Mixer / Student Cultural Centre Novi Sad / Fast Forward, Serbia

Dramatic text: Lars von Trier
Direction and Song Texts: Kokan Mladenović
Composer: Marko Grubić
Costume Design: Tatjana Radišić
All male characters: Branislav Trifunović
Grace: Tamara Aleksić
All the other female characters: Milica Majstorović
Bass Guitar and Loops: Marko Grubić
Keyboards and Voice: Andrijana Belović
Saxophones: Jamal al Kiswani
Sound Engineer: Dejan Lalić
Lighting Engineer: Ivan Lazović

Running time: 100 minutes

Dogville is an adaptation of the script written by Lars von Trier for the film of the same name. The play follows the story of the heroine Grace, who flees from gangsters finding refuge in a seemingly idyllic little place of Dogville. But, soon enough all the frustration, closed-mindedness and aggressiveness hidden in its each member will surface in the idealised community, and Grace will fall victim to those who she wanted to help and whose humanity and goodness she believed in.
The authors of the play focus on the isolation-specific psychology that leaves long-term marks on the psyche of each and every individual in an isolated community. Have we, isolated from normal life, after the wars, sanctions and illusion, transformed into the people of Dogville? Should we be helped or afraid of? Are we capable of being part of the normal world ever again? Is there the ‘great world’ at all, or it, too, has transformed, like us, into a global Dogville? Where are the borders between empathy, understanding, morality and instinctive defence against evil? These end point states of social behaviour and individual psychology are matched by the form of the performance, which moves along the thin line between a concert, a theatre play and a film. On the stage, there are three musicians and actors, and the narrative is presented through acting, concert performance and interaction with a video, that is, film scenes on a large screen which dominates the set design.      

Mixer is a multidisciplinary platform that encourages the development of a creative economy of our country and the region, and establishes a dialogue between contemporary global tendencies and domestic and regional practices.  
The organisation Mixer has founded the Mixer Festival, the largest regional review of creativity and innovation, as well as the Mixer House – the Balkan Design Centre, a permanent multifunctional venue for cultural, educative and commercial activities located in an inspiring building of a former industrial garage in a previously neglected neighbourhood that is turning into a progressive cultural environment through a process of urban transformation. 

The Student Cultural Centre Novi Sad is an establishment of a student standard founded by AP Vojvodina. SCCNS plays an important role in the cultural life of the youth of Novi Sad. Its activity takes place through programmes dedicated to literary, theatrical, musical and fine art creativity, guided by insistence on true artistic values, where affirmation of young talented people takes a special place.   
SCCNS produces the following annual large-scale projects: The Rhythm of Europe, celebration of the Day of the Victory over Fascism; The Film Front, the first festival of small and independent film production of Vojvodina; The NS Strip Weekend, the first comic strip festival in Vojvodina; and To Be Punk, the first punk music festival in Serbia.

Marko Grubić, a composer, musician and creative leader of the band Vrooom, has composed music for documentary and feature films and numerous theatre plays including musicals such as “Zona Zamfirova” and “Hair”. With his band he has released five albums in Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and France and performed in almost all the countries of Europe. He has received a number of awards such as the Sterija Award for Original Stage Music, the most prestigious Serbian award in this field of theatre art; The Best Band of Year Award by TV Metropolis; and the “Davorin Popović” Award.

“(...) Here, there is a scream from the top of the lungs against the destruction of culture, discrimination of minorities, family violence and a stubborn self-isolation happening in our society. The play ‘Dogville’ is a stage act of a great social importance, a cry from the margins and a reflection of artists’ need to defy the corrosive lethargy and quashing of the remaining organs of the society.”
Ana Tasić, Politika, 29.12.2014