in Scena - Diary of a Serbian Housewife
Diario di una casalinga serba Diary of a Serbian Housewife
Based on the novel by the same name by Mirjana Bobic Mojsilovic
Directed by Fiona Sansone
With Ksenija Martinovic
Music by Idoli
Set Design by Claudio Mezzelani
Photography by Arianna Massimi
Produced by CSS Teatro stabile di innovazione of Friuli Venezia Giulia
In collaboration with Dominio Pubblico/All-in 2015
Ksenija Martinovic is a young Serbian performer from Belgrade who has resided in Italy for several years. For this show, she won the National Award Giovani Realta del Teatro 2014, monologue section. The show subsequently received a production grant as the first production of the triennial project StartArt, awarded by CSS to young artists and emerging companies.
Andjelka is a young woman whose urge to relive her memories leads her to retrace the steps of her life. Her childhood spent in Titos Yugoslavia, her adolescence and adulthood spent in Milosevics Serbia. How can she look at herself in the mirror after so many years? This piece is a discovery of an awareness. The awareness of an entire generation of young people who werent ready to become adults so soon.
A record player. The 1960s through to the 90s. A sheet of paper. Newspapers. Words. The news. Being talked about by the whole world. Being a Nation. Being young, being grown-ups. Being Angelka. A woman. Living on the border, the line that separates civility from fear. The fear of not being recognized, the fear of being silenced. Italy, the country of dreams, of becoming, of meeting, of games, smells, holidays, songs, pizza, reunions. A house, open to the world. The house of a housewife. Angelka doesnt concern herself with domestic life or household chores. Angelka acts, dances, sings, breathes and laughs. She makes fun of clichés, she reads lists of names of those whove lost everything, while the West knocks with its bombs. Angelka looks at the audience and searches among the dark bodies the memory of a window. Angelka sits in a box, like a beautiful doll, and waits, without getting bored. She takes a risk, the risk of going outside, the risk of loving, the risk of feeding herself, the risk of being happy, the risk of asking questions. Of being where shes from. Of being born there. Being part of a people. Being Serbian. While the stage lights create both spacious and claustrophobic spaces for her to relive History, she claims for herself the faded images of folklore and from them extracts her own memories and the tenderness of her secrets. Fiona Sansone
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