Bitef Theatre – Bitef Dance Company, Serbia

Concept and choreography: Jasmin Vardimon
Choreographer’s assistants: Esteban Fourmi and Aoi Nakamura
Set and media design: Guy Bar-Amotzand and Jasmin Vardimon
Lights design: Chahine Yavroyan
Sound design: Jasmin Vardimon

Costume design in London: Linda Rowell
Costume design in Belgrade after the idea and concept of Jasmin Vardimon and Linda Rowell: Dijana Vučićević
Photography and design: Jelena Janković
Video animation: Mihael Klega and Goran Balaban

Dancers of the Bitef Dance Company:
Miloš Isailović, Strahinja Lacković, Nevena Jovanović, Milica Pisić, Uroš Petronijević, Nemanja Naumoski, Sanja Ninković, Ivana Savić Jacić
Alternation: Miona Petrović

Ballet pedagogue: Marija Janković Šehović
Assistant to the ballet pedagogue and choreographer: Nikola Tomašević

The play is realised in cooperation and with the financial support of the British Council in Belgrade, the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia and the Heartefact Foundation.

Duration: 70 minutes

The play had its world premiere on 11th October 2008 at the South Hill Park, Bracknell, where it was performed by the Jasmin Vardimon Dance Company.


Jasmin Vardimon, British choreographer of Israeli origin, prepared, especially for the Bitef Theatre, with the dancers of the Bitef Dance Company the play ‘Yesterday – Remember to Forget’, as a kind of a overview of her ten-year professional engagement, presenting the audiences with the most exciting duo, solo and ensemble numbers from her rich choreographic opus.
Thanks tothe British Council’s long lasting commitment to the continuous development of the contemporary dance scene in Serbia, the Bitef Theatre has succeeded in realising this ambitious project too. Namely, the efforts and results achieved by the Bitef Dance Company since its foundation was recognised bythe British Council which provided its support by organising educational workshops with renowned British choreographers such as Jessica Wright, a member of the famous Random Dance Company, Russell Maliphant, as well as ShobanaJeyasingh. The continuation of this cooperation is the production by JasminVardimon which the British Council will support by further placement of the play throughout Europe.
The collaboration with Jasmin Vardimon, at the play ‘Yesterday – Remember to Forget’ seems as a logical step forward of the Bitef Theatre and the Bitef Dance Company in the development of dancing, and even wider performing capacities of their dancers. This choreographer combines extremely difficult and attractive dance passages, so dancers must have excellent performing technique and experience to be able to work with her. Moreover, her style of work requires very serious acting engagement of the dancers on the stage. As complements to the play, there are video materials and interesting set solutions, which make the performance attractive for the audience, as well as for the promotion of the art of contemporary dance.


The Bitef Theatre is an avant-garde theatre situated in a lively theatre space of a reconstructed evangelist church, in the very heart of Belgrade. By revealing new theatre tendencies in our society, as well as by providing a space for artists whose work represents a step pot of the traditional and predetermined boundaries of the stage expression, it has been successfully carrying out its mission of extending the scope of influence of the Bitef Festival ever since it was founded in 1989.
In the 2012-2013season the Bitef Theatre continues to, on the one hand, develop the dance theatre and advance the Belgrade dance scene, primarily by the development and productions of the Bitef Dance Company, but also through numerous guest performances of the national and international dance productions. On the other hand, it extends the platform of the new, engaged dramatic creativity.
The title of the new season at the Bitef Theatre Where Are We? implies the permanent questioning of the social circumstances which condition our sense of belonging or not-belonging, the feeling of rootedness or the very lack of it, the questioning of those social mechanisms that affect our lives but are mainly out of our control and outside of our capacity to act directly.