Archive for March, 2013

Sibila Petlevski

March 18th, 2013 // news

Respected directorate of the International Chamber Theatre Festival “Golden Lion”,

in two years of collaboration with your festival in the function of the jury member, I had the opportunity to get to know more closely the organization and production aspects of your work, and I can say I’m profoundly impressed with the high level of the festival professionalism you have shown.

Since I have many years of experience in organizing international meetings, conferences and festivals in the area of literature and culture in the broadest sense, I’m familiar with the challenges, problems and tasks of the so-called program management, and instead of the usual courtesies thanks to a successful business partnership, I want to share with you the thoughts on the contribution of your festival program to the domestic culture because I believe that compliments regarding organizational, program and other successfully realized segments of festival events, in my opinion, deserve a more detailed description and explanation. I consider it necessary especially because the production aspects of cultural events in Croatia are not always so skillfully and competently achieved as it is in case of your festival.

The festival is conceptually innovative. It is based on the idea of coexistence among three nations – Croatian, Slovenian and Italian – living in the border area and witnessing the predestined necessity to transcend borders, the desire for an unencumbered spread of ideas and artistic practice resulting in the enlargement of the horizon and achievement of multiple benefits for the community:

  1. ideas are born in the field of artistic creativity;
  2. social tolerance and coexistence are promoted;
  3. the Croatian theatre scene is enriched;
  4. a platform for cross-border collaborative projects and programs is created;
  5. drama and theatre arts are popularized;
  6. the public is informed and educated, and thus extends the tive bases and creates quality market of artistic supply and demand;
  7. the tourist offer of the region is expanded and enriched.

The clearly articulated critical concepts of the Festival under the leadership of the artistic director Damir Zlatar Frey remain open, which represents a special virtue of the program concept; indulge in challenges of new performances including all chamber theatre possibilities, from great theatres’ productions to non-institutionalized theatre ensembles and experimental theatre formations.

The festival concept with years of work and more than a decade of successful festival organization is increasingly expanding and internationalizing. Such a development necessarily has led to more complex managerial and production tasks and duties transforming the International Chamber Theatre Festival Golden Lion in a complex program which includes a range of project components, each demanding in realization, and which together form an organic whole.

We must specially congratulate the festival producer Marko Fereni for the work done, who gathered a rather small, but efficient and competent group of collaborators and achieved an exemplary festival program management at the level of the best world festivals with a much larger infrastructure network, huge number of collaborators and provided financial support available.

When it comes to financial support in times of crisis, we should bear in mind that leveling projects by key “to everyone a little bit” never leads to the desired results and in the long run the savings which equate large and relevant programs for the community and small, poorly conceived projects that have yet to prove – necessarily leads to the paradox that the saved money has actually been thrown away.

The Festival Golden Lion represents a program which in more than a decade of its existence proved to be a successful domestic-urban, regional, national and international program that contributes to the Croatian cultural scene, and as such should enter the list of funding priorities.

Finally, I want to express my satisfaction with another important segment of the festival organization, and this is the creating of atmosphere of another summer hot spots of cultural events that could soon rank Umag, of course with the adequate evaluation of project scope of the Golden Lion, among the most interesting tourist destinations on the map of Europe.

With a great thanks for the successful co-operation,

Sibila Petlevski, Professor at Academy of Dramatic Art,

University of Zagreb

Zagreb, 11th august 2011

Nora Krstulović: Golden Lion, for the 14th time

March 11th, 2013 // news

A long time ago, when at the dawn of our civilization, an unknown primitive man first lit the fire with the stone he certainly could not even dream that thousands of years later, his descendants would also depend on this same piece of ore.

In fact, flint, or silicon, once the only source of fire, to the present day is essential in the electronics industry, and without it many advantages of modern times would be unthinkable. Fortunately, it is the second predominant element on Earth, after oxygen.

There is a certain poetic justice in the fact that silicon, this incredible catalyst for the progress of mankind, in the periodic table of elements, has the ordinal number fourteen, just like the Golden Lion this year.

Their mission is actually the same, to bring light and warmth in the gloom of everyday life and turn it into wonderful moments.

Bringing the best of the performing arts in the region on the streets and squares of Umag means to open its windows to the world of fantasy and make it part of the world, just like all those gadgets do daily, that we kindly ask you to don’t forget to turn off before the spell called theatre show begins.

But, fortunately the symbolism of this year’s festival edition does not stop here.

In fact, 14 is the “magic number” of the signature that the musicological profession attributes to the genius Johann Sebastian Bach, who often wrote his name in his compositions. With the analogy according to which A denotes the number 1, B the number 2, historians of music in the music notations of the surname BACH (2 +1 +3 +8) have recognized precisely the number of Bach, which as you can already guess is equivalent to 14.

With this would not agree the greatest admirers of another musical genius Ludwig van Beethoven to whom number 14 brings to mind his most famous sonata for piano, the fourteenth in a row, also known as the moonlight sonata.

And once again it is difficult to resist to the symbolism.

Fourteen years ago it seemed like an unattainable fantasy that a city without a classical theatre company could host a festival that would represent the culmination of each theatre season and become the meeting place of theatre artists from across the region. It was difficult to imagine that in one place, according to the principle of the triangle or convivenza, for years institutional and non-institutional theatres, local and international artists, contemporary and classical theatre, drama theatre and dance theatre, would intertwine transforming the entire city in a theatre stage.

Perhaps this should not surprise anyone. After all, fourteen represents exactly the number of lines that a sonnet must be composed of.

In this pearl necklace you will surely find at least one that shines in a special way, and we who dedicate our lives to the theatre will return again with enthusiasm to our histrionic work. Why is it so? The answer lies in the fact that sonnets are first of all an expression of love.

So we invite you to come in the auditorium with open hearts and lots of love, because without it everything we do on the other side of the scene makes no sense, or as in his 23rd sonnet William Shakespeare wrote:

As an unperfect actor on the stage

Who with his fear is put besides his part,

Or some fierce thing replete with too much rage,

Whose strength’s abundance weakens his own heart.

So I, for fear of trust, forget to say

The perfect ceremony of love’s rite,

And in mine own love’s strength seem to decay,

O’ercharged with burden of mine own love’s might.

O, let my books be then the eloquence

And dumb presagers of my speaking breast,

Who plead for love and look for recompense

More than that tongue that more hath more express’d.

O, learn to read what silent love hath writ:

To hear with eyes belongs to love’s fine wit.

Welcome to the city of Angels, welcome to the 14th edition of the Golden Lion ….

Nora Krstulovic