TV Slovenija

28 September 2009

A narrative of soliloquys and dialogues, spoken in Slovenian and Italian, this subtle performance for two actors is inspired by particular fragments from Pasolini's autobiographical novel Amado mio. The resulting sensitive acting playfulness of Ivan Peternelj and Blaž Šef renders a touching image of unfulfilled passion and unrequited love between a teacher and a student. An intimate and honest performance, melancholic and heartrending which, using minimal props, convincingly speaks about the power of Eros.

Marjana Ravnjak



1 October 2009

The author of the performance intertwines lyrical, intimate expressive monologues with short dialogues between the protagonists and freely links different narrative, temporal and spatial perspectives. The poetically stylized and deeply intimate encounters are set parallel to the crude, superficial and farcical play in a play (between an officer/hunter and a goat/satyr), and finally cuts into the live theatre with a superbly thought through and multi-meaning screening of an extract from Gilda with Rita Hayworth (at times on a white shirt, at times on the naked bodies of the two embracing lovers).

Employing selected and carefully measured stage moods, the performance talks about the bitter beauty and human pain of nature’s victory over the prevalent moral, culture, and civilization and about the fierceness of the individual's primordial lust for life, pleasure and passion, the contributions of the two protagonists, bursting with energetic acting and singing, are obviously of key importance. Ivan Peternelj`s narrator, the mature seducer Pier Paolo Pasolini, is a series of images of unrequited love and unfulfilled passion, the fear of war and death, and the prevailing Christian morality, but also of vitalist impulses that could help a freedom-loving intellectual and artist find his literary, theatre, and film inspiration. Blaž Šef, in the role of Pasolini’s two young and inexperienced lovers and also as a fleeting episode of a fated, but socially desired heterosexual love, sensitively brings to life different types of man’s primordial and cultured nature and, in harmony with Peternelj, significantly contributed to several undisputed expressive highlights of the performance (the boyish singing of “La terza luna”, a carnival-like “satyr” play in a play, and in the final scene’s screening of Rita Hayworth singing).

Slavko Pezdir

20th January 2010

The director Ivan Peternelj, who also acts in the play together with Blaž Šef, managed to create a gentle, sensual play about the writer's love of two inexperienced younger boys, Nisiuti and Bruno, amidst the maelstrom of war and social condemnation without directly emphasizing active resistance against (Christian) morals, undoubtedly leaving judgments on pain, loneliness or even guilt, which are the consequences of the irrepressible human nature's dominance over social demands, to the viewer.

Suzana Tratnik

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