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Croatian Drama- Diana Meheih Won Special Prize

The play THE ROSE OF JERICHO by young Croatian playwright Diana Meheih won Special Prize at the 2010 Prix Italia Festival. The Prix Italia is the oldest International Radio, Television and Web Prize and undoubtedly one of the most prestigious. This highly respected event awards prizes for quality productions. Diana play was directed by Anica Tomic for Croatian National Radio.

About the play: The story of the drama The rose of Jericho is the true case of Olena Popik, a 21-year old prostitute from Ukraine. She was sold from client to client and then finally left in the hospital in Mostar where she tragically died of dreadful venereal diseases. The fundamental question of the play is: to what extent is our life really ours if we are deprived of our own body, our own thoughts, our own name, and in parallel of our own language. Relocated from her habitat, Olena, with a new name – Amal – , given to her by her owner, is brought face to face with the world as an eternal foreigner, without a home of her own in a geographical but also metaphorical sense. The rose of Jericho is a plant that wanders around the desert without finding a source to take root. This drama with the same name is dedicated to all such wanderers and eternal strangers.

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Croatian Drama- Ivor Martinic’s play THE TITLE OF DRAMA ABOUT ANTE IS WRITTEN HERE Presented in Belgium and Norway

Rehearsel reading of the Ivor Martinic play The title of the drama about Ante is Written here (In Norwegian: HER STÅR TITTELEN TIL DRAMAET OM ANTE) is going to be performed at Oslo Internasjonale Teater in Oslo, Norway on 23 September. Translation of the play is done by Marit Holten and director of the reading is Øystein Ulsberg Brager. Cast include Sveinung Oppegaard, Torgny G. Aanderaa, Katharina Gellein Viken, Julia Bache-Wiig and Kristina Knaben Hennestad. More about the reading:


The same play in french (Ici s’écrit le titre de la pièce qui nous parle d’Ante) is publish in Belgium. It’s translated by Emile Lansman.

About the french version of the play: http://www.lansman.org/editions/publication_detail.php?rec_numero=782&session=

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Croatian Drama- Tena Stivicic’s Play FIREFLIES Premieres in Koln, Germany



On 10 September 2010 , theatre company Buhnlein Brillant from Koln, Germany, will be giving a premiere performance of Tena Stivicic play Fireflies. Corrina Nilson will be directing it.

Cast: Rosa Bellinghausen, Andreas Heinze, Ute Hubner, Oliver Lukac, Andreas Metzen, Christiane Pohler, Stephanie Resky, Robert Schumacher, Ute Vogel.

This is second production of this play in Germany. It was already produced at Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden on 7 March 2009. The first opening of this play was in Croatia at Zagreb Youth Theatre in 2007. It was directed by Janusz Kica. It was also produced in Serbia theatre Atelje 212 in 2009. and as a radio play on BBC Radio 4 in September 2009.

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Croatian Drama- Maro Gavran’s play ALL ABOUT WOMEN Premiered in Warsaw

      Miro Gavran play All about Women is being premiered by the Capitol Theatre in Warsaw, Poland. The translation into Polish is the work of Anna Tuszynska, the director is Tomasz Obara, while Dorota Delag, Magdalena Niec and Daria Widawska will be playing the leading roles.

      Miro Gavran’s theatre texts have had more than two hundred first-night performances throughout the world, while his plays have been seen by more than two million theatre-goers.   He has been the most highly performed Croatian dramatist over the last twenty years, both at home and abroad.   Miro Gavran’s plays have been translated from Croatian into more than 30 languages, including Chinese and Japanese.

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Croatian Drama- Zagreb Youth Threatre will Appear at Two International Theatre Festivals

      ZKMZagreb Youth Theatre will have guest appearances at two international theatre festivals during May and June. ZeKaeM will perform Generation 91-95 on 13th and 14th of May at the Wiener Festwochen in Vienna.  Afterwards, the Zagreb Pentagram will be performed at the New Plays from Europe Festival in Wiesbaden (Germany).

      Generacija 91-95 – Generation 91-95
      Drama / Zagreb / Premiere IN THE GERMAN-SPEAKING REGION
Based on Boris Dežulović’s novel Who Gives a Damn About 1,000 Dinars Now (Jebo sad hiljadu dinara)

      Two groups of uniformed youngsters sit facing each other.   Either heavily armed party observes the other suspiciously, yet the only difference between the two groups is a different flag on their uniform sleeves.   One group is composed of members of a Croatian special unit, while the others belong to a Bosnian special unit.   The two platoons have met by chance in a no man’s land sometime during the war.   Since both groups are wearing the other army’s uniforms as a stratagem to confuse the enemy, the outcome is first irritation and later fraternisation.   The end result, though, is mutual annihilation.

