GOLGOTHA REQUIEM FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE

 

Miroslav Krleža

Original title: Golgota, rekvijem za društvenu pravdu

Cast: Draško Zidar, Mijo Pavelko, Goran Koši, Igor Golub, Blanka Bart, Antun Vrbenski, Mladen Kovačić, Vlasta Golub, Snježana Lančić Prpič and Marija Kolb
Set design: Saša Došen and Rene Maurin
Costume design: Saša Došen
Light design: Rene Maurin and Damir Gvojić

Photo: Matjaž Wenzel

THEATRE VIROVITICA, CROATIA 2010

 

Balkan states, with their neurotic political CV, are the ideal laboratory for studying the behavior of the obese rat with multiple offshore cheese accounts. The rodent shamelessly breeding through systems as opposite as communism and liberal capitalism.

Krleža with his superb sense for socio-political momentum pins in Golgotha (1922) the missing link between past and present, spiritual and material, myth and reality. The mystery in the grossly mundane is projected onto a sacred fresco of Christian mythology, revealing a profound and unexpected convergence. The explanation still remains in the realms of mystique, yet we are shown that social injustice can be endured only by a moral comfort similar to the idea of a rewarding afterlife.

Let us admit, we are unable to maintain a materialistic minimal justice whether by holy teachings or ambitious ideologies. Let us sing in remorse, for we live far from the gardens of fair capital distribution. But if we have to surrender to the law of human nature, Krleža is giving us a map to a treasure only weak can find.