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Tuesday, June 30, 2009


Rusjan Flight Pioneers

Oscar and I were invited to watch the theatre performance Eda by Neda R. Bric in June 2009. The theatre play tells the story of the flight pioneers Edvard and Josip Rusjan, two brothers who made the first flight in Slovenia. Edvard flew the aircraft 'Eda', which was built by themselves, on November 25, 1909, near Gorica / Gorizia.

Edvard Rusjan died in a plane crash near the Kalemegdan fortress in Begrade during a demonstration of one of their planes. Josip moved to Buenos Aires where he died in 1953. The theatre play tells the story of the two brothers and at the same time tells the story of a mother and daughter.

The theatre play tells two parallel stories connected together. But everything was in Slovenian language, so the only parts which Oscar and I could really follow, were the scenes where they were putting together a maching on the stage. The machine looks really good and it is nice to see the two actors putting it together and actually flying it, before it all falls apart again...

The video is a short impression of the machine. The full theatre play lasts 80 minutes and can still be seen this week at the Mladinsko Gledališče in Ljubljana, Slovenia. I was hoping to catch some more comments from Oscar during the play, but all his comments and laughing were always on the moment just when my camera was not running... At the end of the video he calls out very excited 'drie Verbeugungen!!!'. This is a combination of Dutch and German, which means 'three bows!!!'. At the end of the play the actors bow three times, which was very impressive to him.

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