International Symposium 36th INFANT
International Festival of Alternative and New Theatre

Editor: Simon Grabovac

Cultural Centre of Novi Sad, 2010.

Simon Grabovac

…”The disintegration and crumbling of our shared state meant that all the relevant reasons for the existence of such a festival were gone, except for the one: artistic. Sensing the gravity of the problem a festival under the name the Festival of New Theatre was held as soon as 1994. This was the first step towards the transformation of the Small Pozorje into a somewhat different (international) festival with a stronger side programme, but essentially the same festival which was to gathers, reflect and evaluate alternative, exploratory and generally different theatre. Besides the desire and an inner cultural drive of the Cultural Centre’s employees to raise the programmatic and production quality and thus create a relevant theatre festival in this part of Europe and the need to clear a new competitive and creative ground for our young, and all other, theatre activists with an inclination toward exploration, it was supposed to be the driving force for starting and supporting creative and critical spirit of young authors and educate them in different forms and possibilities of creative approaches and theatrical techniques. The festival was meant to have all the essential aspects which would make it complete: a selector, artistic board, round tables, symposiums, to be competitive, to follow and present new trends in all border fields of other arts: visual, film, video… the media.“…

The Cultural Centre of Novi Sad organised a meeting with the topic of a “Dialogue on Festivals” in October last year. Soon after that, the reading audiences were offered a book with the same title published by CCNS and signed by Simon Grabovac, in the role of the project author and editor. In his introductory text he explains that a serious dialogue on festivals is simply an imposition invited by the fact that our cultural environment has become a field of a virtual explosion of events of this type. Grabovac points out that besides the positive side (relevance, success, theoretical advances) the phenomenon (of such an explosion) of festivals has its negative aspects as well (financial disproportion, different levels of quality, a lack of integration)…
I. Burić
Dnevnik, 23rd March 2009

One of the authors represented in this book is architect Radivoje Dinulović, whose text deals with public space as a festival stage. Yesterday, Dinulović pointed out some of the dilemmas revealed in the interaction of festivals and public spaces, such as the issue of what attitude public events have towards urban spaces. Some other texts in this collection dedicated to festivals discuss the same issues, among which Dinulović selected the contributions of Jovan Ćirilov and Milena Dragićević-Šešić. Besides these authors, “Dialogue on Festivals” brings the texts by Jelena Janković, Srđan Vučinić, Simon Grabovac, Dimitrije Vujadinović, Dijana Milošević and Milovan Zdravković.
N. Pejčić
Dnevnik, 27th February 2009

Papers from International Symposium held on 14th INFANT, International Festival of Alternative and New Theatre
“Transmedial Theatre”

Editor: Simon Grabovac

Ivana Kronja: Theatre and mass media: Towards transmedial theatre
Zoran R. Popović: Towards a different arrangement of reality
Dragan Radovančević: Transmedial theatre
Nela Antonović: Transmedial theatre and transmedial critique
Ivan Pravdić: Transmedial theatre – Causes and procedures
Nikola Nikolić: Workshop-Urban set design
Dijana Milošević: Lifting the veil: What have they done to us?
Sanja Krsmanović Tasić: The Actor of the 21st century contemporary theatre: Roles and responsibilities

Cultural Centre of Novi Sad, 2008

After each edition of the INFANT Festival, there is a publication of a collection of essays presented at its International Symposium. From the first publication onwards, all the editions have born the same title – “New Theatre Strategies”, followed by a subtitle which is actually the motto of that Festival, as well as the same artwork and technical equipment appropriate to a bilingual publication in Serbian and English.
The collection No 5 has the same subtitle as the introductory text by Zoran R. Popović “Theatre-Phenomena-Consequences”, which attempts to raise the questions of the place of theatre in regard to the current cultural phenomena. Besides this text, the collection No 5 brings the texts by Ivana Vujić, Ana Vujanović, Andre Wuelfing, Dijana Milošević, Nela Antonović, Ivan Pravdić and Sanja Krsmanović Tasić.

