Artists Association ARTISTA, Požarevac

A Dream of Milena

Directed by Jelena Bogavac

Duration 1h 20 min no interval

Milena Pavlović Barilli, painter, poet, set designer, illustrator and a precursor of modern multimedia artists stands in the centre of this production.

The production of A Dream of Milena is the result of many months of theatre documentary research of this painter’s biography, but in the context of socio-political concept of the period between the two wars during 20th century that she lived through, and a theatrical research of language and form of the production in the context of personal artistic aesthetics of Milena Pavlović Barilli.

The dramatic matrix of the production is made up of letters, critiques, diary entries, analytical texts, her own poetry but also the poetic annotations of Jelena Bogavac and Miodrag Kovačević based on the biographical documents belonging to the Pavlović Barilli family.

The production aims to define the watershed moments in the life of Milena Pavlović Barilli, observed from the perspective of her masterpieces – hence why the language of symbols in her art is used in this production to talk about Milena.

This video installation is formulated in such a manner to include a number of reproductions as well as scans of documents and letters that belonged to the artist.

The lifelong, emotionally rational and perceptive ups and downs in the career of this renowned artist are examined in view of adopting a new approach to the eternal subject of the course of an artist’s life or indeed the course of art itself – the search, the realisation, a life conditioned by market demands, the tragedy of historical events, personal universe, political autism, the clash between the local and the global, interdependence of the personal and the collective.

The production is an educational and highly poetic depiction of the life and work of one of the most interesting local artists of 20th century who lived to gain world recognition.

The creator and producer of this work is Tijana Višković, professional actress and president of the Artista artists association. Dramaturgy and direction by Jelena Bogavac, a renowned actress. Miodrag Kovačević joined the team in his professional capacity of consultant, researcher, composer and performer of songs with lyrics from Milena Barili’s poetry. The cast includes Tijana Višković, Jovan Zdravković, Marko Panajotović, Aleksandra Veljković and Miodrag Kovačević. Costume design by Aleksandar Kovačević, sound and video by Igor Marković. The production premièred to great acclaim in Požarevac on 17th December 2018 at the Cultural Centre of Požarevac and it opened in Belgrade on 6th February 2019 at Bitef Theatre in Belgrade. We have already had a number of guest performances around Serbia but also abroad (we have embarked on our European tour).

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