The Tempest, The Gospel According to St. Mark, Bloody Wedding, Leaving Bratislava

The Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, Bratislava, 1996
Author: William Shakespeare, Jorge Luis Borges, Federico García Lorca, Mikuláš Dohnány
Directed by Jozef Gombár, Ján Štrbák, Rastislav Ballek

about the production

Blood Wedding, The Tempest
While staging Lorca's Blood Wedding, the VŠMU students followed the idea that this drama is generally known. Therefore, under the supervision of their teacher, director Vladimír Strnisko, the VŠMU student director, Jozef Gombár, has stage it out words, in cooperation with his colleagues. The actors express text through motion, relationship, atmosphere, music, etc… The stage-play experienced an extraordinarily successful premiére at the International Festival of Theatre Schools and Academies in Caracas, Venezuela in 1995, where it was an intensive reading.
Shakespeare's The Tempest was a project prepared far the William Shakespeare Festival in Budapest (March´96, Csongor Kassai was awarded the Award far the Best Actor's Performance). The play is an attempt to alternatively present Shakespeare's theme, trying to follow the story, the plot and the basic respective circumstances. The atmosphere and the intimacy between the stage and the audience are greatly emphasized.
Both The Tempest and Blood Wedding won the Main Spectators' Prize at the Festival DAMU - JAMU - VŠMU ZLOMVAZ '96 in May 1996 in Prague.

Leaving Bratislava
The staging of a portion of a manuscript by Mikuláš Dohnány (1824 – 1852), extraordinarily resounds under Slovakia's current circumstances. In Dohnány's opinion, the nation is to follow its respective "holy historical values". Four actors, performing the same character, enter in specific intervals of time, and continuously repeat the same activities and texts. A grotesque view on national and educational affairs is the hidden meaning behind Leaving Bratislava, comprising a danger of reserving introspectively and monstrousness of excessive emphasis on and idealization of everything which is "ours, belonging to the Slovaks".
The stage-play was awarded the Prize far the Most Sophisticated Adaptation and Script Editing at the Festival of Theatre Schools and Academies Setkání'96 (Gathering), Brno, the Czech Republic.

The Gospel According To St. Mark
Dramatization of this short story by J. L. Borges is a graduates' performance of the 4th and 5th year students at the VŠMU.



Blood Wedding, The Tempest
adaptation and director: Jozef Gombár
music: Miloslav Kráľ
cast  (Blood Wedding): Bride: Jana Kolesárová, Mother: Gabriela Dzuríková, Leonarda: Milan Mikulčík, Groom: Pavol Krištofek, Pastor: Radoslav Kurie
cast (The Tempest): Ariel a Caliban: Csongor Kassai, Prospero: Miloslav Kráľ, Miranda: Jana Kolesárová

Leaving Bratislava
directed by Rastislav Ballek
scropt editing: Martin Kubran
setting: Anabela Žigová
cast: Braňo Matuščin, lvan Šándor, Andrej Hrnčiar, Lenka  Žampáková

The Gospel According To St. Mark
dramatization and director: Ján Štrbák
script editing consultant: Martin 0ndriska
setting: Ján Kocman
cast: Father: Martin Hronský, Son: Milan Chalmovský, Baltazár (guest): Erik Peťovský,  Girl: Svetlana Waradzinová


Blood Wedding, The Tempest
Jozef Gombár, born in 1973, graduated from the Academy of Music and Drama (VŠMU). Directing: J. Gombár: Just In Case Nobody Could Say (1994, VŠMU), T. Dorst: Fernando Krapp Wrote Me A Letter (1995, VŠMU, presentation made at DN '95), Ö von Horváth: Stories From The Viennese Forest (1996, VŠMU), R. Gerhardt, J. Gombár: Pirates' Fairy Tale (1996, DSNP Martin), and others…

Leaving Bratislava
Rastislav Ballek, born in 1973, is a fifth year student of the theatre directing at the VŠMU. Directing at VŠMU includes: I. S. Turgenev: One Month In The Village, S. H. Vajanský: Flying Shadows, S. H. Vajanský: The Eccentrics

The Gospel According To St. Mark
Ján Štrbák, born in 1972, graduated from the VŠMU, and specialized in directing. Directing includes: A. P. Chekhov: Tough People (presentation at DN '93), J. Štrbák: About the Little Winner, H. Ibsen: When We Deceased Wake.