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Dramatisation by Jernej Lorenci and Matic Starina, adapted from a novel Saint Francis by Nikos Kazantzakis. Translated by Jaroslav Novak.
Francis of Assisi is a great religious, mythological, historical and artistic figure. His saintly aureole remains unsurpassed as he has become a symbol. Over the centuries, he has transcended geography and even gone beyond Christianity, conquering a large part of the world. He has become a giant, a countlessly depicted, literalised, mythicised superman, an angel, so to speak, almost a God.
Yet behind the figure of the great Francis of Assisi there is a mere-man by the name Francis, living in ancient times. He viewed the world and himself in a new way and also began to live in a new way. He saw beyond the material, beyond ambition, beyond greed and lust. He lived by such example himself. This very human element is the crucial point of our performance exposing all those moments of humaneness so familiar to all of us (except that Francis was perhaps ready to go further and deeper). Therefore, we focus on a demystified, humanised Francis. Francis, who, as G. K. Chesteron states, “loved not humaneness (in general) but the human being (each one individually); likewise he loved not Christianity, but Christ”.
He proclaimed a new madness. And his new madness was – love.
The show was selected for the 2023 Maribor Theatre Festival competition programme and won the Best Set Design Award (Branko Hojnik), as well as two Borštnik Awards for Acting (Janez Škof and Tamara Avguštin).
Director: Jernej Lorenci
Cast: Tamara Avguštin in Janez Škof
Dramaturg: Matic Starina
Costume design: Belinda Radulović
Set design: Branko Hojnik
Composer: Branko Rožman
Choreographer: Kaja Lorenci
Production: Ptuj City Theatre