Split, Croatia 14 July - 14 August 2004

Awarded: Zoja Odak, Ivan Repušić, Antigona, the queen in Teba and Screensaver

The final celebration of the 50.th Split Summer Festival was conceived as a threefold  programme in the park of Meštrović's galery. The first part was the performance of the Choir and Orchestra of the Croatian Natinal Theatre Split, conducted by Hary Zlodre with the most beautiful choir opera titles; in the second part of the evening traditional awards of The Free Dalmatia and The Morning Paper were given to the most succssful participants of the 50th Split Summer Festival, and in the third part the Monography of the 50 years of the Split Summer Festival was presented to the audience, where on more than 300 illustrated pages the prominent theatre experts wrote about the development of one of the most important cultural events of that type in Croatia.

Wide music span: from Zagreb Philharmonic to Tito You, Valentina Fijacko and Tomislav Muzek

Andrej Gavrilov, Tomislav Mužek, Valentina Fijačko, Tito You

The  basic characteristic of the concert programme of The 50.th Split Summer Festival has been the diversity of its performances. The musical span has comprised everything; from Dalmatian harmony singing groups to Piazzollini's tango or Reinhardt's jazz improvizations by Croatin Guitar Quartet; from Gilles's Requiem performed by Croatian baroque enseble and Ivan Filipović choir to Šulek's Epitaf performed by Zagreb Philharmonic and conducted by Alun Francis. But, solo concert curiosities are definitely the performance of the famous and remarkable piano player Andrej Gavrilov in the recitative that has assumed the characteristics of a real musical and educational fairy-tale, as well as the common performance by three excellent European opera singers, conducted by maestro Ivo Lipanović. Female soprano singer Valentina Fijačko, tenor Tomislav Mužek and barytone Tito You have strung on the Peristyle a real fan of the most beautiful opera arias; by Verdi, Mozart, Bizet, Puccini, Rossini. A simmilar string of choir opera pearls has also been left for the very end of the concert programme with which the Choir and Orchestra of the Croatian National Theatre Split and conducted by Harri Zlodre close the 5o.th Spli Summer Festival on another beautiful open-air stage: in the garden of the Meštrović Galery.

The dark and neglected parts of the town as drama stage of Antigona…, Colonel… Alabama..

Zoja Odak i Jadranka Đokić; Josip Genda i Milka Podrug Kokotović; Trpimir Jurkić, Hari Zlodre i Arijana Čulina

For Croatia modern and yet so classical dialogue with Sofoklo's Antigona written by Split poet Tonči Petrasov Marović and  entitled  'Antigona, the queen in Teba' has been performed only for the second time after more than 20 years, this time produced by Matko Raguž and with Zoja Odak as Antigona. The dialogue is set in  the old, dark and threatening Diocletian's basement halls. Famous Gabriel Garcia Marquez and his short story 'There is noone who can write to the colonel' have caught the eye of the famous Croatian strage- manager Nena Delmestre and she staged this short story in the dilapidated courtyard of the Croatian National Theatre Split, one of many such throughout Croatia or throughout Marqueze's native Columbia, or any other country agonized by war or poverty. The main actors are Josip Genda and Milka Podrug Kokotović.. Brecht-Weillov's The Moon of Alabama produced by young Marica Grgurinović, sung, played and performed by Hari Zlodre, Trpimir Jurkić and Arijana Čulina is also placed in Diocletian's basement halls. Maybe there hides one of the common messages of all three drama titles of this year Split Summer Festival; there isn't an area so well locked where a true drama can be hidden from the world.

One classical, two folk and two modern dance titles at The 50.th Split Summer Festival

Hamlet Svebora Sečaka; Screen Saver Ramija Be'era; Plesovi Erosa Milka Šparembleka

The Gripe Fortress has grown in only a couple of years into a dance stage that accepts equally well classical ballet programmes like Hamlet by P.I. Čajkovski and performed by Ballet troupe Croatia under the guidance and choreography of Svebor Sečak or higher folk programmes such as the performance of the Croatian ensemble Lado and Indian Orissi group that is performing the classical Odissi dance. At the same time, Gripe has been conceived as the stage of the premiere of the Split ballet ensemble under the guidance of the true expert of both classical and modern dances Milko Šparemblek. He contrasted in his Eros dances two great music names, that of Wagner and Orff. Technically the most demanding dance programme Screen Saver by the Israeli dance group Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company  and under the guidance of Rami Be'er has also found its place on the great stage of the Croatian national Theatre Split, but it has  also turned out to be too narrow for all those who wanted to see these virtuosos of modern dancing.

Opulent visual art programme: Bunk, Adžić, Ćurdo…. And Monography of Split Summer Festival

Rudolf Bunk, Mijo Adžić, Darko Ćurdo, Monografija 50 splitskih ljeta, Petar Selem, Nikola Batušić

As many as 9 exhibitions have entered the accompanying programme of The 50.th Split Summer Festival. Three of them deserve special attention: 'Theatre- graphics:1994-2003' by  actor and painter Darko Ćurdo; 'Retrospective of theatre scenography' by Mijo Adžić, the author who has been present with his work on Spli theatre boards for 40 years; and 'Split scenographic work of Rudolf Bunk', a German painter who  left a remarkable impact on visual art and theatre life of Split in the fifties. All of them have shown once again that Split needs and deserves, as it was announced at the opening of Bunk's exhibition by dr Petar Selem, ' a systematic and considerate care of the theatre heritage'. The monography '50 years of Split Summer Festival' is also  the witness for the thesis represented by  academician Nikola Batušić that circumstances in Split and Dalmatia have matured for an institution such as The Institute of Theatrology.

