About the performance
Heiner Müller: Quartet
Production of the VI semester of SA, TD and DPA UL AGRFT on the 55th Maribor Theatre Festival
With his first and only stage direction in Quartet, Heiner Müller seems to have summarised a large part of his view of the world and history. The stage direction places a slash between the time before the French Revolution and the time after World War III. One or the other, just before one of the most famous revolutions happens, or after World War III, which today has a ring of the end of the world to it, as it appears to be one and the same thing. Such parallelism of two radical eras negates their own radicalism, rejects change and erases their uniqueness.
When writing Quartet, Heiner Müller started from the only literary work by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos: his epistolary 1782 novel Dangerous Liaisons. The choice of material is interesting and at first sight does not have much in common with Müller’s other usual topics. Between the time frame and the drama situation, the game of the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont (the central characters from Dangerous Liaisons), it is through their apparent contradiction that one of the most recognisable relationships of Müller’s drama is established, a radicalised form of the homo homini lupus relationship.// Iva Š. Slosar
The Quartet project is accompanied by the exhibition What a Fruitful Performance: Museum of Our Loves and the workshop How to Tackle this Machine?
Discussion after the performance on October 18th 2020.
Director: Živa Bizovičar
Dramaturgs: Iva Štefanija Slosar, Nik Žnidaršič
Scene designer: Nika Curk
Costume designer: Nina Čehovin
Sound designers: Matej Kastelic, Melani Popit
Dramaturgy adviser: Aljoša Lovrić Krapež
Cast: Lea Mihevc, Blaž Dolenc
Theatre acting and directing: doc. Branko Jordan, izr. prof. Jernej Lorenci
Dramaturgy: doc. dr. Blaž Lukan, izr. prof. dr. Tomaž Toporišič
Scene design: izr. prof. mag. Jasna Vastl
Costume design: red. prof. Janja Korun, asist. mag. Tina Kolenik
Language and speech: asist. dr. Nina Žavbi
Opening night: October 2020, Intimate Backstage GT22
Running time 75 minutes. No intermission.
Production: Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television, University of Ljubljana and Maribor Theatre Festival
In collaboration with: Moment and GT22