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49 BITEF 15 - Belgrade International Theatre Festival, 17-24.09.2015 (Belgrade, Serbia)
BELGRADE INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL – BITEF is one of the oldest, most relevant, most prestigious events and a rarity in the family of major world festivals. It was founded by a decision of the Assembly of the City of Belgrade as a regular annual event of particular importance for the City of Belgrade on 26 December 1967.
The concept and programme of every BITEF reflect the zeitgeist, a particular spiritual and artistic cross-section of theatrical research and avant-garde trends aiming to promote new theatre tendencies.
WHAT NOURISHES US? CURRENT STRATEGIES OF THE EUROPEAN POLITICAL THEATRE
Is there a specific idiom of the contemporary political theatre which is the product of the spirit of the age? Is it at all possible to talk about a singular notion of the contemporary European political theatre without falling into a trap we regularly fall in when we talk, for instance, about the common European market? Is a genuine rebellion possible in state theatre institutions or does it require an out-of-institution position? From the point of view of financing of culture, what is, after all, an out-of-institution position? From the point of view of neo-liberal capitalism, what is, after all, rebellion? And what is its purpose today?
New theatre tendencies of this year’s BITEF talk about contemporary performing practices in a very large and somewhat arbitrary area of contemporary political theatre. The subtitle of this sub-selection was inspired by the production The Discreet Charm of Marxism by Bojan Đorđev (production DasArts, Amsterdam and TkH/Walking Theory, Belgrade) which in its turn drew on Luis Bunuel’s cult film The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie. One of the themes in Bunuel’s film and Đorđev’s production is the insatiable hunger of the humankind – even when food is there. Whilst in Bojan Đorđev’s production the spectators participate in a six-course meal made of papery quotes from different Marxist philosophers, the real food expects them on shelves which are expected to hold books. When we ask ‘What nourishes us’, we indirectly ask ‘What do we crave for?’ In times when, as Brecht put it, feeding frenzy comes first and moral rules follow, when bankers become prophets and a rebellion mere commodity, it is important to ask these questions, particularly in the theatre.
Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, Germany
Based on Dieter Roth
Directed by: Herbert Fritsch
SNT Drama Ljubljana, Ljubljana City Theatre, Cankar Hall, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Directed by: Jernej Lorenci
Serbian National Theatre, Novi Sad, Serbia
Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy
THE DEATH OF IVAN ILYCH
Directed by:Tomi Janežič
Mladinsko Theatre (Ljubljana, Slovenia), Croatian National Theatre Ivan pl. Zajc (Rijeka, Croatia), BITEF (Belgrade, Serbia), MOT (Skoplje, Macedonia)
Directed by: Oliver Frljić
Croatian National Theatre, Zagreb, Croatia
WE ARE KINGS, NOT HUMANS
Direction and coreography: Matija Ferlin
Centre for Cultural Decontamination, Belgrade, Serbia and Ibsen Scholarships, Skien, Norway
IBSEN’S AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE AS A BRECHT’S TEACHING-PLAY
Directed by: Zlatko Paković
Bureau Cassiopée, Paris, France
Created and directed by: Jonathan Capdevielle
DasArts, Amsterdam, Netherlands and TkH [Walking Theory], Belgrade, Serbia
THE DISCRETE CHARM OF MARXISM
(six course dinner piece)
Author: Bojan Đorđev
Maxim Groki Theater, Berlin,Germany
Yael Ronen and ensemble
Directed by: Yael Ronen
Gogol Center, Moscow, Russia
Based on Nikolai Gogol
Directed by: Kirill Serebrenikov
You can find the full festival programme here.
To find out more, visit the official BITEF website.