Performances with ecological themes on 54/55. Bitefu

Performances with ecological themes on 54/55. Bitefu

The double Bitef, its 54th and 55th editions, will be held in Belgrade from September 13 to 25, 2021. Fourteen performances from ten countries will be shown in the main program of the festival.

In addition to well-known names of European and regional theater such as Wim Vandekejbus, Rimini Protocol, Thomas Ostermeier, Sebastian Horvat, Miloš Lolić and Bobo Jelčić, the Belgrade audience will have the opportunity to see performances by authors who are on Bitef for the first time.

Affirmation of new faces at Bitef

The Bitef artistic team insists on the affirmation of new names in a broader international context. Let us remind you that in the past few years, the festival has shown performances by Ersan Montago, Igor Vuk Torbica, Nadava Barnee and others.

Žiga Divjak for the first time at Bitef

The play Lungs, directed by Žiga Divjak, photo: Peter Uhan

This year, Slovenian director Žiga Divjak will participate in Bitef for the first time. Although very young, Divjak is already the leading director of the Slovenian theater scene and the winner of the most relevant national awards in this country. He will present himself to the Belgrade audience with a production Lungs Slovenian National Theater Drama Ljubljana, based on a play by British writer Duncan McMillan. It is a minimalist play, based on the extraordinary acting of two young actors and a significant directorial and scenographic solution of Igor Vasiljev’s space.

The first guest appearance of the famous French director Philippe Ken at Bitef

Thematically, Lungs they belong to the whole festival that problematizes the environmental challenges of today. As part of that ensemble, Philippe Ken, one of the most famous French and world directors of the middle generation, will be a guest at Bitef for the first time. His show Farm Fatale was co-produced by the author’s company and Kamershpile from Munich. In a specific, recognizable visual framework and ironic discourse, Ken develops a surreal vision of an “environmental revolution” driven by unemployed scarecrows: they lose their jobs for a variety of reasons, including the destruction of city gardens and corporate attacks on independent farmers.

Farm Fatale, directed by Filip Ken, photo: Martin Argyroglo

Chilean-Mexican choreographer Amanda Pinja is a guest on the main program

For the first time, Amanda Pinja, a choreographer of Chilean-Mexican origin, will be a guest within the main program of Bitef. Her choreography Climate dances is a dedication to ecosystems endangered by the projects of multinational companies and is based on the claim that modern Western civilization endangers not only nature, but also ancient cultures.

Performance Climate Dances, choreography: Amanda Pinja, photo:

Booking and ticket sales

Reservation and sale of tickets for this year’s Bitef will begin in the second half of August due to the current epidemiological situation. Follow the Bitef website and social networks for more information.

The festival was traditionally supported by the Secretariat for Culture of the City of Belgrade and the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, the Goethe Institute and the French Institute in Belgrade. Bitef ‘s partner and friend is the I&F Group this year as well, within which it also operates McCann Belgrade, the festival’s creative agency. They are partners of the festival this year as well Erste Bank ad Novi Sad and a longtime friend of the festival Coca-Cola Hellenic Serbia.

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