27.03.2017 News / Reports

WORLD THEATRE DAY MESSAGE 2017

International Theatre Institute ITI

World Organization for the Performing Arts

World Theatre Day Message 2017

Isabelle Huppert, France

So, here we are once more. Gathered again in Spring, 55 years since our inaugural meeting, to celebrate World Theatre Day. Just one day, 24 hours, is dedicated to celebrating theatre around the world. And here we are in Paris, the premier city in the world for attracting international theatre groups, to venerate the art of theatre. Paris is a world city, fit to contain the globes theatre traditions in a day of celebration; from here in France’s capital we can transport ourselves to Japan by experiencing Noh and Bunraku theatre, trace a line from here to thoughts and expressions as diverse as Peking Opera and Kathakali; the stage allows us to linger between Greece and Scandinavia as we envelope ourselves in Aeschylus and Ibsen, Sophocles and Strindberg; it allows us to flit between Britain and Italy as we reverberate between Sarah Kane and Prinadello. Within these twenty-four hours we may be taken from France to Russia, from Racine and Moliere to Chekhov; we can even cross the Atlantic as a bolt of inspiration to serve on a Campus in California, enticing a young student there to reinvent and make their name in theatre. Indeed, theatre has such a thriving life that it defies space and time; its most contemporary pieces are nourished by the achievements of past centuries, and even the most classical repertories become modern and vital each time they are played anew. Theatre is always reborn from its ashes, shedding only its previous conventions in its new-fangled forms: that is how it stays alive. World Theatre Day then, is obviously no ordinary day to be lumped in with the procession of others. It grants us access to an immense space-time continuum via the sheer majesty of the global canon. To enable me the ability to conceptualise this, allow me to quote a French playwright, as brilliant as he was discreet, Jean Tardieu: When thinking of space, Tardieu says it is sensible to ask “what is the longest path from one to another?”…For time, he suggests measuring, “in tenths of a second, the time it takes to pronounce the word ‘eternity’”…For space-time, however, he says: “before you fall asleep , fix your mind upon two points of space, and calculate the time it takes, in a dream, to go from one to the other”. It is the phrase in a dream that has always stuck with me. It seems as though Tardieu and Bob Wilson met. We can also summarise the temporal uniqueness of World Theatre day by quoting the words of Samuel Beckett, who makes the character Winnie say, in his expeditious style: “Oh what a beautiful day it will have been”. When thinking of this message, that I feel honoured to have been asked to write, I remembered all the dreams of all these scenes. As such, it is fair to say that I did not come to this UNESCO hall alone; every character I have ever played is here with me, roles that seem to leave when the curtain falls, but who have carved out an underground life within me, waiting to assist or destroy the roles that follow; Phaedra, Araminte, Orlando, Hedda Gabbler, Medea, Merteuil, Blanche DuBois….Also supplementing me as I stand before you today are all the characters I loved and applauded as a spectator. And so it is, therefore, that I belong to the world. I am Greek, African, Syrian, Venetian, Russian, Brazilian, Persian, Roman, Japanese, a New Yorker, a Marseillais, Filipino, Argentinian, Norwegian, Korean, German, Austrian, English – a true citizen of the world, by virtue of the personal ensemble that exists within me. For it is here, on the stage and in the theatre, that we find true globalization. On World Theatre Day in 1964, Laurence Olivier announced that, after more than a century of struggle, a National Theatre has just been created in the United Kingdom, which he immediately wanted to morph into an international theatre, at least in terms of its repertoire. He knew well that Shakespeare belonged to the world. In researching the writing of this message, I was glad to learn that the inaugural World Theatre Day message of 1962 was entrusted to Jean Cocteau, a fitting candidate due to his authoring of the book ‘Around the World Again in 80 Days’. This made me realise that I have gone around the world differently. I did it in 80 shows or 80 movies. I include movies in this as I do not differentiate between playing theatre and playing movies, which surprises even me each time I say it, but it is true, that’s how it is, I see no difference between the two. Speaking here I am not myself, I am not an actress, I am just one of the many people that theatre uses as a conduit to exist, and it is my duty to be receptive to this – or, in other words, we do not make theatre exist, it is rather thanks to theatre that we exist. The theatre is very strong. It resists and survives everything, wars, censors, penury. It is enough to say that “the stage is a naked scene from an indeterminate time” – all’s it needs is an actor. Or an actress. What are they going to do? What are they going to say? Will they talk? The public waits, it will know, for without the public there is no theatre – never forget this. One person alone is an audience. But let’s hope there are not too many empty seats! Productions of Ionesco’s productions are always full, and he represents this artistic valour candidly and beautifully by having, at the end of one of his plays, and old lady say; “Yes, Yes, die in full glory. Let’s die to enter the legend…at least we will have our street…” World Theatre Day has existed for 55 years now. In 55 years, I am the eighth woman to be invited to pronounce a message – if you can call this a ‘message’ that is. My predecessors (oh, how the male of the species imposes itself!) spoke about the theatre of imagination, freedom, and originality in order to evoke beauty, multiculturalism and pose unanswerable questions. In 2013, just four years ago, Dario Fo said: “The only solution to the crisis lies in the hope of the great witch-hunt against us, especially against young people who want to learn the art of theatre: thus a new diaspora of actors will emerge, who will undoubtedly draw from this constraint unimaginable benefits by finding a new representation”. Unimaginable Benefits – sounds like a nice formula, worthy to be included in any political rhetoric, don’t you think?… As I am in Paris, shortly before a presidential election, I would like to suggest that those who apparently yearn to govern us should be aware of the unimaginable benefits brought about by theatre. But I would also like to stress, no witch-hunt! Theatre is for me represents the other it is dialogue, and it is the absence of hatred. ‘Friendship between peoples’ – now, I do not know too much about what this means, but I believe in community, in friendship between spectators and actors, in the lasting union between all the peoples theatre brings together – translators, educators, costume designers, stage artists, academics, practitioners and audiences. Theatre protects us; it shelters us…I believe that theatre loves us…as much as we love it… I remember an old-fashioned stage director I worked for, who, before the nightly raising of the curtain would yell, with full-throated firmness ‘Make way for theatre!’ – and these shall be my last words tonight. Thank you.

