Europe Today (show)

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Europe Today
Evropa danas poster.jpg
Company East West Theatre Company and Slovene National Theatre, Maribor
Genre A play with music
Date of premiere February 16, 2011
Location Slovene National Theatre, Maribor
Creative team
Director Haris Pašović
Writer Miroslav Krleža
Choreographer Edward Clug
Poster Design Enes Huseinčehajić
Dramaturge Dubravka Vrgoc
Lighting design Haris Pasovic
Uros Faganelj
Director assistant Bruno Lovrić
Sound designer Grant Austin
Domen Sterle
Video Art nejaaka
Saso Podgorsek
Trailer Goran Loncarevic Goc
Music Laibach
Actor Miki Manojlovic
Dancers Edward Clug
Tijuana Krizman Hudernik
Tiberiu Marta
Other information
Producers Ismar Hadziabdic
Danilo Rosker
Financial Coordinator Sanela Brcic
Production Assistant Lejla Abazovic
Official website

Europe Today is a theatre show produced in cooperation between East West Theatre Company and Slovene National Theatre.[1] The show is based on an essay written by Miroslav Krleza and directed by Haris Pasovic. Production also included Miki Manojlovic, an actor; Edward Clug, a contemporary dancer and choreographer; as well as the industrial, neoclassical band Laibach.[2] The dramaturgy of the production was done by Dubravka Vrgoc, director of Zagreb Youth Theatre. The artists, who reside in Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia, rehearsed in Maribor's Slovene National Theatre during February 2011. The show opened February 16 and it provoked great regional and international interest.[3]

The poster image for Europe Today depicts an SA-style trooper, but instead of the swastika, his armband and the flag he carries show the 12 stars of the EU. The image is partly playful, a homage to the Neue Slowenische Kunst art movement whose most prominent exponents, the band Laibach, are collaborators in this Serbian-Bosnian-Croatian-Slovenian-Romanian-created work, which in 2011 played in Maribor, Slovenia and Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The show is a 75-minute collage of words and images: Serbian actor Miki Manojlović recites Krleža’s words, Romanian-born dancer and choreographer Edward Clug represents its arguments in movement while Laibach performs a number of radically reimagined European national anthems.[4]