Requiem for 2 Chairs & Stabat Mater

Date created: 03.02.2015.
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Slovene National Theatre Maribor 




Requiem for 2 Chairs

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Requiem, K. 626

Choreographer: EDWARD CLUG

Set and Costume designer: EDWARD CLUG

Light designer: TOMAŽ PREMZL



First Performance 11 October 2005, Tilburg, Netherlands, Station Zuid-Company


Stabat Mater

Music: Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Stabat Mater

Choreographer: EDWARD CLUG

Set and Costume designer: JORDI ROIG

Light designer: TOMAŽ PREMZL

Assistants to choreographer: PATRIK TESCHNER, MATJAŽ MARIN

Stage manager:  PETER KRAJNC


Ballet soloists and ensemble of the Slovenian National Theatre of Maribor:

Catarina de Meneses, Tijuana Križman Hudernik, Jelena Lečić, Evgenija Koškina, Branka Popovici, Ines Uroševič, Asami Nakashima, Ana Germ

Gaj Žmavc, Sergiu Moga, Sytze Jan Luske, Tiberiu Marta, Filip Jurič, Cristian Popovici, Alexandru Pilca, Jure Masten

World premiere 6 June 2013, Ballet of Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, München, Germany

First Performance 7 November 2014, Slovenian National Theatre Maribor 


A renowned choreographer Edward Clug created his Stabat Mater for the Ballet to the theatre Staatstheater am Gärtnerplat Munich in July 2013. Within the context of Pergolesi’s legendary hymn from 1736, which is an example of unique sound depiction of the sorrow and suffering of the Holy Mary, Clug wanted to make a choreographic translation of his own experience of Pergolesi’s sacred music, and in a deeper sense even metaphysical masterpiece. Purity, simplicity, and even some moments of unexpected exclamations of joy were the choreographer’s first encouragement to find the missing contemporary link to Pergolesi’s hymn, which is to Clug’s perception, and contrary to the common opinion, more likely a sound depiction of hope than of the pain. Indeed, the hope that is conveyed in Pergolesi’s spirited music has provoked the choreographer to reflect upon everyday life of contemporary women and men. A dance critic of the journal Theatre To Go, Susanne Ernst, wrote: "The work creates an atmosphere that is rarely seen and experienced. Author celebrates life and addresses all its dimensions, which fit into each other without imposing a particular topic. His outlook is ironic, but always serious and dedicated to life’s vibrant and tiny magical tricks."Edward Clug/Giovanni Battista Pergolesi Stabat mater.