Theatre During the Yugoslav Wars

Theatre During the Yugoslav Wars

The main goal of the conference is to examine the scholarly work currently being conducted on the topic of war theatre in this specific region and period and to establish a networking space for artists and scholars in the field.

Vienna, 19. – 21. November 2015
THU & FRI: Volx/Margareten (Margaretenstraße 166, 1050 Wien)
SAT: Volkstheater (Neustiftgasse 1, 1070 Wien)

Organisation: Stefan Hulfeld, Jana Dolečki, Senad Halilbasic.
Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Studies, University of Vienna in cooperation with the Volkstheater Wien

The purpose of the conference is to examine theatre activities during the Yugoslav Wars between 1991 and 1995, focusing on Serbia, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The socio- political and historical contexts greatly influenced how the theatre of that time and place functioned and also led to some new specifically theatrical forms and phenomena.

Topics related to war, crisis, the ‘enemy’, and national and post-Yugoslav questions permeated both the official, state-governed theatres as well as the non-official ones. Furthermore, the conditions of theatre production and its reception were highly impacted by the physical proximity of the front lines.

Theatre artists from Belgrade, Zagreb and Sarajevo will talk about their work experiences during the Yugoslav Wars. Scholars from various universities will give lectures and participate in round-table discussions about the current state of research in this area. The main goal of the conference is to examine the scholarly work currently being conducted on the topic of war theatre in this specific region and period and to establish a networking space for artists and scholars in the field.

 

Schedule:

Thursday, 19.11.2015

13:00
Welcome
Stefan Hulfeld (University of Vienna)

13:15
Introduction. Exploring Theatre Activities during the Yugoslav Wars
Jana Dolečki and Senad Halilbasic (University of Vienna)

14:15
Looking a long time back, from far away: war theater’s lessons for a foreign journalist
Erika Munk (former editor of Theater magazine and Professor of Dramaturgy at Yale University)

15:15 Coffee Break

15:45
Experiences and Memories. Panel Discussion.
Host: Adelheid Wölfl (Der Standard, Correspondent South Eastern Europe)

  • Borka Pavićević (Publicist and Dramaturge, Artistic director of the Belgrade Drama Theatre until 1993, Founder of the Centre for Cultural Decontamination in Belgrade)

  • Dino Mustafić (Stage director, Director of the International Theater Festival MESS Sarajevo)

  • Borut Šeparović (Artistic director of the group Montažstroj since 1989, Zagreb)

  • Amela Kreso (Actress at the Narodno Pozoriste Mostar)


Friday, 20.11.2015
Panel: Theatres of Dissent? Individuals and Institutions

09:30
Swinging 90s. Institutional Theatres in Serbia and the Yugoslav Wars
Irena Šentevska (Independent Scholar, Belgrade)

10:45
Dah theater, wars and memories
Ivan Medenica (University of Arts, Belgrade)

12:00
Culture of Dissent, Art of rebellion. Psychiatric hospital as a Theater Stage: Zorica Jevremović, an Artist in Inner Exile
Milena Dragićević Šešić (University of Arts, Belgrade)

13:00 Lunch Break

Panel: Impacts! Destruction and Deconstruction

14:00
Theatre under the Bombs. Destruction of Theatre Buildings during the Croatian War of Independence
Martina Petranović (Croatian Academy of Science and Arts, Zagreb)

15:15
Zvornik 1992: Vernacular Imagination and Theater of Atrocities
Branislav Jakovljevic (Stanford University)

16:30
Strategies of Challenging the Official Mythologies in War Trauma Plays
Darko Lukić (Academy of Dramatic Arts, University of Zagreb)

Saturday, 21.11.2015

Panel: Transition? From “war theatre” to “theatre”

09:30
Croatian Theatre at the Close of the Nineties. From Political Queries to Aesthetic Challenges
Dubravka Vrgoč (Croatian National Theatre, Zagreb)

10:45
On Victims and (Not On) Victimhood. Audience Receptions of the Sarajevo MES Festival Ensemble – 20 Years Later
Ana Dević (Fatih University in Istanbul)

12:00
Importance of Siege Experience in Today’s Sarajevo War Theatre Mission
Nihad Kreševljaković (Direktor SARTR, Sarajevo)

Source: http://tdyw2015.univie.ac.at/