Death and the Dervish

Death and the Dervish

Using the language of dance Igor Kirov will capture the world of metaphysical and mystical novel by Meša Selimović Death and the Dervish, a final day of reckoning where essential questions and answers always remain unattainable.

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 libretto that Saša Dimoski offered to Igor Kirov who would use the language of dance to capture the world of the famous Meša Selimović's novel Death and the Dervish. This idea will be 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.” 

Authors' team

Choreographer Igor Kirov
Music Goran Bojčevski
Librettist and dramaturgist Sasho Dimoski (temeljeno na motivima istoimenog djela Meše Selimovića)
Costume Designer Aleksandar Noshpal
Set Designer Slaven Raos
Assistant to Choreographer Mojca Majcen
Light Designer Srđan Barbarić
Sound Designer Petar Ivanišević



Ahmed Nurudin Tomislav Petranović
Ahmed's Soul Elena Nikolaeva
Hasan - Ahmed's friend and brother of Kadi's wife Aleksandar Korijakovski
Harun - Ahmed's brother Romulus Dimache
Mula Jusuf - young dervish Aaron Kok
Kadi Remus Dimache
Kadi's wife Irina Čaban Bilandžić
Muselim, Representative of Authority Ivan Boiko 
Karazim, -friend Askhatbek Yusupzhanov 
Mufti Mario Buličić 
Offender and Nurudin's son Marino Jakovčević 
Dervishes Uros Škaper, Lev Šapošnikov, Igor Gluškov, Aleksandar Korijakovski, Daniel Jagar, Mario Buličić, Ivan Boiko, Askhatbek Yusupzhanov, Romulus Dimache, Remus Dimache, Silviu Tanase, Salvatore Cerulli, Aaron Kok, Evgenij Baranovski, Marino Jakovčević
Souls of dervishes Sanja Bikić, Sanja Dimache, Nikol Marčić, Federica Vincifori, Ajla Kadrić, Anastasiia Boiko