      Director Borut Separovic’s staging of Boris Dezulovic’s satirical novel Who Gives a Damn About 1,000 Dinars Now with an ensemble composed of Zagreb youngsters aged 15 to 19 employs a very precise choreography that does not shy away from pathos.   In this fictitious story that yet is anchored in a very real historical context, the war is staged by a generation that, being born after the fact, knows it only from tales and memories.

      A one-year working process involved the youngsters not only in playacting but also in historical research.   The participants’ task lay in finding out about the acts of war that occurred precisely on their individual birthdays.   Thus the second part of the performance offers a highly personal chronology of the war years.   In Zagreb, the performance and its young, very dynamic actors are celebrated despite or perhaps because of the explosive political topicality of the production.

      Zagreb Pentagram
     Nina Mitrovic, Ivan Vidic, Filip Sovagovic, Damir Karakas, Igor Rajki
Directed by Paolo Magelli
     The omnibus Zagreb Pentagram, which links five dramatic texts of the noted writers Nina Mitrovic, Ivana Vidićc Filip Sovagovic, Damir Karakas and Igor Rajki, describes an authentic, generational view of Zagreb in transition – mostly the exciting years from 1980 until today.  The director Paolo Magelli uses the stage to pose questions that concern us and which we come across every day – questions of individual and social responsibility, the burdens of the past, and the uncertainties of the future.

      The protagonist of this unique theatrical project is the city of Zagreb, and Magelli evokes on the stage all of the temptations and conflicts of a time that has changed us.  The wartime and post-war period, the passage from one millennium to another, our ability to cope, or our inability to cope, in an atmosphere of a lost moral compass, questions of individual and social responsibility, the burdens of the past, the disjointedness of the present and the uncertainty of the future will be depicted in a performance whose genre is not easy to describe but which brings together those themes that directly relate to us and which we come across every day.
      Zagreb Pentagram, speaks in an authentic voice about this modernity, about the city in which and with which we live, about the people that we meet everyday, and finally about ourselves.

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Croatian Drama- Works of Ivana Sajko and Tena Stivicic Showcased in New York

      Highlighting the first-ever playwrighting exchange between Croatia, and the United States, this evening will showcase the work of young Croatian dramatists Ivana Sajko and Tena Stivicic, featuring a brief presentation of contemporary theatre from Croatia, and excerpts from both author’s plays in both Croatian and English, followed by a discussion with the participants in this exchange.

      The event is hosted by the organizers of this international initiative, Ivan Talijancic from WaxFactory (USA) and Jasen Boko (Croatia).

      WaxFactory’s USA/Croatia playwriting exchange is supported by FACE Croatia foundation (New York); the New York State Council on the Arts; Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia; Department of Education, Culture and Sport – City of Zagreb (Croatia); ZKM / Zagreb Youth Theatre (Croatia); Doors Art Foundation (New York); and the Consulate General of the Republic of Croatia in New York.

       Ivana Sajko was born in 1975 in Zagreb, Croatia.  She graduated dramaturgy from the Academy of Drama Arts and took a master’s degree in literature from the Faculty of Philosophy, Zagreb.  Apart from being an obsessive writer, also a dramaturge, director, performer, theatre theoretician and author of radio broadcasts and multi-media projects she won several prizes for drama literature.  Her plays are translated into English, German, French, Spanish and Italian and staged in theatres and radio broadcasted throughout the world.  She performs her plays through musical form of ”auto referential reading” in which she explores the problems of drama writing and performing.  Sajko’s interdisciplinary approaches brings her close to the contemporary performing arts and that has strong influence on her playwriting.  Those experiences are visible on structural levels of her plays, where she can easily transform a long introspective monologue into rap chorus, or almost sentimental dialogue into filmic parade of unknown lost characters.  Her last plays were commissioned by Steirischer Herbst Graz, Austria (Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose, 2008) and Stadttheater Bern, Switzeland (Scenes with Apple, 2009).   She recently directed and performed her playRose is a rose is a rose is a rose with the improv rock band.  Her books include collection of plays Executed Faces (2001), trilogy of monologues Woman-bomb(2004), novel Rio bar (2005) for which she won national award, theory book Towards the Madness (and Revolution) (2006) and the novel History of my family since 1941 until 1941, and after (2009).  Her other co-operations in publishing projects include the artists from different fields: American composer David Simons (CD Mass for election day silence, 2004), opera singer Dunja Vejzovic (Documenta, 2003), visual artists such as G. Petercol (Working monograph, 2002; Unplugged 2007, Landscapes 2009) and G. Trbuljak (the Venetian Biennale 2005). She is member of the editorial board of the theatre journal Frakcijaand the literary journal Tema.  Edited and presented the first broadcast about contemporary theatre V-efekt on the Croatian Television (HTV). Co-founded the theatre group BAD co. Visiting lecturer at the Academy of Drama Arts, Zagreb.

