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Anja Bajda - Denis Poniž (SL)


In Slovenia, the year 1989 happened 1991

The process of deconstruction of socialist regime in Yugoslavia was ongoing since the »leaden seventies« and after that since the death of Josip Broz Tito (1980); and reached its culmination with the beginning of violent desintegration of Yugoslavia in June 1991. Slovene theatres took place in process of transition from communism/socialism to democracy not only as critic of the socialist regime, but also as the artistic place where new political and social ideas were reflected, discussed and problematised. In autumn 1991 Slovene Youth Theatre, one of the leading Slovene theatres, staged reechoing performance named Pohujšanje po Cankarju/Scandal after Cankar, a stage director remake of famous farce Scandal in St. Florian'a valley /1908/ (written by Ivan Cankar /1876-1918/, leading dramatist from period in which Austria-Hungary Empire was beginning to desintegrate) by Austrian (of Slovene origin)  stage director Matin Kušej. Although the majority of theatre critics in euphoric days after declaring independent Slovene state and fall of communism were reacting against the performance, Kušej nearly prophetically succeeded in showing and announcing all crucial gaps and problems of post-communist societies in Yugoslavia.

In our paper we will try to analyze the performance and show how Kušej's theatrical means

created fresh and polemical performative effects.

In the second part we will analyze the performance Krst pod Triglavom (Baptism under Triglav), which took place in 1986. On the two cases we will show two different approaches to fight the dominant political ideology and therefore two different, and polemical, theatre aesthetics.

Keywords: Slovene theatre in transition; theatre in eighties and political ideology; critic of socialistic utopia and the use of theatrical means; Scandal after Cankar; Baptism under Triglav