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24 september 2020

Performances from Serbia "Fattie" and "Who's Afraid of Isadora Duncan" at the International Children's Theater Festival in Subotica

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Performances from Serbia

The third and fourth day of the festival
Performances from Serbia "Fattie" and "Who's Afraid of Isadora Duncan" at the International Children's Theater Festival in Subotica
Tuesday, September 22 / Wednesday, September 23

On Tuesday, September 22 and Wednesday, September 23, in the Main Program of the International Festival of Children's Theater in Subotica, two plays from Serbia were performed: "Fattie" by Youth Theater Novi Sad and "Who is afraid of Isadora Duncan" by Center for Contemporary Art Productions "Viva Dance Academy ”, also from Novi Sad.
The play "Fattie" was performed on the "Jadran" stage of the National Theater in Subotica on Tuesday, September 22. This work deals with the problems of growing up, the challenges of upbringing, and the young people search for identity, through the teenage struggle with excess weight. The director of the play, Emilija Mrdaković, said about this achievement, in which she combines classical acting and a puppetry approach: "I see puppetry as a universal art. Unfortunately, here in the region, we perceive it as a theater for children, and it is capable of metaphor, very much needed in the theater. Guided by this, I tried to make a play for teenagers and make it interesting for them. The theme is quite intimate and sensitive, so it is made on puppet level of metaphor, and in some places it grows into comedy."
The play for children and adults, the musical "Who's Afraid of Isadora Duncan", was performed in two terms on the stage "Jadran" of the National Theater, on Wednesday, September 23. This achievement is a tragic and painful story about the life of ballerina Isadora Duncan, but in parallel, through a combination of beauty, sadness, joy, and pain, it celebrates life, love, and art. Choreographer Gordana Oreščanin said about the play: "We manage to satisfy the youngest, but also a fully mature audience that understands our story and message. We are trying to encourage the youngest audience, with the culture of the movement, to return to the theater". Regarding the values ​​that the play promotes by presenting the life and work of Isadora Duncan, she adds: "It is important for us that the kids understand that it is okay to be different. Those are her words - don't let them tame you. We would children to remember that."
In addition, to live performances, the Eurocinema screened plays "Baby - Penguin Who Wanted to Fly" by the Bryansk Regional Puppet Theater from Russia, as well as "Guli" by the Galilean Multicultural Theater from Israel.
On the third and fourth day of the festival, at the Open University of Subotica, were held promotions of the collection of works "Theater for Children - Artistic Phenomenon" and the book "Laboratory for Puppetry" by Vahid Durakovic, as well as the 11th International Forum for Theater Arts Research for Children and Youth - topic "Women's Creativity in the Theater for Children and Youth and the Festival as a Social Phenomenon."
On the last day of the festival, Thursday, September 24, the repertoire includes three performances in the competition program: "The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland" by the German Zenobia Theater at 11 a.m. as a Eurocinema screening, and at the same place at 4 p.m. “We are the Terracotta Army ” by the Shiyan Children's Theater from China. At the very closing of the festival, the monodrama "Woe is Todor" by the Children's Theater Subotica will be performed live, on the stage of this theater, instead of the "To Theater with Love", that was canceled due to an actor's illness.

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