SILENCE | Slovenska popevka


Are you fond of Silence's early, synthesizer-oriented works? If so, please step away from the fireplace. Father Christmas is about to tumble down your chimney.

Photo: Nejc Saje, Slovensko mladinsko gledališče

Photo: Nejc Saje, Slovensko mladinsko gledališče

Slovene Song
A theatre concert based on lyrics by Gregor Strniša
Director: Matjaž Pograjc
Music by Silence

Première: November 9, 2017

The duet has recently set to music twelve poems by Gregor Strniša for Slovenska popevka (Slovene Song), a theatrical concert directed by Matjaž Pograjc.

The entire score – an album's worth of unadulterated electropop – has been uploaded to The tracks feature demo vocals by Benko.

On stage, the songs are performed by the cast. Slovenska popevka features a twenty-strong ensemble that includes twelve artists with disabilities. The show is currently playing at the Mladinsko Theatre.

Short description
Poet and playwright Gregor Strniša is one of the most acclaimed 20th-century Slovenian authors, renowned for his highly metaphysical poetry and poetic plays. His poems, exploring magically interconnected multiple universes, have been translated into almost twenty languages, including English, French, Italian, Spanish, German and Russian. Nevertheless, he gained wide recognition only in the later years of his life and after his death. As a young man, he made a living as a songwriter. He approached the craft somewhat reluctantly, but he never sunk into banality and he authored lyrics for many Slovenian pop songs that are considered classics today. 

Matjaž Pograjc, who describes Strniša’s work as “poetry for voice”, aims to build a theatre monument to the man who proved that songs can be art and that pop can be good music. In the process, he will try to find beauty in unexpected places. This time he will venture into (in Slovenia still uncharted) territory of disabled theatre and bring together Mladinsko actors and intellectually challenged, autistic or brain-injured musicians, singers and dancers.

Atifa Džaferović
Urška Gorše
Borko Horvat
Sabina Hudorovac
Željko Hrs
Nika Ivančić
Tine Jorgačevski
Klara Kastelec
Tatjana Konte
Zdravko Kosič
Andreja Lazar
Janja Majzelj
Jurica Marčec
Maruša Oblak
Ivan Peternelj
Blaž Pirman
Eva Pirnat
Peter Prokofjev
Blaž Šef
Eva Troha

Author of lyrics and poems
Gregor Strniša

Training, Occupation and Care Centre Draga professional staff
Dolores Turičnik, Aleš Ravnik, Irena Stergar Remškar, Jure Čehovin, Žiga Bižal, Zdenka Virant, Vitomirka Markovič, Tea Finžgar Plavčak, Barbara Hegedüš, dr. Valerija Bužan (direktorica) 


Set designer
Tadeja Ažman

Costume designer
Neli Štrukelj

Branko Potočan


Diego Barrios Ross

Luka Dekleva

Lighting Design
David Cvelbar

Sound designer
Silvo Zupančič

Make-up artist
Tina Prpar

Language consultant
Mateja Dermelj

Assistant director
Kristina Mihelj

Assistant set designer
Tjaša Kimovec

Stage manager
Urša Červ