Post Conflict Theatre on the Balkans

Partnership project, initiated by Bond Street Theatre – New York

Supported by ArtsLink & ArtsInternational & Trust for Mutual Understanding

Where?

Bulgaria, Kosovo, Romania, Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria

When?

July – August 2000 and August – September 2001

What?

  • Creation of non-verbal version of “Romeo and Juliet “ – a co-production of Theatre Tsvete and Bond Street Theatre – New York
  • Theatre tours
  • Theatre workshops for children and adolescents coming from various ethnic groups, organized by UNICEF – Kosovo
  • Facilitation of the First Juvenile Peacemaking Seminar in Plovdiv, organized by UNESCO

The Local Press About Us:

An inventive collection of theatrical techniques and skills – physical and dance theatre, pantomime, acrobatics, circus, black light theatre, shadows, rituals and puppetry – attractive, spiritual and contemporary“.- Darina Nikolich, Novi Sad, Yugoslavia

Well done and surprising! How much effort, knowledge and talent were implemented to create this multi-cultural collaborative work. The Bulgarians were excellent.” — Vladimir Kopicl, Festival Report, Novi Sad, Yugoslavia

Everything worked in perfect harmony, the physical staging, music, pantomime, jazz, comedy and other elements.” — Mehmet Latifi, Fakti, Gjilan, Kosovo
This ‘Romeo and Juliet’ was an extraordinary human tragicomedy … It gave the audience a special message of love, peace and tolerance between people.” – Arif Muharremi, Koha Ditore, Prishtina, Kosovo

DIARY:

  • WE WERE APPROACHED BY UNICEF TO HELP THEM BRINGING THE ATTENTION OF CHILDREN TO THE DANGER OF MINES
  • THE HOSTILITY BETWEEN MONTEGUE AND CAPULET – ANALOGUE OF THE BALKAN BLOODY DRAMA
  • MASS GRAVES, FLIES, RAVENS AND RUINS…
  • WE ARE WARNED NOT TO SPEAK IN BULGARIAN ON THE STREET
  • WE ‘RE GUARDED BY KFOR WHILE TRAVELLING IN THE NIGHT
  • A ROMEO AND JULIET PERFORMANCE IN ORESHEVO. THE STAFF OF THE PRIEST MADE THE WHOLE HALL TO JUMP AND SHRIEK AGAINST THE STAGE. IT WAS FRIGHTENING AND SAD.

The project is named the ART LINKS’  BEST PROJECT’ 2000  around the U.S.A