THE REPUBLIC / DRŽAVA / 2019

Agnieszka Jakimiak and Tom Silkeberg

THE REPUBLIC

Inspired by Plato, Alain Badiou and others

Dramaturgy: Urška Brodar
Set design: Igor Vasiljev
Costume design: Maja Mirković
Music: Vladimir Pejković
Choreography: Dragana Alfirević

Translation: Tatjana Jamnik (Polish–Slovene), Silvana Orel Kos (Swedish–Slovene) Language consultant: Mateja Dermelj
Lighting design: David Cvelbar
Sound design: Marijan Sajovic
Make-up artist: Nathalie Horvat
Assistant dramaturg: Nina Kuclar Stiković
Costume design assistant: Slavica Janošević
Inspiration and consultancy: Borut Šeparović, Goran Injac
Stage manager: Liam Hlede

Photo by: Matej Povše

Cast: Primož Bezjak, Damjana Černe, Željko Hrs, Draga Potočnjak, Robert Prebil, Nika Rozman, Vito Weis, Sherita Cerar Hlede, Marko Engelman, Adrian Grošelj, Patricija Marolt, Zoja Mihelič Syed, Jakob Petric, Nina Puhek and Zarja Pertot Weis, Mitja Strašek

Produced by Mladinsko Theatre, Première: 17. 6. 2019

“The Republic, Plato’s most famous dialogue, is permeated by a deep distrust towards existing governance: Athens is suffering from a deep crisis, and the trust in democracy is flawed. Seven citizens with different heritage meet at a dinner to talk about their experiences of the state and try to characterize the just city-state and the just man. Who is the state meant for? How should it look like? Is democracy the proper form of governance?

And what happens to the idea of a parliamentary system when private interests rule the state? This is a performance addressing the problem of utopia since utopian ideas inevitably only mirror a contemporary image of the future.

Or more precise: the problem of imaging something else than the state from within the state. It is a performance that poses a question of what kind of damaging images we need being the ones who are trying to hold open the door and escape Plato’s Cave. The project gathers an international crew of artists from different theatrical backgrounds trying to open a dialogue about the contemporary European societies in relation to arts.”