Tag: Bosnia-Herzegovina

  • Rimini Protokoll's Radio Muezzin | Photograph byAmer Kuhinja

    Germany’s Rimini Protokoll seizes grand prize of MESS Sarajevo International Theater Festival

    SARAJEVO, BOSNIA AND HERCEGOVINA:  In a packed press conference, the winners of the 51th annual International theatre festival MESS Sarajevo were announced. The top prize-winners were Germany’s Stefan Kaegi of Rimini Protokoll for his diamond-like theatrical exploration of the lives of the muezzins of Egypt, Radio Muezzin.  The award for Best Director went to Oliver Frljić, the Serbian director whose staging of When Father Was Away on Business was simply breathtaking. The International Critics prize went to Serbian director Selma Spahić and ensamble of performance Hypermnesia. Here is the full list of this year’s winners: Grand Prix – Golden Laurel Wreath Award for Best Performance “Radio Muezzin,” Stefan Kaegi, Rimini Protokoll Golden Laurel Wreath Award for Best Director Oliver Frljić, “When Father was Away on Business“ Golden Laurel Wreath Award for Best Actor/Actress Toni Servillo, “Sconcerto“ Hana Selimović,”When Father was Away on Business“ Silver Laurel Wreath Award for Best Performance in the World MESS category “Gardenia“, Alain Platel & Frank van Laecke, Les Ballet C de la B Silver Laurel Wreath Award for Best Performance in the Mittel Europa category “When Father was Away on Business”, Atelje 212 Silver Laurel Wreath Award for Best Performance in the Future MESS category “Dies Irae – 5 …

  • "Puls" (Netherlands), staged by Jolika Sudermann, at MESS Sarajevo 2010 | Photography by Vedad Divović

    Randy Gener serves as American juror for Sarajevo International Festival in Bosnia and Herzegovina

    SARAJEVO —  Randy Gener — the Nathan Award–winning editor, writer and critic — will serve the U.S. juror in an international jury European artists, top editors and prominent critics for the 51st edition of the MESS Sarajevo International Theater Festival  in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the oldest international theatre festival in the Balkans. This year’s MESS Sarajevo International Theater Festival takes place from September 30, 2010 until October 9, 2011, presenting 32 performances from all over the world in six festival categories. Established in 1960 by Jurislav Korenic as the Festival of Small and Experimental Stages, MESS was one of the best theatre events promoting modern theatre expression in the former Yugoslavia. “MESS” stands for Small Experimental Stage. Today, MESS (Međunarodni teatarski festival Mess) is the most significant annual celebration of theatre art in South-East Europe and takes place in Sarajevo in the second part of October. This festival is produced by the National Theatre of Sarajevo, famously known as the Bosnian theater where Susan Sontag staged a production of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot in the midst of the Siege of Sarajevo in 1993. Sontag’s production drew so much attention to the city’s plight that many Bosnians believe it helped end the war. A square outside Sarajevo’s national theater …