12.02.2015 News / Reports

ANDREY ZOLDAK TO VISIT YDT

The famous Ukrainian theatre director Andrey Zoldak will be arriving in Belgrade on 19th January and will be a guest of honour of Yugoslav Drama Theatre. Although he has lived in Berlin during the last decade, Zoldak has directed productions in a number of theatres around Europe (Germany, Russia, Romania, Finland, Sweden, and Switzerland). He has won a number of awards including the Critics’ Choice award at BITEF theatre festival in 2000 for his direction of Chekov’s The Three Sisters. He has directed plays by Chekov, Shakespeare, Dostoyevsky, Gogol, Turgenev, Goldoni, Solzhenitsyn, Henry Miller, Strindberg …

Zoldak will be coming back to Yugoslav Drama Theatre again in May when he will be holding a workshop.

12.02.2015 News / Reports

BRANKA I MLAĐA VESELINOVIĆ AWARD GOES TO VOJIN ĆETKOVIĆ

Branka and Mlađa Veselinović award for 2014 will be awarded to Vojin Ćetković on Monday, 19th January after the performance of The Čarnojević Diary by Miloš Crnjanski and directed by Miloš Lolić. It is Ćetković’s performance in this production that secured him the award.

The jury comprised of Aleksandra Janković, actress and last year’s laureate, Miloš Krečković, dramaturge working at YDT and Nataša Tapušković, actress and member of YDT ensemble said: Vojin Ćetković has created a simple but exciting character, his expression is controlled whereby he achieves great effect thus bringing together the style, the spirit and the intentions of the author, the director and the entire ensemble, the collective hero of this play.

Branka and Mlađa Veselinović, two great actors who joined YDT back in 1947 when it was first founded, provided the Yugoslav Drama Theatre Foundation with the resources for an annual award which is given to best actor/actress appearing in any of the productions that premiered that year at the Yugoslav Drama Theatre.

Other recipients of this award: Nebojša Glogovac for his performance in The Suspicious Person by Branislav Nušić, directed by Jagoš Marković and Aleksandra Janković for her performance in Hinkemann: come what may by Vuk Bošković, directed by Andrey Nosov.

12.02.2015 News / Reports

TICKETS SOLD OUT IN JANUARY

To mark the 10th anniversary of successful cooperation between Yugoslav Drama Theatre and Raiffeisen bank, we decided to offer a special winter treat to our patrons – tickets at the price of 100 and 200 dinars. The campaign started on 27th December and all tickets for January were sold out.

19.01.2015 News / Reports

TICKETS FOR FEBRUARY PERFORMANCES AVAILABLE AS OF 20th JANUARY

Tickets for performances in February will be available as of Tuesday, 20th January. Concessions available for all performances scheduled for February.

Tickets are available from YDT Box Office every weekday between 10am – 3pm and 5pm – performance time; Sundays 7pm – performance time. Box Office contact: +381 11 30 61 957  and +381 11 26 44 447.

19.01.2015 News / Reports

YDT IN 2014

Three premieres

March saw the premiere of Alexander Nikolaevich Ostrovsky’s A Profitable Position, directed by Egon Savin on our Ljubo Tadić Stage.

The very end of the season, 7th June to be exact, was marked by another premiere on the same stage – Dragonslayers by Milena Marković, directed by Iva Milošević. Dragonslayers was the first production within a larger programme for 2014 financed by the Serbian Ministry of Culture and Information to mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I.

The second production in this programme premiered on 17th December, once again on Ljubo Tadić stage – The Čarnojević Diary by Miloš Crnjanski, directed by Miloš Lolić.

The Fallen Angel of History

The Fallen Angel of History 1914/2014 project which marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I was financed by the Serbian Ministry of Culture and Information. Besides the two productions which were conceived as a part of this project – Dragonslayers and The Čarnojević Diary, Yugoslav Drama Theatre productions also went on tour. Dragonslayers by Milena Marković, directed by Iva Milošević, was performed in November, 2014 at the National Theatre in Prague and at Schauspielhaus in Graz. Toward the end of December Dragonslayers was performed on the stage of the Zagreb Youth Theatre (ZeKaeM) in Zagreb, Croatia.

