Pankreas, by Patxo Telleria, in verse and in Slovenian

Euskara. Kultura. Mundura.

2014-10-15

The Borštnikovo Srečanje Festival of Maribor, Slovenia, will offer  next October 21 a staged reading of the play "Pankreas", written by Basque author de Patxo Telleria, originally written in Basque and translated into Slovenian. The play will be performed by actors of the Theatre, Radio, Film and Television Academy in Ljubiana. This work was premiered in March 2014 and continues on tour in Basque theaters. In the words of its author, "Pankreas" is "a contemporary tragicomedy" written in verse; in fact, it is the first play written in verse in Basque language: "vasconum Primitiae theater."


Maribor Theatre Festival is the oldest and most prestigious festival in Slovenia; since 2009 the festival devotes each issue to a specific European theater and dramatic literature. In this edition, to be held from 17 to 26 October, te program will focus on the play of the Spanish State: they have chosen five authors, including the Basque Patxo Telleria, as an initiative of the Etxepare Basque Institute. The festival has selected a work by each of the authors -in the case of Telleria, "Pankreas"-, translated them into Slovenian language and published them in a book. The plays will also be performed in staged dramatic readings included in the festival program, after which the audience will have the chance to talk with the authors and translators. The festival will also allow the Basque author to present his work to international critics and programmers.


"Pankreas" tells the tragicomic story of three friends. One urgently needs a pancreas transplant. Another one plans to commit suicide within a year, to avoid Alzheimer disease. The third one asks the latter to donate  his pancreas to the first one. From that moment the events rush, obeying an axiom of modern physics: everything that can happen, oddly enough, sooner or later just happens.

The Borštnikovo Srečanje Festival of Maribor, Slovenia, will offer  next October 21 a staged reading of the play "Pankreas", written by Basque author de Patxo Telleria, originally written in Basque and translated into Slovenian. The play will be performed by actors of the Theatre, Radio, Film and Television Academy in Ljubiana. This work was premiered in March 2014 and continues on tour in Basque theaters. In the words of its author, "Pankreas" is "a contemporary tragicomedy" written in verse; in fact, it is the first play written in verse in Basque language: "vasconum Primitiae theater."


Maribor Theatre Festival is the oldest and most prestigious festival in Slovenia; since 2009 the festival devotes each issue to a specific European theater and dramatic literature. In this edition, to be held from 17 to 26 October, te program will focus on the play of the Spanish State: they have chosen five authors, including the Basque Patxo Telleria, as an initiative of the Etxepare Basque Institute. The festival has selected a work by each of the authors -in the case of Telleria, "Pankreas"-, translated them into Slovenian language and published them in a book. The plays will also be performed in staged dramatic readings included in the festival program, after which the audience will have the chance to talk with the authors and translators. The festival will also allow the Basque author to present his work to international critics and programmers.


"Pankreas" tells the tragicomic story of three friends. One urgently needs a pancreas transplant. Another one plans to commit suicide within a year, to avoid Alzheimer disease. The third one asks the latter to donate  his pancreas to the first one. From that moment the events rush, obeying an axiom of modern physics: everything that can happen, oddly enough, sooner or later just happens.

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