Directing and dramaturgy: Sanja Krsmanović Tasić
Performed by: Jugoslav Hadžić, Anastasia Tasić and Sanja Krsmanović Tasić
Oskar Popović Svendsen and Ole Svendsen as guest performers
Musical arrangements: Jugoslav Hadžić and Anastasia Tasić (ANTI PROTIV)
Stage and costume design: Hleb Teatar
Props and costumes manufacture: VIVID design and Arbos carpentry
Poster and program design: Anastasia Tasić
Photo: Igor Unuk
Texts used in the performance are written by Darko Suvin, Eduardo Galeano, Ernst Bloch, Sanja Krsmanović Tasić. The performance also uses fragments from the play Waiting for Godot by Samuel Becket.
THE WELCOME is a play examining the revolutionary ideas and enthusiasm generated in Yugoslavia (SFRJ-Socialist Federate Republic of Yugoslavia) during and after the Second World War, through the reinterpretation of songs from the National Liberation Struggle (NOB) and the prism of a bitter awakening in which we now find ourselves, in a world of neoliberal capitalism and new colonialism of the XXI century.
Where has hope gone? Why is apathy the prevailing feeling in today’s world? Is there a possibility for Utopia? These are some of the questions we want to ask the audience and ourselves. The play is performed in the form of a concert organized as a sign of welcome.
Welcoming who, or what – is something we have to decide for ourselves.
“/…/ Because I write in the times of predominant, leaden and stifling contra-revolutionary shroud. Ideologically it solicits impairment of the whole history of SFRJ, not only as a job badly handled, but also as a venture that is from the start badly or even dangerously conceived But still. when I think about the project of liberated Yugoslavia, an Italian proverb comes to my mind “when a tree falls down, there is no more shade”: we are exposed to the full force of capitalist devastation.”
Premier of the performance:
12.1.2016. at Bitef Theatre, Belgrade, Serbia
First repraise: 13.1.2016. at Bitef Theatre, Belgrade, Serbia
Pre-premieres of the performance:
13.08.2015. Salon uporabnih umetnosti, Maribor, Slovenia
14.08.2015. Koperground festival, Koper, Slovenia
30.08.2015. PatosOFFiranje festival, Smederevo, Serbia
30.12.2015. KC Magacin , Belgrade, Serbia
Special thanks to: Mila Popović, Igor Unuk, Lucija Smodiš, Tajša Perović, Kaja Kraner, Saša, Olja and Tea Stojanović, KC Magacin, Tanja Nikolić, Kristina Mlađenović