http://translate.google.com/translate… has been an actor with Mladinsko Theatre in Ljubljana, Slovenia since 1985, and has won numerous awards and honors in his career. He has performed for television film, and radio, and has toured all over the world. Ivan has worked with top directors and performed in theaters on several continents. His extensive training includes classical as well as modern techniques, and he is extremely versatile, from the tragic focus of Heinrich von Kleist in his Correspondence to the cartoon voiceover of one of the Smurfs.
http://www.youtube.com/watch… Ivan as the doctor in Mladinsko's Clockwork Orange and in his http://www.youtube.com/watch… in Scheherezade.
How Ivan became involved with Chronos
In addition to a full-time career in Slovenia, Ivan lives part-time in Encinitas with his wife, Marija, a chemist who works in San Francisco. While in San Diego in the summer of 2006, he decided to take a pronunciation class at UCSD, where he met Chronos Artistic Director Celeste Innocenti, who was teaching the class. Ivan advised and taught theatrical technique for Chronos productions such as "The Coffee Shop" by Carlo Goldoni, making use of his years of training and theatrical skills in commedia dell'arte and Meyerhold, among others. He proposed directing Yelizaveta Bam last year, and now in directing Scandal in the St. Florian Valley he is fulfilling his vision of directing through Chronos, a dream he has had for many years.
Ivan’s Directing Style
Last year, Ivan's direction of "http://www.chronostheatre.com/chronoswebsite/Yelizaveta_Bam_cover.html" by Daniil Kharms for Chronos gained plaudits and http://www.chronostheatre.com/chronoswebsite/Y_Bam_reviews.html. The production was the U.S. premiere of a long-hidden work by Russian Absurdist playwright Kharms, who ended his days in a Soviet gulag. Ivan's creative yet minimalist staging and "linguistic approach" and his years growing up in an emerging Communist country provided humor as well as profound insight in interpreting this abstract, intricate play.
A 110-Year-Old Play With a Modern European Approach
Ivan believes that the core of great theater, from the ancient Greeks to modern times, is about relationship, and in this play he examines the various relationships within a small town as well as the larger issue raised by the author, of the artist's relationship to society. Ivan's approach to this 100-year-old classic is to make it fresh and new, accessible to modern American audiences yet universal in the symbolic code of theater. Ivan reminds us that theater is a mirror in which we can see ourselves and recognize our human nature; through the lessons of the characters, we can learn something about ourselves and emerge a little bit better from the experience.
Click here for a video with Ivan's explanation of why he wants to do this play.