There were also two guest performances on our Ljubo Tadić Stage as a part of the Fallen Angel of History Project – National Theatre in Prague production of 1914, directed by Robert Wilson and the Schauspielhaus in Graz production of Thalerhof, directed by Anna Badora.

The Fallen Angel of History project enjoys the support of the Union of Theatres of Europe and is scheduled to continue in the next year with the participation of Dragonslayers in the theatre festival made up of members of the Union of Theatres of Europe in Stuttgart and the performance of The Čarnojević Diary at the Volkstheater in Vienna.

Festivals and tours

In 2014 we continued our tradition of taking part in various festivals and performing on various stages both in Serbia and abroad.  This year we performed in Prague (Czech Republic), Graz (Austria), Zagreb (Croatia), Tivat (Montenegro), Ruma, Novi Sad, Pančevo, Požarevac, Užice.

Our production of A Profitable Position by A. N. Ostrovsky, directed by Egon Savin, opened this year’s Sterijino Pozorje theatre festival. This production was also a part of one of the largest theatre festivals in the region – Fadil Hadžić Days of Satire in Zagreb. It was again performed at the Festival of Mediterranean Theatre “Purgatorije” in Tivat as well as at the 19th Yugoslav Theatre Festival in Užice.

Our production of Shakespeare’s Othello, directed by Miloš Lolić, was also performed at the Festival of Mediterranean Theatre “Purgatorije”.

Dragonslayers by Milena Marković, directed by Iva Milošević, was included in the programme of this year’s BITEF theatre festival and as a part of the Fallen Angel of History project it went on tour in the Czech Republic, Austria and Croatia.

Awards

In April, 2013, Nebojša Dugalić became the recipient of the City of Belgrade Award for Theatre for his portrayal of Robert in Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, directed by Goran Šušljik.

At the 59th Sterijino Pozorje theatre festival the grand jury award for acting went to Srđan Timarov for his portrayal of Onisim Panfilovich Belogubov in A. N. Ostrovsky’s A Profitable Position, directed by Egon Savin. The Sterijino Pozorje award for best costume went to Lana Cvijanović for costumes in A Profitable Position and Mrs. Olga by Milutin Bojić, directed by Gorčin Stojanović and performed by the Sombor National Theatre.

Jelisaveta Sablić won the best actress award at the 38th Fadil Hadžić Days of Satire theatre festival in Zagreb for her portrayal of Felisata Gerasimovna Kukushkina in A. N. Ostrovsky’s A Profitable Position, directed by Egon Savin.

The Grand jury of the 9th Festival of Mediterranean Theatre “Purgatorije” 2014 awarded the best actor award to Vojin Ćetković for his performances in Providenza for the Tivat Cultural Centre, Montenegro and in Othello at the Yugoslav Drama Theatre. Nikola Đuričko won the award for bravura performance for his portrayal of Iago in YDT’s production of Shakespeare’s Othello. Special artistic achievement award went to Ljiljana Mrkić Popović for her proof-reading in our production of Othello.

Yugoslav Drama Theatre productions won two awards at the 19th Yugoslav Theatre Festival in Užice: “Ardalion” award for best theatre direction went to Egon Savin for A Profitable Position by Alexander Nikolaevich Ostrovsky and “Ardalion” for best costume went to Lana Cvijanović again for A Profitable Position.

Guest performances at YDT

In February, 2014 the Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad had a guest performance of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, directed by Egon Savin, and in March a performance of The Cabinet Minister’s Wife by Branislav Nušić, directed by Radoslav Milenković.

In March, the Bojan Stupica stage saw performances of Marat the Sade by Peter Weiss, directed by András Urbán and produced by the Novi Sad Theatre and Mrs. Olga by Milutin Bojić, directed by Gorčin Stojanović, produced by the Sombor National Theatre. In early April, Bojan Stupica stage was the venue for a guest performance of Sentimental Tectonics by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, directed by Andrea Ada Lazić and produced by the Šabac Theatre.

