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THREE OTHER SISTERS in Slovenia, pt.5

Images from Murska Sobota


Murska Sobota, in the region of Prekmurje (where Vlado Kreslin is from) was fantastic. The performers visited Vlado’s weekend home, while the production crew slaved away in the theater hanging and focusing lights. When the performers arrived at the theater, they were greeted with a huge Three Other Sisters poster hanging at the front of the theater.  The theater inside is lovely, the stage spacious.  The performance that evening was charged, and the audience reacted with great enthusiastic applause, cheers, and “bravos.”  Gigante was treated to drinks in the theater lobby afterwards, and later, moved on to an authentic Prekmurian dinner at a local restaurant.

THREE OTHER SISTERS in Slovenia, pt.4


Scenes from Ptuj

Beautiful historic Ptuj, the oldest city in Slovenia.  The performance in Ptuj went very well.  The theater, newly renovated, is charming.  The audience was extremely warm and receptive, and the performers once again received flowers on stage.  The hotel was fantastic, artsy and luxurious, and we were able to relax in a private spa after the show and the next morning, before leaving for Murska Sobota.

[The first of two Slovenian TV promotions was shot in Ptuj.  Follow this link, then scroll ahead to 10:58.]

THREE OTHER SISTERS in Slovenia, pt.3

Scenes from the opening in Maribor.

Maribor has been chosen the European Capital of Culture for 2012, and it is here that we opened with Three Other Sisters.  Performing in the Slovenian National Theater of Maribor, Theatre Gigante got a taste of the warmth and appreciation of Slovenian audiences…great applause, 24 bows and flowers received on stage…a wonderful beginning to the five city tour.  After the performance the company was treated to a lovely reception, hosted by the Maribor Theater, with Fabulous Slovenian sparkling wine, hors d’oeuvres, and lovely conversation: a delightful cultural interchange!

[follow this link to see a digital version of the theater program, provided by DBUS, one of the co-sponsors of the tour.]

THREE OTHER SISTERS in Slovenia, pt.2

Maribor theater, with the bust of Isabelle's lauded aunt, actress Elvira Kralj.


After the dress rehearsal in Maribor the Three Sisters (Janet Lilly, Isabelle Kralj, Simone Ferro) paused under the bust of Isabelle’s famous aunt – award winning actress Elvira Kralj – in the lobby of the Slovenian National Theater of Maribor.  In a few hours, the ladies will grace the stage in the opening performance!

THREE OTHER SISTERS in Slovenia, pt.1

The company arrives in Ljubljana


Beautiful sunny day in Ljubljana as the Three Other Sisters cast and crew stop for a photo in Ljubljana’s city center after arriving in Slovenia!


Theatre Gigante is thrilled to announce their upcoming Slovenian Tour this October!
Gigante is part of yearlong festivities taking place in Maribor and throughout Slovenia, in the year that Maribor has been named the 2012 European Capital of Culture.
The company will perform THREE OTHER SISTERS, written by Artistic Directors Isabelle Kralj & Mark Anderson, based on an old Montenegrin legend about three sisters all in love with the same Sea Captain.

Simone, Janet, Isabelle in Three Other Sisters. Scenic design by Rick Graham, Lighting by Nathan Booth

The cast includes Kralj, Janet Lilly, and Simone Ferro as the sisters, and Slovenian singer/songwriter Vlado Kreslin as the Sea Captain. Kreslin (known as Slovenia’s Bob Dylan), and the sisters will be joined onstage by percussionist Seth Warren-Crow.
Schedule of performances:
Maribor – 10/5
Ptuj – 10/6
Murska Sobota – 10/7
Koper – 10/8
Ljubljana – 10/9
The tour is made possible by the U.S. Embassy in Slovenia, the Slovenian Ministry for Slovenians Abroad, and by a number of private donors, including the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Slovenian Arts Program.

Neither here …

This weekend, a new theater/movement work, titled, “Neither here…”, created by  Gigante Directors Isabelle Kralj and Mark Anderson, will premiere at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  One of the results of this summer’s busy schedule, Isabelle and Mark collaborated with friend and colleague, Cynthia Thompson, Professor of Dance at JMU, to create this soulful solo for her, depicting the pain of immigration and the loss of home.


Cynthia Thompson rehearsing "Neither here...", created by Isabelle Kralj & Mark Anderson