07.07.2017 News / Reports

SEASON 2016/2017 AT YDT

During season 2016/2017 lots of things happened at YDT.  Five new productions opened.  Shakespeare’s Hamlet, directed by Aleksandar Popovski, opened on 17th September.  Under the Millstone by Dragoslav Nenadić, directed by Egon Savin, opened on 16th October and the very end of 2016 was marked by the opening of  Free Exchange Hotel by Georges Feydeau, directed by Boris Liješević, on 23rd December.  Molière’s Dom Juan, directed by Gorčin Stojanović, opened on 26th  February and the last production to open during this season was Luigi Pirandello’s Right You Are, If You Think So, directed by Jagoš Marković, on 4th June.

Festivals and guest performances

As in previous years, YDT productions had guest performances at a number of festivals and theatres in Serbia and abroad: Vienna (Austria), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Zagreb (Croatia), Užice, Lazarevac, Pančevo, Požarevac, Šabac.

A guest performance of Nora! What Happened after Nora Left Her Husband; or Pillars of Society by Elfriede Jelinek, directed by Snežana Trišić, was included in last year’s BITEF theatre festival showcase.

Shakeaspeare’s Hamlet, directed by Aleksandar Popovski, was included in the programme of Without Translation festival of Yugoslav theatre in Užice but also saw guest performances at the Slovene National Theatre in Ljubljana, Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb and the Volkstheater in Vienna.  In May, Hamlet was taken to another theatre festival, this time the International theatre festival in Rijeka.

The production of Under the Millstone by Dragoslav Nenadić, directed by Egon Savin, was included in the programmes of Milivoje Živanović Theatre Festival in Požarevac and that of Theatre Spring festival in Šabac.

Awards

On the occasion of 21st edition of  Yugoslav Theatre Festival in Užice, actor Vlasta Velisavljević received a special award for his portrayal of Hamlet’s father in our production of Hamlet and the award for set design in the same production went to NUMEN and Ivana Jonke.

The Golden Turkey annual award for life achievement at the Days of Comedy theatre festival in Jagodina went to Vlasta Velisavljević, an honorary member of the Yugoslav Drama Theatre ensemble.  Mr Velisavljević is currently appearing in our productions of Hamlet, A Suspicious Person and The Imaginary Invalid.

During second edition of Theatre Spring festival in Šabac, the journalists’ jury was unanimous in awarding the “Zalog za Budućnost” journalists award to Jelena Petrović for her portrayal of Stana in Under the Millstone by Dragoslav Nenadić, directed by Egon Savin.

The jury of the International Theatre Festival in Rijeka (2-10 May) gave the Dorian Sokolić award for best set design to NUMEN group and Ivana Jonke for their work on our production of Hamlet.

Guest performances at YDT

In May we opened our doors to the Croatian National Theatre production of Three Winters by Tena Štivičić, directed by Ivica Buljan.

In June we were happy to welcome a guest performance from the Slovene National Theatre of Goethe’s Faust, directed by Tomaž Pandur.

Branka and Mlađa Veselinović award for 2016

Two famous actors from the pantheon of Yugoslav Drama Theatre were Branka and Mlađa Veselinović, members of the first group of actors to join YDT when it was founded in 1947. They made a donation to YDT Foundation to set up a best actor award to be awarded for best performance by an actor or actress in any of the productions that opened at Yugoslav Drama Theatre that given season.

The jury composed of Vojin Ćetković, Srđan Timarov and Miloš Krečković decided that the recipient of this award for 2016 would be Nebojša Glogovac for his performance in Hamlet. The award ceremony took place in April during the YDT anniversary celebrations.

Union of Theatres in Europe

YDT representatives took part in the General assemblies of the Union of Theatres in Europe held in Bochum, Germany and in Oporto, Portugal.  YDT became a member of this prestigious theatre association 11 years ago.

Performances with subtitles

Over the last four years, Yugoslav Drama Theatre has given performances with English subtitles.  We believe that this way we are contributing to the general improvement of tourist offer in Belgrade and also helping our audiences grow.  During 2015/2016 season we also introduced subtitles in Serbian in an effort to use the resources we had at our disposal to do what was in our power to improve the quality of life of people with impaired hearing.

TRAINING AT YDT

Ever since 2012, Yugoslav Drama Theatre has taken part in the university programme for practical skills development organised by the Belgrade City Council – BG PRAKSA. The aim of the programme is to provide young graduates or soon-to-be graduates with an opportunity to take part in the everyday life of the theatre, in rehearsals or in the artistic department of YDT in order to put the knowledge acquired during their studies into practice and gain some additional practical skills. On occasions we have also organised tours of our premises where visitors can find out more about what goes on back stage as well as on stage, basic principles of theatre art, the stages a production needs to go through from the beginning to its premiere but also about the history of Yugoslav Drama Theatre and its ensemble.