In 2014, Yugoslav Drama Theatre welcomed three guest performances produced by the Tivat Cultural Centre – Filomena Marturano by Eduardo de Filippo, directed by Jagoš Marković (co-produced by Tivat Cultural Centre and Podgorica City Theatre) and D-Minor in Boka by Stevan Koprivica, directed by Milan Karadžić were both performed in February but returned for additional performances in May. There was yet another performance of D-Minor in Boka in October as well as a performance of the most recent production of Tivat Cultural Centre– Providenza by Stevan Koprivica, based on works by A. P. Chekov and directed by Egon Savin.

Studio YDT hosted a sound performance by Irena Tomažin entitled A Taste of Silence as a part of the 54th October Salon festival.

Season 2013/2014 was concluded with a performance of Belgrade Trilogy by Biljana Srbljanović, directed by Christian M. Müller and performed by Schaubühne Graz.

Front directed by Luke Percival and produced by Thalia Theater Hamburg was performed on YDT Ljubo Tadić stage as a part of this year’s BITEF theatre festival.

In October, our Ljubo Tadić stage was the venue for a concert of classical music performed by talented young musicians from Russia. The concert was a part of the Days of Russian Sacral Music festival organised by the Russian Federation Ministry of Culture.

Boško Buha theatre in Belgrade is currently being refurbished so on various occasions they borrowed our Bojan Stupica stage for some of their performances.

The Zagreb Youth Theatre, the famous ZeKaeM, came to our theatre in December with their production of How we survived based on essays by Slavenka Drakulić and personal experiences of actresses involved in this production directed by Dino Mustafić.

Union of Theatres of Europe

The annual assembly of the Union was held in Prague last May, organised by one of its members – the National Theatre in Prague. The day before the actual conference, all the representatives of member theatres were given an opportunity to see the performance of 1914 on one of the stages of the National Theatre. This production was directed by Robert Wilson, one of the most important living theatre directors in the world. This production at the National Theatre in Prague was a part of the programme for commemorating the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I.

The premiere of Dragonslayers by Milena Marković, directed by Iva Milošević at the Yugoslav Drama Theatre was yet another platform for our partners from the Union of Theatres of Europe to gather around in Belgrade on 7th & 8th June this year.

At the administration meeting of the Union of Theatres of Europe held on 15th November in Israel, it was decided that Belgrade was to become one of the UTE centres.

YDT at the Cultural Forum in St. Petersburg

The International Cultural Forum in St. Petersburg organised by the Government of the Russian Federation with active participation of the Government of St. Petersburg, was held in early December. This was also the 250th anniversary of the opening of the State Hermitage museum which houses the most important collection of artistic and historical artefacts in Russia and is one of the largest and most important museums in the world.

Tamara Vučković Manojlović, director of the Yugoslav Drama Theatre, was invited to attend the Forum whose aim was to promote Russian culture in view of supporting initiatives in the area of culture on regional, federal and international level as well as further development of international cooperation in the area of culture.

This year’s Forum was presided over by Olga Golodets, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, with the participation of representatives of the Russian Presidential Cabinet, Government of the Russian Federation, Valery Fokin as head of the Alexandrinsky theatre, leading cultural representatives both from Russia and abroad including heads of some of the most important theatres around the world. Tamara Vučković Manojlović took an active role in one of the gatherings within the Forum chaired by Valery Fokin.

… I love theatre too

Yugoslav Drama Theatre together with the Yugoslav Drama Theatre Foundation started a project entitled “…I love theatre too”. The project is financed by the Serbian Ministry of Culture and Information. The aim of the project is to acquaint students of final year of grammar school with the process of rehearsing and performing plays in professional theatre conditions and at a very high artistic level.

During their visits to YDT, students were given an opportunity to find out more about the functioning of a big theatre, they were given a guided tour, received complimentary tickets to see one of the plays on YDT repertoire and also an opportunity to talk to members of the cast and crew about the creative process.

Early in December this year, students of the Philology grammar school in Belgrade visited YDT and saw William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, directed by Egon Savin. After the performance, the students had the opportunity to speak to Egon Savin, Predrag Ejdus and Dragan Mićanović. A week after that, the students of the 5th Grammar school in Belgrade came to our theatre to see The Deceased by Branislav Nušić after which they talked to the director Igor Vuk Torbica but also with actors Dejan Dedić and Stefan Bundalo. The last of this year’s school related activities is the visit of a group of students of 5th Grammar school of Belgrade who will watch a performance of Othello after which they will have an opportunity to talk to actors Nikola Đuričko, Branislav Lečić and Vojin Ćetković.

