On the 100th anniversary of the death of the writer Ivan Tavčar, a reading performance of his story V Zala will take place in the Alma Karlin hall in Cankarjev dom. The event, directed by Alen Jelena and adapted by playwright Tatjana Doma, will take place at 8 p.m.
This year is dedicated to the memory of the writer Ivan Tavčar (1851-1923), who is considered one of the greatest Slovenian storytellers. He went down in Slovenian literary history as a leading representative of Slovenian realism, and in his literary opus he immortalized the fates of small people and farmers and life in his native Poljanska Dolina. Although he was born into a poor peasant family, he became a lawyer, regional and state deputy in Vienna, leader of the Slovenian liberals, an important and influential public figure and the mayor of Ljubljana, Tatjana Doma, dramaturg of the event, listed.
Tavčar’s extensive literary work includes stories, narratives, novellas, comic strips, novels. He is the author of one of the most beautiful Slovenian love stories, Flowers in Autumn (1917) and the historical novel Visoška kronika (1919), which is considered his most artistically mature literary text.
Love is the bane of us allDoma wrote that his loves had a tremendous influence on Tavčar’s work. During his student years, he fell in love with Emilia Garz, the illegitimate daughter of one of the wealthiest residents of Ljubljana, Fidelis Terpinac, and was expelled from school for spending the night under her window, so he continued his high school in Novi Mesto. Since then, he has been writing stories about tragic, fatal, destructive and powerful loves. Stories about love that destroys everyone are a constant in his literary oeuvre from youth to old age. Nevertheless, at the age of thirty-six, he finally happily fell in love and married the 19-year-old rich heiress Franja Košenini, an activist and one of the most important women in Slovenian politics at the time.
Even in the story V Zala (1894), the reading of which will take place in Cankarjev dom, the common thread is the suffering of love. In the style of the Decameron, four confessions are interwoven in the story. In the radio adaptation of Love is the Ruin of Us All, three love confessions are interwoven, originating from a farming environment, all of which encompass the basic motif of strong and destructive love. In the cruel, peasant world, love was fatal and destructive even for hunters, who pass the time while waiting for their prey with honest confessions of how they fell victim to the destructive force of love. The playwright is convinced that Tavčar’s mastery lies in portraying peasant men as disappointed and humiliated lovers. Their confessions end with a successful hunt, when they shoot two wild roosters, reaffirming the idea that love is fatal to all. “The power of love can move mountains or destroy us,” she added.
They will perform in a reading performance Ales Valič as a narrator, Dario Varga as Sad Micah, Gregor Čusin like Tintin the Lame and Bishop John like Jernač from under the Rock.
The live broadcast of the event will be available on the Ars Program and in the Alma Karlin Hall, and entry to the event is free.