Pink Triangle (Bent)Dramatic Performance, length 100 min

Pink Triangle (Bent)
Pink Triangle (originally entitled as Bent, 1979) by American playwright Martin Sherman is one of the most important dramatic works of the LGBT-canon. Sherman wrote his work in the time, when the world was hardly aware of the Nazi persecution of homosexuals. After the war, when the allies abolished all Nazi laws and left the old ones, the ban on homosexuality also remained in effect. All those who were interned for homosexuality, and managed to survive and return to their homes, were unable to reveal why they were sent to the concentration camps. The performance brings to the foreground a love story in the pre-war Germany, at the time when the National Socialists took over the power, and exposes the history of the Homocaust, in which thousands of LGBT people were marked with the notorious pink triangle and sent to the death camps. Pink Triangle (Bent) is a timeless play about love, humanity, weakness and hope, but also about the fact that the prejudice and intolerance from the darkest period of the 20th century could easily recur. It also reminds us that accepting oneself is actually a main prerequisite for the fight against all forms of repression.
Commission's Argumentation

The performance draws a clear, accurate and deeply moving arch from everyday life of the LGBT community in pre-war Germany to the persecutions during the rise of National Socialism, the camp terror and the complete degradation of everything human. The realistic acting, cabaret inserts with Drag Queen performers (the queens of disguise, presenting both characters from a night club in Berlin as well as contemporary performing personalities) and the suggestive video projection integrates the happening in the camp, depicted through stylised movement into a compact whole, which in addition to the documentary note with subtle portraying and exposing of common (personal and social) mechanisms, goes beyond the struggle for survival in specific conditions; it expresses a thorough reflection and raises the questions of love, closeness, responsibility and compromise. It is a performance, boasting both a relevant topic as well as intensive viewing experience.

Premiere: 8th December 2018
ŠKUC Theatre, Cankarjev dom Cultural and Congress Centre/Collage Institute
Author: Martin Sherman
Director: Alen Jelen
Performed by: Jurij Drevenšek, Aleš Kranjec, Anže Zevnik, Rok Kravanja, Danijel Malalan, Anđa Rupić, Luca Skadi, Virginia Immaculata
Translated by: Lado Kralj
Dramaturgy: Saška Rakef
Language Coaching: Klasja Zala Kovačič
Set Design: Alen Jelen, Urša Loboda
Costume Design: Tina Kolenik
Music by: Bojana Šaljić Podešva
Video by: Valerie Wolf Gang
Video Consultancy: Pila Rusjan
Choreography by: Ivan Peternelj
Make-up Design: Emperatrizz
Assistant Director and Dramaturge: Sandi Jesenik
Music Performed by: David Trebižan, Bojana Šaljić P., Sergej Ranđelović