You Don’t Say It marks the opening of a new chapter in our theatre. This is the first original stage project authored by our resident ensemble members. The synopsis was selected for staging after it was submitted to an in-house call of application last year.
You Don’t Say It by Branko Završan and co-created by Lučka Počkaj, Minca Lorenci and Aljoša Koltak is based on mask acting. A full mask covers the entire face and forsakes spoken language and words. However, it does not give up on stories and their narratives, or on situations in which words are missing, or rendered unnecessary, pointless, redundant or even dangerous. This is a non-text based show. There are no words, and yet it speaks. It is the human body, the gesture and the relationship between stage characters and space that speak volumes. Being silent does not demand silence, so the staging will swarm in music and sound by Boštjan Leben. Its harmony will complement a sequence of scenes from everyday life of an everyman. These scenes can often evolve into a broader theatre-related meaning. Although lacking in words, masks can speak, sing, scream and become silent. Our silence will range from an airport, a picnic, a cinema, a wobbly waltz, to the exiles, old people, waiting, and more. These settings and states speak about our qualities, fears, expectations, ignorance, and devotion. These fairly diverse phenomena may open up a scope for a genre-diverse show ranging from comical to tragic, melodramatic, light-hearted and acerbic
Admittedly, mask acting poses a challenging treat for actors. Since it demands high precision, it completely changes one’s way of acting. Nonetheless, the elusive manifestation of an apparently rigid expression instils magic into theatre. A mask is brought to life by an actor who instils the power to touch our lives into the mask. It is the mask’s distinctiveness that elicits the opportunity to observe ourselves from the outside and from a distance. By doing so, the mask may grant us a chance to see ourselves in our misery, truth, stupidity and beauty.
Conceived and Directed by Branko Završan
Masks by Donato Sartori
Costume Designer Sara Smrajc Žnidarčič
Composer Boštjan Leben
Lighting Designer Uroš Gorjanc
Opening 5 November 2016
Performance duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes. No interval.
Special effects and The Waltz music by Branko Završan
Shtanc 05 composed by Urke
Srebrenica composed by Alma Ferović Fazlić
Dedicated to Monica Samassa and Donato Sartori