THE LEGEND ABOUT THE END OF THE WORLD
Performers: Sanja Krsmanovic Tasic, Valentina
Milivojevic, Maja Mitic
Scenario and Direction: Dijana Milosevic and Jadranka Andjelic
Set and costume design: Antonella Diana
Music: Nenad Jelic (original songs), Serbian traditional
song and Irish lullaby
Texts from: "The City" by C.Cavafy, "Cassandra"
by C.Wolf, "The House of The Spirits" by I. Allende, Zvonko
Tarle's poetry, The Bible, Tibetan Book of Dead, Tibetan Legend
About The End of The World
The Legend of The End of The World
is based upon researching the myths of Creation and re-creation,
as well as the traditions which preserve knowledge about the Death
and meaning of Life - from the standpoint of three contemporary
women who evoke archetypes from the past.
Three women remain in the ruins. It
could be a house, church of any religion, library, home or their
own inner space. They are determined to create life upon the ruins,
to save the knowledge which can guide them. They look back in their
past, tradition, legends and myths from different cultures, various
songs and dances. They invoke symbolic meaning of colors and gestures.
They are searching for the way to continue the Life.
Through three contemporary women archetypal
characters from literature and mythology are emerging: Cassandra,
Arishba, Panthesilea, goddesses Kali, Shakti and Durga, three Moiras
- Past, Present and Future or Clara, Blanca and Alba from "The
House of The Spirits".
"In one enigmatically beautiful image, they pour out bags
of salt to form a massive hieroglyph round a miniature town square,
itself harbouring their treasured photographs. It's an image of
desolation, isolation, yet somehow of hope, and out of the anguish
emerges a forceful plea for life."
("Glasgow Herald", 8/30/1995)
"This is Dah Theater performing
"The Legend About the End of the world", an exotic mix
of mythologicaal storytelling and primal dance-theater. Many of
the themes reflect the confusion and madness of the war in the
former Yugoslavia, the troupe's home."
("Austin American-Statesman", 8/14/1996)
"The three actresses, who developed
the play, are wonderfully expressive. The evocative staging holds
mysteries in reserve and lets each theatergoer interpret the sights
and sounds in light of his own experience. The result is theatrically
liberating and incredibly moving."
("Ricmond Times-Dispatch", 8/7/1996)
"The Legend About the End of
the World" is a remarkably honest performance for which we
feel a great need today.
In the treatment, the "shaping" of the scenes and story,
the authors of "The Legend About the End of the World"
combine scenic movement and verbal speech; the interaction of
these elements provide the performance with a greater and total
significance. The fascinating energy and ability of the three
actresses Maja Mitic, Sanja Krsmanovic and Valentina Milivojevic
has incorporated itself in a remarkably honest, and by all means
true, performance that we need greatly here and now; also because
maybe, for a moment, it brings us back to ourselves."
(Dah teatar The Dance on the Remains of the World, 12/4/1995,
"It is a theater forcefully
driven by the desire to sustain and re-create life out of the
ruins of a society that has allowed itself to be suffocated."
("Theater Journal", December 1996)