar, Dorian Šilec Petek

Drama Igralec: Tin Grabnar, Dorian Šilec Petek | odpri ustvarjalca

ASSISTANTS DRAMATURG (STUDENTS)

Nataša Berce, Katja Markič

Drama Igralec: Nataša Berce, Katja Markič | odpri ustvarjalca

ASSISTANTS SET AND COSTUME DESIGNER

Gordana Bobojević, Sara Slivnik, Anja Pirnat

Drama Igralec: Gordana Bobojević, Sara Slivnik, Anja Pirnat | odpri ustvarjalca

COACH

Ernest Kokot

Drama Igralec: Ernest Kokot | odpri ustvarjalca

Cast

Viktorija Bencik Emeršič

Natasha Ilyinichna Rostova the second, Nurse, Soldier, Dead Woman

Petra GovcDrama Igralec: Petra Govc | odpri igralca

Marya Lvovna Karagina, Desperate Woman, Soldier, Dead Woman

Eva JesenovecDrama Igralec: Eva Jesenovec | odpri igralca

Sonya Rostova, Soldier, Dead Woman

Mirjam Korbar Žlajpah

Ana Mikhailovna Drubetskaya, Soldier, Dead Woman

Jette Ostan Vejrup

Katerina Semyonova Mamont – Catiche, Condratyeva, Doctor Métivier, Soldier, Dead Woman

Ajda Smrekar

Natasha Ilyinichna Rostova the first, Mavrusha, Soldier, Dead Woman

Miranda Trnjanin

Vera Ilyinichna Rostova, Anushka, Soldier, Dead Woman

Nina ValičDrama Igralec: Nina Valič | odpri igralca

Marya Nikolayevna Bolkonskaya, Nurse, Soldier, Dead Woman

Pia ZemljičDrama Igralec: Pia Zemljič | odpri igralca

Amélie Bourienne, Actress, Soldier, Dead Woman

Judita Zidar

Natalya Rostova, Soldier, Dead Woman

Jana Zupančič

Yelena Vasilyevna Kuragina – Hélène, Nurse, Natasha Ilyinichna Rostova the third, Soldier, Dead Woman

Sebastian Cavazza

Fyodor Ivanovich Dolokhov, Worker, French Soldier, Soldier, Dead Man

Blaž Dolenc

Musician, Madman, Vereshchagin, Soldier, Dead Man

Bojan EmeršičDrama Igralec: Bojan Emeršič | odpri igralca

Ilya Andreyevich Rostov, Makar Alexeyevich Bazdeyev, Watcher of Burning Moscow, Soldier, Dead Man

Gregor Gruden

Boris Drubetskoy, French Soldier, Soldier, Dead Man

Jure Henigman

Tzar Alexander voice, Anatole Vasilyevich Kuragin, Wolf, Soldier, Dead Man

Aljaž Jovanović

Nikolai Ilyich Rostov, Soldier, Dead Man

Marko MandićDrama Igralec: Marko Mandić | odpri igralca

Andrei Nikolayevich Bolkonsky, Musician, Black Man, Soldier, Dead Man

Boris Ostan

Nikolai Andreyevich Bolkonsky, Napoleon Bonaparte voice, Shinshin, Watcher of Burning Moscow, Soldier, Dead Man

Matej Puc

Pierre Kirillovich Bezukhov, Soldier, Dead Man

Janez ŠkofDrama Igralec: Janez Škof | odpri igralca

Vasiliy Sergeyevich Kuragin, Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, Soldier, Dead Man

Tines Špik

Vasiliy Dmitrich Denisov, Musician, Edward Karlovich, Kapushka, Soldier, Dead Man

Jernej Šugman

Marya Dmitriyevna Akhrosimova – Apraxina, Nastasya Ivanovna, French Ambassador, Mikhail Illarionovich Kutuzov voice, Fyodor Vasiliyevich Rastopchin, Soldier, Dead Man

Matej Zemljič

Pyotr Ilyich Rostov – Petya, Soldier, Dead Man

Vojko ZidarDrama Igralec: Vojko Zidar | odpri igralca

Kiril Vladimirovich Bezukhov, Muzhik, Danila, Alpatich, Holland Ambassador, Nikola, Secretary, Watcher of Burning Moscow, French Soldier, Soldier, Dead Man

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