The Extraordinary Season
2021/2022 — Season 66
The New Post Office

Solo

Co-production: Mladinsko Theatre and Maska Ljubljana
Première: 20. 8. 2021
Performances
Friday / 10 Jun / 19:00 / MTT (Maribor Textile Factory)
Cast
  • Nina Rajić Kranjac
  • Nataša Keser
  • Benjamin Krnetić
  • Marko Mandić
Credits
  • Idea, concept and performance: Nina Rajić Kranjac, Nataša Keser, Benjamin Krnetić, Marko Mandić
  • Set design: Urša Vidic
  • Composer: Branko Rožman
  • Costume design: Marina Sremac
  • Musicians: Petra Božič, Branko Rožman
  • Music selection: Nina Rajić Kranjac
  • Lighting design: Matjaž Brišar
  • Sound design: Marijan Sajovic
  • Set technitians: Boris Prevec, Tadej Čaušević
  • Stage manager: Dafne Jemeršič
  • Artistic advice: Minca Lorenci
  • Production management: Tina Dobnik
Description

Solo is a project where the director and actors meet in improvisation. It’s an attempt to create an event from given cues, drawing on the question of what it means to be alone. Why theatre, what are its uses, how to change your thinking about it through these meetings? This is also the director’s attempt to put herself into the spotlight and to study herself. To make herself both the subject of the problem and its catalyst. The event, created anew in each performance, may be a result of the perpetual need to search for meaning.

In the media

Here, the audience joins all previous realities, this turns the aesthetics of the political-personal outwards to public-political, and with that, an almost four-hour event manages, despite the prior pessimistic considerations about the purpose of theatre, to incite a collective alliance about the urgency of art. Even more so in these times, under this government, facing this virus.

This is a milestone production for the director, who in her tenth project fuses different positions and settings into a hybrid theatre form, tests what theatre as a medium allows, how to expand it, and how to use it to set newer and newer challenges for yourself.

(Magda Tušar, RTV, Aug. 31, 2021)

Solo functions as a love letter to the theatre, to the spectators, to the actors, and to the supporters who formed Rajić Kranjac and brought her to where she is now. The critique of theatre, the questioning of its purpose, and the declaration of a pessimistic feeling of powerlessness when it comes to actually making a difference with theatre gestures at the same time create a theatre utopia that transforms itself into an anti-utopia, becoming a clear expression of devotion to the theatre – whatever it may be.

(Brina Jenček, Radio Študent, Aug. 27, 2021)

To leave one’s comfort zone enables the exploration and the understanding of a different perspective to both sides: to her who wants to experience everything that opportunity offers and lets her be guided but cannot help being herself every once in a while, and to them that guide her.

(Nina Gostiša, Delo, Aug. 25, 2021)

This is a particular 'recapitulation' of her work so far and her relationship to the theatre, which is, in this very point, marked by the eternal question about power(lessness) of art and consequently its point and meaning. The latter is of course elusive, which the production is well aware of, as it tackles its 'subject' on many levels, but with a pervasive ironic stance, as if it were some sort of a teasing case study, which in an informal atmosphere mixes performance art, improvisation and happening, and occasionally veers into more serious tones, but soon relaxes them into a playful string of (auto)biographical  fragments, theatre anecdotes, inside jokes, quotes and self-quotes, but also different formative accents that in one way or another define the protagonist’s personality and work.

(Gregor Butala, Dnevnik, Aug. 24, 2021)
Guest performances

  • Week of Slovenian Drama, Kranj, 29 March 2022 (performed in Ljubljana)
  • Mladi levi Festival, Ljubjana, Slovenia, 21 August 2021
Awards

  • Šeligo Award for best production at the 52nd Week of Slovenian Drama (2022)
  • award for best actor to Benjamin Krnetić at the 52nd Week of Slovenian Drama (2022)
Press downloads
THANKS

For artistic consultations, showing commentaries, video statements and creative insights we thank Goran Injac, Janez Janša, Tibor Hrs Pandur, Matej Recer, Blaž Šef, Nataša Živković, Bara Kolenc, Tibor Mihelič Syed, Dušan Kohek, Jaka Smerkolj Simoneti and all video participants (Nataša Živković, Bara Kolenc, Olja Grubić, Urša Vidic, Daniel Petković, Marko Brdnik, Dorian Šilec Petek, Gaja Teppey, Jože Udovč, Aoris Pasek Wallrugrey)