Limunation is not a story by Sremac about a teacher who comes to a secluded village with ready-made phrases of European social democracy and slogans of our nineteenth-century agitation and demagogy, but Kovačević’s devastating picture of our characters and customs that extend to the present day. Since there is a continuing decline of trust in institutions, new national tribunes aim at carrying out national aspirations into the executive power. They are there to make somebody’s day, as the suggestive hero in the Dirty Harry movie says.

Nebojša Bradić

 

DUŠAN KOVAČEVIĆ

Serbian academician, playwright, screenwriter and stage director. He graduated from the Department of Dramaturgy at the Academy for Theatre, Film Radio and Television in Belgrade.

He worked as a playwright in TV Belgrade until 1978. Between 1986 and 1988, he worked at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts. He has been the general manager of Zvezdara Theatre since 1998. He was elected a corresponding member of SANU (Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts) in 2000, and a full member in 2009. He was appointed Ambassador of Serbia and Montenegro in Portugal in 2005.

He has written 21 plays and 15 scripts for film or television. He has directed both theatre plays and films. His plays have been performed in more than 150 theatres abroad. As a playwright, he is often compared to Branislav Nušić.

 

Plays: The Marathon Family (1972), Radovan the Third (1973), Spring in January (1977), Space Dragon (1977), Limunation in the countryside (1978), Who’s That Singing over There (1980) The Collective Centre (1982), Balkan Spy (1983), Saint George Slays the Dragon (1984), The Claustrophobic Comedy (1987), The Professional (1990), Roaring Tragedy (1991), Larry Thompson – Tragedy of a Youth (1996), The Five-Star Dumpster (1999), Doctor Shoemaker (2000), Twenty Serbian Divisions (of the Serbs into Serbs) (2008), Dress Rehearsal for Suicide (2010),  Life in Tight Shoes (2011), Reincarnation (2011), Godfathers (2013), The Birthday of Mr. Nušić (2014), Hypnosis of one Love (2016).

 

Dušan Kovačević won numerous professional, theatre and film awards nationally, and he also received numerous international awards, Palme d’or for the Best Script Award (Cannes Film Festival in 1995, Underground), Best Script Award (Film Festival in Montreal, 1984, Balkan Spy; 2003 for the Professional). October Award of the City of Belgrade, more awards for lifetime achievement, as well as Ivo Andrić Award (for the overall lifetime contribution to Serbian literature, 2018)

 

NEBOJŠA BRADIĆ

He graduated in theatre and radio directing from the Faculty of Theatrical Arts in Belgrade. Between 1981 and 1996 he worked as director, art director and manager of the Kruševac Theatre. In 1996/97 season he was the director of the theatre Atelje 212. Between 1997 and 1999 he was the director of the National Theatre in Belgrade. Since December 2000 he has been the art director of the Belgrade Drama Theatre. He was the Minister of Culture and Information in the Serbian Government until 2008. Today he is the Editor in Chief of the Culture and Art Program at the Serbian Broadcasting Corporation.

 

He has directed more than 90 theatre plays in Serbian, Bosnian, Slovenian, Croatian and Greek theatres, with a special affinity for dramatization of contemporary local literature. He has directed operas, musicals and ballets. He is the founder of the Belgrade Dance Festival. He is the author of numerous essays on theatre and a professor of acting at the Belgrade Academy of Fine Arts.

 

He is the winner of the most important Serbian theatre awards. He won nine Awards for Best Directing at Joakim Vujić Serbian Theatre Festival. He won Sterija Award for best modern theatre adaptation, dramatization and directing. He is the winner of the award for directing and dramatization at theatre festivals in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Brčko, Zenica, Doboj), the Award for Best Directing at Joakim Interfest and International Festival of Classics in Vršac. In Moscow, he won the Golden Knight Award for directing for the theatre play the Golden Fleece by Borislav Pekić, and in Istanbul he won the Award for Dramatization of the play Dervish and the Death by Meša Selimović.

 

MARINA VUKASOVIĆ MEDENICA

Costume Designer, graduated from the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade in 1984 and in 2001 she was awarded the MA degree in Costume Design. She has been engaged in costume design in theatre, film, television and marketing production, as well as pedagogical and research work in the history of costumes and clothing culture in the Balkans. She had four independent exhibitions and participated in several group exhibitions in the country and abroad.

