Patriotic Hypermarket

Theatre play within the scope of the project “View from my Window“
Premiere: 3 October 2011, 8 pm
Bitef Theatre, Belgrade, Serbia

The performance is part of the multidisciplinary project “View from my Window”, which started in 2010 with the aim to enable Kosovars and Serbs to tell their life stories from their individual perspectives. A great deal of misunderstanding, distrust and hate between Serbs and Kosovo Albanians is based on generalized perceptions about the other ethnic group, which creates and reinforces prejudice. Yet, if the stories are clearly marked as subjective it means that a story can be true, even if the other person tells a different story. In this way both sides are able to accept and listen to the stories of the other.

As a first step of the project, 40 individuals of Serbian and Kosovo Albanian origin were interviewed. Each of them told his/her life story, memories of the Serbian-Albanian conflicts as well as their vision of the future and of co-habitation. Students from both backgrounds were trained in the method of oral history telling to conduct the interviews. An exhibition and publication completed this phase of the project.

Based on the stories of the anonymous interviewees and the exhibition, Milena Bogavac, a dramaturge from Belgrade, and Jeton Neziraj, a dramaturge from Prishtina, collaborated in writing a documentary, post-dramatic text, which Dino Mustafić, a Sarajevo based director, will direct for Belgrade’s Bitef Theatre with actors and actresses from Belgrade, Prishtina, Skopje and Tirana. Another interesting aspect of the play is that it will be bilingual, in Serbian and Albanian language, which makes the piece unique and innovative for this region. A tour across Europe is planned.

Kulturanova Association, Novi Sad
Multimedia Qendra, Prishtina

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Photos by Jelena Jankovic