Actors in a taxi

The Yugoslav Drama Theatre campaign called “Taxi Drama”, conceived and realised by the Belgrade based McCann agency’s creative team has become a big hit with the general public. The campaign essentially consists of viral video material containing three video clips. The material has received very positive reactions and has been hugely successful on social networks with over 800,000 views on YouTube and more than one thousand shares on Twitter and Facebook.

Reports about the campaign were produced by all the major local and regional media outlets as well as many media outlets worldwide, from USA to France to Thailand and it has also won a number of awards such as the Golden Drum at the Golden Drum festival in Portorož, the SoMo Fighter award for a viral block buster at the Weekend Media Festival in Rovinj, the Best Viral award at this year’s Night of AdEaters and has been listed among the 25 best regional campaigns at the BalCannes festival and has won a number of UEPS annual awards.

“Taxi Drama” campaign is a part of a project to revamp the Yugoslav Drama Theatre and its new “pOsetite JDP” (visit/Feel YDT) slogan to accentuate the emotional journey that spectators undergo while watching a play. The slogan was conceived by the creative team of McCann agency in Belgrade as a part of creative support and cooperation with the Yugoslav Drama Theatre which also includes promotional campaigns for new YDT productions.

Social awareness

In the aftermath of disastrous floods that hit Serbia last May, Yugoslav Drama Theatre began collecting aid for those affected by the floods. YDT minivan was made available for everyone living in Belgrade and surrounding areas who wanted to send help to those affected by the floods but were unable to do so on their own.

Yugoslav Drama Theatre also paid the sum of 301,700 Serbian dinars into a special account set up by the Serbian Government. This amount is the theatre revenue of all plays performed during that period. The amount of 67,158 Serbian dinars was paid into a Red Cross account or given to YDT employees who live in the Obrenovac region which was severely affected by flooding. The theatre in the town of Paraćin which also got flooded received the amount of 50,000 Serbian dinars.

In May, YDT also asked for help from members of the Union of Theatres of Europe and a number of theatres around Europe answered our call. They were theatres from Austria, Germany, Portugal, Greece, Romania, Hungary and Russia. The money that was collected was paid into the B92 Fund which was set up for people living in the Obrenovac region who sorely needed help after the May floods.

They left us

Marija Crnobori, one of our most important actresses, a consummate tragedienne and a member of Yugoslav Drama Theatre since its founding. Nikola Simić, actor, joined YDT troupe in 1959. Jovan Ćirilov, worked as director of Yugoslav Drama Theatre for many years, founder and artistic director of BITEF festival, worked as dramaturge for Atelje 212, erudite, polyglot, lexicographer, chronicler of theatre and society, a modernist in constant battle with the conventions – one of the most significant people for culture in Serbia, Yugoslavia and Europe. Olga Savić, a distinguished actress and artist who remained a member of Yugoslav Drama Theatre troupe for over forty years.

And more…

Every month some of our productions will be subtitled in English, we are constantly updating our website; we are on Facebook and have our own smart phone app.

 

NEXT YEAR

2015 will begin with major discounts on tickets

  • Premiere of The Broken Jug by Heinrich von Kleist, directed by Igor Vuk Torbica is scheduled for February
  • A Profitable Position will be performed at the theatre festival in Moscow in April
  • Robin Wilson to give a lecture at YDT in May
  • Union of Theatres of Europe conference scheduled for May
  • YDT at the Neva Festival in St. Petersburg
  • Exchange and cooperation with the National Theatre in Nice in November
  • Fallen Angel of History project continues with the performance of Dragonslayers at the Union of Theatres of Europe festival in Stuttgart and a performance of The Čarnojević Diary at Volkstheater in Vienna.
  • Andrey Zoldak, theatre director from Ukraine to visit YDT. Zoldak has directed a number of productions around Europe

