Oct 15 / 8 pm / Princely Serbian Theatre
Production: Regional Theatre Novi Pazar / Cultural Centre Novi Pazar (Serbia)
Duration: 85 mins / no intermission /
About the performance:
Enes Halilović's novel, When You Gaze Long into an Abyss, awarded with the "Stevan Sremac" Award, is based on true contemporary events in Novi Pazar. We follow the story of the prematurely grown-up sixteen-year-old girl Nejra, who carries the burden of poverty, the financial responsibilities of the family, until adulthood, when, due to all the terrible circumstances, her life ends prematurely.
Director about the performance:
A local problem proves to be a global phenomenon here. Inheritance takes precedence over justice, property over truth, possession over freedom. Inherited economic status becomes fate; belonging to the poor class becomes a curse.
Our performance mirrors the society and its norms. We were shaken by the knowledge we gained, discovering that customs, secular and sacral institutions exist mainly for people to hide their souls from themselves.
Author about the performance:
When You Gaze Long into an Abyss, is a dialogue-based novel, like ancient dialogues. That form corresponded to this story where the philosopher provides the foundation, and Nejra, the heroine, narrates her truth, about growing up, falling in love, her jobs, hunger and sadness. Each of us wants to confide in someone, because no one has such a lid on their souls that would keep them forever silent.
Comments on the performance:
"The main function of consistently implemented meta theatricality in this sincere and strong performance is dialectical. The constant departures of actors from their roles open up a space of discussion and imagination, construction of new situations and possibilities, reparations the world. Theater is treated as an experiment in life, a chance to make it fairer. The meaning of these various means of theatricalization, according to Brecht, is to show that the world we have always known, a world steeped in lies, injustice, violence, the rule of injustice and abuse of power, is not an immutable fact. "
Ana Tasić, Politika
Written and directed by: Zlatko Paković
Composer: Božidar Obradinović
Lighting design: Ejub Slezović
Sound: Sead Župljanin
Video: Mirza Latifović
Poster designer: Ajla Dazdarević
Cast – dramaturges :
Stage manager/Prompter: Nermina Dugopoljac
Costume making: Fetija Gilić
Assistant set designers: Sead Torbić, Edina Starčanin
Props master: Jahja Jusović
Organizer: Muzafer Župljanin
Executive producers: Husein Memić, Seadetin Mujezinović