Text: Milan Ramšak Marković, inspired by Heiner Mueller
Direction: Sebastijan Horvat
Production: Belgrade Drama Theatre, Belgrade, Serbia
14.Sep | 20:00
Place: Belgrade Drama Theatre - „Olivera i Rade Marković“ Main Stage. Prologue
The performance “Cement Belgrade“ is only inspired by Heiner Müller’s play “Cement“, while actually being an auteur project by the Slovenian director Sebastijan Horvat and the dramaturge Milan Ramšak Marković, whose performance “Ali: Fear Eats Your Soul“ won three awards at 53rd Bitef. The performance consists of two parts, clearly separated in terms of style, which, counterpointed, create a metaphorical warning that, once the ideals of a (youthful) revolution are betrayed, one ends up in spiritual, physical and moral degradation. Namely, in the first part, we observe young actors vigorously dancing, like in a club, which, alongside revolutionary slogans and scenes of the crowds, develops the idea of many individual bodies giving birth to a collective one. In the second half, though, we follow a sad realistic account of an aging and defeated married couple, where the images of the crowd remain the only trace of their glorious (revolutionary) past.