The audience of the “Theatre City” Festival had the opportunity to see the directorial work of one of the most talented theatre creators of the younger generation in the period from 2015 to 2020, and also to get acquainted with the new possibilities of theatrical expression.
For the XXXII Festival edition, Torbica directed the festival co-production, Lorca’s “Blood Wedding” (“Theatre City” / Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad), which was extremely well received by the audience and the professional public, and it marked the theatre season of this country and the region (it was a guest play at the festival “Without translation”, at the 50th “Mimosa Days” in Herceg Novi, at the “MIT Festival” of the Royal Theatre “Zetski dom”, at the “Primorska Summer Festival” in Koper, Slovenia, at the “Tivat Cultural Summer – Purgatorije”, at the “Bar’s Chronicle Festival”, at the Montenegrin Theatre Biennale of the Montenegrin National Theatre, and it was in the regular repertoire of producers). At the festival in Užice, the play was awarded the “Ardalion” for the role of the Bride, at the MIT Festival the audience voted it the best play, and at the Montenegrin Theatre Biennale it won the best director award, best female performance award (Mother) and best music award. At the same time, Torbica was awarded the Budva “Theatre City” Festival Award for theatrical contribution for the year 2017/2018″, the organizers announced.
As stated in the editorial text of this edition, the decision to publish this monograph wasn’t made only because we had the privilege to see a third of the whole of theatrical productions of Torbica’s directorial opus at the “Theatre City” Festival, but also because of the need to point out the importance of his creative pledge at this Festival as well as in theatrical art in Montenegro. “Staging of ‘Blood Wedding’ by Federico García Lorca, a co-production made with the Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad for the XXXII Festival edition, as well as guest appearances of his plays ‘Broken Jug’ (Yugoslav Drama Theatre in Belgrade), ‘The Bereaved Family’ (Slovenian National Theatre in Celje / Prešeren Theatre Kranj), ‘Hinkeman’ (Zagreb Youth Theatre) and ‘Bakhe – A Brief Overview of Disintegration’ (National Theatre in Bitolj) at the “Theatre City” Festival, will undoubtedly be an indispensable fact of the history of this festival, the history of theatre and tetralogy of Montenegro, whose future pages will be enriched by the memory and understanding of the theatrical poetics of Igor Vuk Torbica. The texts in front of us were created either on the occasion of the guest performances of the mentioned plays at this festival, or on the occasion of the work on “Blood Wedding”, i.e. on the occasion of Igor’s participation in other festival programmes. It is about numerous interviews, reviews, critical reviews, but also reviews of the professional public, in the Montenegrin and regional media, which, in his case, as a rule, resonated with recognitions and resulted in awards” the statement reads.
Katarina Pejović, playwright, director and multimedia artist from Zagreb, Janko Ljumović, professor at the Faculty of Drama in Cetinje, and Svetlana Ivanović, the editor of the publication, will talk about the monograph.
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