09 May 2022

THE LIBERATION OF SKOPJE AT YDT

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A performance of The Liberation of Skopje by Dušan Jovanović, directed by Gorčin Stojanović, result of a co-production between the National Theatre in Niš and the National Theatre in Leskovac, is scheduled for Tuesday, 10th May on our Ljuba Tadić stage.

The cast includes Miloš Cvetković, Mina Cocić, Aleksandar Marinković, Evgenija Stanković, Vesna Josipović, Dragan Marjanović, Miroljub Nedović, Danilo Petrović, Stefan Mladenović, Marko Radojević, Marko Pavlovski, Natalija Jović, Nađa Nedović Tekinder, Miroslav Jović, Aleksandar Krstić and Uroš Milojević. Set design by Gorčin Stojanović with costume design by Marina Vukasović Medenica.

This is a three-act play made up of fragments of memories of a six year old boy towards the end of the Second World War. 

In spite of the fact that the person writing everything down knows the “hero” of this story and his entire family very well, he nevertheless cannot unreservedly guarantee that the “hero’s” testimony is entirely true.  And even though the testimony – of the then six year old Zoran – cannot be considered an incontestable, incontrovertible, assured and subjective reflection of a particular period in the past, let alone as an authentic historical document, his – in many ways – atypical story makes us all the more curious.  It makes us think. While writing down shards of his memories, without any additions or embellishments, we wondered what, as a matter of fact, could a six year old boy have seen, heard, understood and experienced in 1944 and 1945? In other words: What understanding and what experience, if indeed they exist, hide behind these seemingly simple and honest nuggets of observations and events, ripped out of the sea of oblivion?

Because we believe that this matter is worthy of our spectators’ attention, we put these fragments of memory that were jotted down in chronological order and which now – in a manner of speaking – we present to our audiences’ consideration in epic and dramatic form – says Dušan Jovanović in his comments on the text.