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Curators’ Statement

As in previous years, Bitef opens with the Day of the Prologue, which announces thematic and/or aesthetic lines of the programme while, sometimes, also linking them with the previous festival edition. Exactly that is the case this year, since the performance (Not) the End of the World, produced by the Schaubühne from Berlin, based on the text by the young English author Chris Bush and staged by the famous English director Katie Mitchell, builds on the environmental issues of the last Bitef. Besides dealing with ecology, the performance displays ecological awareness in terms of the production, introducing and recommending an entirely novel, utopian way of creating theatre, which is something Katie Mitchell has strived for in her latest works thus making a turn from her previously clearly recognizable poetics. The costumes and the props are taken from some old productions, stage design is created from recyclable materials, and the electricity for the show is produced during the performance by pedaling two special bicycles. Also, this production directly introduces the theme of the 56th Bitef, as the main characters are two scientists of different age and status, whose relationship exposes, among other things, the professional tension and malignant power structures in today’s academic world.