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June 12th 2013
UPCOMING CONCERT
Some nitpickers would argue - since the Apocalypse was a no-show - that we lack a good reason for holding another Concert for the End of the World. They are, of course, absolutely right. Fortunately enough, you don't need a good reason to hold a Concert for the End of the World. All you need is a terrible one. The worse the reason, the better it is. As it turns out, there's no shortage of terrible reasons. Tornado Alley, the Danube basin and Taksim Square have recently provided some solidly awful ones.

The duet's first post-apocalyptic performance is to take place on Friday, July 12th, in the picturesque garden of the MuziKafe in Ptuj (SLO). The repertoire will feature songs for two pianos and voice from the duet's latest album, Musical Accompaniment for the End of the World, and an assorted melange of older works. The duet will perform alongside pianist Igor Vicentic.

120 seats are available; we recommend booking tickets in advance. For more information, visit www.muzikafe.si (in Slovene and English).

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May 18th 2013
THE WHEEL - 5,200 YEARS
The oldest wooden wheel, with an axle, was discovered in the Ljubljana Marshes, thus providing a viable explanation for Top Gear's disturbing popularity in Slovenia. The wheel is making its first public appearance in the City Museum of Ljubljana at the exhibition The Wheel - 5,200 Years, which links ancient heritage with technolgical and scientific development.

The exhibition will feature a short film by Marko Kocevar and Maja Bahar. Scored by Silence, the film displays the illustrious career of the wheel, a career even Justin Bieber would envy. The wheel can be found - in some form or other - in practically every piece of technology. We hope the ancient wheel maker was savvy enough to patent his brainchild.

The exhibition opens on Thursday and closes on April 20th 2014. After that, it will be showcased in several European cities. For more information, visit www.mgml.si (in Slovene and English). Watch the film in the Videos section.

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Marusa Geymayer-Oblak. Photo: Primoz Lukezic

May 18th 2013
THREE FINGERS BELOW THE BELLY BUTTON
There's nothing quite as traditional as pornography. This is particularly evident in Tri prste pod popkom (Three Fingers Below the Belly Button), Marusa Geymayer-Oblak's new play, which features an ample selection of outrageously salacious Slovene traditional poems (four of which set to music by Silence). Produced by the Mladinsko Theatre, Tri prste pod popkom is to be presented at the upcoming Prelet (Overflight) festival. For further information, see The Vault and Events - Related.

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Ulay and Marina Abramovic

February 5th 2013
PROJECT CANCER
Project Cancer, Damjan Kozole's intriguing full-length documentary about Ulay, the "least known well-known artist", is to be released in autumn. Describing Ulay as an interesting fellow would be somewhat of an understatement. After all, not many people have beaten cancer, slapped Marina Abramovic around and stolen a renowned painting from the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, for the sole purpose of hanging the picture on the wall of an apartment owned by Turkish immigrants. The film features a score by Silence. For further information, see Videos and The Vault

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December 7th 2012
NEW THEATRE SCORE
Na tri kralja ili kako hocete (Twelfth Night; or, What You Will), Aleksandar Popovski's rendition of Shakespeare's rambunctious comedy (full of incurable romantics with a penchant for cross-dressing), opens this evening at the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb. The play features an original score (and a selection of older recordings) by Silence. Four exclusive sound samples - including a demo version of the play's theme song - have been uploaded to Silence's SoundCloud profile. For further information, see The Vault and Events - Related.

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October 4th 2012
SHOW YOUR FACE!: NEW DATES
Being a puppet takes character. Especially if you're Little Branko, a tiny snowsuit grappling with totalitarianism, bloody revolutions and love. Two performances of Matjaz Pograjc's acclaimed play Show Your Face! are scheduled to take place later this month in Ljubljana (SLO). Branko will also take a jaunt to Zagreb (CRO) on October 26th. Show Your Face!, a joint venture between the artistic groups Betontanc and Umka.lv, features a rambunctious score by Silence. The music is performed live by saxophonist Ugis Vitins and the duet. For further information, see The Vault and Events - Related

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September 3rd 2012
SILENCE TO PERFORM WITH RTV SLOVENIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The fourth live presentation of Silence's new album, Musical Accompaniment for the End of the World, is to take place on Tuesday, November 27th at Cankarjev dom in Ljubljana (SLO). Mind you, this will be no average end of the world: pianist Igor Vicentic and Silence are to be joined on stage by conductor Tomislav Facini and the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra. The entire new album and a number of older compositions are to be re-scored for the occasion. More information will follow shortly. For further information, see Events - Concerts.

