OXYGEN

 
 
 Photo: Peter Uhan

Photo: Peter Uhan

 
 

Play
Directed by Primož Ekart
Produced by Imaginarni and the Ljubljana City Theatre
Opening night: September 24 2011

Oxygen, the first Slovene staging of Ivan Vyrypayev's same-titled drama, is a pitiless portrait of a young, hapless Russian couple. Sasha and Sasha are in desperate pursuit of something genuine, untainted; of oxygen referred to in the title. The play features powerhouse performances by actors Nika Rozman and Gregor Gruden. In the wake of the London riots, Ekart's staging transcends its Russian setting; it becomes an allegory of widespread social disintegration, a disquieting reminder of the growing discontent of a futureless generation.

The 4th collaboration between director Primož Ekart and Silence features one song, Kisik; a wistful, elegiac number in Slovene.