From time immemorial
Music about time
About the project
Where are we, when we were,
where will we be, when we are no more?
(G. Strniša: From Time Immemorial)
Mixed choir, ballet and orchestra of Slovene National Theatre Maribor
Mateja Bajt, recorders
Andreja Zakonjšek, soprano
Bojan Gorišek, Olga Peceny, piano
The key idea of the performance is the first sentence of the leading text "Where are we, when we were, where we will be, when we are no more?" and that kind of meditation submerges the entire performance. In the foreground, is the magic and the symbolic, the dichotomy between vitalism and aesthetic restraint, between the trivial and artistically emphasized, between the spiritual and the naturalistic.
As to its form, From Time Immemorial is an open-ended work, set in an imaginary musical setting. It is not an ode to the past nor directed toward the idyllic. It moves among the shadows of our ancestors who are related to us in every aspect – in joy and sadness, in self-confidence and despair.
In 2008 Karmina Šilec won an international award for this performance at the world competition for the creators of new opera and music theatre by the Music Theatre Now/ International Theatre Institute in category Music beyond opera.
Music: Lojze Lebič
Author of the project and conductor: Karmina Šilec
Direction: Jernej Lorenci
Light: David Orešič
Set: Branko Hojnik
Costume: Belinda Radulović
Choreography: Tanja Zgonc
Premiere: 2006, SNG Maribor / Slovene National Theatre Maribor
Production: Slovene National Theatre Maribor
From the Press
… great achievement of Slovene music creativity and music interpretation …
... full command of all performative dimensions ...
.... the thought and the idea were unified, stage fluid suggestive, stage focus reflective ...
… brilliant interprets …
… a subtle reflection on the time and man in time, the infinity of time and the smallness of man, the unstoppable flowing of harmonies and disharmonies, convergence of forgetfulness and presumption ...
... impulsive interpretation of the outstanding Karmina Šilec … a brilliant performance …
... we were thus able to experience moments of eternal simple beauty ...
… the composer could not have found a more appropriate like-minded twin at this moment in the field of music and stage production …