Nacionalinis Kauno dramos teatras

100 seconds with director Jaša Koceli (Slovenia)

One of the most interesting and promising Slovenian theatre directors, JAŠA KOCELI, leads the group of thirteen actors to the premiere, assisted by a large team of Slovenian artists. The premiere is scheduled for 2020 March 25, 26th on the Big stage.

About director Jaša Koceli

Born in Celje, Slovenia. He finished theatre directing and sociology studies at the University of Ljubljana. He often create projects where he combine different text sources. He encourages new writings or writes his own texts.

In last 6 years he directed sixteen professional performances in several different theatres in Slovenia and now he continues his artistic journey abroad, where he directed „5boys“ by Simona Semenič in hungarian theatre Weöres Sándor in Szombathely and in 2020 he directs „Electra“ in the National Drama Theatre in Kaunas, Lithuania. His last performance is grand opera „The Magic Flute“ by W.A. Mozart in Slovenian National Opera and Ballet Ljubljana. In 2018 he directed first slovenian staging of „The Trojan Women“ by Euripides in Slovenian National Theatre Nova Gorica. This performance opened the 2019 edition of the International festival of ancient Greek drama in Cyprus.

He created four performances in Glej Theatre (recent one is „Psycho“ by Davorin Lenko in 2019), two performances in Ljubljana City Theatre („Café Dada“ and „Breathless: Now“), two shows in Ljubljana Puppet Theatre („Little Queens“ by Eva Mahkovic and „Nellie Goodbye“ by Lutz Hübner), „Pomona“ by Alistair McDowall in Slovenian National Theatre Drama, the iconic Slovenian drama „An event in the town of Goga“ by Slavko Grum in Anton Podbevšek Theater „Novo mesto“ and an intimate erotic fragment „Lesbos“ in BiTeater.

He was active in the field of opera as well: besides 2019’s „The Magic Flute“ he directed his first opera „Julka and Janez“ by the composer Jan Gorjanc and librettist Svetlana Slapšak in the SNT Ballet and Opera Ljubljana and first operetta „Hop Princess“ in his hometown of Žalec.

As lighting designer he co-created three ballet performances: two in SNT Opera and Ballet Ljubljana („Symphony of sorrowful songs“ and „Heartmeat“) and one in National Theatre in Belgrade „(Dictionary of the Khazars: Dream Hunters“).

As assistant director Jaša has cooperated in six institutional theatre performances with the acclaimed directors Dušan Jovanović, Janez Pipan, Ivica Buljan and Tomaž Pandur.

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