Season of community
2020/2021 — Season 65
Simona Semenič

rowan, strudel, dance, and then some

Directed by: Jure Novak
Co-production: Mladinsko Theatre and Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica
Première: February 2021

15 August 1963, a village in the Vipava Valley. The villagers are preparing two events on the same day, at the same time – an Assumption mass with Sig. the bishop and a Yugoslavian National Army Border Guards’ Day celebration with comrade Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Central Committee. The decisions they have to make are difficult. Are they going to turn into faithful lambs or obedient comrades? At first glance, rowan, strudel, dance, and then some is a play about a historical era and the fundamental Slovenian ideological disunity. However, the more the plot unfolds, the more the play evolves into a portrait of modern Slovenian society in which pragmatic benefits can easily replace ideological beliefs. The text constantly skips between time periods and venues, while the political dilemma is spiced up with scenes of direct sexuality, in which each person altruistically licks, jerks off, penetrates, strokes, kneads and rides whoever, whenever, as much as possible. The play is a veritable textual virtuosity, playing with the comedy genre on the one hand by questioning the limits of the comical, and with the bourgeois hypothesis of theatre willing to accept provocation, but only to a certain extent. The staging will be set in collaboration with the Slovenian National Theatre Nova Gorica, since the text by the Ajdovščina-born Simona Semenič truly screams for actors from the Primorsko region. It will be directed by Jure Novak, whose opus incessantly expresses interest for burning social themes. Besides, he is no stranger to staging sexuality, and he has already directed Simona Semenič’s texts.  This time, he will intertwine all three abovementioned features into a juicy whole that is to conquer the “plastic”, consumer-marked beauty ideals, insightfully analyse the state in society and simultaneously flaunt sheer life force.