A story of love. Forbidden, scandalous, strong, inevitable, headless, passionate, boundless, lifelong, unreasonable, brave, all-pervading, crazy, painful, liberating, destructive, fatal… A story of love. Anna Karenina.


Why I love theater?


Irfan Mensur

I met him in ’68, right here, in Nis … number 5 Filipa Višnjica street, 4th floor without an elevator, by Cair … Some strange people tell some strange stories … I want to as well! I don’t understand anything … but I want to!

Well, we became friends, comrades, buddies … Godfathered one another a few times. We spend every day together. And night.

And Tolstoy? Karenina … high school reading … I skip 20˗30 pages … Ten years later I don’t skip … Twenty years later, it seems to me, I understand and love it …


Milos Cvetkovic

Because no day is the same there, and because it’s “there” – is anywhere.


Nadja Nedovic Tekinder

I love it because with theater I can’t get sick of reality…


Stefan Mladenovic

I love it because an eternity can fit in it in an instant.


Danilo Petrovic

Because there is everything your soul desires – tears, laughter … and a buffet.


Katarina Arsic

Because it asks questions that no one else can. Because it confronts us with ourselves, as we are. Because it’s cruelly honest.


Dragana Micalovic

Because I can love out loud there. Because I can do everything there. Because the most beautiful one opened the door of this great love for me.


Katarina Mitic Pavlovic

Freedom! An endless game of unpredictable flow, but always with a happy ending.


Bratislava Milic

Because it is EVERYTHING. Because it is my PEACE. Because it is the UNIVERSE.


Vuk Marinkovic

I love theater because I feel free there and I can express myself emotionally.


Dejan Cicmilovic

“You are too high of a price for me. And you probably know your value. I belong to you and I love you so that everyone bears both injustice and evil. So I had you, like a dream that makes people kings, and wakes them with deceit. ”



(…) The first thoughts about the novel arose in Tolstoy at the beginning of 1870. The following note was preserved in his wife’s diary: “Last night he told me that he was thinking about the type of married woman, from a higher society, who was ruined. He said that his task was to make this woman an innocent poor thing. ” (…) Nevertheless, three years passed before the plan of the novel became clear to the writer: it was not until March 1873 that Tolstoy began working on “Anna Karenina”. He devoted about five years of forced labor to the novel. He wrote it, leaving, in his words, “pieces of meat in an inkwell” (…) Soon after the publication of the novel, Dostoevsky wrote in the press: “Anna Karenina is a perfect work of art, to which nothing similar from the European literature of the present era can compare. ”(…)

Tolstoy’s inspiration for the legendary lover Vronsky was the Russian colonel Nikolai Rajevski, a volunteer and participant in the Serbian-Turkish war. After Karenina threw herself under the train, Count Vronsky volunteered and went to war in Serbia. Tolstoy thus ends the story, while the life of Nikolai Rajevski ended with his death in a battle with the Turks in 1876 near the village of Gornji Adrovac, not far from Aleksinac. According to the legend, before the battle, Rajevski had lunch, drank wine and, a parting for the post, said: “If I die, leave my heart in Serbia, and transfer my body to Russia.” At the place where he died, the Church of the Holy Trinity was built, known as the colorful or church of love. Countess Marija, Colonel Rajevski’s daughter-in-law, paid for the construction of the temple, and Bishop Nikanor Ružičić of Niš also played a major role in the construction of the church.

During the 134 years of the Nis’ theater scene, from the very beginnings of “Sindjelics” until today, Tolstoy’s plays have had twelve premieres.

The Nis audience cried for Ana for the first time back in 1913, during the performance by the theater troupe “Kosta Trifković”, led by Simo Bunić.

In 1930, the Moravian Banovina Theater also hosted the premiere of “Anna Karenina”, which was directed by Radivoj Dinulović, the theater’s general manager. The play was performed as a drama in seven pictures.

The regional national state theater premiered “Anna Karenina” in front of the Nis audience for the last time in the season 1940/41. Borivoje Stojković, the general manager directed it.

After a full eighty years of absence from the Nis stage, looking at this play through the historical prism of the development of the theater in Nis, we can say that this will be the first premiere of Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina” under the name of the National Theater in Nis.


Tamara Milosavljević, librarian of the National Theater in Niš



Narodno pozoriste Nis


Anna Karenina ˗ Dragana Micalovic / Katarina Arsic
Karenin ˗ Dejan Cicmilovic
Vronsky ˗ Milos Cvetkovic
Levin ˗ Stefan Mladenovic
Kitty ˗ Nadja Nedovic Tekinder
Dolly ˗ Bratislava Milic / Katarina Mitic Pavlovic
Stiva ˗ Danilo Petrovic
Seryozha (child) ˗ Vuk Marinkovic

Contra Dance Studio Dancers: Danica Nicic, Andjelija Culibrk, Anja Tonsa Milovanovic, Atina Vasovic, Jana Milenkovic, Dusan Stojiljkovic, Dusan Petrovic, Zeljko Tasic, Petar Ilic

Music: Aleksandar Sanja Ilic
Lyrics: Irfan Mensur
Performed by: Dragana Micalovic

Academic women's choir of SCC Nis, with guests: Milos Vukman ˗ bass, Lazar Lazarevic˗ bass, Nikola Jankovic ˗ tenor
Conductor: Ivana Mirovic

Studio My Room Acoustic: Nenad Pejcic, producer, Nikola Vuckovic, sound engineer

Media center: Zorana Ristic, video editing, Petar Stankovic, cameraman

Technical Crew

Stage manager: Dobrila Marjanovic
Sound designer: Vladislav Djordjevic
Lighting designer: Dejan Cvetkovic, David Jovanovic
Sound effects: Slobodan Ilic
Prompter: Vanja Sukleta

Technical director: Dejan Mitic
Stage master: Slavisa Filipovic
Stage dressers: Radomir Pesic, Mica Lazarevic
Prop managers: Marko Djordjevic, Dragan Nikolic
Wardrobe: Dusica Mladenovic, Marko Dinic
Make-up artists, wigmakers: Ljiljana Rasic, Ivana Lazarevic
Tailors: Marina Stevanovic, Vladimir Pekic
Workshop: Bogoljub Djordjevic, Goran Stankovic, Branislav Nikolic
Procurement: Zoran Dencic, Bogdan Todorovic
Driver: Nebojsa Sarcevic

Narodno pozoriste Nis
Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy
Dramaturge, Director and Production designer
Irfan Mensur
Aleksandar Sanja Ilic
Costume designer
Biljana Krstic
Stage designer and Assistant costume designer
Katarina Filipovic
Danica Nicic
Natasa Ilic
Poster and booklet designer
Marina Antic
Production manager
Ivana Stojanovic
January 22, 2021

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