Death and the Dervish

Death and the Dervish

Although being finite and fragile human beings, we should all be accustomed or susceptible to death, our horizon is regularly blurred or saturated with common and banal. We are awakened only when something essential and fateful happens in us and around us. Miraculous turns and precipitations follow then, front plans and backgrounds are in the vortex formation replacing their places hundreds of times, as we hopelessly stagger off to any solid or permanent support.

This could be written in the summary of the libretto that Saša Dimoski offered to Igor Kirov who used the language of dance to capture the world of the famous Meša Selimović's novel Death and the Dervish. This idea was joined by the music by Goran Bojčevski and the costumes by Aleksandar Noshpal, and of course the soloists and the Croatian National Theatre Split Ballet Ensemble. Perhaps their joint efforts will discourage us to repeat the opening quote of the novel Death and the Dervish: “I call to witness time, the beginning and end of all things - to witness that every man always suffers loss.” 

Choreographer Igor Kirov
Music by Goran Bojčevski
Librettist and dramaturgist Sašo Dimoski (based on eponymous novel by Meša Selimović)
Costume Designe Aleksandar Nošpal
Set Designer Slaven Raos
Assistants to Choreographer Mojca Majcen, Albina Rahmatullina
Light Designer Srđan Barbarić
Sound Designer Petar Ivanišević

Ahmed Nurudin

Tomislav Petranović (Artjom Žusov)

Ahmed's Soul

Elena Nikolaeva

Hasan - Ahmed's friend and brother of Kadi's wife

Salvatore Cerulli

Harun - Ahmed's brother

Romulus Dimache

Mula Jusuf - young dervish

Aaron Kok


Remus Dimache (Daniel Jagar)

Kadi's wife

Irina Čaban Bilandžić (Matea Milas)

Muselim, Representative of Authority

Ivan Boiko (Silviu Tanase)

Karazim, friend

Askhatbek Yusupzhanov (Romulus Dimache)


Mario Buličić (Lev Šapošnikov)

Offender and Nurudin's son

Marino Jakovčević (Uroš Škaper)


Uroš Škaper, Igor Gluškov, Lev Šapošnikov, Salvatore Cerulli, Daniel Jagar, Mario Buličić, Ivan Boiko, Askhatbek Yusupzhanov, Romulus Dimache, Remus Dimache, Silviu Tanase, Pavel Alexandrov, Aaron Kok

Souls of Dervishes

Sanja Bikić, Sanja Dimache, Federica Vincifori, Ajla Kadrić, Matea Milas, Anastasiia Boiko, Tina Hatlak

(Maja Lončar, Bojana Lipovšćak, Korana Bilan, Nikol, Marčić)

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