The 58th edition of Sarajevo’s theater festival of small and experimental stage, MESS, will be held September 29-October 6, 2018 under the motto “Open for Everything”.
The festival will open with a play directed by Argentinean director and choreographer Constanza Macras at the National Theater in Sarajevo, the festival’s main venue.
The MESS audiences will see 23 plays from 17 countries. Some 500 artists will take part in the festival.
Nihad Kreševljaković, the festival director, said that the concept and idea behind the festival stand for more than just an important cultural and performing arts event. The festival’s 2018 visual identity was presented at a press conference in Sarajevo earlier this month. The authors said it was inspired by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, an Italian artist considered to be one of the most important sculptors of the 17th century, as well as the most important sculptor of the Baroque style.
“Due to the digitization in the present-day world, everyone, including ourselves, is open to everything (and everyone). People’s intentions, however, may be good, but they can also be hidden, or wrong, even twisted… Bernini managed to allegorically represent a blessed soul and a damned one. The question that the (MESS) posters are asking is whether the outside appearance can be a true indicator of what is inside,” said Fabrika, the agency that authored the festival’s visual identity.
The National Theater’s acting director Izudin Bajrović said that the theater will be completely available so that the audiences can enjoy all of the festival’s events.
“It is our duty to support the festival to the extent its quality deserves. It is our pleasure to host performances of the artists from around the world and to learn about new theater trends from all the continents,” he said.
Aleš Kurt, the Sarajevo War Theater director, said: “In a way, SaRTR has always been the festival’s natural partner, not only in the program segment, but in all its other aspects. The opportunity of seeing different performances from all over the world is extremely important to us and we consider this festival a window into what is happening in the world of theater.”