Boris Kobe, Škofjeloški pasijon, 1967, olje na lesu, 181 x 208 cm; Ikonoteka SLOGI – Gledališki muzej.

From our Collections – 300 years of Škofjeloški pasijon

Termin: 01. 04. 2021

We are presenting our collections. In April 2021 we dedicate to 300th anniversary of the Škofjeloški pasijon (Škofja Loka Passion Play) with the painting by Boris Kobe, painted at the commission of the Slovenian Theatre Museum in 1967. The painting is also exhibited at our permanent exhibition In Pursuit of a Theatre. From the Jesuits to Cankar.

Škofja Loka Passion Play is the oldest wholly preserved drama text in Slovenian language, with appendices in Latin and German. It presents the oldest entir ely preserved scriptbook in Europe, after which the passion play is still being staged today. Manuscript by the Capuchin Lovrenc Marušič, vicar Romuald (1676–1748), is kept by the Capuchin monastery in Škofja Loka. The year 2021 marks the 300th anniversary of the Škofjeloški pasijon. Very probably, it was performed already in 1715, and certainly on Good Friday in 1721. The passion play was abolished at the end of the 18th century, but adapted and enacted again in 1936. Further stagings followed in 1999 and in 2000. Since 2009, the passion play is staged every six years. However, its enactment in 2021 was prevented due to the coronavirus pandemic. Since 2016, the Škofja Loka Passion Play is a part of the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.


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