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Alma Prica as Medea. Photo: Aljosa Rebolj

 

July 28th 2012
OPENING SOON: MEDEA
Silence's latest theatre project, Tomaz Pandur's Medea, is to open next week. What began as a mere restaging of Pandur's 2009 rendition of Euripides' drama (originally produced by the Mérida Festival) evolved into a radically disparate interpretation (a reboot, so to speak) with an equally disparate score. This new, phantasmagorical Medea - populated by Italian Fascists, haunting holographic projections and a stallion that is surprisingly adroit in the kitchen - has prompted Silence's first major excursion into the fascinating realms of dissonance and atonality. The play, produced by the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb and the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, opens on Friday, August 3rd at the Lovrjenac Fortress in Dubrovnik (CRO). Medea is to visit Ljubljana (SLO) and Zagreb (CRO) in September.

For further information and exclusive sound samples, see The Vault and Events - Related.

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July 14th 2012
YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO THE END OF THE WORLD
The first live presentations of Silence's recently released new album, Musical Accompaniment for the End of the World, are to take place in Koper (August 15th), Ljubljana (September 21st) and Leipzig (December 1st). Igor Vicentic (concert piano), Hladnik (concert piano) and Benko (vocals and synthesizers) are to give the first three in what will hopefully be a long line of last performances.

For further information, see Events - Concerts.

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Photo: Peter Uhan

 

June 15th 2012
OPENING SOON: HOTEL SPLENDID
Primož Ekart’s staging of Jean Genet’s lesser-known drama opens on Sunday, June 17th in Maribor (SLO). The play, a relentless trip along the disquietingly hazy line that separates cops from criminals, is to take place in a delightfully Tarantinoesque venue: the garage of Hotel Orel. As you may have suspected, the production features music by Silence.

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June 5th 2012
OPENING SOON: AUDITION FOR LIFE
Audition for Life, the Japanese-Slovene coproduction that has prompted Silence’s recent stay in Osaka, opens on Friday, June 8th in Maribor (SLO). Six additional performances are to take place in Maribor and Ljubljana (SLO) between June 9th and June 15th. The play merges the talents of two remarkable, nonpareil groups, Original Tempo and Betontanc.

The production – best described as a curiously Zen mélange of murder, spiders and Japanese variety shows – features a score by Silence. The music is performed live by a one-off quartet consisting of Marko Brdnik (accordion), Katsunori Takayama (guitar and ukulele) and Silence. Aside from nearly 40 minutes of original music, the play also includes two songs from Silence’s new album (Wish Me Well, Wish Me Hell and Pioneers of Nothing), revamped for the occasion.

For further information, see The Vault.

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March 29th 2012
SILENCE OFF TO JAPAN
The duet will spend a month in Osaka and Kobe, working on Audition for Life - a joint effort between Betontanc, Matjaz Pograjc's renowned physical theatre ensemble, and Original Tempo, a virtuosic multimedia group led by Worry Kinoshita. The production will feature an original score by Silence. The music is to be performed live by Marko Brdnik, Katsunori Takayama and the duet. The play is scheduled to open on June 8th in Maribor (SLO), European Capital of Culture 2012. More information will follow shortly.

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May 28th 2012
NEW TRACKS ADDED TO BANDCAMP
Two discarded songs from the Musical Accompaniment for the End of the World recording sessions were recently added to Silence's Bandcamp site: an early version of Electricity and a previously unreleased song, Children of the White Flag.

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April 14th 2012
NEW VIDEO: ELECTRICITY
Ordinarily, we would never release a new album along with a new video. It's not that we're not vulgarly pragmatic or unflatteringly conventional enough. It's just that it requires some highly elaborate planning. In this case, however, we were lucky enough to have the album release coincide with the completion of the video.

Electricity, the third video consisting of footage from Bostjan Hladnik's films, features a mesmerizing dream sequence from Ples v dezju (Dancing in the Rain, 1961). The film is widely considered as Hladnik's magnum opus. Watch the video in the Videos section.

