Bitef Library will present the latest editions of the professional theoretical literature on theatre and performing arts. Bitef partners in the programme are publishing houses Clio, Orion Art and Stanica – Servis za savremeni ples. The idea behind the programme is to point at the inadequate offer of professional literature in the Serbian language and draw the attention to the body of relevant books published in spite of the unenviable situation in Serbian publishing relative to theoretical literature addressing modern practices in performing arts. Bitef Library is a programme hoping to become traditional and that its existence will contribute to the publishing of a larger number of important professional titles.
CLIO / edition ARS scena
POETICS OF MODERN DRAMA
Traslation from French Mirjana Miočinović
Playwright, director, honorary professor of theatre studies at New Sorbonne (Paris III) and founder of the Group for the Research of Modern and Contemporary Drama Jean Pierre Sarrazac is indubitably the most important modern theatre scholar in France. Concerned primarily with what is usually called the ‘crisis of modern drama’ he has contributed to the modern theatre science by introducing several original theoretical notions which have shown to be a useful tool in the interpretation of modern drama (terms ‘rhapsody drama’ and ‘life drama’ different from ‘drama in life’, inter alia) and a new approach to modern drama, in which, as he believes, in spite of the crisis and visible processes of deconstruction of all classical drama postulate, “remains a nucleus, an inalienable part allowing drama to continue existing and rightfully bear that name”.
In Poetics of Modern Drama his latest and most comprehensive book Jean-Pierre Sarrazac sets out to define the new paradigm of the dramatic form drawing its roots from the late decades of the 19th century and developing and metamorphosing to this day. His fundamental research has established an unquestionable link between the earliest examples of the theatre of the modern (Ibsen, Strindberg and Chekhov) and the most recent ones, such as the works by Franz Xaver Kreutz, Edward Bond, Heiner Muller, Thomas Bernhard, Sarah Kane or B.M. Koltèsand many others. In this time frame of almost century and a half Sarrazac conducts and in-depth analyisis, in addition to the above authors, of Pirandello’s, Brecht’s, O’Neill’s, Beckett’s, Genet’s plays, following all renewal processes in the 20th century drama literature which have conduced to different forms of an ‘open (drama) work’.
BALLET AND MODERN DANCE
Translation from English: Katarina Stojkov Slijepčević
The author begins her story about ballet in early baroque at the French, Italian and then the English courts and then follows the evolution of an extraordinary art involving movement, music, set design, costume and unlimited possibilities of stage effects evolving from complex baroque sets to reduced romanticism to experiment in the art of the 20th century. Owing to her clear and comprehensible presentation and numerous functional illustrations, this book can be of interest to a broad segment of readers and is particularly useful to students of ballet and music schools, students of music academies, future music scholars and music educators.
DICTIONAIRE DE LA PERFORMANCE ET DU THEĂTRE CONTEMPORAIN Traslated from French: Milica Šešić
The exponential growth of performances in culture – cultural performances is a phenomenon which, alongside impressive changes in the classical theatre, has marked the beginning of the new millennium. These tendencies run in parallel to the institutionalization of performance and cultural studies which in the pragmatic Anglophone world become an important cultural and linguistic phenomenon. Starting from a list of critical and theoretical terms in use since the 1960s and even more frequently since the beginning of the new millennium, the author makes an overview of the general situation in the stage art. The book speaks about the performative turning point and its effect on the stage production without ignoring aesthetic and artistic works in the continental tradition which remain the chief subject of research.
STARTING ALL OVER
Theatre between Market and Democracy
As a theatre professional and university professor, Dragan Klaić observed the soaring of the commercial theatre and its increasing professionalism with growing concern as to their effect on the non-commercial stage. In view of the rivalry, closeness and even the networking of these two worlds – one which chases profits and the other surviving on state subsidies – the author advocates their clear demarcation. The question that arises is how can these theatres, companies, spaces, festivals, studios and the infrastructure supporting them and which they rely on, survive in a competition with commercial entertainment, when the support of state institutions begins to weaken. Globalisation, migrations, European integrations and the digital revolution change the way of life of people in cities and rural areas and bring pressure on the state theatre to adjust and modify its role or risk to become marginalized and irrelevant.
SWINGING 90s: Theatre and Social Reality of Serbia in 29 Scenes
Orion Art Publishers in Belgrade announces the publication of Swinging 90s: Theatre and Social Reality of Serbia in 29 Scenes by Irena Šentevska, PhD. The book is the result of the author’s MA thesis at the Group for the Theory of Art and Media of the University of Arts and her many years as a curator (1996-2006) at the Set Design Biennale for which she received the Grand Prix of Serbia for applied arts and design in 2006. The book is a comprehensive overview of the theatre production in Serbia in 1990s within its general social context, but its focus is on the visual language and conceptualisation of the theatre production at that time. The reviewers are Miško Šuvaković, Nevena Daković, Irina Subotić and Radivoje Dinulović.
Its promotion will include two events at the Museum of Applied Arts in Belgrade: the opening of an accompanying exhibition and discussion about the book. The exhibition will mark the twentieth anniversary of the Set Design Biennale in which Yustat Centre for Stage Art, the Museum of Applied Arts and Bitef cooperated successfully during several Bitef seasons
Žad Gallery Museum of Applied Arts
Exhibition opening ‘The Swinging 90s’
Exhibition will open Radivoje Dinulović
Stanica – Servis za savremeni ples
A PROBLEMATIC BOOK
A Problematic Book is a book of texts and notes made within the programme Kritičke prakse (Critical Practices) (Made in Yugoslavia) in 2015 and 2016. It contains critical analyses of performances, productions, festivals and all those phenomena that the authors have recognised as the signifiers of spaces of modern performing arts. That is why the concept of ‘problematic’ came up as it sharpens the focus of the critical discourse when watching modern performing arts as fields of theory, artistic practice and cultural policy and their interdependence.
The book contains critical texts and interviews preceded by an introduction by the second author in the group, emphasizing the inner structure of the group of authors and the method of work presuming cooperation, collective thinking and critical dialogue. There is also a lexicon of terms which stand out as „problematic places“ needing re-definition and re-examination so as to encourage the examination of one’s own knowledge, attitudes and views – a basis for critical thought. The authors are Ida Daniel, Kristof Farkas, Shir Hacham, Aisling Marks, Stina Nyrberg, Livia Andrea Piazza, Ana Schnabl and Ana Vujanović. The book is in English and the publisher Stanica – Service for contemporary dance.
The programme of Kritičke prakse (Made in Yu) is a mentor programme for young authors (writers, critics, researchers, theorists) across Europe and is based on the already existing platforms of magazine TkH (Belgrade), Maska (Ljubljana) and Frakcija (Zagreb) and the net Nomad Dance Academy covering the Balkan Peninsula. It started in 2014 as the initiative of the Nomad Dance Academy net, Stanica – Servis za savremeni ples in Belgrade and Lokomotiva Centar za nove inicijative u umetnosti i kulturi (Centre for New Initiatives in Arts and Culture) in Skopje. It is a part of the project Life Long Burning supported by the Culture Programme of the European Union.