Slovensko narodno gledališče Nova Gorica
Nataša Keser, Patrizia Jurinčič Finžgar, Damjana Černe, Ana Facchini, Marjuta Slamič; foto SNG Nova Gorica/Peter Uhan

Simona Semenič

rowan, strudel, dance, and then some

jerebika, štrudelj, ples pa še kaj, 2017

A folk comedy from the Vipava Valley

on programme

This performance doesn't have any called terms at the moment.

duration 2 hours without interval


SMG Ljubljana



08. April 2021, SNG Nova Gorica
Second premiere 05. July 2021, SNG Nova Gorica

about text

It is the 15th of August 1963 and the villagers in the Vipava Valley are getting ready for two events scheduled for the very same time – a religious service honouring the Feast of the Assumption with the Most Reverend Bishop and the celebration of the border guards of the Yugoslav National Army with the comrade Secretary of the Central Committee. They have some tough decisions to make: will they be loyal sheep or obedient comrades? At first glance, rowan, strudel, dance and then some is a play about a historic period and the fundamental ideological schism between the Slovenes. But the more the issues untangle, the more they become a portrait of the contemporary Slovenian society in which pragmatic benefits easily replace ideological beliefs. The text keeps shifting between times and settings, and the political dilemma is spiced up with scenes of direct sexuality in which everyone selflessly licks, jerks off, penetrates, caresses, fondles, and rides whomever, whenever, and however. This textual bravura plays, on the one hand, with the comedy genre by questioning the borders of the comical and, on the other hand, with the bourgeois notion of theatre, which is willing to accept provocation but only up to a certain point.

We prepared the production in collaboration with the Mladinsko Theatre and thus intertwined two strong theatre traditions and poetics, just like two ideologies intertwine in the rowan. It is directed by Jure Novak, whose work always reveals interest in burning societal issues, who is no stranger to sexuality on stage, and who has already tackled Simona Semenič’s texts as a director. This time, he blended his experience and interests into a juicy whole that takes aim at  "plastic" consumerist beauty ideals, sharply analyses the situation in the society and at the same time brims with vitality.

festivals and performances abroad

  • J-O-Ś Trinationales Theaterfestival D – PL – CZ, Gerhart Hauptmann Theater Zittau, Germany,  on-line, 2021

other notes

The production uses the songs Piangere un po',  Personalità, Eclisse twist, Folle banderuola by Mina

View complete schedule for the show

  • 18. 03. 2021 at 20.00. On-line
  • canceled
  • 08. 04. 2021 at 20.00. On-line
  • 18. 06. 2021 at 19.30. J-O-Ś Trinationales Theaterfestival D – PL – CZ, Gerhart Hauptmann Theater Zittau, Germany, on line
  • 05. 07. 2021 at 21.00. SNG Nova Gorica
  • 07. 07. 2021 at 21.00. SNG Nova Gorica
  • 08. 07. 2021 at 21.00. SNG Nova Gorica
  • 09. 07. 2021 at 21.00. SNG Nova Gorica
  • 11. 07. 2021 at 21.00. SNG Nova Gorica