13.11.04 | 18:30 | Schauspielhaus (Studio)
BEAR - Slovenia
By Anton Chekhov
With: Zijah A. Sokolovic
Musicians: Primoz Simoncic (saxophone), Iztok Vidmar (bass),
Jelena Zdrale (violine), Marjan Stanic (drums)
Director: Zijah A. Sokolovic
Duration: approx. 70 min.
The Bear is a short play about Smirnov, a rude
merchant who turns up at the estate of Elena Popova to get money
owed to him by Popova’s late husband. Popova, however,
does not have the money and asks him to return in a few days.
Smirnov, who considers all women “affected and deceitful”,
refuses to leave, insisting to collect his debt immediately.
Against his better judgement, Smirnov is smitten by the widow.
And also Popova, who upon her husband’s death vowed “never
to look at the light of day again”, warms to the crude
In the year of the 100th anniversary of Anton P. Chekhov’s
death, Zijah A. Sokolovic and his musicians present the Russian
playwright’s famous farce in a very unusual form. The
musicians and their instruments take over the roles of the characters
in the play and translate Chekhov’s dialogue into sounds
and melodies. The most jazzy Bear ever shown premiered 1997
during the Month of Culture in Ljubljana and has been repeatedly
awarded ever since.