This book assembles texts by renowned academics and theatre artists who were professionally active during the wars in former Yugoslavia. It examines examples of how various forms of theatre and performance reacted to the conflicts in Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, and Kosovo while they were ongoing. It explores state-funded National Theatre activities between escapism and denial, the theatre aesthetics of protest and resistance, and symptomatic shifts and transformations in the production of theatre under wartime circumstances, both in theory and in practice. In addition, it looks beyond the period of conflict itself, examining the aftermath of war in contemporary theatre and performance, such as by considering Ivan Vidic's war trauma plays, the art campaigns of the international feminist organization Women in Black, and Peter Handke's play Voyage by Dugout. The introduction explores correlations between the contributions and initiates a reflection on the further development of the research field. Overall, the volume provides new perspectives and previously unpublished research in the fields of theory and historiography of theatre, as well as Southeast European Studies.
pt. I Mobilisation of Theatre Institutions Testimony Borka Pavicevic / Borka Pavicevic Stages of Denial: State-Funded Theatres in Serbia and the Yugoslav Wars / Irena Sentevska Bosnia and Herzegovina's National Theatres in the Context of Language Politics During the War / Senad Halilbasic Testimony Amela Kreso / Amela Kreso Theatre as Resistance: The Dodona Theatre in Kosovo / Jeton Neziraj War Discourse on Institutional Stages: Serbian Theatre 1991-1995 / Ksenija Radulovic pt. II Shirting Stages Theatre on the Front Lines: Ad Hoc Cabaret in Croatia, 1991-1992 / Jana Dolecki Within and Beyond Theatre: President Tudman's Birthday Celebration at the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb / Lada Cale Feldman Testimony Snjezana Banovic / Snjezana Banovic Culture of Dissent, Art of Rebellion: The Psychiatric Hospital as a Theatre Stage in the Work of Zorica Jevremovic / Milena Dragicevic Sesic Theatre of Diversity and Avant-Garde in Late Socialist Yugoslavia and Beyond: Paradoxes of the Disintegration and Cultural Subversion / Ana Devic Testimony Borut Separovic / Borut Separovic pt. III Subsequent and External Perspectives The Theatre Exchange Between Slovenia and the Republics of Former Yugoslavia in the 1990s / Barbara Orel Fording the Stream of Conscience: Peter Handke's River Journeys / Branislav Jakovljevic Testimony Nihad Kresevljakovic / Nihad Kresevljakovic Strategies for Challenging Official Mythologies in War Trauma Plays: The Croatian Playwright Ivan Vidic / Darko Lukic Postmodern Antigones: Women in Black and the Performance of Involuntary Memory / Aleksandra Jovicevic Testimony Dino Mustafic / Dino Mustafic.