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