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Contemporary Theater Laboratory
from Belgrade, Yugoslavia.
exerpt of Documents
of Timeswhich will be performed on Friday
Feb. 11th and Saturday Feb 12th at 8pm.
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to Sejo and Joha and Mostar Youth Theatre
of Time was created in Belgrade, May and June of 1999, while NATO was nightly
bombing Yugoslavia. The performance is a record of lived-through reality bites,
carved on the performers bodies, vanishing when they leave. It is the testimony
of reality dissolving in front of us. The piece represents the impossibility to
capture a time, and seeks to fill a need for a different kind of record and witness
When NATO started to bomb my country in the spring of 1999, the last year of this
century, suddenly all that we knew as human beings and artists was questioned.
Personally, I realized that I understand nothing about this century, politics
or history. My mind was empty facing this strange logic of the contemporary politicians-
to kill more in order to prevent killing.
colleagues from the theatre shared very similar thoughts with me. We realized
that we needed the wisdom of somebody, veruy , veryold, who can look from upon
the dark times in which we live. So, we choose to speak in our pewrformance through
two very old ladies who came out of old museums, archives full of dust, using
the collective memory of mankind that is recorded in the books. They meet at the
staircase of the museum where they dance through their memories, bringing something
that surprised also us, the artists who created them , forgiveness."