Music: Bojana Šaljić Podešva
Screenwriters: Tina Kozin, Saška Rakef
Director: Saška Rakef
Music interpreters: Katja Konvalinka, Barbara Krajnc Avdić, Nika Rozman, Nataša Živkovič
Narrators: Lucija Grm, Matej Rus, Bernard Stramič
Choir: Tesa Drev, Tadeja Krečič, Andrej Rot, Ana Johana Scholten, Maja Žvokelj
With the ambient acoustic research of the Curonian Spit, a geographical phenomenon in Lithuania, the opera reflects on conflicts of interest, enrolled in the curation of national parks, and wonders what lies behind the human quest for conservation of biodiversity.
Electroacoustic radio opera Iden was co-authored by the poet Tina Kozin, playwright and director Saška Rakef and composer Bojana Šaljić Podešva, who said about their collaboration: »We work as a team, our creative process is horizontally organized. In the collaborative process, much attention is focused on thinking about the context, research work, and questioning of representative frames. Our primary approach is to talk – both between us and at the individual level (autoreflection) and in the field of research (discussions with the professionals of individual fields of research).«
Tina Kozin studied Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the Faculty of Arts. For her first graduation thesis, Fiction as a Special Form of Modality, she received the Faculty’s Prešeren Award in 2002. The language with its sound and meaning dimensions and their interaction has always been at the heart of her creative and scientific interests, and lately, she has had an increasing interest in sound as such, a phenomenon that, whether positive or negative, characterizes everything that is alive. She has published three high-profile poetry books; a fourth is in preparation. She has participated in numerous local and foreign festivals, her poetry has been translated into nine foreign languages. She also writes suggestions for literary plays and sound-poetic performances. One of them, Daljave, was also selected for presentation at the Prague Quadriennial in 2019. She is the editor of the book collection Stopinje and co-editor of the Litterae Slovenicae collection. In 2007, she received the Stritar Award for Best Young Critic for her critical work – awarded by the Slovenian Writers’ Association.
Saška Rakef is a playwright and director. An important part of her work are projects emerging at the intersection of radio and theater arts, as well as those based on the research and translation of radiophonic principles and/or principles of musical composition into directing and dramaturgy and writing procedures for theater and radio (development of new dramaturgies and the compositional possibilities of contemporary texts for radio and theater). Her narrower research focus covers contemporary artistic radiophony, sound directing, sound dramaturgy, post-opera. Her work has been presented at domestic and foreign festivals, for which she has received several nominations and awards (Branislav B Cubrilović for Best Festival Production at the 4th International Multimedia Festival Patos(off)iranje, Serbia, Grand Prix at the Juventafest Festival in Sarajevo, nominations for Prix Italia and Prix Europa, etc.).
Bojana Šaljić Podešva is a composer of (predominantly) electro-acoustic music; she is involved in live electronics and music installations, but she also encroaches on other artistic fields in search of expression. In her work, she focuses mostly on exploring sound as an entity that affects the listener physically and substantively; thus, her music alternates between complete abstraction and semantic complexity. She has received numerous awards at home and abroad, for concert performance (Gustav Mahler Kompostions Preis, 32nd international competition of acoustic music and sound arts in Bourges, etc.) and for stage and film music (like Vesna award for music for the film Otroci s Petrička at the 10th Slovenian Film Festival in 2007). She regularly performs at major international venues (International Rostrum of Composers, Synthèse Bourges, Art of Sounds (Belgrade), Slowind, ISCM World Music Days).
IDEN project is supported by City of Ljubljana – Department of Culture and Ministry of Culture of Republic of Slovenia.