29 september 2022



Rehearsal of Fires, based on the eponymous novel by Marguerite Yourcenar, adapted for the stage by Maria Velasco, have moved to the National Theatre of Catalonia in Barcelona.  The production is directed by Carme Portaceli. Fires is a co-production between the Yugoslav Drama Theatre and the National Theatre of Catalonia in Barcelona, announced at a press conference in the presence of the general manager of the Yugoslav Drama Theatre Tamara Vučković Manojlović and actresses Sloboda Mićalović and Milena Vasić. Carme Portaceli, the production director and one of the leading theatre directors in Europe as well as artistic director of the National Theatre in Barcelona, announced the new season at one of the most prestigious theatres in Spain and talked to the media about the current co-production with the YDT.

Sloboda Mićalović and Milena Vasić make up the part of the Belgrade team that will continue rehearsals in Barcelona where they will be joined by actors Rosa Renom and Jordi Collet. The rest of the cast includes Nataša Tapušković, Nikola Rakočević, Iva Manojlović and Damjan Kecojević. Set design by Maria de la Camara and Gabriel Paré Lezcano, costume design by Marija Marković Milojev, original score by Jordi Collet with audio-visuals by Miquel Àngel Raió. Choreography by Damjan Kecojević with Ljiljana Mrkić Popović in charge of speech coaching. Throughout October the team will continue rehearsals at the Yugoslav Drama Theatre.

This production is part of a larger project by the Union of Theatres of Europe where fifteen of the most important theatres are brought together in various co-productions. During one year seven co-productions will be completed with scheduled performances at the Finisterre festival in Porto (Portugal) in February 2023. In this project, the Yugoslav Drama Theatre will be working together with the National Theatre of Catalonia from Barcelona.

The première of Fires is scheduled for 2nd February, 2023. Until the end of the season, Fires will be performed in Valencia, Barcelona (July) and it has already been included as one of the productions at the theatre festival in Madrid next autumn.