Do You Remember Dolly Bell – A memory to bring along

“Do You Remember Dolly Bell”, by the Chamber Theater 55, was performed on the penultimate evening of the MESS Festival competition program. The direction of the performance is signed by Kokan Mladenovic, dramaturgy by Vedran Fajkovic, and playing in the performance...

Eichmann in Jerusalem: My advisers said so

It's the right time to tell stories about the banality of evil. I agree, any time is right to tell stories about the banality of evil. Thus, the performance "Eichmann in Jerusalem" by the Zagreb Youth Theater, in the directorial setting of Jernej Lorenzi, was...

Spectacular round of “epic theater”

Caucasian Chalk Circle, Bertolt BrechtDirection: Paolo Magelli; text adaptation and dramaturgy: Željka Udovičić Pleština; stage design: Mirna Ler; costume design: Lejla Hodžić; music: Arturo Annecchino; light design: Moamer Šaković, Paolo Magelli; assistant director:...

REMNANT: Fragments about death

Authors: Kayla Asbell, Denis Butkus, Alex Hawthorn, Michael Littig, Justin Nestor, Ruben Polendo, Xiao Quan, Attilio Rigotti, Scott Spahr, Corey Sullivan, Ada WestfallDirection: Ruben PolendoCast: Kayla Asbell, Denis Butkus, Alex Hawthorn, Michael Littig, Justin...

About left-wing politics, today: zombies, ketchup and a dildo

Last night's performance of Marx's Capital, by the Montenegrin Royal Theater Zetski dom, at the 59th MESS Festival, at the Sarajevo Youth Theater, mostly boiled down to one big concert of an hour and a half, with a double-ended debate, directed by Andraš Urban and...

Failed expectations, unfulfilled dreams

At last year's 58th edition of MESS Festival, the grand jury award was won by the troupe ColettivO CineticO with the dance performance "Sylphidarium - Maria Taglioni on the Ground", directed and choreographed by Francesca Pennini. This year, Pennini presented herself...

Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? A thin line between joke and madness

On the fourth night of MESS Festival, the audience had a chance to see the performance “Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?” of the Yugoslav Drama Theatre directed by Bobo Jelčić. Playing in the performance are Boris Isaković, Nataša Tapušković, Branko Cvejić, Dubravka...

SHIFT KEY: In-between spotlight and shadow

At the International Theatre Festival MESS, on Sunday and Monday, its visitors had the opportunity to see a presentation of two theatre work-in-progress projects which were initiated as part of the SHIFT KEY initiative.SHIFT KEY is a two-year programme whereby five...

“SMASHED TO PIECES”: About the need for destruction

The stage is empty, covered with white linoleum and sterile-looking, and the title of the performance, “Smashed to Pieces”, as we are waiting for its beginning, promises destruction. Of what? Although literal destruction will definitely get staged through this...

Stories from cleaning experts

A documentary performance with traits of narrative theatre, which can also be seen as a stage essay, titled “Clean City” - because authors Anestis Azas and Prodromos Tsinikoris deal with political connotations inside the semantic range of the term cleanliness - was...

A moral message about dragging children

The performance Caucasian Chalk Circle, produced by National Theatre Sarajevo and MESS Scene, has been performed on the second night of this year’s, 59th festival edition, that had its premiere performance back in February. This work is special for the chosen means of...

About the performance (for the) Monkey Mind

Starting off the third evening of the 59th edition of MESS, at 6 PM in SARTR, was the performance “Monkey Mind”, a project originating from the cooperation of director Lisi Estaras and dance company Platform-K, co-produced with the director’s belonging theatre house...

“Imitation of Life” And the world turned upside down

Imitation of Life / Trafó; Proton Theatre: Written by: Kata WéberDirection: Kornél Mundruczó; Stage Design: Márton Ágh; Costume Design: Márton Ágh, Melinda Domán; Dramaturgy: Soma Boronkay; Cast: Lili Monori, Roland Rába, Annamária Láng, Zsombor Jéger, Dáriusz...

“IMITATION OF LIFE”: When the scenography speaks

Kornel Mundruczó, a master film and theatre director and his company Proton Theatre from Budapest, opened the 59th edition of the International Theatre Festival MESS with a performance peculiarly titled “Imitation of Life” on Saturday, September 28th 2019 in Sarajevo....



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