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16 - 25/06/2017

GalleryTURBOFOLK (press)
  • The show is about contemporary fenomenon in ex Yugoslavia countries.Turbofolk is new age trash music that is also conected with social behavor of especially nowdays young people nowdays. Todays official culture scene is trying to ignore it and for the time being it is not kind of music thath you can hear or see it on radio or TV.

    It has entered our culture after the time of war and represents spiritual degragation of nowdays people in this area.

    Inspite this cultural rejection TURBOFOLK has many fans. TURBOFOLK trys to answers the question from were does this fascination to this music comes from,and why more and more young people likes to listen to it and to behave according to it.

    Although ignored by the official cultural policy, and although it would not become part of the regular TV and radio programming, turbo-folk has increased its presence in our midst. Starting with cell phone ringing melodies, and the lifestyle of the new social elite - those folk clubs increasingly participating in the creation of the identity of a new generation - turbo-folk has been penetrating every social pore. What to do with turbo-folk, the regular commentators have been asking. After a period of spiritual renewal, is the arrival of turbo-folk marking a period of spiritual degeneration?

    The term was first coined in the late eighties by Rambo Amadeus*, but it had not started being widely used until mid-nineties when it played a significant role in this parts.

  • Oliver Frljić is born in Bosnia-Herzegovina (Travnik) in 1976. At the age of 16 he left his family after the outbreak of war and expatriated to Zagreb. He studied philosophy, religions and finally theater direction at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb. This very day he lives and works in Zagreb as a director, author and theorist.

    Oliver Frljić is known for his critical view at social conditions in the new countries of the former Yugoslavia. His career begin in 1995 with the foundation of Le Cheval Theatre, followed by works at the Teatar &TD, Zagreb Youth Theatre and the National Theatre Ivan Zajc in Rijeka. In the following years he becomes one of the most important theatre-maker of his country. His performances «Turbofolk» (2008), «Preklet naj bo izdajalec svoje domovine» (Damned be the traitor of his homeland!) (2010), «Zoran Đindić» (2012) succeeded. The autobiographical theatre project «Mrzim istinu! /I hate the truth!» is one of the outstanding and several award winning performances by Oliver Frljić. From 2014 to 2016 he was director of the Croatian National Theatre Ivan Zajc in Rijeka and caused quite a stir with his work. In “Aleksandra Zec” for example he thematized the post-Yugoslav Croatia quickly repressed war-crimes against the Serbs; for this and similar projects he is confronted by death threats and attacks in his country. In German-speaking countries he is known with productions such as "Where Do You Go To, My Lovely ...?" at the Schauspielhaus Graz (2013), "Black Box School They Expect You to Pick a Career" at the Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf (2013) and "Balkan macht frei "at the Residenztheater Munich (2015).

    His latest performance «Naše nasilje i vaše nasilje / Our Violence and Your Violence» - commissioned and produced by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin Co-production Wiener Festwochen and several other theatres and festivals - premiered in Mai 2016 at the Wiener Festwochen. His theatre work is already represented several times at various theater festivals, including the Heidelberger Stücke Markt, the MESS in Sarajevo, the Theatre Biennial "New Plays from Europe" Wiesbaden, the BITEF Festival in Belgrade and the prestigious sterijino pozorje in Novi Sad. In the season 2016/2017 he will stage at the National Theatre Mannheim, the Dresden State Theatre and at the Residenztheater Munich.

    On March 14, 2016 at the media conference held in Mimara Museum, Steve Green, the president of the Commission of independent experts for the election of the Croatian European Capital of Culture for 2020, announces the Commission’s decision to award the title of European Capital of Culture to Rijeka. Rijeka win this prestigious title with the programme Port of Diversity, which aims to create a city of culture and creativity for Europe and the future. Oliver Frljic is part of the concept committee and

  • Direction: Oliver Frljić
    Dramaturgy: Borut Šeparović
    Set Design: Oliver Frljić and Borut Šeparović
    Costume design: Modni studio Artiđana
    Music: Oliver Frljić
    Lighting design: Boris Blidar
    Cast: Olivera Baljak, Dražen Mikulić, Jasmin Mekić, Rosanna Bubola, Marija Tadić, Nikola Nedić, Dean Krivacić, Tena A. Torjanac, Giuseppe Nicodemo
    Inspector: Jolanda Pahor