35th / 14th International Festival of Alternative and New Theatre
35 / 14. интернационални фестивал алтернативног и новог театра

Novi Sad, 25th June - 3rd July 2008

Thu, 26th June
Ivana Sajko
play - monologue
The Belgrade Drama Theatre, Belgrade (Serbia)
| 22:00, SNT, Chamber Stage

Milena Djordjević
Jevgenija Jeskina Kovacević
Dejana Miladinović
Snezana Milojević
Milena Moravčević
Marija Opsenica
Danica Ristovski
Sonja Zivanović

Directed by: Bojan Djordjev

Dramaturgical-theoretical advice: Ana Vujanović
Set design: Siniša Ilić
Costume design: Маја Mirković

The duration of the play is 70 minutes.

For me writing is a territory of rage, a territory of struggle where I constantly try to defy models and forces of compulsion, not only through what I write about, but also how I write it.
Ivana Sajko 

According to Ivana Sajko “Woman-Bomb” is a monologue of a female suicide bomber, a nameless politician, his bodyguards and mistresses, God and a choir of angels, one worm, Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, twenty friends of Ivana Sajko, her mother and her-self.  

Ivana Sajko wrote this monologue as a reaction to the letter she received from a theatre manager who decided not to stage her play because of the situation in the world and terrorism.

The play “Woman-Bomb” by Bojan Djordjev is a kind of stage essay on the topic of terrorism. Djordjev attempts to establish a dramaturgy of post-cultural theatre in the heads of spectators which is almost identical to the dramaturgy of the fashionable postdramatic theatre. Both dramaturgies recreate a principle of an equally hovering attention from psycho-analytical hermeneutics where an analyst listens to the analysed person without understanding immediately what s/he is saying.  

In “Woman-Bomb” the spectators are trying to edit in their heads a large amount of information they are mercilessly feed and to reach one interpretation of them. The spectator comes to understand the text of the play only later, which is one of the principles of postdramatic theatre.
The play takes an auto-ironical step away from theatre, politics, God, abuse of women in terrorism, etc.
In the play “Woman-Bomb” we observe a number of actresses in the role of woman-bombs who sit in the audience and whose flow of thoughts we listen to throughout the play, which revolves around the assassination of Rajiv Ghandi carried out by a woman suicide bomber Dhanu in 1991.

Milan Madjarev, www.b92.net/kultura/pozoriste/o_predstavi.php, 31st January 2008

Benazir Bhutto (1953-2007)
Pakistani politician, opposition leader; the first woman to lead an Islamic country, twice elected Pakistani Premier (1988-1990 and 1993-1996); accused of corruption, from 1998 lived in voluntary exile; returned to Pakistan in 2007 to lead the Pakistani People’s Party in the election campaign; killed together with 19 other people in a suicidal bomb attack on 27th December 2007, which is considered to have been a crucial blow to the democratisation process in Pakistan.

Ivana Sajko (1975)
Croatian dramatist and dramaturge; graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb, Department of Dramaturgy. She has received several awards for dramatic literature, including three ‘Marin Drzić’ Drama Awards for her plays: Orange in the Clouds (1998), Rib as Green Walls (2000) and Mass for Election-day Silence, Dead Body behind the Wall and Hoofs in the Throat (2002). Her dramas are performed in theatres and on radio, and have been published in a number of world languages. She works as a dramaturge, director, playwright, journalist and radio programme author. She is a member of the Editorial Board of Fractions – a magazine for performing arts – and a co-founder of the troupe BAD co. In 2006 she received the prestigious award for best prose peace ‘Ivan Goran Kovačić’ for her novel Rio Bar which was published the same year.

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