Émile Zola


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The work on the play Nana, based on the famous novel of Émile Zola, started on 1st September on the Large Stage of the Opera & Theatre Madlenianum. A lavish story, showing us French society in the period of the Third Empire, puts in the central place a beautiful girl who from the lowest social class arrives in the Variety Theatre in Paris and becomes the audience favourite by playing Venus. That gorgeous girl Nana the novel is named after inevitably becomes the object of obsession of numerous men who she plays games with, gets hurt by and eventually prematurely leaves this world because of them. The world of theatre and beyond are intertwined, people become goods and Nana, as the soul who longs for rectitude and being a good mother to her little illegitimate son, fails to cope with it, so she indulges in the ostensible success of the  completely dark side of life.       

This intriguing story of a whirlwind of passion, surrender, human lust and immorality is the real theme of nowadays. NANA's character skilfully portrays each woman's urge for love and security, her dreams, hopes and hidden desires. In this case, it is a woman whose path from the top to the abyss is short and unsteady. Spiritually pure, sinful in body, she is the epitome of moral abyss and lustful pleasure that lead to the edge of madness and insanity, "like many starlets we see and read about on the front pages of newspapers and whose love life is served on the daily menu. Dramatization of the novel Nana is done by Spasoje Z. Milovanovic. Directing is signed by Ivana Vujic and her collaborators are a playwright Slavenka Milovanovic, a composer Aleksandra Kovac, a set designer Vesna Popovic, a costume designer Marija Markovic, a choreographer Dejan Kolarov, Marija Milenkovic is the author of the stage movement and Ljiljana Mrkic Popovic is in charge of stage presence.

In the title role of the gorgeous and disarming "Venus", but also the tragic and abused women, the audience will see Tamara Aleksic, and besides her numerous cast include: Nebojsa Kundacina, Rada Djuricin, Vlasta Velisavljevic, Miodrag Krstovic, Branislav Zeremski, Vesna Stankovic, Danica Ristovski, Stojsa Oljacic, Rade Cosic, Dimitrije Ilic, Aleksandra Bibic Kolarov, Anja Orelj, Nemanja Stamatovic, Vukasin Jovanovic, Dragan Sekulic and Dragan Petrovic.

NANA will be premiered on the Large Stage of Madlenianum on 25 November 2019.
The first revival: 29 November 2019.


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