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March 21st 2012
MUSICIANS FROM THE END OF THE WORLD - WITH SUBTITLES
Haidy Kancler's documentary has found its way onto YouTube. What's more, it is now equipped with English subtitles. The film - produced by RTV Slovenia - chronicles the making of Silence's new album. It sheds light on the duet's working process, history and culinary preferences. Last but not least, it features excerpts from every song on the new album. Watch the video in the Videos section.

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March 9th 2012
NEW VIDEO: HEART OF DARKNESS
We recommend swinging by the Final Minutes Channel: Silence's new video is up. The latter features Heart of Darkness, track #9 from the duet's upcoming album, and exquisite footage from Bostjan Hladnik's mischievous masterpiece Maskarada (Masquerade, 1971).

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February 10th 2012
NEW VIDEO: DEATH IS NEW YORK
Visit Silence's official YouTube Channel, the Final Minutes Channel, and watch the video for Death is New York, the first disclosed track from the duet's upcoming album, Musical Accompaniment for the End of the World. The video features footage from Pravljica o ljubezni (Fable of Love, 1954), a short feature directed by Hladnik's late father, legendary filmmaker Bostjan Hladnik.

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January 31st 2012
SILENCE ON FACEBOOK
Silence's official FB page, edited by our good friend Geoff Cook, is up and running. We're starting off with a teaser for the duet's upcoming album, Musical Accompaniment for the End of the World (Songs for Two Pianos, Tactful Synths and Voice). The album's release date is as delightfully catastrophic as the title: April 14th 2012, the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

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December 27th 2011
HAPPY 2012
In spite of Mayan prophecies and equally optimistic economic forecasts, we wish you an easily digestible and carefree 2012. We'd also like to announce another dramatic (although hopefully more pleasurable) event that is to take place in Q2 of 2012: the release of Silence's new album.

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December 24th 2011
NEW SITE
Dear all, seeing that we're in for an eventful 2012 (the end of the world and all), we've decided to join the party in our Sunday best. We've revamped the site, making it quite modern (meaning less substance and great to look at). For optimal viewing, use Mozilla, Safari, Chrome or IE9. We've also devised a separate, condensed version of the homepage for mobile devices. We're looking forward to your comments - if we ever manage to convince the darn Guestbook to start working, that is (please use the Message Board in the meantime). Oh, one more thing: you're kindly invited to investigate our new Soundcloud profile.


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November 23rd 2011
SHOW YOUR FACE! IN BELGRADE
Matjaz Pograjc's unruly play will descend upon Belgrade (RS) on Friday. The show features live music performed by Ugis Vitins and Silence. See The Vault and Events-related for more information.

"MUSICIANS" ON SLOVENE NATIONAL TV
Glasbenika s konca sveta (Musicians From the End of the World), Haidy Kancler's documentary about the making of Silence's upcoming new album, is to be broadcast on Slovene National TV on December 4th. In the unlikely case that your cable subscription does not include RTV Slovenia, don't worry - the film will be posted online as soon as the English subtitles are ready.

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Napoleon, General Kutuzov and Tsar Alexander take break from warfare in Rat i mir. Photo: Sven Jonke

 

October 13th 2011
WAR AND PEACE
Tomaz Pandur's new play, Rat i mir (War and Peace), opens tomorrow at the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb (CRO). Recommending an author as outstanding as Pandur is somewhat silly, so I will be brief: Tolstoy has never looked sexier, folks. The play features an acoustic score by Silence. See The Vault for further information and Events-related for upcoming dates.

September 20th 2011
OXYGEN
Kisik (Oxygen), Primoz Ekart's staging of Ivan Vyrypayev's same-titled drama, opens on Saturday at the Ljubljana City Theatre. The audience is in for everything but an easy-going Saturday night: the play is both beautiful and brutal, bewitching and distressing. Needless to say, it comes highly recommended. The play features Kisik, a new song by Silence. Find out more about the play and listen to the title track in the The Vault section. See Events-related for upcoming dates.

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September 13th 2011
MUSICIANS FROM THE END OF THE WORLD
You've probably noticed the slight sparsity of news this year. For the past six months, Silence have been devoting most of their time to their one true passion: bowling. Just kidding. The true culprit for Silence's silence is the most obvious of suspects: the duet's new album. Silence's first 'regular' album since 2004 is nearing completion.