In Memoriam

The great Mira Stupica, member of Yugoslav Drama Theatre since its inception.  Her performances in YDT productions but also in other theatres, film and television left an indelible mark in the theatre history of Yugoslavia and Serbia.  Mirjana Vukojčić, long standing member of Yugoslav Drama Theatre.  Her talent, sensibility and dedication to the art of theatre will forever remain part of the success and achievements of YDT

And more…

Our two stages – Ljuba Tadić and Studio YDT saw more than 300 performances during the 2016/2017 season which were seen by more than 96,000 spectators.

This season we continued with our ART REDUCTION activities.

The number of people following us on social networks is constantly growing and now we have over 5,000 followers on Twitter, more than 12,500 members in our YDT Community on Facebook and over 1,450 followers on Instagram.

Next season

This September Yugoslav Drama Theatre will be hosting the Union of Theatres in Europe conference on theatre structures which will bring together a number of professionals from different areas. In October (6-8 OCT), during the Crossroads theatre festival in Prague, representatives of artistic departments of UTE member theatres will meet to discuss their work so far and possibilities of working together on joint projects.

Our production of  Right You Are, If  You Think So by Luigi Pirandello, directed by Jagoš Marković, will be taking part in the Mediterranean theatre festival “Purgatorije” in Tivat

The opening of  Enstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman, directed by Slobodan Unkovski, is scheduled for October.  The author of the text Alan Lightman has confirmed he will be at our theatre on opening night.

15.06.2017 News / Reports

FAUST ON THE STAGE OF YDT

The guest performance from the Slovene National Theatre Faust by Goethe, directed by Tomaž Pandur is on Friday, 16 June at 8 pm. The performance will be with surtitles in Serbian.

This is the third time Tomaž Pandur has directed this celebrated play by Goethe. He first directed Faust in 1990 at the Slovene National Theatre in Maribor. The second time was at Centro Dramático Nacional in Madrid in 2014 and the third at the Slovene National Theatre in Ljubljana in 2015. Unfortunately, this was to be the last direction by this great director from Slovenia before his death in April, 2016. The cast includes Igor Samobor (CEO of Slovene National Theatre), Branko Šturbej, Barbara Cerar/Maša Derganc, Polona Juh, Branko Jordan, Uroš Fürst, Robert Korošec, Filip Samobor, Žan Perko and Matic Lukšič who have already given guest performances in Mexico, Columbia, Czech Republic, Macedonia, South Korea and Romania.

Tickets for the guest performance from SNG Drama Ljubljana could be purchased at the box office of Yugoslav Drama Theatre.

23.05.2017 News / Reports

GUEST PERFORMANCES FROM ZAGREB AND LJUBLJANA AT YDT

After well received guest performances of Hamlet at the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb and the Slovene National Theatre in Ljubljana, Yugoslav Drama Theatre will open its doors to two guest performances from these two theatres.  The performance of Three Winters by the Croatian National Theatre is scheduled for 29th May and Faust by the Slovene National Theatre for 16th June.

Three Winters by Tena Štivčić was directed by Ivica Buljan. This play was first produced by the Royal National Theatre in London and was directed by one of the most prominent English theatre directors Howard Davies, recipient of three Olivier awards – the most prestigious theatre award in Britain.  Besides Croatia, Three Winters has also seen productions in Estonia, Germany and Slovenia.

The Croatian National Theatre production, which we will have an opportunity to see at YDT, has received high praise in Croatia.  The cast includes Ksenija Marinković, Alma Prica, Bojan Navojec, Nina Violić, Jadranka Đokić, Dragan Despot, Luca Anić, Barbara Vicković, Mislav Čavajda, Franjo Kuhar, Siniša Popović, Mada Peršić, Silvio Vovk and Slavko Juraga.

This artistic exchange with the Croatian National Theatre was made possible with the support of the Assembly of the City of Belgrade.

The guest performance from the Slovene National Theatre is that of Faust by Goethe, directed by Tomaž Pandur. This is the third time Tomaž Pandur has directed this celebrated play by Goethe.  He first directed Faust in 1990 at the Slovene National Theatre in Maribor. The second time was at Centro Dramático Nacional in Madrid in 2014 and the third at the Slovene National Theatre in Ljubljana in 2015. Unfortunately, this was to be the last direction by this great director from Slovenia before his death in April, 2016.   The cast includes Igor Samobor (CEO of Slovene National Theatre), Branko Šturbej, Barbara Cerar/Maša Derganc, Polona Juh, Branko Jordan, Uroš Fürst, Robert Korošec, Filip Samobor, Žan Perko and Matic Lukšič who have already given guest performances in Mexico, Columbia, Czech Republic, Macedonia, South Korea and Romania.

20.05.2017 News / Reports

TICKET SALES FOR JUNE HAS STARTED

Tickets for June performances available from Saturday, 20th May. Tickets can be purchased at our box office from 10am – 3pm & 5pm – beginning of performance. On Sundays from 5pm to the beginning of performance.

Box office phones: +381 11 30 61 957 & +381 11 26 44 447.

Discounts

Ljuba Tadić stage

Discount for group bookings is available for a purchase of 20 or more tickets for one or more performances and is available for seats in rows 10 and above as well as for gallery seats.  No discount available for group bookings for performances of UNDER THE MILLSTONE.
School and universities are entitled to a 50% discount on group bookings. Other entities and groups of people can obtain a 30% discount on group bookings.

