DRUGAJANJE 2021: Tina Kozin, Saška Rakef, Bojana Šaljić Podešva: IDEN
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Nature is the pressing issue of the time in which we live, and when we unravel the topic of nature, we are not only talking about philosophical questions, but also about the concrete question of survival, power and protection: Are we protecting nature or is nature protecting us? The electro acoustic opera Iden is based on the occurrence of a temporary geographical phenomenon in Lithuania, the Curonian Spit, which is more than a temporary geographical phenomenon – it reveals the timeless conflicts of interest inscribed in the curation of national parks.
The Slovene creative team, consisting of director and performer Saška Rakef, poetess Tina Kozin and composer Bojana Šaljić Podešva, realizes that it is not only important which stories we are telling, but also how we tell them and what role do we play in them. In the immersive experience of an acoustic performance with four vocalists, the audience slowly delves into the musical interpretation of the fundamental problems of nature and calms down along with it – along with nature. The magic of the sounds evokes the premonition that the search for new forms of storytelling is not only an artistic action but also a life’s mission.
The electro acoustic opera Iden was selected in the programme of the Festival Drugajanje by the Young Curators.
The opera is in Slovene, English and Lithuanian.
Script: Tina Kozin, Saška Rakef
Music: Bojana Šaljić Podešva
Director: Saška Rakef
Musical dramaturgy: Saška Rakef, Bojana Šaljić Podešva
Professional collaborator: Špela Petrič
Dramaturgical advice: Pia Brezavšček
Technical coordination and sound design: Matjaž Miklič
Sound engineer: Urban Gruden
Actors and interpreters: Katja Konvalinka, Barbara Krajnc Avdić, Nika Rozman, Nataša Živković
Narrators: Lucija Grm, Matej Rus, Bernard Stramič
Choir: Tesa Drev, Tadeja Krečič, Andrej Rot, Ana Johana Scholten, Maja Žvokelj
Co-produced by: Radio Slovenia 3 programme (ARS), Celinka Association, ŠKUC Theatre
In collaboration with: Cona, Nida Art Colony – Vilnius Academy of Arts
Supported by: Mestna občina Ljubljana – oddelek za kulturo, Ministrstvo za kulturo RS
Photo: Nada Žgank