 

pOsetite JDP (visit/Feel YDT) in 2015

19.01.2015 News / Reports

YDT BRANKA AND MLAĐA VESELINOVIĆ FOUNDATION AWARDS FOR 2014

The Grand jury for the Yugoslav Drama Theatre  Branka and Mlađa Veselinović Foundation awards comprised of Aleksandra Janković, actress and last year’s laureate, Miloš Krečković, dramaturge working at YDT and Nataša Tapušković, actress and member of YDT troupe, has decided to award the Branka and Mlađa Veselinović award for 2014 to Vojin Ćetković for his performance in The Čarnojević Diary, directed by Miloš Lolić with the following explanation: Vojin Ćetković has created a simple but exciting character, his expression is controlled whereby he achieves great effect thus bringing together the style, the spirit and the intentions of the author, the director and the entire ensemble, the collective hero of this play.

Branka and Mlađa Veselinović, two great actors who joined YDT back in 1947 when it was first founded, provided the Yugoslav Drama Theatre Foundation with the resources for an annual award which is given to best actor/actress appearing in any of the productions that premiered that year at the Yugoslav Drama Theatre.

Other recipients of this award: Nebojša Glogovac for his performance in The Suspicious Person by Branislav Nušić, directed by Jagoš Marković and Aleksandra Janković  for her performance in Hinkemann: come what may by Vuk Bošković, Directed by Andrey Nosov.

19.01.2015 News / Reports

NO ONLINE BOOKINGS IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY

Due to an increased number of bookings owing to our price reduction campaign during the months of January and February we regret to inform you that online ticket booking will not be available during this period. Tickets can still be purchased at YDT Box Office between 10am – 3pm and 5pm – beginning of performance Mon – Sat and 7pm – beginning of performance on Sundays. Box Office phone contacts are +381 11 30 61 957 and +381 11 26 44 447. Thank you for your understanding.

24.10.2014 News / Reports

MARIJA CRNOBORI PASSED AWAY

One of the most significant actresses, the greatest tragic actress of her epoch and the member of the Yugoslav Drama Theatre from its foundation, Marija Crnobori, passed away at the age of 96, in her apartment in Belgrade.

She was born in Istra, in the small town Banjole near Pula (Croatia), on October 1, 1918. Her career began in CNT in Zagreb and the National Theatre in Rijeka, where she became a real stage star very soon.

In 1947, called by director Bojan Stupica, she moved to Belgrade from Istra with her husband, also director, Marko Fotez, where she brought all her acting talents, masterful professionalism and genuine dedication to the project of foundation a new theatre – the Yugoslav Drama Theatre. She performed her most significant roles on the Main stage of YDT: Sophocles’ Antigone, Racine’s Phaedra, Shakespeare’s Lady Macbeth (Macbeth) and Regan (King Lear), Goethe’s Iphigenia (Iphigenia in Tauris). She performed in the first production of theYugoslav Drama Theatre, Ivan Cankar’s The King of Betajnova, as Francka, becoming the backbone of this theatre’s repertoire with the roles in plays: the title roles in Lyubov Jarovaya by K. Trenyov and Candida by B. Shaw, Sophia Alexandrovna in Uncle Vanya by Chekov, Jula in Pera Segedinac by Laza Kostić, Katarina Ivanovna in The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky, Klara in Leda, Jadviga Jasenska in On the Edge of Reason and Laura Lembah in In Agony all by M. Krleža, Claire in Genet’s The Maids, Jocasta in Clean Hands by Hristić.

Marija Crnobori participated in the establishment of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival (Ophelia in Hamlet in 1952 and Gertrude 1956, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ida in The Trilogy of Dubrovnik and other roles).

She was awarded and decorated with the greatest acknowledgments for special accomplishments and life achievement: Sterija’s Award (1968), October Award of the City of Belgrade (1960), July 7 Lifetime Achievement Award (1974), Dobričin Prsten Award (1992). In 2009, she was granted the Charter of the Congress of Chakavian Poetry Žminj (Povelja Sabora čakavskog pjesništva Žminj), and on the Statehood Day in 2013, President Tomislav Nikolić decorated her with the Sretenski medal of III rank.

Commemoration in Yugoslav Drama Theatre will be at 11 a.m., and the last farewell from the chapel at Novo groblje in Belgrade at 1 p.m. on October 28.

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