Tickets purchased on the day of performance are available at 50% discount.

Studio YDT

There is no discount available for group bookings for performances on our YDT Studio Stage. 50% discount is available for tickets purchased on the day of performance.

No discount is available for guest performances.

PERFORMANCES WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES:

Saturday, 10th June, METAMORPHOSES after Ovid, directed by Aleksandar Popovski

Sunday, 18th June, LOCUSTS by Biljana Srbljanović, directed by Dejan Mijač

Friday, 23rd June, HAMLET by William Shakespeare, directed by Aleksandar Popovski

15.05.2017 News / Reports

HAMLET WINS AN AWARD IN RIJEKA

The expert jury of the International Small Scenes Theatre Festival in Rijeka composed of Željka Turčinović, dramaturgue (Zagreb), Branko Cvejić, actor (Beograd) and Elvis Bošnjak, actor and playwright (Split) gave the Dorian Sokolić Award for best set design to Numen Group and Ivana Jonke for their design in the Yugoslav Drama Theatre production of Hamlet by William Shakespeare, directed by Aleksandar Popovski.  The jury justified its decision with these words: At times exuberant and yet self involved set design by Numen Group and Ivana Jonke is not a mere decorative element in the play but an active participant that opens up new possibilities for direction by creating both visible and invisible aspects of this production. 

08.05.2017 News / Reports

YDT PRODUCTIONS ON RTS YOUTUBE CHANNEL

To mark this year’s World Theatre Day on 27th March, the Arts & Culture department of the Radio Television of Serbia (RTS) has started uploading to the internet video recordings of theatre productions from their archives.  These recordings can be found on the official You Tube channel of the Arts & Culture department in the playlist entitled POZORIŠNE PREDSTAVE I TV TEATAR.

The creative link between the theatre and television was forged at the very inception of TV Belgrade in 1958.

There is a document proving that the first live broadcast of a theatre production took place on 28th December, 1958.  It was an Atelje 212 theatre production of Ljubovnaja zavist čerez jedne cipele (Jealous because of a Shoe) by Joakim Vujić, adapted for the stage and directed by Vladimir Petrić.  Soon after, in 1959, a comedy by Dragutin Dobričanin Zajednički stan (Joint Apartment), performed by the Belgrade Comedians, was broadcast live only to be followed by a number of well known theatre productions that TV audiences were able to see in live broadcasts.

Obviously, in those early days of TV Belgrade, there was no possibility of actually taping the productions because video recorders were first used only in 1961.  Later on, video recorders were used for taping theatre performances but due to constant financial difficulties and a small number of available cassettes, these videos were mainly deleted.  Unfortunately, that meant that precious recordings were lost that would have been evidence of theatrical achievements during mid-20th century.

The earliest recordings still in existence date back to 1967.  The Arts & Culture department of RTS has decided to make some of these recordings from their rich archives available to You Tube users and there are more recordings still to come.  The first batch will consist of the earliest existing recordings of productions from Belgrade theatres during 1960s and 70s.

The first three plays that were made available on this You Tube channel were recordings of Yugoslav Drama Theatre productions  of Yegor Bulychov, Our Sons and Dirty Hands.  Since then the list has grown to include recordings of YDT productions but also those from other theatres.

08.05.2017 News / Reports

HAMLET RECEIVES STANDING OVATION IN RIJEKA

The Yugoslav Drama Theatre production of Hamlet by William Shakespeare, directed by Aleksandar Popovski, was performed last night at the International Small Scene Theatre Festival in Rijeka.  The ensemble received standing ovation and the audiences at the Croatian National Theatre in Rijeka brought actor Nebojša Glogovac back on stage for a number of curtain calls.  The audience’s appreciation was evident in the rating that was given to the whole production – 4.56.  The round table discussion afterwards was held in a space that proved to be too small to receive all those who wanted to talk to the actors.

After a brief but successful tour of Austria and Croatia, ovations at Volkstheater in Vienna where Hamlet was performed on Saturday, 29th April and in Rijeka last night, the actors return to Belrade.  Performances of Hamlet at YDT are scheduled for 11th, 15th, 16th and 19th May.  The performance on 15th May will have English subtitles.

04.05.2017 News / Reports

HAMLET AT VOLKSTHEATER VIENNA

A guest performance of Hamlet by William Shakespeare, directed by Aleksandar Popovski, is scheduled for 29th April at Volkstheater in Vienna. Our guest performance in Vienna has the support of the Belgrade City Council.

After the guest performance in Vienna, the actors – Nebojša Glogovac, Jasna Đuričić, Jovana Stojiljković, Bojan Dimitrijević, Nikola Rakočević, Vlasta Velisavljević, Goran Šušljik, Boris Milivojević and Miloš Samolov will be travelling to Rijeka to perform at 24th Small Stage Festival in Rijeka on 3rd May.

This production of Hamlet has already seen guest performances at the Slovene National Theatre in Ljubljana and the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb and was also included in the programme of 21st Yugoslav Theatre Festival in Užice.

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