Anna Augustynowicz stages Biljany Srbljanović's play. The Serbian playwright has once again taken up the topic of the break up of personal prisons. In "Barbelo, Of Dogs and Children" she sharply employs the motif of the loss of someone close to you, which is shown to lead to a fundamental change in the lives of the remaining family members...
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Anna Augustynowicz stages Biljany Srbljanović's play. The Serbian playwright has once again taken up the topic of the break up of personal prisons. In "Barbelo, Of Dogs and Children" she sharply employs the motif of the loss of someone close to you, which is shown to lead to a fundamental change in the lives of the remaining family members
My protagonists are normal, unimportant people who speak about unimportant problems using everyday language, says Biljany Srbljanović. I believe that from these pieces of unimportant life comes something important.
This play is not, however, wholly about death, but about what is left after death, about something which lasts longer than death alone. The most important aspect here is love. The love of a mother for her child and the child's love for its mother. Here, as similarly seen in one of Srbljanović's other plays, Carob Trees, one of the protagonists is a child, a handicapped child, who needs greater attention from the adult figures around him. Greater sympathy and special care. The child is, however, abandoned by his mother and placed in the hands of his father, who does not understand him.
Srbljanović, born in 1970 in Sweden, is both a real star and enfant terrible of Serbian dramaturgy. She graduated from the Department for the Dramatic Arts (FDU) in Belgrade, where she currently lectures. Her plays include: Belgrade Triology (1997), Family Situations (1998), Downfall (2000), Supermarket (2001), America, Part II (2003), Carob Tree (2005), translated into over twenty languages and are shown in the most prestigious European and global theatres. None of her texts come without some kind of controversy behind them. The majority of her awards are acquired in Serbia and several from abroad, the best of which is the prestigious European Theatre Award Premio Europa per il Teatro in 2007. She also stared in a number films. Her work is published in the most acclaimed European journals: La Republica, Spiegel, The Guardian.
- Barbelo, Of Dogs and Children by Biljana Srbljanović; translation: Dorota Jovanka Ćirlić; direction: Anna Augustynowicz; set design:Waldemar Zawodziński; costume: Wanda Kowalska; sound technician: Jacek Wierzchowski; lighting design: Krzysztof Sendke; starring: Katarzyna Dałek, Iwona Karlicka, Ewa Suchanek, Justyna Wasilewska, Agnieszka Więdłocha, Michał Jaros, Mariusz Łuczak, Marek Nędza, Ksawery Szlenkier, Krzysztof Wach; premiere: January 15, 2011.
Stefan Jaracza Theatre in Łódź
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Artistic Director: Waldemar Zawodzińsk
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Source: press release, www.teatr-jaracza.lodz.pl