Janez Janša
The Final Match

Performance / Commissioned work



Production specifics
Commissioned by steirischer herbst ’20

Produced by MASKA in coproduction with steirischer herbst ’20

MASKA’s program is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic Slovenia and the Municipality of Ljubljana

For many people, football is so much more than a game. But now, the impact of the pandemic means that it will have to tread softly for an indefinite time. Not so in Janez Janša's radio play and performance. In his alternate reality, the European Football Championship, planned for 2020 and postponed to 2021, is taking place this year after all. For the final match, it’s Germany against Sweden. The audience can only experience it in their cars, where they listen to two sportscasters bringing the phantom game to life with their descriptions alone. Talking shop and philosophizing, they set the stage for ingenious plays, chants, insights into the abysmal world of professional football, reflections on current world political events and even touch upon the utopian and emancipatory potential of the present crisis. It’s the same as always: the ball is round, the game lasts ninety minutes—the rest is theory. Or will there be a surprise ending? Ride along and find out!

With: Martin Brachvogel, Leonie Bramberger, Alexander E. Fennon, Gabriela Hiti, Mathias Lodd, Mina Palada
Director: Janez Janša
Text: Boštjan Narat 
Translation: Ann Catrin Bolton
Sound Design: Matevž Kolenc
Sound Recording: Fabio Schurischuster (Die Mischerei) 
Head of Production (Maska): Tina Dobnik