Translation Malory Domecyn and Tom Johnson.

https://world-theatre-day.org/pdfs/WTD_Huppert_2017_EN.pdf

22.03.2017 News / Reports

JAGOŠ MARKOVIĆ DIRECTS PIRANDELLO AT YDT

Rehearsals began today at Yugoslav Drama Theatre of So It Is (If You Think So) by Luigi Pirandello, directed by Jagoš Marković.  The cast of this new YDT production includes Branislav Lečić, Jelisaveta Sablić, Marko Janketić, Jasmina Ranković, Predrag Ejdus, Nenad Jezdić, Rada Đuričin, Goran Daničić, Vesna Stanković…

Set design by Jagoš Marković, costume design by Bojana Nikitović with Ljiljana Mrkić Popović in charge of voice coaching.

The opening night of  So It Is (If You Think So) is scheduled for late May on our Ljuba Tadic stage.  This year marks 150th anniversary of the birth of Luigi Pirandello, a Nobel laueate, and with this production YDT joins the celebration of this anniversary taking place around the world.   Though Pirandello was a well known story teller and novelist, he is best known for his plays.  So It Is (If You Think So) is one of his earlier works.

22.03.2017 News / Reports

ONLINE BOOKING CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

Due to technical problems online booking is currently unavailable.  You can book tickets at our Box Office or by phoning  +381 11 30 61 957  and +381 11 26 44 447. Thank you for your understanding.

20.03.2017 News / Reports

TICKET SALES FOR APRIL HAS STARTED

Tickets for April  performances available from Saturday 18th March. 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:

Friday, 21st April, A SUSPICIOUS PERSON by Branislav Nušić, directed by Jagoš Marković

Wednesday, 26th April, THE IMAGINARY INVALID by Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Molière, directed by Jagoš Marković

Sunday, 30th April, BETRAYAL, by Harold Pinter, directed by Goran Šušljik

24.02.2017 News / Reports

THE ARRIVAL OF DON JUAN

The play Don Juan by Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere, directed by Gorčin Stojanović will premiere on Sunday, February 26th at 8 p.m. on the Ljuba Tadić stage. The play stars: Vojin Ćetković, Sergej Trifunović, Vojislav Brajović, Anđelika Simić, Marko Baćović, Goran Daničić, Jovana Gavrilović, Dubravko Jovanović, Milica Janevski, Slobodan Tešić, Sonja Vukićević and Katarina Jovanović.

22.02.2017 News / Reports

TICKET SALES FOR MARCH HAS STARTED

Tickets for March  performances available from Saturday 17th February. 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, 18th March, William Shakespeare HAMLET, directed by Aleksandar Popovski

Sunday, 19th March, Ivo Andrić THE WOMAN FROM SARAJEVO, directed by Gorčin Stojanović

Saturday, 25th March, A. N. Ostrovsky A PROFITABLE POSITION, directed by Egon Savin

10.01.2017 News / Reports

HAMLET AT CNT

After a successful guest performance in Ljubljana, another guest performance of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, directed by Aleksandar Popovski, is scheduled for 10th January, but this time at the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb.

With Nebojša Glogovac in the title role the rest of the cast includes Jasna Đuričić, Jovana Stojiljković, Bojan Dimitrijević, Nikola Rakočević, Vlasta Velisavljević, Goran Šušljik, Miloš Samolov and Boris Milivojević. Dramaturgy by Goran Stefanovski. Set design by NUMEN and Ivana Jonke. Costume design by Maria Marković and original musical score by Kiril Džajkovski Sonja Vukićević was in charge of coreography and Ljiljana Mrkić Popović of voice coaching.

The previous guest performance of a Yugoslav Drama Theatre production at this most important theatre in Croatia took place in January last year.  Molière’s last play, The Imaginary Invalid, directed by Jagoš Marković, was performed to a full house and to standing ovations.  That is how the cooperation between YDT and CNT was reestablished after a hiatus of three decades.  Our Ljuba Tadic stage was the venue for a guest performance of The Wolfhound by Miroslav Krleža, directed by Ivica Buljan in June, 2015. The last guest performance of a Yugoslav Drama Theatre production at CNT, before cooperation between the two theatres was resumed, was back in 1986 with the production of Travelling Troupe Šopalović, directed by Dejan Mijač.

Our guest performance in Zagreb has the support of the Belgrade City Council.

The next guest performance of Hamlet is scheduled for 29th April at Volkstheater in Vienna.

23.12.2016 News / Reports

THE OPENING NIGHT OF THE FREE EXCHANGE HOTEL

The play Free Exchange Hotel by Georges Feydeau, directed by Boris Liješević, will open on Friday, 23rd December at 8 p.m. on Ljuba Tadić stage of Yugoslav Drama Theatre.

In the cast are: Nikola Đuričko, Dragan Jovanović, Nataša Tapušković, Anđelika Simić, Srđan Timarov, Bojan Dimitrijević, Amar Ćorović, Milica Gojković, Miodrag Dragičević, Anđela Jovanović, Marija Klanac, Sanja Marković and Tea Gjorgjioska.

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