      Tena Stivicic was born in Zagreb in 1977.  She holds a BA in Dramaturgy from the Academy of Drama Art in Zagreb and an MA in Writing for Performance from Goldmsiths College, University in London. Her plays Can’t Escape Sundays (2000), At Deathbed (1998), The Two of Us(2002), Fragile! (2004), Fireflies (2007), Felix (2008) and plays for childrenPerceval – the Quest for the Grail (2001) and Psssst! (2004) have been produced and published in a number of European countries and translated and published in several languages.  They have also won numerous awards including Marin Drzic Award for best play of the year 2000. for Can’t Escape Sundays, Best Play for the production of Fragile! at Borstnikova Srecanja in Slovenia 2007., European Authors Award and Innovation Award at Heidelberg Stueckemarkt 2008. for Fragile!, Best Play at Marulicevi dani festival in Croatia 2008. for Fireflies, a play devised at the National Theatre Studio in London.

       In 2007. she wrote a one act play as part of omnibus of plays entitled Goldoni Terminus, premiered at the Venice Biennale. She co-created two plays for the Ulysses Theatre in Croatia, Drunken Night 1918. and Romeo and Juliet 1968.  As part of The 50 – a Royal Court Theate and BBC initiative to mark the 50th anniversary of Royal Court Theatre, she was nominated as one of the 50 most promising young writers in Great Britain.  Her columns from the magazine Zaposlena in Croatia were published as a book in 2007. and made the top of the non-fiction charts. Her play Seven Days in Zagreb was the Croatian partner in the Orient Express international project in summer 2009. Tena is currently on attachment at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and developing a new play with the Transport Theatre in London. She lives in London and writes in English and Croatian.

      Jasen Boko was born in Split, Croatia and graduated in Dramaturgy, Playwriting and Comparative Literature from the University of Belgrade.  He is currently preparing his PhD at Zagreb University on subject of Drama and Theatre in Croatia during Transition Years.  He worked at the Croatian National Theatre in Split as Dramaturge and at the Croatian daily newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija, as editor of the Arts and Culture section and theatre critic.  He is currently freelance dramaturge, publicist and theatre critic, an Artistic Advisor of the several Croatian Theatres and Artistic Director/Selector of the International Theatre Festival in Rijeka, Croatia.  He was for several years artistic advisor for international theatre festivals in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (MESS) and Ljubljana, Slovenia (Ex Ponto).

      In 1993/1994 he was Fulbright scholar in Playwriting and Screenwriting at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.  During the last 15 years his plays for children and young audience, had over 30 stage and radio productions in Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina and were awarded several times at different international festivals.  Since 2000. he has been working as a part time professor at the University of Split.  In 1993/1994 he was Fulbright scholar in Playwriting and Screenwriting at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. During the last 15 years his plays for children and young audience, had over 30 stage and radio productions in Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina and were awarded several times at different international festivals.  Since 2000. he has been working as a part time professor at the University of Split, teaching Drama and Theatre in Education.  He has published six books, The Theatre Class and Other Plays (1994), New Croatian PlaysTin – Thirty Years of Travel, biography of famous Croatian poet Tin Ujevic (2005), Fifth Side of the World, travel essays (2006), book of theatrical essaysWritings from the Theatre Darkness (2007) and Following the Silk Road – in the Traces of Marco Polo(2009).  From 2005. Jasen Boko is a President of the International Playwrights Forum (part of International Theatre Institute, UNESCO), member of The Croatian Guild of Drama Artists and The International Federation of Journalists. He lives in Split, Croatia.

      This event will happen on May 13 , 2010 at Martin E. Segal Theatre.

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Croatian Drama- Croatian National Theatre Ivan hon. Zajc Rijeka Recipient of Award at the International Theatre Festival in Uzice

Croatian National Theatre Ivan hon. Zajc Rijeka is the recipient of the Audience Award for their performance ‘Turbo Folk’, directed by Oliver Frljic at the International Theatre Festival in Uzice (Serbia). Jelena Lopatic won the Ardalion Award for the best young actress, as well as the Avdo Mujsinovic Award given by Politika newspapers.

About Turbo Folk:

Although ignored by the official cultural policy, and although it would not become part of the regular TV and radio programming, turbo-folk has increased its presence in our midst.

Starting with cell phone ringing melodies, and the lifestyle of the new social elite – those folk clubs increasingly participating in the creation of the identity of a new generation – turbo-folk has been penetrating every social pore. What to do with turbo-folk, the regular commentators have been asking. After a period of spiritual renewal, is the arrival of turbo-folk marking a period of spiritual degeneration?

The term was first coined in the late eighties by Rambo Amadeus*, but it had not started being widely used until mid-nineties when it played a significant role in this parts.

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