After the opening night of Bellini's Norma, the Peristyle was flooded with Verdi's Nabucco and Aida

Gabriella Morigi (Norma), Zorica Antonić (Adalgisa); D. Damiani (Nabucco), I. Čikeš (Zaccaria); Olga Romanko (Aida)

The problems that the town is faced with when organizing opera performances on the Peristyle of Diocletian's palace are commonly known, aware of them are simple citizens, the owners of nearby coffee-bars and the journalists of city columns as well as conservators, associations for the preservation of cultural heritage and the city authority themselves. And how much Split will lose in the cultural, tourist and historical sense if one day those performances are terminated remains to be seen. For the time being, the myth called 'opera Peristyle' still exists and quite successfully. This summer with their solo performances the following singers have definitely contributed to that: Gabriella Morigi (Norma and Abigalle), Kristjan Johannsson ( Pollione and Radames), Ivica Čikeš (Oroveso, Zaccaria, Ramfis), then Davide Damiani (Nabucco and Amonasro), Olga Romanko (Aida), Zlatomira Nikolova (Amneris), Zorica Antonić (Adalgisa), Branko Robinšak (Ismaele)…Along with the conductors Ivo Lipanović and Hari Zlodre in Norma and Ivan Reušić in Nabucco and Angelo Cavallar in Aida they have substantially contributed to the full expression of the force and magnificence of the Choir and Orchestra of the Croatian National Theatre.

Polish and Slovenian guest appearances: Ferdydurke, Mitteleuropa, Waiting for Godot, Bald soprano

Ferdydurke, Mitteleuropski prizori, Čekajući Godota, Ćelava pjevačica...

Easy-going and cheerful performances can be observed by the fans of comic scenes also this summer; first of all at the guest appereance of Oštarica from Rijeka and Goldoni's Mirandolina; then meeting Madhouse Theatre and their digested Shakespeare and finally in revived home performances of Machiavelli's Mandragola and Stulli's Kata Kapuralica. But the true and forceful dramatic challenges are definitely expected with two Polish 'extrainstitutionalized' theatre co-productins where two producers Janusz Oprynski and Witold Mazurkiewicz are dealing with yesterday's and today's 'midle' Europe in an impressive and uncompromising way, the way they see it themselves through Gombrowicz and Musil's glasses. If two classical tragicomic-grotesque titles are added to that- Becket's Godot  produced by Vito Taufer, and Ionesco's Bald Soprano as produced by Samo M Strelec, then the diversity of the drama production of the 50.th Split Summer Festival is obvious even without three premiere performances prepared by Nenni Delmestre, Matko Raguž and Marica Grgurinović.

Split Summer Festival  started simultanously with Norma in Split and Ballet triptych in Israel

Actually the 50.th Split Summer Festival started at a couople of locations simultaneously; with the opening of the retrospective exhibition of the academic painter and set designer Mijo Adžić in the Milesi palace and Galić show-room in Marmontova street; naturally by Bellini's Norma on the Peristyle, conducted by maestro Lipanović and produced by Petar Selem, which also had its video version on Split Riva and TV version on the programme of Croatian radio and television, and owing to an interesting coincidence the whole Ballet ensemble of the Croatian National Theatre Split performed at the same time  at the festival in the Israeli city of Karmiel with dance tryptich ' Adeus- Butterflies- Give Give' which was also being shown to the audience in Tel Aviv for three days successively; on the 16th,17th and 18th of July.

International Dance Workshop: Martha Graham Technique, Classical, Repertoire

Faculty: Andrea Pereković (from Martha Graham Danceschool, actually teaching at centre choreographique Paljokaj), Iraida Lukashova, Aleksandar Lukjanov
Eligibility: Dancers with professional experience, aged 16 or older.
Participation fee: Martha Graham Technique 10 € per single class, Classical and Repertoire 6 € per single class.
Accommodation: this is a non-residential course but Split Summer Festival can recommend accommodation.
Contact and registration:  Davor Vuković (Public Relations), phone +385 21321388
/ e-mail: davor.vukovic@hnk-split.hr, or Almira Osmanović (Artistic Director), phone +385 98387143

July 14th - July 30th 2004

HRVATSKO NARODNO KAZALIŠTE  phone / fax +385(0)21 344 999 e-mail: hnk-split@st.htnet.hr www.hnk-split.hr  MILAN ŠTRLJIĆ Intendant HNK Split i ravnatelj 50. splitskog ljeta NENNI DELMESTRE  Split Summer Festival Drama Programme and CNT Split Drama Director HARI ZLODRE Split Summer Festival Operatic and Musical Programme Director, CNT Split Opera Director  ■  PROF. DR. PETAR SELEM CNT Split Art Director  ■  ALMIRA OSMANOVIĆ Umje   ■  SPLIT SUMMER FESTIVAL  ■ Tel / fax +385(0)21 344 999 www.splitsko-ljeto.hr e-mail:split-summer-festival@hnk-split.hr