Director Haidy Kancler has chronicled the making of the new album in Silence, glasbenika s konca sveta (Silence, Musicians From the End of the World), a 30' documentary produced by Slovene National TV. The film features a number of Silence's longtime collaborators (including producer Peter Penko, pianist Igor Vicentic and others), as well as some deliciously rare video footage from Hladnik's private collection. The movie also features exclusive snippets of several tracks from the forthcoming album. The film's premiere screening will take place on October 4th in Ljubljana (SLO).

NEW SCORES
Silence are currently working on the first Slovene staging of Ivan Vyrypayev's Oxygen. The project sees Silence reunited with two old friends and outstanding artists, director Primoz Ekart and actor Gregor Gruden. Oxygen opens on September 24th at the Ljubljana City Theatre.

In addition to this tasty morsel, we're happy to announce the 6th collaboration between director Tomaz Pandur and Silence. Pandur's staging of Tolstoy's magnum opus, War and Peace, premieres on October 14th at the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb (CRO). See Events-related for the complete list of dates. Detailed presentations of both projects will follow shortly.

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February 26th 2011
OUT NOW: THE PASSION OF THE COLD FULL SCORE
We're having troubles refraining ourselves from tap dancing. Or yodeling at the top of our lungs. Or parting with our dignity in some similarly flippant fashion. Why? Well, the Pekinpah Association has just released the full score of Silence's last album, The Passion of the Cold! Silence's very first published score, ladies and gentlemen. The edition features 24 compositions written for Tomaz Pandur's plays Baroque and Caligula. See Discography for more information about the release. Hand signed copies are available exclusively in the Store section.

NEW THEATRE SCORE
In Diva svetnica mati prasica (Diva Saint Mother Bitch), Marusa Geymayer-Oblak becomes a director in order to understand the reasons that propelled her to become an actress. The play, scored by Silence and produced by the Mladinsko Theatre, opens on March 8th in Ljubljana (SLO). See The Vault and Events-Related for details.

SILENCE ON iTUNES
Silence are finally available on iTunes. Two albums, to be precise: Vain, a Tribute to a Ghost and the Maison des rendez-vous soundtrack.

January 1st 2011
SHOW YOUR FACE! - U.S. TOUR
Silence are off to the U.S. with Show Your Face!. The play, performed by Slovene physical-theatre powerhouse Betontanc and Latvian puppet-theatre masters Umka.LV, features live music by Ugis Vitins and Silence. 13 performances are scheduled to take place in Minneapolis, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles between January 6th and January 23rd. Visit The Vault for details.

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December 10th 2010
OPENING SOON: OLIVER TWIST and TO DAMASCUS
Silence are busier than Santa! Oliver Twist, Matjaz Pograjc's staging of Charles Dickens's classic, opens tomorrow at the Mladinsko Theatre in Ljubljana (SLO). V Damask (To Damascus), Aleksandar Popovski's staging of August Strindberg's same-titled drama, opens on December 18th at the SNT Drama Ljubljana (SLO). Both plays feature original scores by Silence. See Concerts-related for upcoming performances. We also recommend a visit to The Vault, where a nifty Christmas present awaits you: three exclusive tracks from Oliver Twist and the complete Damascus score! Ho ho ho!

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October 21st 2010
THEATRE UPDATES, PART DEUX
Besides working on Matjaz Pograjc's staging of Oliver Twist (and, of course, their new album), Silence are also engaged in V Damask (To Damascus), director Aleksandar Popovski's staging of August Strindberg's same-titled drama. The play, produced by the SNT Drama Ljubljana, opens in December. More information will follow shortly.

The duet is also working with director / choreographer Irina Constantine Poulos on a day-long audience-participation reading of The Odyssey. The event, produced by the Readers of Homer, will take place on November 27th at 92nd Street Y in New York. Watch the trailer for The Odyssey

One of Betontanc's most successful plays, Show Your Face! (with live music performed by saxophonist Ugis Vitins and Silence), will revisit Ljubljana (SLO) in mid-December, before embarking on a U.S. tour in January 2011.

Six performances of Matjaz Pograjc's classification-defying play/banquet/musical Love Unto Death (with live music written by Silence) are scheduled to take place at the Mladinsko Theatre in December.

