Theatre and Opera

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The building of the Slovenian National Theatre - the Drama

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The building of the Slovenian National Theatre - the Opera and Ballet of Ljubljana

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A scene from the Opera of Ljubljana's production of Traviata

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A scene from the Ljubljana Mini Theatre's puppet show The Beautiful Adventures of Apprentice Hlapič

In this part of Europe, Ljubljana represents one of the more important centres of performing arts, in the recent years particularly those committed to contemporary performing practices and challenging approaches. A proof of this are the successful worldwide guest appearances by the Mladinsko Theatre (Slovensko mladinsko gledališče), the Betontanc dance group, the choreographer Matjaž Farič's dance group Flota, and the Glej Theatre (Gledališče Glej), whose productions are enthusiastically received by Slovenian and non-Slovenian speaking audiences alike. New trends in contemporary theatre, dance and multimedia art from around the world have year after year been introduced to the audiences in Ljubljana at several renowned festivals, such as the Exodos, Break 21 and Ex Ponto.

The repertoires of the two Ljubljana's main theatres, the Slovenian National Theatre – the Drama (SNG Drama Ljubljana) and the Ljubljana Municipal Theatre (Mestno gledališče Ljubljansko), do not only include classics, but also works by contemporary playwrights from home and abroad, whereas the Slovenian National Theatre – the Opera and Ballet of Ljubljana (Slovensko narodno gledališče – Opera in balet Ljubljana), located in a magnificent neo-Renaissance building, offers its visitors a more proven repertoire of works from the world treasury of opera and ballet classics, in which the possible language barriers are easier to overcome.

Acclaimed worldwide have also been performances by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre (Lutkovno gledališče Ljubljana), which – along with the Ljubljana Mini Theatre (Mini teater Ljubljana) and a number of other Ljubljana-based puppet theatres – importantly contributes to the broad spectrum of puppet shows available to children and occasionally to adults in Ljubljana. Being an important centre of the art of puppetry, Ljubljana has hosted several Unima international puppet theatre festivals.