Sarajevo National Theater Performs “Drama of the Century” in Belgrade

Sarajevo National Theater company presented a play written by Goran Stefanovski and directed by Dino Mustafić to Belgrade audience in Yugoslav Drama Theater. According to Director Mustafić, the “Divlje meso” drama, although a classic of Yugoslav theater, written in 1980s, has lost nothing of its strength or relevance, but opened new questions and dilemmas.

Marijela Hašimbegović, head of the Sarajevo National Theater, thanked the Regional Cooperation Council for making the guest performance possible, as well as Yugoslav Drama Theater in Belgrade for hospitality.

“Theater stage is home to illusion which gives hope for a better future to the audience. We are fully aware of the importance and the role theater has in times of turbulent and busy everyday life. Like never before, theater has to strongly voice the specific contacts a person has with both his/her internal world and surroundings. Although based on a 30-year old text, our play ‘Divlje meso’ makes some of these questions relevant and it is our pleasure to have the opportunity to share our interpretation with Belgrade audience.”

RCC Secretary General Goran Svilanovic thanked Sarajevo and Belgrade theaters for their willingness to cooperate and exchange experiences to the satisfaction of audience: “This was a very important year for the entire region. We at the RCC are primarily focused on economic issues and challenges of getting the region closer to the EU standards and fast, and stimulate progress. Although inseparable and a very important part of social development, culture and arts are, unfortunately, often unfairly neglected. Experiences showed that it is precisely arts and culture that build the strongest bridges amongst people, using universal language and continuously re-examining values in a society. Therefore, whenever possible, the RCC readily supports willingness of artists and culture professionals to cooperate in the region.”

The thematic and conceptual framework of ‘Divlje Meso’ or ‘drama of the century’, as referred to by many theater critics, provides the opportunity of revisiting it by featuring a house on the Balkans as a metaphor of a state, people, culture, mythology, and finally family and traditions crumbling down under the threat of “new order”.

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