October 8th 2010
THEATRE UPDATES
Silence are currently working on Matjaz Pograjc's delightfully tenebrous rendition of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist. The play, produced by the Mladinsko Theatre, opens in December. More information will follow shortly.

This year's Maribor Theatre Festival will feature two plays scored by Silence: Metamorfoze (Metamorphoses) and Pes, pizda in peder (Pooch, Pussy & Poof). Croatian audiences will also have the opportunity to see Metamorphoses - at the Gavella Drama Theatre in Zagreb.

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September 4th 2010
SHYAM ft. BENKO
A new collaboration has taken place between Milos Radosavljevic (animator, illustrator, designer, matchless comics connoisseur, songwriter and frontman of Shyam, as well as author of the exquisite Runalong video) and Silence. Benko has performed C'mon, a song from Shyam's upcoming third album, Skriti sij ljudi (Mankind's Hidden Lustre). The album's release date is September 11th. Listen to C'mon

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July 27th 2010
SCULPTURED TIME
In case you find yourself in Ljubljana (SLO) this summer, be sure to take a stroll down Jakopic Promenade in Tivoli Park and enjoy Aljosa Rebolj's open-air photo exhibition Skulpturirani cas (Sculptured Time), a remarkable photographic record of director Tomaz Pandur's most recent plays: Tesla Electric Company, Caligula, Barroco, Hamlet, Medea and Symphony of Sorrowful Songs. Silence, who were part of Tesla Electric Company's cast and scored five of the six plays, also appear on Rebolj's images. The exhibition closes on August 20th. After that, Sculptured Time moves to Belgrade (SRB) and Madrid (E). The photos, accompanied by Silence's music, may also be viewed at art.aljosarebolj.com. Watch the trailer for Sculptured Time

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June 28th 2010
MEMORIES AWARDED TWICE
Radoslaw Sienski's short feature film Memories (with music by Silence) has recently won the YobiFilm film making contest. The film also received the Best Young Filmmaker Award at the Fastnet Short Film Festival. View a featurette in which Sienski discusses various production and post production aspects of his film and explains Runalong's role in shaping the film's tone. View the film in the Videos section.

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June 13th 2010
SHOW YOUR FACE! - U.S. TOUR
Matjaz Pograjc's award winning play Show Your Face! will visit the U.S. in January 2011. 13 performances will take place in Minneapolis, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. The play features an original score written - and performed live! - by Silence and saxophonist Ugis Vitins. This will be Silence's first visit to the U.S. since the duet's 2008 appearance at Town Hall (NY). Visit The Vault for details.

METAMORPHOSES
Metamorfoze (Metamorphoses), Aleksandar Popovski's new play, opened in Belgrade (SRB) on June 9th. The play features a score written by Silence. Find out more about the music and listen to an exclusive sound sample in The Vault.

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April 19th 2010
A VERY SPECIAL PERFORMANCE IN LEIPZIG
Are you busy on June 4th? Clear your calendar, folks, Silence are to give their first gig in more than a year! The duet will perform at San Diego Music's 15th anniversary celebration. The event will take place at the Moritzbastei in Leipzig (DE). It gets even better, though. The evening's playlist will consist of brand new songs, taken from Silence's upcoming new album!

TWO NEW SCORES
The duet has recently completed the score for Primoz Ekart's rendition of Gregor Fon's dramatic piece Pes, pizda in peder (Pooch, Pussy & Poof). At the moment, the duet is working on a new staging of Ovid's Metamorphoses.

Pes, pizda in peder is an acting tour de force accompanied by a minimalistic, piano-based score. The play opens on April 21st at the Ljubljana City Theatre (SLO). Visit The Vault for details.

Metamorphoses marks the first collaboration between director Aleksandar Popovski and Silence. The play will feature a selection of songs interpreted by the cast. The play opens on June 9th at the Yugoslav Drama Theatre (JDP) in Belgrade (SRB). Visit The Vault for details.

March 24th 2010
SILENCE FEATURETTE
Watch a 5-minute featurette on Silence, done by Vesna Terzan. The featurette - realized for the Slovenian Magazine show, directed by Jagoda Potokar - was aired by RTV Slovenia on March 20th.

Featurette in English
Featurette in German with Slovene subtitles

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February 21st 2010
MEMORIES
After appearing in Slovenka, Runalong continues its film career in Memories, a short feature film written, directed and edited by Radoslaw Sienski. The film recently won the Best Fiction Award at The Altered Images Student Post Production Festival in London. View the film in the Videos section.

