From our Collections – Ivo Barišič, recipient of Borštnik Ring Award 2022
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IVO BARIŠIČ, recipient of Borštnik Ring Award 2022
This year’s recipient of the highest acting award for lifetime achievement in Slovenia is a member of the Nova Gorica acting ensemble where he was active from 1969, when the theatre gained the professional status, to his retirement in 2014.
In the impressive oeuvre of Barišič’s theatre roles, many distinguished creations in the stagings of the absurd drama stand out. His interpretation in Ionesco’s The Bald Singer (1995, directed by Vito Taufer) still lives on in the collective memory of spectators; according to Andrej Inkret, Barišič portrayed Mrs. Smith as a “slender, already grey-haired, temperamental lady who in a tight white suit and with a shopping bag in her hands minces short steps on high heels and utters her absurd sentences with unmistakeably refined feminine elegance.” Tea Rogelj highlighted the most characteristic feature of his stage presence in the explanation of the Borštnik Ring Award: “as an actor, he constantly updates his way of acting and ceaselessly broadens curiosity for a new, different theatre and film expression.”
In the photo he appears as Seer in Journey to Jajce (2009, directed by Sebastijan Horvat, co-produced by SNT Nova Gorica and SNT Drama Ljubljana); “his use of grim distance articulated all the horrors of war and violence among nations,” as Slavko Pezdir wrote.
Our sincere congratulations to Ivo Barišič!
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