Program on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the play “Bordello of the Warriors”
Twenty years after the first theatre performance of the play “Bordello of the Warriors” in the empty building of the 25th May Museum in 2001, the Centre for Cultural Decontamination will hand over the documentation of this renowned play to the Museum of Yugoslavia. On that occasion, a discussion with the authors, actors and collaborators on the play will be organized at the Museum on December 15 at 6 p.m.
The discussion is realized in cooperation with the Centre for Cultural Decontamination and the Museum of Yugoslavia, and it involves Ivan Čolović (political anthropologist, publisher and writer, author of the book “Bordel ratnika” (Bordello of the Warriors), on which the play was based), Ana Miljanic (director of the play), Branka Prpa (historian and co-author of the project “Modernism – Serbian national identity in the XX century” within which the play was realized), Branko Pavić (author of stage design of the play created through a workshop with students of the Faculty of Architecture), Vladimir Pejković (composer), Bojan Đorđev and Siniša Ilić (assistant directors), as well as actors and actresses: Vladislava Đorđević, Aleksandar Đurica, Jelena Ilić, Nataša Marković, Marija Opsenica, Miloš Timotijević and others. The discussion will be moderated by Simona Ognjanović, curator of the Museum of Yugoslavia.
The program will include digitized materials and recordings of the play, parts of the TV movie “Building of the Bordello of the Warriors ” (B92, 2001), as well as photographs by artist Vesna Pavlović and documented memories of the play.
The play ” Bordello of the Warriors” was based on essays by anthropologist Ivan Čolović, as well as texts by other authors and various collected materials, and was performed in various spaces of the empty building of the 25th May Museum, which was regaining its museum function at the time. Therefore, this important artistic production has a double link to the institutional position of the Museum of Yugoslavia, touching not only the referential thematic framework through re-examining the problem of disintegration of Yugoslav cultural and political space, but also through direct inscription in the complex institutional history of this Museum.
The play premiered on August 21, 2001, followed by ten performances and participation in the BITEF festival in September of the same year. It was realized within one-year project of the Centre for Cultural Decontamination “Modernism – Serbian national identity in the XX century”, which implied new reflections on Yugoslavia after the wars of the 1990s through collaboration with historians, artists and witnesses.
- Day: 15.12-15.12.2021
- Time: 18:00
The Origins: The Background for Understanding the Museum of Yugoslavia
Creation of a European type of museum was affected by a number of practices and concepts of collecting, storing and usage of items.
New Mappings of Europe
Starting from the Museum collection as the main source for researching social phenomena and historical moments important for understanding the experience of life in Yugoslavia, the exhibition examines the Yugoslav heritage and the institution of the Museum