Kosovo: NATIONAL THEATER PRISTINA
“ROCK ‘N’ ROLL”
Author: Tom Stoppard
Director: Dino Mustafic
Assistant director: Rebeka Kjena
Dramaturgy: Zheljka Udovicic
Choreography: Gjergj Prevazi
Performed by: Kushtrim Hodzha, Mentor Zymberaj, Gresa Pallaska, Ilire Chelaj, Armend Ismajli, Edona Reshitaj, Adrian Morina, Besnik Krapi, Fisnik Zeqiri, Rebeka Qena, Semira Latifi, Fisnik Sykaj, Bendi Jerich
Nowadays, all the forms of art are used to reflect the attitudes against the system, and Rock 'n' Roll has always been and remains to be one of the forms of rebelling against the political systems. We were hit by a rock in the head and we feel the urge to show it and crush it – this is the statement made by the artists involved in the performance. To their belief, the original text by Tom Stoppard allows for theatre dialogue with their environment and the audience.
Italy: TEATRINO GIULLARE, AND CSS TEATRO STABILE DI INNOVAZIONE DEL FVG
Author: Harold Pinter
Director: Enrico Deotti, Giulia Dall’Ongaro
Performed by: Enrico Deotii, Giulia Dall’Ongaro
Overshadowed by a terrifying present time, the human experiences of loneliness, insecurity and danger – with comical and disturbing aspects – unfold behind the window of an urban building. Inside their flat in a washed-out apartment building, a housebound woman and her sustained husband feel their home is mystically threatened by the presence of suspicious and disturbing characters, inclined to psychological fight. The atmosphere in the room is more and more overwhelmed by uncertainty, anxiety and violence. In the delicate balance between reality and present time, truth and lie, two actors play six different roles. They express the characters’ ambiguity by wearing hyper-realistic masks that change shape and astonish the audience in a whirl of their appearance, by magnifying the play’s mystery and modernity. This tragicomic piece that reflects everyday life is dedicated to the feelings of safety and threat respectively, to the people retreating in their own homes, to protect themselves from other people and the shadows of the unknown.
Slovenia: VIA NEGATIVA – LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA
Conceived and text: Katarina Stegnar and Bojan Jablanovec
Performed by: Katarina Stegnar
Direction: Bojan Jablanovec
Music Selection: Katarina Stegnar
Producer: Shpela Trosht
“What would you like to have for you last dinner? Where would you like to be buried? How would you like to be buried? Who would you like to attend your funeral? Who would you like to deliver a speech at your funeral? Which song would you like to be performed at your funeral? What would be your last words?” These are questions that Katarina poses to one of the spectators, who at the end of this short conversation die in her lap. Death is an intimate act, but also a genuinely spectacular sensation, at the same time. The actor tackles these two aspects: the intimate struggle of a dying person: “I was told that I would go through three stages: the first one is denial, the second is anger, and the final one is acceptance,” and death as the ultimate spectacular experience for those watching by the side. Drop Dead is a play in which all present take part: the performer becomes a corpse, the audience is burying her, making the entire performance a funeral.
Serbia: DAH TEATAR – BELGRADE
“CROSSING THE LINE”
Collection of the real testimonies by different women from our region, collected in the book “Women’s Side of the War” published by Women in Black, Serbia
Director: Dijana Milosevic
Performed by: Maja Mitic, Sanja Krsmanovic-Tasic, Ivana Milenovic-Popovic
“Crossing the line” is a performance of Dah Theatre, based on a text from the book Women's Side of War, published by the Organisation “Women in Black” (2007). The book is a collection of authentic testimonies of women related to the wars developed in the former Republic of Yugoslavia between 1991 and 1999. The greatest part of the texts has already been published in other human rights publications and they consist in testimonies, statements, letters and memoires. They present specific suffering of women in war, but also their courage and strength to overcome war trauma and re-establish normal life, as well as the solidarity they extend, regardless of borders and divisions. The main goal is to reach the audience not only verbally, but before all, emotionally and psychologically.
Turkey: TIYATRO PERA – ISTANBUL
“QUINTET - THE STORY OF RETURN IN FIVE PARTS”
Director: Nesrin Kazankaya
Author: Nesrin Kazankaya
Movie sequence: Ilker Yigen, Mehmet Aslan, Zeynep Ozden
Performed by: Nesrin Kazankaya, Defne Halman, Can Basak, Erdinc Anaz
“Quintet - The Story of a Return in Five Parts” is a new play written and directed by Nesrin Kazankaya as the final play of the author's trilogy about Turkey's recent political history.
The play focuses on four contemporary intellectuals, confronting the painful times and the effect on their lives of post 1980 Turkey, after the country's democracy becomes even more fragile following the coup d'etat. The action in the play starts when, following a 20-year political asylum, “The Woman” returns to Turkey, when ghosts from the past revive and confrontations become inevitable. All of the characters are desperately trying, but are unable to escape the unbearable burden they have been destined to carry. The coup that determined the fate of these people in the play turns their lives upside down again and tears them apart.
The play is composed of five parts:
Encounter – Reconciliation – Confrontation – Farewell – Separation
Bosnia & Herzegovina: HARIS BURINA & NATIONAL THEATER ZENICA
Author: Ivo Andric
Dramaturge & Director: Haris Burina
Ass. Director: Sead Arnautovic
Performed by: Haris Burina
We won’t be wrong if we say that in Chorkan, one of the obsessive characters of Ivo Andrich, we see a drama of identity of its kind. This literal poetic projection of the painful and dramatic search for the “complicity of the soul” is actually a struggle for own, both, individual and collective identity.
France: L’ESCALIER4 – PARIS
"DREAMSTORIES... À PLUS"
On the stage
Director: Sandrine Fourlon
Cast: Madeleine Bongard & Sylvain Paolini
On a screen
Director: Fabien Hemard
Cast: Sandrine Fourlon, Walter Dickerson, Elizabeth Craig, Lucasz Wieczorek, Elizabeth Kemp
On the stage: Selected scenes from Jean-Jacques Varoujean's plays.
On the screen: From Paris to New York, backward and forward, the actress involves us in an inner trip where dreams and reality were made to let us anticipate the possibility of another fiction.
Poland: NIKOLI THEATER
Director: Nikolai Veprev
Author: Nikolai Veprev
Cast: Nikolai Veprev, Dominika Jucha
“Lolita Dolly“ is based on the novel “Lolita” by V. Nabukov. The spectacle tells a dramatic story of an orphan girl, who after her mother’s death, falls under the influence of her insane stepfather, who is also in love with her. This “relationship” inspires the stepfather to write a story of the wolf and the lamb. The entire situation becomes dangerous. The relationship between the wolf and the lamb is presented through a dance and artistic gestures, which are a metaphor of passion occurring between Lolita and the writer, that is, the stepfather. The excellent performance of the actors reflects this intense sexual tension that interweaves through the relationship.