The bald soprano

Wednesday, 8th May 2024, 7:30pm
Croatian House of Culture in Sušak
Cultural Centre Tivat, Montenegro

Eugen Ionesco: The bald soprano

Director: Jagoš Marković

Cast: Olga Odanović, Branko Vidaković, Dubravka Drakić, Momčilo Otašević, Sandra Bugarski, Branimir Popović

Translation into the Boka dialect & speech consultant: Neven Staničić
Costume designer: Marija Marković-Milojević
Set designer: Tara Lazarević-Kisić
Lighting designer: Radomir Stamenković

Premiere: 1st July 2023
Running time: 1 hour 25 minutes

As per the rules, there hasn’t been a civilization which, at its peak, hasn’t birthed its own absurdities as a direct proof of its duration. There’s conformity – a level of relationships beyond which our understanding of a civilization is impossible, and there is communication with its rules and relationships based on the use of the so-called absolute truths of language phrases and quips. Such absurdities then become cornerstones for decency and order of a civilization. We have adopted the same principle, a recipe, so to speak, and the liberty to deliberately season this local version of Ionesco’s anti-drama with the peculiarities of the Boka dialect, firmly convinced that by doing so we are paying The Bald Soprano her due respect.

From the reviews:
“In Marković’s steady and measured interpretation, this Bald Soprano is a tragically absurd mimicry, a skilfully precise and balanced theatre illustrating the everyday life of two married couples, prisoners of their empty and meaningless lives and unions.

The play is masterfully carried by the outstanding actors, both energetically and communicatively in sync. (…) That typical Ionesco’s bourgeois salon, a blasé place of ossified forms devoid of any signs of real life with its chairs and armchairs and the pictures of sea urchins, is also defined by a large clock – ticking and marking the passage of time and a repetitive routine of being stuck in nothingness. In this sense, the choice of circular dramaturgy is both revealing and valuable: redoing the opening scene at the end and coming full circle hints at an eternal repetition of nonsense, ad infinitum.”
Ana Tasić, Politika