 

She has designed costumes for fifteen feature films and cooperated with eminent Serbian directors of theatre plays and operas. She has won several ULUPUDS[1] Annual Awards, as well as costume design awards for feature films and theatre festivals in the country and abroad. She is the member of ULUPUDS with the status of a prominent artist and the winner of the Award for Lifetime Achievement of mentioned professional association, as well as Crystal Prism, the greatest award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

 

VERA OBRADOVIĆ

Full Professor at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Priština (with temporary headquarters in Kosovska Mitrovica). She graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Belgrade, and obtained her master’s degree at the University of Arts in Belgrade, and Ph.D. degree at the University of Novi Sad. She teaches dance and choreodrama. She has danced as a soloist in Smiljana Mandukić’s Belgrade Contemporary Ballet company. She has completed her choreographic and pedagogical experience with a two-year education at the Faculty of Physical Culture in Novi Sad, Department of Contemporary – Jazz Dance (in the class of Professor Ljiljana Mišić). She has won awards in choreography. In the most important local theatres, she has been hired for stage movement, directing and choreography for many performances; she has also written author choreodramas. She has participated in local and international professional and scientific meetings. She has published professional texts in scientific journals in the country and abroad. She is the author of the book Choreodrama in Serbia in 20th and 21st Century: Gender Perspective. She is engaged in theatrical and ballet criticism. She is a member of Serbian Association of Ballet Artists.

ZORAN ERIĆ

Acquired his BA and MA degree in composition at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade. He studied in Salzburg and Stockholm. His works have been performed in almost every country in Europe, in the U.S.A., China and Australia, by renowned Serbian and foreign ensembles, such as string orchestras Guildhall Strings, St. George, Kreisler London Strings, 12 Cellisten der Berliner Philharmoniker, Detroit Chamber Orchestra, Kremlin String Orchestra, Camerata Serbica, Banatul Philharmonic, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, and Irish Chamber Orchestra. He has collaborated with the most important Serbian and foreign performers, including Kenneth Jean, James Judd, Ksenija Jankovic, Lidija Pilipenko, David Takeno, Bernard Lansky, So-Ock Kim, Malachy Robinson, Jon Bogdanescu, Maria Shpengler, Alexander Madzar, Arisa Fujita, Emanuel Pahud and many others.

In Erić’s oeuvre, a special place has been occupied by a comprehensive cycle of music for theatre and film. He has collaborated with some of Serbia’s most prominent theatre and filmmakers. He has won a number of prizes and awards for his creative work, most notably the October Award of the City of Belgrade, YUSTAT Grand Prix for incidental music, two Golden Mimosas for film music, two Sterija Awards for incidental music, and the Great Gold Medal of the University of Arts in Belgrade. He is a fourfold laureate of Serbia’s most prestigious award in the domain of music – the Mokranjac Award.

He is a full professor at the Department of Composition at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade; in addition, he has taught international master-classes and seminars at the prestigious European Conservatories- Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and at Iressia in Athens. Between 2007 and 2015, he was the head of the Department of Composition at the Faculty of Music and between 2015 and 2018 he was the rector of the University of Arts in Belgrade.

[1] The Applied Artists and Designers Association of Serbia

Narodno pozoriste Nis

Cast

SRETA .......... DEJAN CICMILOVIĆ
MAKSA.......... DRAGANA JOVANOVIĆ
PURKO THE COP.......... DANILO PETROVIĆ
MIĆA THE OFFICER.......... ALEKSANDAR MARINKOVIĆ
ĆIR ĐORĐE.......... ALEKSANDAR MIHAILOVIĆ
ĐUZELA.......... SANJA KRSTOVIĆ
PERA THE SCRIBE .......... DRAGOSLAV SAVIĆ
MIROSLAV.......... MIROSLAV JOVIĆ
GARA .......... STEFAN MLADENOVIĆ
BIROV.......... MIROLJUB NEDOVIĆ
TAŠULE.......... MARKO PAVLOVSKI
VILLAGER.......... MARJAN TODOROVIĆ
PEOPLE..........KATARINA MITIĆ
KATARINA ARSIĆ
UROŠ MILOJEVIĆ
DEJAN GOCIĆ

Technical Crew

Technical Manager: Ljubiša Živković
Stage Manager: Dobrila Marjanović
Prompter: Ozren Mitić
Sound Designer: Slobodan Ilić
Lighting Design: Dejan Cvetković
Light: Dragoslav Dobrosavljević
Stage Master: Slaviša Filipović
Stagehands: Marin Rajić, Mića Lazarević, Miodrag Đorđević, Radovan Živković
Props Master: Dragan Nikolić, Marko Đorđević
Dressers: Dušica Mladenović, Marko Dinić
Make-up, Wig Artists: Ljiljana Rašić, Marija Pešić, Ivana Lazarević
Tailoring: Marina Stevanović, Vladimir Pekić
Workshop: Bogoljub Đorđević, Goran Stanković, Dragan Perić, Branislav Nikolić
Procurement: Zoran Denčić
Driver: Nebojša Šarčević

Narodno pozoriste Nis
poster
Stage Director and Set Designer
Nebojša Bradić
Costume Designer
Marina Vukasović Medenica
Composer
Zoran Erić
Stage Movement
Vera Obradović
Set Designer Assistant
Slavica Marković
Costume Designer Assistant
Katarina Filipović
Speech
Nataša Ilić
Organizer
Ana Veljković

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