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January 12th 2010
SLOVENKA IN U.S. THEATERS
Film Movement, an acknowledged North American distributor of critically acclaimed award-winning independent and foreign films, has acquired U.S. rights to Slovenka, director Damjan Kozole's new film, and set the theatrical release in Q2 of 2010. The movie's English title will be A Call Girl.

Slovenka - the most attended Slovene movie of 2009 - is currently showing at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Find out more about Slovenka and Silence's involvement in the film in The Vault.

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January 9th 2010
OPENING SOON: ROMEO & JULIET
Romeo & Juliet, director Ana Tomovic's unorthodox rendition of Shakespeare's classic, opens in Oberhausen (D) on January 15th. The play features an original score by Silence. Find out more about the play and listen to exclusive sound samples in The Vault.

SILENCE TO ATTEND PANEL
Silence will attend Roman, film, gledalisce, glasba (Novel, film, theatre, music), a round table discussion on the making of Matjaz Pograjc's latest play, Peklenska Pomaranca (A Clockwork Orange). The panel will be moderated by the play's dramaturge, dr. Tomaz Toporisic, and will feature Matjaz Pograjc and Silence. The event will take place at the SMG Club in Ljubljana (SLO) on January 14th at 17h.

CALIGULA IN COLOMBIA
Four performances of Tomaz Pandur's play Caligula are scheduled to take place at this year's Festival de Teatro de Bogotá in Colombia. The play features an original score by Silence. See Discography for details

December 11th 2009
A CLOCKWORK ORANGE OPENS TONIGHT
Peklenska pomaranca (A Clockwork Orange) - Matjaz Pograjc's interpretation of Anthony Burgess' notorious meditation on freedom of choice (garnished with large amounts of juvenile delinquency, bizarre slang and Beethoven) - opens tonight at the Mladinsko Theatre in Ljubljana (SLO). Visit The Vault for details

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December 6th 2009
A CLOCKWORK ORANGE POSTPONED
Tonight's premiere of Peklenska pomaranca (A Clockwork Orange) was postponed due to an injury in the ensemble. A new date will be presented shortly. The play, directed by Matjaz Pograjc, features an original soundtrack by Silence. Find out more about the play and listen to exclusive sound samples.

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December 1st 2009
VOLK in MOJO
The January 2010 issue of MOJO Music Magazine rediscovers Volk - Laibach's 12th studio album - in the Buried Treasure section. The article, written by Roy Wilkinson, features statements by Laibach and Benko regarding the making of the album and Silence's involvement in the project. According to Wilkinson, Volk is: "...a beautiful, profound, engaging album... a marvelously listenable whole." He also mentions Benko's vocals: "...a gorgeous, virtuoso instrument, like a Mitteleuropean Billy Mackenzie."

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November 29th 2009
SWEET LIFE
The variegated program of Sladko zivljenje (Sweet Life), a fundraiser concert organized by the Slovenian Diabetes Association, will include music by Silence. Violinist Anja Bukovec, pianist Igor Vicentic and the Dolce vita symphonic orchestra will perform Religion of Lust from Silence's last album, The Passion of the Cold. The day's takings will help equip the new diabetes department at the University Medical Centre Ljubljana. The event will take place on December 8th at Cankarjev dom in Ljubljana (SLO).

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Ivan Peternelj, Primoz Bezjak, Uros Kaurin and Blaz Sef in Clockwork Orange. Photo: Ziga Koritnik

 

October 30th 2009
WORK ON THREE PROJECTS UNDERWAY
Silence is currently working on three projects. The first is Peklenska pomaranca (A Clockwork Orange), director Matjaz Pograjc's rendition of Anthony Burgess' celebrated novel. The play, produced by Mladinsko theatre, opens on December 6th in Ljubljana (SLO). Visit The Vault for details

The second project is an unconventional adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The production marks the first collaboration between director Ana Tomovic and Silence. The music is... well, Italian. The duet drew inspiration from Italian Neorealist films, especially Federico Fellini's La strada and Nino Rota's score for the movie. The play, produced by Theater.Oberhausen, opens on January 15th 2010 in Oberhausen (D).

