Thu, 26. november at 19.00

Kompleks Ristić

Oliver Frljić


Tue, 01. december at 19.00

Elfriede Jelinek

Drame princes

Michał Borczuch


Wed, 02. december at 19.00

Elfriede Jelinek

Drame princes

Michał Borczuch



Generalni pokrovitelj  sezone 2015/16

The Ristić Complex  was initiated  on the occasion of the Mladinsko anniver­sary – sixty years. We think that this jubilee demands from us to look behind and start a debate about our most relevant performances and directors whose work turned SMG into the cult it is today. The Ristić Complex is based on  the re-contextualization of  the performances directed by Ljubiša Ristić in the Mladinsko, and the idea behind Ristić’s KPGT, a unique federative Yugoslav theatre of a permanent revolution. We believe that this starting point will enable us to carry out a new theatre study of a former context, a common theatre heritage and its influence, its direct consequences on contemporary theatre scene of post-Yugoslav states.

The project has gathered an international, regional team of artists, researchers and producers, who have worked on the collection, analysis and interpretation of the collected material, creating thus a specific network of meanings, a discursive-ideological platform whose final aim is a theatre performance.

Our aim was not to make a theatre performance about the persona of the Yugoslav director Ljubiša Ristić, but a performance about past and present time as seen from the perspective of another generation of artists who make theatre within the relicts of Yugoslav cultural space, who speak their own theatre language, use their own aesthetics and, from the perspective of contemporary knowledge, analyse what they consider to be their cultural and theatre identity.

Mladinsko Theatre (Ljubljana, Slovenia), Croatian National Theatre Ivan pl. Zajc (Rijeka, Croatia), BITEF (Belgrade, Serbia) and MOT (Skopje, Macedonia)

Direction: Oliver Frljić

Dramaturgy: Goran Injac, Tomaž Toporišić

Cast: Draga Potočnjak, Nika Mišković, Jerko Marčić, Blaž Šef, Matej Recer, Uroš Kaurin, Primož Bezjak

October, 28th, 29th, 30th ... National Theatre Ivan Zajec, Rijeka, Croatia.

Wolfram Lotz:
The Absurd Darkness
(Die lächerliche Finsternis)
Translation: Urška Brodar
Director: Tin Grabnar

Co-production: Mladinsko Theatre and Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television
When: 17 September 2015
Where: Lower Hall

The Absurd Darkness is a radio play by the young German author Wolfram Lotzthat that allows the possibility of a stage performance. It was inspired by the cult classic Apocalypse Now by Francis Ford Coppola. Despite its complexity The Absurd Darkness invites to a playful manner of performance. The text is written in a way that discloses the performative procedures, anticipates performing didascalia, shatters illusion and transfers the events to “the here and now”. With its procedures it never hides the facts that what we witness is only a fictive theatre text and we’re all together in the theatre. Even if the said theatre is, at the end, always teatrum mundi.

It was directed by Tin Grabnar, born in 1992.  Between 2011 and 2015 he studied at the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television (AGRFT) under the mentorship of Sebastijan Horvat and Kristijan Muck. In this period, he worked as an assistant director to Jernej Lorenci and Tomaž Pandur (SNG Drama Ljubljana) and Tomi Janežič (Serbian National Theatre Novi Sad). Since 2014 he has worked as a mentor at the theatre school of the First Grammar School Maribor, the First Stage. We know him as the author of the projects Via kolektiv, Andromaha, ROB, Uspeh and Jaz ali kdo drug. He won the best text award at the international festival of amateur theatre Laktaši, and twice the best performance award at the festival Vizije.

As you know, the Mladinsko will soon celebrate sixty years of activity. Even more: it enters the anniversary season with a new management, in a constellation of old and new employees, it comes from the foundations of traditions and turns towards the perpetual search for new practices of work and for comprehending the new.

Mladinsko will not be (only) a theatre of putting on masks. Masks surround us every step of the way regardless. The Mladinsko has to establish itself as a place of directedness, a training ground for the shifting of (un)correctness and the simmering of suppressed emotions, as a pool of solidarity and, above all, as a territory of freedom.

Every theatre needs its Mladinsko. It needs a space where individual acting bravados blend into the youthful storminess of collective acting and where the view of tradition consciously, yet always respectfully, also turns away.

We have prepared an exceptional programme for you. Different, risky, yet loyal to the history of that future that still hasn’t arrived. The future that they want to tear away from us, yet we must never stop demanding.
You will hear more about the season from my dear colleague Goran Injac, whom I have trusted with the artistic direction of the theatre.

Tibor Mihelič Syed,
Director of the Mladinsko Theatre

Matjaž Pograjc's new performance Rok's Depth  (based on a play by Boštjan Videmšek) depicts the life of alpine ski racer and freediver Rok Petrovič.  He won the World Cup slalom title in 1986, but ended his career soon after. 

Oliver Frljić


Oliver Frljić