If this Bergman’s novel is to be defined with a single key motif, then it would be - confrontation...
Oliver Mitkovski / Blagoj Veselinov
Ivana Karanfilovska Ugurovska
Video and Photography:
Consultant for selection of music:
Premiere 23 December 2016
in Macedonian National Theater (Small Stage)
PRIVATE CONFESSIONS – The Playwright’s Word:
If this Bergman’s novel is to be defined with a single key motif, then it would be - confrontation.
In the performance Private Confessions, the protagonist of the story, Anna Bergman, is facing her own choices and decisions, the consequences of the life in a grueling marriage, filled with difficulties, violence, guilt and suffering. Thus, the image of a traditional community is also a confrontation with one’s own history, past and identity.
Written as a novel, Private Confessions is structured in a way which quite successfully corresponds with the theatrical expression. Exciting, poetic and emotional, the five parts and the epilogue are like independent micro-plays, precisely arranged oppositions and extremely layered and complex relationships.
Although it is a priestly family in the provinces of Sweden at the beginning of the 20th century, the Bergmans are a universal and timeless family. Through the aforementioned segments, by means of a mosaic, a delicate portrait of a woman is constructed, but also an image of recognizable generational conflicts, archetypal conflicts between spouses, parents and children.
The Confessions are an intimate feeling about the past, an attempt to take a distant view of our personal situation in order to find a new perspective and interpretation of memories, no matter how painful it is. Anna Bergman’s encountering with the individuals who have defined and shaped her life (Jacob, the priest, Henrik, her husband, Karin, her mother, and her lover, Tomas) is at the same time her reminder of the courage, audacity and freedom she had eventually lost. Private Confessions examine the issue of the ability and strength of the individual to take control over one’s own life and to admit the mistakes which have been made. This story is a bitter awareness of the time lost, the missed opportunities, the conscious sacrificing and facing what we once were, what we could have been and what we are.
“Private Confessions shows how trauma passes from generation to generation”
“The acting makes the viewer feel as if peering into the character’s privacy as a voyeur who wants to observe their lives from behind the window. […] The multimedia approach is what makes this performance different from the theater we are used to, and makes the audience to follow it with all the senses.”
“This lyrical but fierce, intimate chamber play speaks about a woman who cheated on her husband with a younger man. Through conversations with loved ones, she is trying to resolve personal dilemmas ranging between morality and rebellion, guilt and pleasure...”
Festivals & tours
30.05.2016 - Women Artists Festival for Human rights
“FEMART” Prishtina, Kosovo.
08.09.2016 - International Chamber Theater Festival
“Risto Siskov” Strumica, Macedonia
01.12.2016 - International Theatre Festival of Chamber
Theatre and Performances of Small Forms
"ART OKRAINA“ St. Petersburg, Russia
23.02.2017 – Beogradsko Dramsko Pozorishte
27.02.2017 – International Festival "CHELOVEK TEATRA" Chelyabinsk, Russia
02.03.2017 – Dom Kulture Studentski Grad Beograd, Serbia
10.09.2017 - Central European Theatre Festival, Kosice, Slovakia
12.09.2017 - International Theatre Festival “Belaya Vezha”, Brest, Belarus
15.09.2017 - Theatre "Kosztolányi Dezső", Subotica, Serbia
30.09.2017 - International Theatre Festival MOT, Skopje, Macedonia
15.12.2017 - National Theatre of the Republic of Srpska, Banja Luka, Bosnia
17.12.2017 - International Theatre Festival "Dani Jurislava Korenica", Sarajevo, Bosnia
31.03.2018 - NUCK "Beli mugri", Kocani Macedonia
08.05.2018 - Teatar "Jordan Hadzi Konstantinov - Dzinot", Veles, Macedonia
06.10.2018 - 6th International Theatre Festival "Moscow Nights", Moscow (Region: Mytishchi), Russia
Award for best performance form the jury:
26.02.2019 - "Nepal International Theatre FEST 2019", Kathmandu, Nepal
01.03.2019 - "Parallel Festival", Pokhara, Nepal