Last (but not least) is - Silence's new studio album. The duet has been working on new songs intermittently over the past two years. We'd love to tell you more about the album, but we love teasing you even more. More information regarding all three projects will follow shortly.

SHOW YOUR FACE! and LOVE UNTO DEATH: NEW DATES
Three performances of Show Your Face! will take place in Maribor and Ljubljana (SLO) in November. The play features live music performed by saxophonist Ugis Vitins and Silence. The performances - most likely the last opportunities to see the play in Slovenia - will be Silence's first live appearances since November 2008. Boy, time sure does fly.

Ljubezen na smrt (Love Unto Death), the only play / musical / banquet in the world that placates both spiritual and physical hunger (and features live music written by Silence) is back! Eight performances will take place in December (in Ljubljana). A word of advice: book the tickets as soon as possible, only 78 viewers are admitted per play.

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September 22nd 2009
SLOVENKA
The protagonist of Slovenka (Slovenian Girl), Damjan Kozole's new film, is a young student with a secret source of income: prostitution. Interpreted by debutante Nina Ivanisin, Slovenka features Silence's very first motion picture soundtrack.

The world premiere of Slovenka took place at this year's Sarajevo Film Festival (August 12-20). The film is scheduled to appear at numerous festivals, including the Toronto Int. Film Festival (September 10-19), the Reykjavik Int. Film Festival (September 17-27), the Pusan Int. Film Festival (October 8-16), the 25th Warsaw Film Festival (October 9-18), the XXIX Mostra de Valencia (October 14-22), the Leeds Young People's Film Festival (April 2-10 2010), the Göteborg Int. Film Festival (January 2010) and the Int. Film Festival Rotterdam (January 27th - February 7th 2010).

Slovenka opens in (Slovene) theaters on October 1st. The movie will also appear at the 12th Festival of Slovenian Film (October 1-3). Learn more about the soundtrack and listen to three exclusive sound samples in The Vault. Visit the movie's official site: www.slovenka.si

Watch the trailer

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Blanca Portillo as Medea. Photo: Aljosa Rebolj

 

August 8th 2009
OPENING SOON: MEDEA
Medea, the latest collaboration between director Tomaz Pandur and Silence, opens on August 20th in Mérida (E). Learn more about Medea and listen to five exclusive sound samples in The Vault.

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April 14th 2009
MEDEA
The duet is currently working on Medea, Tomaz Pandur's new play. Pandur's rendition of Euripides' classic will feature Blanca Portillo (recently seen in Pedro Almodóvar's Los Abrazos Rotos) in the role of the infamous childmurderess. The play, produced by the Centro de Producción del Festival de Mérida, opens on August 20th at the picturesque Teatro Romano in Mérida (E).

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March 8th 2009
HELIUM VOLA feat. BENKO
On March 27th, Chrom Records will release Helium Vola's highly anticipated third album, Für Euch, die Ihr Liebt. The double album features two songs interpreted by Benko: Escoutatz (in Old French!) and Darkness, Darkness, the "anthem" of U.S. troops during the Vietnam War, originally written by Jesse Colin Young. Listen to Darkness, Darkness

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Blanca Portillo as Hamlet. Photo: Aljosa Rebolj


February 1st 2009
HAMLET
Find out everything there is to know regarding Silence's soundtrack to Hamlet and listen to exclusive sound samples in The Vault.

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January 24th 2009
OPENING SOON: HAMLET
Silence are off to Madrid, where they will finalize the score for Tomaz Pandur's new project, Hamlet, and attend the play's premiere. Hamlet, produced by Teatro Espańol, opens at the Matadero on February 12th. The play features a cast of acclaimed Spanish players led by Blanca Portillo... yup, as Hamlet.

Hamlet is, beyond doubt, Silence's most pretending and heterogeneous assignment to date. The four-hour play required an equally mammoth soundtrack. Nearly five months of work were required for the 90 minutes of original music featured in the play. The score features a multitude of remarkable instrumentalists: pianist Srebrenka Poljak, cellist Igor Mitrovic, contrabassist Ziga Golob, saxophonist Primoz Fleischman, drummer Janez Gabric and, last but not least, a 14-piece string orchestra conducted by Tomislav Facini. The score also contains a selection of previously released Silence songs and one new track, Mousetrap, interpreted by actor Asier Etxeandia.