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In Performance

In Performance: BITEF Festival (Belgrad, Serbia)

In Performance: BITEF Festival (Belgrad, Serbia)

Founded in 1967, Bitef has continually followed and supported the latest theatre trends, becoming thus one of the biggest and the most important European festivals. Transcending all political and cultural borders, in more then four decades Bitef has managed to keep its pace with a tumultuous evolution of performing arts. Thus, one could identify the history of Bitef as a history of contemporary theatre.

Through the revolutionary Sixties and Seventies, Bitef spectators could see some of the most courageous stage experiments pursuing the destruction of dramatic forms, but also some significant classical achievements, as well as the examples of the traditional Oriental theatre. In the Eighties and Nineties, Bitef has presented highest reaches of the post-modern theatre and dance. Even in the conditions of political-economic crisis and embargo the festival succeeded to promote ultimate cultural values, bringing to Belgrade some of the biggest names of the world performance. In the first decade of the 21st century, Bitefpresents the original and innovative productions of the world mainstream theatre, the performances of post-dramatic, non verbal expression, as well as those realised with new technologies, thus opening its doors to the virtual reality of cyber theatre.

In the course of all these years, Bitef has preserved its place in the family of major international festivals. For its continuity and quality Bitef was awarded the Special Prize for 1999. by “Premio Europa per il teatro”.

Instead of explaining the history of Bitef at great length, it will suffice to list the names of the artists who have visited Belgrade in the past years. Some of them were discovered at the festival, while, for others, Bitef has been another in the series of affirmations of their artistic significance and value.

Starts: September 12th

MAIN PROGRAMME
Date | Time | Duration Performance Place
12.09. 20:0016.09. 20:00Duration: 90 min. Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio, Cesena, Italy
THE MINISTER’S BLACK VEIL / IL VELO NERO DEL PASTORE
THE FOUR SEASONS RESTAURANT
Directed by: Romeo Castelucci
Yugoslav Drama TheatreSerbian National Theatre Novi Sad
12.09. 20:00
13.09. 20:00
14.09. 20:00Duration: 200 min.
Nature Theater of Oklahoma, New York, USA
LIFE AND TIMES, EPISODE 1Conceived and directed by Pavol Liska, Kelly Copper
Bitef Theatre
14.09. 20:00
15.09. 20:00Duration: 75 min.
Cie Louis Brouillard, Paris, France
THE GREAT AND FABULOUS HISTORY OF COMMERCEDirected by: Joël Pommerat
Atelje 212
14.09. 18:00; 20:00
15.09. 18:00; 20:00Duration: 55 min.
Theatre &TD, Zagreb, Croatia
I HATE THE TRUTHConcept and direction: Oliver Frljić
Historical Museum of Serbia (Trg Nikole Pašića 11)
15.09. 18:00; 21:00
16.09. 18:00; 21:00
17.09. 18:00; 21:00Duration: 60 min.
Imaginarni Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Simona Semenič
THE FEASTDirected by Primož Ekart
Apartment in Dragoslava Jovanovića Street, 13/10
15.09. 20:00Duration: 130 min. National Theatre Belgrade, Serbia; Fund „Laza Kostić“, Belgrade, Serbia and Globe Theatre London, England
W. Shakespeare
HENRY VIDirected by Nikita Milivojević
National Theatre Belgrade
16.09. 18:00; 20:00
17.09. 18:00; 20:00Duration: 55 min.
Theatre &TD, Zagreb, Croatia
NOSFERATUAuthor: Saša Božić
Former building of “Beko” (Bulevar Vojvode Bojovića 6-8)
16.09. 20:0017.09. 20:00Duration: 50 min. Station Service for Contemporary Dance, Belgrade, Serbia
EXERCISE BOOK FOR CHOREOGRAPHY OF ATTENTION
“POINT OF NO RETURN”
Authors: Dalija Aćin Thelander and Siniša Ilić
Gallery G12 HUB (Karađorđeva 59)Atelje 212, Stage “Petar Kralj“
17.09. 18:0018.09. 20:00Duration: 80 min. Maja Pelević and Milan Marković, Belgrade, Serbia
THEY LIVE (IN A SEARCH OF TEXT ZERO)Authors: Maja Pelević and Milan Marković
Yugoslav Drama Theatre, Stage “Studio“The Old Palace, reception hall
17.09. 20:00Duration: 90 min. Kosztolányi Dezső Theatre, Subotica, Serbia
DOGS AND DRUGSDirected by András Urban
Bitef Theatre
19.09. 20:00Duration: 70 min. Münchner Volkstheater, Munich, Germany
F. G. Lorca
BLOOD WEDDINGDirected by Miloš Lolić
Yugoslav Drama Theatre
20.09. 20:00; 21:00; 22:00
21.09. 20:00; 21:00; 22:00Duration: 20 min.
Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, London, England
TOO MORTALAuthor: Shobana Jeyasingh
Franciscan convent in Zemun (Štrosmajerova 6)
21.09. 20:00
22.09. 20:00Duration: 180 min.
Toneelgroep, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
M. Gorky
CHILDREN OF THE SUNDirected by Ivo van Hove
Terazije Theatre

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