Open Square Day brings Croatian National Theater to the streets of Zagreb

Open Square Day is an event that Croatian National Theater (HNK) started last year in efforts to present high culture as approachable, exciting and entertaining. Last year’s event was closely tied to the grand reopening of the Music Academy across the street from marshal Tito square on which the theater is situated. The purpose of the event was to bring students and professionals together to promote and present their opera, ballet, classical, chamber, string and brass music sections to the general public.

Prompted by the success of last year’s event, HNK has decided to go at it again this Saturday, September 26th. This year’s partner of the event is Randez-vous festival of french culture in Croatia, and Open Square Day will be a part of their White Night (Nuit Blanche) program encompassing different aspects of culture presented on the streets of Zagreb throughout Saturday night.

Open Square Day starts at 16h with ballet lessons for children and ends at 1:30 with an open air party in front of the theater.

The full program is as follows:
16 – 16:30 west lawn
Zagreb’s School of Classical Ballet
The only high school of this type in Croatia will hold basic ballet lessons for children.

16:40-16:55 in front of HNK
Opera on the square
G. Verdi Rigoletto, aria La donna e mobile by Stjepan Franetovic
G. Puccini La Bohème, aria Donde lieta by Tamara Franetovic Felbinger
G. Bizet Carmen
, Habanera by Dubravka Separovic Musovic
G. Puccini Turandot
, aria Nessun dorma by Stjepan Franetovic

INTERMEZZO –   Actors from Croatian National Theater

17 – 17:40 east lawn
String quartet from HNK’s orchestra
Vlatka Peljhan, Tin Matijevic, Magda Skaramuca, Petra Kusan
W. A. Mozart String quartet in D-dur KV575, (Allegretto i Andante)
A. Borodin String quartet no.2, Notturno
Solists: Mia Domacina, Tena Lebaric, Alen Rusko
W. A. Mozart Don Giovanni, Don Giovanni and Zerlin duet (La ci darem la mano)
Ch. W. Gluck Orfei i Evridika, Orfei’s aria (Che faro senza Euridice)
W.A. Mozart Figaro’s wedding, Susanne’s aria (Deh vieni non tardar)

17 h east lawn
Gold embroidery workshops

17:45 – 18:15 Well of Life
AGEISM: Transfer – part one
G.Puccini Gianni Schicchi
, Laurette’s aria  (O mio babbino caro) by Ivana Lazar
G.Puccini La Bohème, Rodolf’s aria (Che gelida manina) by Stjepan Franetović

18:15 – 18:55 east lawn
Musical academy’s brass quintet
Performing Boris Papandopulo, Claude-Paul Taffanel, Franzi Danzi

19:10 – 19:30, Well of Life
AGEISM: Wisdom – part two
G.Puccini La Bohème,
 Musette’s aria  (Quando me’n vo’) by Ivana Lazar
C. Saint-Saens Samson i Dalila, Dalile’s aria (Mon coeur) by Dubravka Separovic Musovic

19:40 – 20:00, west lawn
piano concert
Chopin Poloneza in A-dur op. 40, no. 1
Liszt Transcendental etude no. 2 in a-mol
Debussy Pour les octaves, Etude no. 5
Rahmanjinov Etude of paintings op. 33, no. 7 in Es-dur

20:00 – 20:30 Musical academy
dir:Veton Marevci
B. Bersa Idyl
Chaminade Concertino for a flute, op. 107
Sorkocevic Simphony in D-dur
Soloist on flute: Marta Sesar

 20,40 – 21,00
Alen and Nenad Sinkauz, Vedran Petrnel  i Nenad Kovacic

 21:05 – 21:30
AGEISM – Unknown, part three
G.Bizet Carmen (Seguidilla) by Dubravka Separovicc Musovic
W. A. Mozart Don Giovanni, Don Giovanni’s and Zerline’s aria (La ci darem la mano) by Tamara Franetovic Felbinger i Ljubo Puskaric

21:30 – 21:40 in front of HNK
HNK’s drama section performance

22:10 – 22:25
Alen i Nenad Sinkauz, Vedran Petrnel i Nenad Kovacic

 22:45 – 23:15 HNK facade
ORNAMENT, Ivan Lusicic Liik’s projection mapping

23:30 – 23:45 around HNK
Ryan Teague Cascades

23:45 – 00:00
Alen i Nenad Sinkauz, Vedran Petrnel i Nenad Kovaci

 00:00 – 00:30 HNK facade
Ivan Lusicic Liik’s projection mapping

00:30 – 1:30
DJ party

16 – 18, 23 – 02 HNK
The secret history of HNK
Night tours of Croatian Nation Theater led by their actors.

The fallowing institutions orbiting marshal Tito square will also participate with their own programs indoors. Those include:
The Musical Academy
Museum of crafts and arts
Croatian museum of schooling
Folk songs and dances ensemble LADO
Academy of Dramatic Arts