The Dragonslayers by Milena Marković, directed by Iva Milošević, Yugoslav Drama Theatre, Belgrade, Serbia Milena Marković’s “The Dragonslayers” is dedicated to Gavrilo Princip and the Mlada Bosna movement (Young Bosnia—a political movement that pleaded for the people’s emancipation from the Habsburg Empire). A seventeen-year-old-boy with a gun, a would-be poet whose name represents a historical symbol and a frequent subject of dispute, is presented as the protagonist of this new work by Milena Marković, a poet and a dramaturg whose work is about constantly breaking down prejudices. It is not a historical play, but a contemporary piece which examines the position of today’s young man and his need to express the demand to be free. Historical figures are brought to the stage, the conspirators, Young Bosnians, together with the world of ordinary people and their different understanding of the event and its essential meaning.
Intrigue and Love by Friedrich Schiller, directed by Anselm Weber, Schauspielhaus Bochum, Bochum, Germany Schiller was only 25 years old when he wrote “Intrigue and Love”. He was an indignant young man who wrote a play about the first love, and a depraved world in which this love cannot exist. 230 years later many young men and women watch this play as Intrigue and Love is read in schools. What does this famous tragedy tell them today? A forbidden love between an aristocrat and a commoner is no longer a scandal since most future kings in Europe come from a middle-class family. Insofar as our world is no longer comparable to Schiller’s world. But maybe we can understand the young writer’s fury: corruption, self-interest, lie, intrigue, and political murder are the means in politics, and the young disappointedly turn away from their fathers. What does the generation of the fathers represent, and what advice can they give to the young? And why has this bourgeois tragedy been so important for theatre to this day? These are the questions Anselm Weber took as a starting point for the staging of one of the most famous German plays.
INTERFERENCES The Interferences festival in Cluj has become one of the major international theatre events in Romania, and regularly attracts a high number of national and international artists, including UTE members. Both the 2014 and the 2016 edition of Interferences was part of Conflict Zones | Zones de Conflit. Dedicated to the “stories of the body”, the 2014 Interferences festival featured works by UTE members Silviu Purcărete, Ilan Ronen, Csaba Antal, and Gábor Tompa, alongside performances by various international directors, in addition to concerts, film screenings, exhibitions, and workshops. That year, the festival also hosted the first meeting of the “Think Tank Young Journalists on Performing Arts”, which laid the foundations for the creation of a multilingual online magazine dealing with theatre and socio-political conf licts in Europe.
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