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

Photo: Aleksandar Mladenovic


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.

                                                                                                                 Darko Suvin



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