SNG Drama will present the three productions that form Sebastijan Horvat’s Cement trilogy in September.
Under the banner Cementfest, the theatre will present Sebastijan Horvat’s ambitious trilogy based on Cement, the play by the German playwright Heiner Müller. Each of the three productions were created in three capital cities, using three acting ensembles and three different staging approaches, all made in conjunction with the adaptor of the text and the dramaturg Milan Ramšak Marković.
The first performance of the trilogy was presented by the Zagreb Youth Theatre (ZKM), the second with SNG Drama Ljubljana and the third with the Belgrade Drama Theatre (BDP).
Each of the productions draws out a different aspect of this drama. Cement Belgrade – which premiered at the 54th/55th edition of the BITEF festival – moves between a kinetic dance piece to a realist piece about an ageing couple, Glebom (Miodrag Miki Krstović) in Dašo (Milena Zupančič), coming to terms with loss, while Cement Zagreb focuses more on the social issues in the post-war world and the evolution of the traditional family unit. Cement Ljubljana focuses on the intimate story of Gleba (Marko Mandić) and Daše (Nataša Barbara Gračner).
The three productions will be staged between 15th-17th September, with Cement Zagreb on the 15th, Cement Ljubljana on the 16th and Cement Belgrade on the 17th.
Main image: Cement Zagreb at ZKM
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