This program was designed in order to take advantage of an unique opportunity, residence of around 100 critics from 40 countries from around the world in Belgrade, and to present them a selection of Belgrade productions which are not a part of the Bitef main program. These shows don’t necessarily conceptually align with the Bitef’s ”new tendencies”, but do reach the highest artistic standards. Due to the fact that the main and side programs are already filled with content, showcase could only contain a certain number of productions. Still, the Bitef artistic team has tried to make this selection representative in several ways: to have shows with important references and to contain different genres/forms present in Belgrade’s theatre life (drama theatre, contemporary dance, theatre for children and youth). We would be very happy if this program would complete its mission: the contribution to media visibility and professional evaluation of theatre in Belgrade on, indeed, widest international scale – the visibility which it, we think, didn’t have a chance to achieve in the past.
photo: Nenad Petrović
29th September, 20:00
Yugoslav Drama Theatre
What happened after Nora left her husband or the pillars of the pillars of society
Director: Snežana Trišić
Cast: Nataša Tapušković, Branislav Lečić, Vojin Ćetković, Nataša Ninković, Nebojša Milovanović, Bojan Dimitrijević, Anđelika Simić, Goran Daničić, Branko Cvejić, Branka Petrić, Vesna Stanković, Andrijana Oliverić, Marko Janketić
Translation: Jelena Kostić Tomović; Dramaturgist: Periša Perišić; Set designer: Darko Nedeljković; Costume designer: MajaMirković; Composer: Irena Popović; Choreographer: Sonja Vukićević; Stage speech: Ljiljana Mrkić Popović
Austrian Nobel Prize winner Elfriede Jelinek’s play What happened after Nora left her husband or the pillars of society is a sui generis sequel and a paraphrase of two Ibsen’s dramas Nora (A Doll’s House) and The Pillars of Society following the ‘evolutionary path’ of Nora Helmer after she left her husband, in a theatrical kaleidoscope of male projections/fantasies about the woman as a wife, mother, worker, artist, lover, prostitute, concubine, domino-lady and finally a businesswoman.
Will Nora manage to make her desire and craving for self-realisation come true or will she have to accept the destiny determined for her by the history of drama theatre? Will she manage to fulfill her plans or will she have to come to terms with the place preset for her by the contemporary consumer society?
29th September, 20:00
Director: Boris Liješević
Translated from the Russian: Novica Antić; Set designer: Aleksandar Denić; Costumes: Maja Mirković; Composer: Aleksandar Kostić; Assistant director: Nevena Rajković; Organisation: Jelena Tvrtković and Jovana Pavić
Cast: Marta Bjelica, Nebojša Ilić, Jelena Đokić, Isidora Minić, Bojan Žirović, Svetozar Cvetković, Dara Džokić, Nenad Ćirić, Branka Šelić, Vuk Jovanović, Dejan Dedić, Branislav Trifunović, Strahinja Blažić, Jelena Petrović
Drunk, the latest play by one of the currently most often staged Russian and European modern dramatists Ivan Viripayev, takes place somewhere in the West, in one of modern metropolises where fourteen characters (bankers, managers, wealthy modern technocrats and intellectuals plus a prostitute) get drunk for various reasons. However, the inebriation is only a mask through which they can summon the courage to tell the truths that they dare not admit when they are sober and to say how purposelessly, worthlessly and callously they live. In this ‘collective monologue’ some of them nonetheless realise that there is also something else in the world, something that is worth living for – love and hope.
photo: Vladimir Jablanov
30th September, 12:00
Boško Buha Theatre
Milena Depolo after F.L. Baum
ČAROBNJAK IZ OZA
THE WIZARD OF OZ
Director: Staša Koprivica
Set designer: Boris Maksimović; Costume designer: Magdalena Klašnja; Composer: Srđan Marković; Stage movement: Damjan Kecojević; Organiser: Nataša Karanović; Assistant organisers: Dunja Babović and Aleksandar Dimitrijević
Cast: Jovana Stojiljković, Uroš Jovčić, Aleksandar Milković, Zoran Cvijanović, Stefan Bundalo, Boris Milivojević, Andrijana Oliverić, Aleksandra Simić, Katarina Marković, Jelena Trkulja, Ivana Lokner, Nikola Malbaša, Nemanja Stamatović
What is Dorothy like today? Who is her Toto? What are intelligence, love and courage today? Why could not evil be funny a little too? Why good should never break down? What is that modern-day conjurer like who seduces masses and tells them how great he is? In answering these questions, we gradually moved away from the original precisely so as to remain to it as close as possible.
30th September, 14:00
Malo pozorište “Duško Radović”
Concept and choreography: Dalija Aćin Thelander and Karen Levi
Music: Tian Rotvel
Cast: Milica Pisić, Jovana Rakić Kiselčić, Vladimir Arsenijević
Naglavačke is a production offering the youngest audience a date with modern dance. Addressing children’s curiosity, it stimulates perception and interaction in a specific way inviting children to participate, investigate and discover themselves and others by dint of an unusual visual and physical experience. Their role and participation in the production encourage and prompt them to see themselves and the others from another angle, invite them to cooperate, puzzle them and contribute to their understanding of dance and art. The aesthetic of the production insists on minimalism and simplicity. Stepping away from the usual theatre conventions, the production accords priority to spontaneity, risk and an ‘open end’ approach.
photo: Nenad Šugić
30th September, 20:00
THE SOLDIER’S TALE
Choreography: Guy Weizman and Roni Haver
Assistant choreographer: Kamilo Čapela
Costume designer: Slavna Martinović
Cast: Ana Ignjatović Zagorac, Nataša Gvozdenović, Milan Marić, Dejan Kolarov, Vladimir Čubrilo, Luka Lukić
Understudies: Miona Petrović and Boris Vidaković
Dance teacher: Isidora Stanišić
The music for The Soldier’s Tale was composed by Igor Stravinsky to the libretto by Ramuz. When adapting it for the company Club Guy & Roni, the libretto writer Judith Herzberg set out to emphasize the moral dilemma of a young soldier returning from war. This is achieved by a simple question: How does an honest man deal with the fact that he killed people on the other side of the trenches?
The Soldier’s Tale is a mixture of intensive dance, speech, music, travel through imaginary yet true events and emotions. The production won the prestigious Golden Mask award at the eponymous theatre festival in Moscow in 2013.