Papers from International Symposium held on 13th INFANT, International Festival of Alternative and New Theatre

Editor: Simon Grabovac

Zoran R. Popović: Theatre-Phenomena-Consequences, A Questionnaire for
Further Theatrical Re-examination
Ivana Vujić: Digitopolis, The Natural Theatre of Oklahoma and The Pink Child
Ana Vujanović: Not Entirely Western, Yet Not Exactly an Eastern Scene;
Several Critical Theses on the Contemporary Dance Scene in Serbia
Andre Wuelfing: What Is New in Theatre?
Dijana Milošević: Theatre as Establishing the Threads of Memory
Nela Antonović: The Future of a Broken Mirror in a Parallel Theatre Story
Ivan Pravdić: The Design of Time, a Practicum of Media and Live Dramaturgy
Sanja Krsmanović Tasić: Theatre of Truth – or Why Theatre Still Has a Chance
Drawing Theatre

Cultural Centre of Novi Sad, 2008

Simon Grabovac, editor

Special edition magazine for literature and theory POLJA

Jadranka Andelić: Towards different theatre
Slobodan Beštić: Towards different theatre
Boro Drašković: Towards different theatre
Simon Grabovac: Towards different theatre
Aleksandar Mladenović: Awakening of theatrical being
Zoran R. Popović: What happen with theatre, sir?
Veljko Radović: There is no spirit of judging in our theatre
Miško Šuvaković: The questions about theatre in crises or why theory!?
Ana Vujanović, Bojan Đorđev: Theoretical practice and artistic production – from confrontation until underproduction
Divna Vuksanović: Extended scenes of theatre

Cultural Centre of Novi Sad, 2003

Simon Grabovac, editor

Papers from International Symposium held on 5th INFANT, International Festival of Alternative and New Theatre

Miško Šuvaković: Deconstruction of dramatic text. Around a zero degree of text in theatre and performance
Divna Vuksanović: Art in besieged cities “white flag” of theatrical language: a play of conventions and (self) destructions
Zoran R. Popović: Landscape after the battle
(or about theatres of subsequent consciousness)
Vladimir Kopicl: Fraudian renovations – post constructions: continuation before the beginning
Aleksandar Milosavljević: Zero point of our reality
Zorica Jevremović: Zero point: personal experience documents
Ksenija Radulović: On some difficulties in formulating the new in our theatre
Milan Mađarev: War time psychodramatic workshop
Nebojša Brocić: Zero point – the strategy of survival
Janko Ljumović: Alternative, agitprop or something third
Marina Milivojević-Mađarev: Zero point
Aleksandra Đuričić: Theatre of subsequent images – between the desired and the real

Cultural Centre of Novi Sad, 2000

Simon Grabovac, editor

Papers from International Symposium held on 3rd INFANT, International Festival of Alternative and New Theatre

Simulation and attraction: frontiers of new theatre
Vladimir Kopicl: Post human scene: from the body to the machine
Aleksandra Đuričić: Assay about borders of the dancing theatre
Zoran R. Popović: Introduction in third life

Theatre and (its) prosthesis
Miško Šuvaković: Metaphysics and history of prosthesis in western theatre
Igor Marković: Significance of interaction man/machine

Audience in theatrical machine
Divna Vuksanović: Audience in theatrical machine: towards new subject-object relation
Goran Gocić: Journalism vs. assays
Critic vs. spectators
Simon Kardum: What is art?
Martina Ulmanova: Audience in theatre

Extended scene, (para) theatre, catharsis
Balint Sombati: Artistic performance: art of sparkle and nomadism
Aleksandar Milosavljević: Protest as theatre
Ksenija Radulović: Between reality and play
Andrej Tišma: Spiritual radiation of the performers

Cultural Centre of Novi Sad, 1998

Simon Grabovac, editor

Papers from International Symposium held on 2nd INFANT, International Festival of Alternative and New Theatre

I/ The Performance of the 90-ies – stage and its outside

Miško Šuvaković: Postmodern performance
Dubravka Đurić: Performance poetry
Nela Antonović: The communication of non-verbal expression of the street performans
Entoni Hauel: Similitude or repetition
Vladimir Kopicl: Minimalism and technology
Aleksandar Davić: Performance and video art
Andrej Tišma: The artist by himself

II/ New theatre – theatre of seduction

Katarina Pejović: Love and state
Marko Košnik: The basics of interactive work (with regard to its potentials in theatre)
Jadranka Anđelić: The parallel world of the new theatre
Dijana Milošević: The new theatre
Rok Vevar: Body in ancient Greece or torsos of ancient artworks
Divna Vuksanović: Corporeal strategies of theatre – an aesthetic miniature on an alluring shopwindow
(teorijski pristup tzv. postmodernom teatru)
Ksenija Radulović: Seductiveness of an old muse
Zoran R. Popović: Language of theatre
Aleksandra Đuričić: The new music theatre

Cultural Centre of Novi Sad, 1997