51st Week of Slovenian Drama

Jazz

Ljubljana City Theatre

Crew

Director: Nejc Gazvoda

Dramaturg: Eva Mahkovic

Set designer: Darjan Mihajlović Cerar

Costume designer: Katarina Šavs

Composer: Igor Matković

Language consultant: Martin Vrtačnik

Lighting designer: Boštjan Kos

Sound designer: Matija Zajc

Director of the live stream: Nejc Gazvoda

 

Cast

Ajda Smrekar
Sebastian Cavazza

About the performance

The balcony of a luxury villa where a fancy-dress party is being held. The evening. The stars. The music. The champagne. A man and a woman meet on the balcony, both dressed in bird costumes, meet on the balcony. She is slightly over thirty, he is in his mid-forties. He is a pianist who has just stopped performing at the party. She is … we don't know for sure yet. They engage in a conversation. At the end of the evening – during which they find out things about each other and make a fragile acquaintance that feels like warm human closeness (presumably, if one may feel anything like that for a complete stranger in one evening) – they decide to meet on the same balcony in a year's time. And in many years to come. Their relationship grows deeper, facts on their lives are gradually revealed. Wearing a different costume every year, not knowing the name of the other, the man and the woman play an important part in each other's lives. In the same vein, the day of the party and their encounter leave a mark on them although they go separate ways for the following 364 days … Which year will be their last?

Nejc Gazvoda is a playwright and director who has worked several time at the Ljubljana City Theatre, three times as a playwright and twice as a director. As the title Jazz implies, his new play is fluid, fluent, beautiful and sad, bitter and sweet as is life itself. On the one hand it is inspired by Woody Allen and the golden age of the American rom-com of the 1990s, but on the other, it is a constant surprise and of indeterminate genre. The relationship between the two characters who become close while they know almost nothing about each other reflects contemporary distress, and examines love, attachments and friendship in all their complexity and simplicity.  

"Ajda Smrekar’s Woman, with her hyperactive restlessness and social chattiness, is the one who breaks the ice, while he (Sebastian Cavazza) is a lot more reserved, inept in small talk, a kind of figure of ‘male pride’ with his hands in his pocket and a more modest emotional perceptiveness. The production intentionally plays the self-evident romantic tension embedded into the situation; it’s clear that these two persons are too different, too burdened with their own messed up life circumstances, to be able to fall in love." (Nika Arhar, Dnevnik, 21 January 2021)   

Première: 31. 12. 2020

The production is 1 hour and 20 minutes long and has no interval.

 

Photo gallery

Jazz <em>Photo: Peter Giodani/Arhiv MGL</em>
Photo: Peter Giodani/Arhiv MGL
Jazz <em>Photo: Peter Giodani/Arhiv MGL</em>
Photo: Peter Giodani/Arhiv MGL
Jazz <em>Photo: Peter Giodani/Arhiv MGL</em>
Photo: Peter Giodani/Arhiv MGL

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