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Karmina Šilec

Karmina Šilec is a world known conductor, author of music theatre projects and artistic director of Carmina Slovenica and Choregie.


From Time Immemorial...

Music about time

"Where are we when we were,
Where will we be when we no longer are?"

From Time Immermorial... is an open-ended work, set in an imaginary musical setting. It is not an ode to the past nor directed toward the idyllic. It moves among the shadows of our ancestors who are related to us in every aspect – in joy and sadness, in self-confidence and despair. They are also at the beginning of our spiritual anguish of today. 

Photo gallery

Photo: Ivan Vinovrški

Photo: Ivan Vinovrški

Photo: Ivan Vinovrški

Photo: Ivan Vinovrški

Photo: Ivan Vinovrški

Photo: Ivan Vinovrški

Photo: Ivan Vinovrški

Photo: Ivan Vinovrški

Photo: Ivan Vinovrški

Photo: Ivan Vinovrški

Photo: Ivan Vinovrški

Photo: Ivan Vinovrški

Photo: Ivan Vinovrški

Photo: Ivan Vinovrški

Photo: Ivan Vinovrški

Photo: Ivan Vinovrški

Photo: Ivan Vinovrški

Photo: Ivan Vinovrški

Photo: Ivan Vinovrški

Photo: Ivan Vinovrški

About the project

Stage performance

The key idea of the performance is the first sentence of the leading text "Where are we, when we were, where we will be, when we are no more?" and that kind of meditation  submerges the entire performance. In the foreground, is the magic and the symbolic, the dichotomy between vitalism and aesthetic restraint, between the trivial and artistically emphasized, between the spiritual and the naturalistic.
As to its form, From Time Immemorial is an open-ended work, set in an imaginary musical setting. It is not an ode to the past nor directed toward the idyllic. It moves among the shadows of our ancestors who are related to us in every aspect – in joy and sadness, in self-confidence and despair.

In 2008 Karmina Šilec won an international award for this performance at the world competition for the creators of new opera and music theatre by the Music Theatre Now/ International Theatre Institute in category Music beyond opera.

Music: Lojze Lebič

Performed by:
Mixed choir, ballet and orchestra of Slovene National Theatre Maribor
Vocal Theatre Carmina Slovenica
Mateja Bajt, recorders
Andreja Zakonjšek, soprano
Bojan Gorišek, Olga Peceny, piano

Concept and conductor: Karmina Šilec
Direction: Jernej Lorenci
Light: David Orešič
Set: Branko Hojnik
Costume: Belinda Radulović
Choreography: Tanja Zgonc
Premiere: 2006, Slovene National Theatre Maribor

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Press

… great achievement of Slovene music creativity and music interpretation …
Dnevnik

... full command of all performative dimensions ...
Večer

.... the thought and the idea were unified, the stage fluid suggestive, stage focus reflective ...
Večer

… the excellent interpreters … 
Večer

… a subtle reflection on the time and man in time, the infinity of time and the smallness of man, the unstoppable flowing of harmonies and disharmonies, crossroads of forgetfulness and presumption ...
Finance 

... the impulsive interpretation of the outstanding Karmina Šilec … a brilliant performance …
Finance

... we were thus able to experience moments of eternal simple beauty ...
Dnevnik

… the composer could not have found a more appropriate like-minded twin at this moment in the field of music and stage production …
Večer

… the composer could not have found a more appropriate like-minded twin at this moment in the field of music and stage production …
Večer

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