Diary of a Serbian Housewife

 MAY 6 – 7:30pm, CASA ITALIANA ZERILLI-MARIMO’ – TICKETS HERE

MAY 9 – 8pm, TRISKELION ARTS – TICKETS HERE

 

PERFORMED IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUPERTITLES

 

Based on the novel by the same name by Mirjana Bobic Mojsilovic

Directed by Fiona Sansone

With Ksenija Martinovic

Music by Idoli

Produced by CSS Teatro stabile di innovazione of Friuli Venezia Giulia

A selection of Dominio Pubblico/All-in 2015 

Ksenija Martinovic is a young Serbian performer from Belgrade who has resided in Italy for several years. For this show, she won the National Award “Giovani Realta’ del Teatro 2014”, monologue section. The show subsequently received a production grant as the first production of the triennial project “StartArt”, awarded by CSS to young artists and emerging companies.

Diario di una casalinga serba

 

SYNOPSIS

Andjelka is a young woman whose urge to relive her memories leads her to retrace the steps of her life. Her childhood spent in Tito’s Yugoslavia, her adolescence and adulthood spent in Milosevic’s Serbia. How can she look at herself in the mirror after so many years? This piece is a discovery of an awareness. The awareness of an entire generation of young people who weren’t ready to become adults so soon.

DIRECTOR’S NOTE

A record player. The 1960s through to the 90s. A sheet of paper. Newspapers. Words. The news. Being talked about by the whole world. Being a Nation. Being young, being grown-ups. Being Angelka. A woman. Living on the border, the line that separates civility from fear. The fear of not being recognized, the fear of being silenced. Italy, the country of dreams, of becoming, of meeting, of games, smells, holidays, songs, pizza, reunions. A house, open to the world. The house of a housewife. Angelka doesn’t concern herself with domestic life or household chores. Angelka acts, dances, sings, breathes and laughs. She makes fun of clichés, she reads lists of names of those who’ve lost everything, while the West knocks with its bombs. Angelka looks at the audience and searches among the dark bodies the memory of a window. Angelka sits in a box, like a beautiful doll, and waits, without getting bored. She takes a risk, the risk of going outside, the risk of loving, the risk of feeding herself, the risk of being happy, the risk of asking questions. Of being where she’s from. Of being born there. Being part of a people. Being Serbian. While the stage lights create both spacious and claustrophobic spaces for her to relive History, she claims for herself the faded images of folklore and from them extracts her own memories and the tenderness of her secrets.

Fiona Sansone

 

Mirjana Bobić Mojsilović

Mirjana Bobić Mojsilović

Mirjana Bobič Mojsilović, writer, painter, journalist and columnist, lives in Belgrade, Serbia. She has been writing columns, essays and interviews for all major Serbian newspapers and magazines since 1979. She has also worked as the author and host of several TV shows. She has published numerous novels and short stories as well as a number of theatre pieces.

 

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