The 48th edition of one of the most important theatre festivals in the South-East Europe, Belgrade International Theater Festival – BITEF will be held at several city locations from September 20 to 30. The festival, which is held under the motto “Past is Present” will feature 13 theater troupes from all over Europe.

Unlike previous years, this year’s selection was thematically oriented and inspired by the Great War which is the subject of several plays. However, Bitef does not treat this event in a commemorative way, but more as a source of information and numerous questions and thru plays it draws the line with presence and current events.

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Bitef will be opened by the play “And where is the revolution?” by Croatian author Borut Šeparević, whose last year’s Bitef performance draw huge public attention and was awarded with the Special Jury Prize. This year’s play is inspired by the cult album “Paket aranžman” created by the group of musicians and it explores the contemporary commodification of social rebellion.

 

Festival visitors will have a special opportunity to watch plays by two distinguished authors, “(A)pollonia” by Polish director Krzysztof Warlikowski and “Front” by German director Luk Perceval. Besides them, festival program also features several local productions, such as “Zmajeubice” by Yugoslav Drama Theater, “Mali mi je ovaj grob” by Bitef Theater and written by Biljana Srbljanović and “Grobnica za Borisa Davidoviča” based on the novel by great Serbian writer Danilo Kiš, as well as several highly quality plays from Lithuania, Switzerland, Germany, Slovenia and Croatia.

Rich supporting program consists of several well known segments such as Bitef Polyphony, Bitef on Film, After Ten. The new segment of this year’s festival are interesting cultural and art tours that will take place for the first time during the B-Tour Festival.

Tickets for the forthcoming Bitef cost between 1000 and 2000 dinars and can be reserved from August 18 by sending email at blagajna@bitef.rs. Tickets can be purchased at the Terazije Theater box office from September 1.

Program

Wednesday, September 20, 20:00
Location: Dom omladine, great hall

Montažstroj, Zagreb, Croatia
A gde je revolucija, stoko?
Author: Borut Šeparović

Thursday, September 21, 19:00
Location: Belgrade Fair, Hall 3

Novi teatar, Varšava, Poljska
(A)pollonia
Director: Krzysztof Warlikowski

Saturday, September 23, 20:00
Location: National Theater Belgrade, great stage

Corinne Maier and Kaserne Basel, Switzerland
Past is Present
Director: Corinne Maier

Sunday and Monday, September 24 and 25, 20:00
Location: TBA

Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin, Nemačka
Schlachtfeld Erinnerung 1914/2014
Director: Hans-Werner Kroesinger

Monday, September 25, 20:00
Location: National theater Belgrade, great stage

Per. Art, Novi Sad and TkH, Belgrade, Serbia
Communitas na ispitu (epizoda Beograd)
Authors: Ana Vujanović i Saša Asentić

Tuesday, September 26, 18:00 and 21:00
Location: Bitef Theater

Hartefakt fond, Bitef Theater, Beograd, Srbija
Danilo Kiš
Grobnica za Borisa Davidoviča
Director: Ivica Buljan

Tuesday, September 26, 20:00
Location: Yugoslav Drama Theater, Ljuba Tadić stage

Yugoslav Drama Theater, Belgrade
Milena Marković
Zmajeubice
Director: Iva Milošević

Wednesday, September 27, 20:00
Location: Bitef Theater

Hartefakt fond, Bitef Theater, Belgrade
Biljana Srbljanović
Mali mi je ovaj grob
Director: Dino Mustafić

Wednesday, September 27, 18:00
Location: TBA

Novi Sad Theater, Novi Sad, Serbia
Neoplanta
Director: Andraš Urban

Thursday, September 28, 18:00 and 21:00
Location: National theater Belgrade, great stage

HKD teatar International Small Scene Theater, Rijeka, Croatia
Aleksandra Zec
Author and director: Oliver Frljić

Friday, September 29, 20:00
Location: Bitef Theater

Slovenian National Theater, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz
Ponorelo lokomotivo
Director: Jernej Lorenci

Saturday, September 30, 20:00
Location: Yugoslav Drama Theater, Ljuba Tadić stage

Thalia Theater, Hamburg
Front
Director: Luk Perceval

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