CENTENNIAL JULIUS BARC-IVAN (Storocny Julius Barc-Ivan)
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On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Julius Barc-Ivan, the prominent Slovak dramatist of the 20th century, the author, theatre scientist, reflects on his life and artistic fate. He introduces his theatre plays to the reader, notably dramatic piece 'Dvaja' (The Couple), which is considered to be the best Slovak intimate theatre play and 'Matka' (Mother), the central figure being, which is exceptional for Barc, a powerful female protagonist suggestive of an ancient tragedy. The author of this paper traces the fate of Barc's drama and he notes that, ironically, the most frequently staged piece is the comedy 'Mastny hrniec' (A Pot of Grease), which considered to be a marginal work by its artistic contribution and untypical for Barc. He underlines that some plays by J. Barc-Ivan have not been staged so far, and the production of 'Diktator' (The Dictator) directed by Jan Jamnicky was halted by the Slovak National Theatre shortly before its premiere in 1937, and it has not been premiered ever since. In conclusion, the author makes mention of the recent staging of Barc's plays, such as 'Neznamy' (The Stranger) by Slovak Intimate Playhouse in Martin, '3000 ludi' (3,000 Men) by the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, and 'Cirkus' (The Circus) by Arena theatre company, which is a montage based on the play 'Dvaja' (The Couple) and a short story 'Cirkus' (The Circus).
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