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Jaša Koceli is a theatre director based in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He is known for his innovative creative language and interdisciplinary approach in theatre. Koceli is connecting performing arts with strong visual expression in space and costume design, lighting and screening. Together with his artistic team Koceli never ceases to challenge the conventional theatre forms and enriching them with the voice of the new generation. He finished theatre directing and sociology studies at the University of Ljubljana


In last nine years he directed twenty-one professional performances in several different theatres in Slovenia, Lithuania, Hungary and Romania and several other projects as well. His latest biggest shows include Electra in National Kaunas Drama Theatre in Lithuania, opera The Magic Flute by W.A. Mozart and The Sound by Rok Golob in Slovenian National Opera and Ballet Ljubljana5boys by Simona Semenič in Hungarian theatre Weöres Sándor in Szombathely and The Trojan Women by Euripides in Slovenian National Theatre Nova Gorica which opened the 2019 edition of the International festival of ancient greek drama in Cyprus. During theatre lockdown in 2021 he staged his own play Too Close. His last show is theatrical hommage to the great architect Jože Plečnik The Master.  


He created four performances in Glej Theatre (recent one is Psycho by Davorin Lenko in 2019), two performances in Ljubljana City Theatre (Café Dada and Breathless: Now), two shows in Ljubljana Puppet Theatre (Little Queens by Eva Mahkovic and Nellie Goodbye by Lutz Hübner), Pomona by Alistair McDowall in Slovenian National Theatre Drama, the iconic slovenian drama An event in the town of Goga by Slavko Grum in Anton Podbevšek Theater Novo mesto and an intimate erotic fragment Lesbos in BiTeater. 


He was active in the field of opera as well: besides 2019's The Magic Flute he directed his first opera Julka and Janez by the composer Jan Gorjanc and librettist Svetlana Slapšak in the SNT Ballet and Opera Ljubljana and first operette Hop Princess in his hometown of Žalec. 


As lighting designer he co-created three ballet performances: two in SNT Opera and Ballet Ljubljana (Symphony of sorrowful songs and Heartmeat) and one in National Theatre in Belgrade (Dictionary of the Khazars: Dream Hunters).


As assistant director Jaša has cooperated in six institutional theatre performances with the acclaimed directors Dušan Jovanović, Janez Pipan, Ivica Buljan and Tomaž Pandur. 




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List of directed performances:


2022  The Master. Ljubljana City Theatre

2022  The Sound, SNT Opera and Ballet Ljubljana

2021  Too Close, Paviljon and Cankarjev dom

2020  Electra, National Kaunas Drama Theatre 

2019  The Magic FluteSNT Opera and Ballet Ljubljana

2019  5 Boys, Weöres Sándor Theatre

2019  Psycho, Glej Theatre

2018  Hop Princess, ZKŠT Žalec
2018  The Trojan Women, Slovenian National Theatre Nova Gorica
2017  Little QueensLjubljana Puppet Theatre 
2017  Julka and JanezSNT Opera and Ballet Ljubljana 
2016  PomonaSlovenian National Theatre Drama Ljubljana
2016  Nellie GoodbyeLjubljana Puppet Theatre 
2015  LesbosBiTeater
2015  An event in the town of GogaAnton Podbevšek Theatre and Bunker Ljubljana
2014  Breathless: NowLjubljana City Theatre
2014  We are comingGlej Theatre
2014  Me Me Me MeGlej Theatre
2013  Café DadaLjubljana City Theatre
2013  No there is no shoreGlej Theatre
2011  Beauty and the BeastAGRFT and Mini Teater (graduate performance)




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03.05.2021 - Marjana Ravnjak, Art of acting, TV Slovenia

31.03.2021 - Andrej Predin, Delo Newspaper

30.03.2021 - Teja Pelko, Vklop Stop Magazine

04.02.2021 - Nina Zagoričnik, Val 202, Radio Slovenia

28.02.2020 - Lara Paukovič, Mladina Magazine

22.02.2020 - Juta Liutkevičiūtė, LRT - Lithuanian Radio

19.02.2020 - Viktorija Vitkauskaitė, IQ Magazine

17.02.2020 - Jolanta Garnytė-Jadkauskienė, 100 seconds for NKDT

08.02.2020 - Lukas Alsys, Kauno Diena

26.06.2019 - Eleni Philippou, Cyprus Mail

24.06.2019 - Merópi Moyséos, Politis

23.06.2019 - Antonis Georgiou, Orizontas

13.06.2019 - Dušan Mukics, Porabje

13.08.2018 - Lucija Kolar, Savinjski Utrip newspaper
12.04.2018 - Ana Kržišnik Blažica, Sigledal
24.05.2017 - Lara Zupan, New Student

12.03.2017 - Mankica Kranjec, NeDelo
17.11.2016 - Nina Zagoričnik, Radio Slovenia

16.04.2016 - Gregor Butala, Dnevnik newspaper

25.11.2014 - Nika Arhar, MMC RTVSLO
25.03.2014 - Maja Čakarić, Delo newspaper