Dino Mustafic, director of Festival MESS, describes this yearâ€™s Festival as conquest for happiness and hope. Mustafic, one of the most important theater directors in the region, adds that the theater in the Balkans is “struggling to survive.” Over the last five years, Festival MESSâ€™s budget was slashed by 73 percent.
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My picks for the worldâ€™s top-10 best theater reflects my travels in 2011 and is therefore deeply personal.
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SARAJEVO, BOSNIA AND HERCEGOVINA:Â Â In a packed press conference, the winners of the 51th annual International theatre festival MESS Sarajevo were announced. The top prize-winners were Germanyâ€™s Stefan Kaegi of Rimini Protokoll for his diamond-like theatrical exploration of the lives of the muezzins of Egypt, Radio Muezzin. Â The award for Best Director went toÂ Oliver FrljiÄ‡, the Serbian director whose staging of When Father Was Away on Business was simply breathtaking.Â The International Critics prize went to Serbian director Selma SpahiÄ‡ and ensamble of performance Hypermnesia. Here is the full list of this yearâ€™s winners: Grand Prix â€“Â Golden Laurel Wreath Award for Best Performance “Radio Muezzin,” Stefan Kaegi, Rimini Protokoll Golden Laurel Wreath Award for Best Director Oliver FrljiÄ‡, “When Father was Away on Business“ Golden Laurel Wreath Award for Best Actor/Actress Toni Servillo, “Sconcertoâ€ś Hana SelimoviÄ‡,”When Father was Away on Businessâ€ś Silver Laurel Wreath Award for Best Performance in the World MESS category “Gardeniaâ€ś, 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 â€“ 5 episodes about the end of the species”, Teatro Sotterraneo Silver Laurel Wreath Award for Best Performance in the Children MESS category “Book of Wanderingâ€ś, Malo pozoriĹˇte DuĹˇko RadoviÄ‡, Beograd â€śRejhan DemirdĹľiÄ‡â€ť Award for Best Young Actor Enes SalkoviÄ‡ for roles in performances “In seasrch of the colour of chestnut” and “Letter from 1920” “Jurislav KoreniÄ‡â€ś Award for Best Young Actor Anica TomiÄ‡ za reĹľiju predstave “Menagerie,” HKD Rijeka The Special Jury Award goes to choreographerÂ Â Edward ClugÂ for performance “Rosas for Anne Teresa/Football Storiesâ€ś and to composerÂ Giorgio BattistelliÂ for performance “Sconcertoâ€ś. Apart from the official awards presented by the MESS Festival Jury, the …
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SARAJEVO â€”Â Â Randy Gener â€” the Nathan Awardâ€“winning editor, writer and critic â€” will serve the U.S. juror in an international jury European artists, top editors and prominent critics for the 51st edition of theÂ MESS Sarajevo International Theater FestivalÂ Â inÂ Bosnia and Herzegovina, the oldest international theatre festival in the Balkans. This yearâ€™s MESS SarajevoÂ International Theater FestivalÂ takes place from September 30, 2023 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.Â “MESS” stands for Small Experimental Stage. Today, MESS (MeÄ‘unarodni 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 Beckettâ€™sÂ Waiting for GodotÂ in the midst of the Siege of Sarajevo in 1993. Sontagâ€™s production drew so much attention to the cityâ€™s plight that many Bosnians believe it helped end the war. A square outside Sarajevoâ€™s national theater is dedicated to the U.S. writer and activist who died in 2004. Click here if you want toÂ download the entire 2011 program. MESS also organises MEMORY MODUL, a project aiming to investigate the way artists deal with the experience of genocide and destruction. Here is aÂ promotional video created for the 2010 MESS Sarajevo editionÂ on YouTube: Background and History: Sarajevo is the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which is also known as the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. This country is located on the Balkan peninsula, which allows beautiful views, access to water sports and secluded mountainous resorts.Â Bosnia and Herzegovina is …