Nusic Triptych



Nusic Triptych, performed by IUI Transition Dance Company within the Belgrade Dance Institute, and choreographed by the most distinguished and respectable Serbian and European choreographers, Isidora Stanisic (Serbia) and Maciej Kuźmiński (Poland), starts at 8.30 pm.

Nusic Triptych project is composed of three contemporary dance choreographies, which represent the artists’ effort to transform Branislav Nusic’s dramatic text into contemporary performing arts.

Guided by the topics that Branislav Nusic, one of the most brilliant comediographers, dealt with in his own work in a unique way, the choreographers have examined the common relationships in contemporary society, petty-bourgeois spirit, amorality and lies, corruption, greed, kitsch, rigidity and insecure life conditions. Each choreographer has explored an adequate stage expression and a dance vocabulary that communicates most directly with the paradox of the contemporary world and points out the universality of the topics that Nusic approached in his works.

“My humor alleviates the cruelty of life, provoking laughter on one’s lips.”

                                                                                                                     Branislav Nusic

The dancers presenting to the audience in all three performances are: Andreja Simic, Maja Markovic, Katarina Stojkovic, Mila Stijak, Katarina Bucic, Branko Mitrovic, Marija Vucenovic, Vladimir Cubrilo and Tamara Pjevic (alternations: Ana Obradovic, Boris Vidakovic i Nikolina Milosevic).

The project was supported by Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, National Theatre in Belgrade, Ohrid Summer Festival, Nisville Jazz Festival and BELEF.

The Cabinet Minister’s Wife

Choreography and dancers: Katarina Bucic, Katarina Stojkovic, Marija Vucenovic, Mila Stijak, Vladimir Cubrilo and Maja Markovic (alternations: Ana Obradovic, Boris Vidakovic i Nikolina Milosevic);

Music: Zeljko Ninic

Costume: Snezana Аrnautovic Stjepanovic

The Cabinet Minister’s Wife – an elegy

In many directors’ interpretations, SHE was the cause for the calembour vision of the provincial shoddy. However, the theme of social significance (what, how and why?) underlies the visible caricature. One can witness the violent transformation of a simple, morally correct person into a ridiculously pitiful précieuse. Numerous vaudeville crafts, superficially comical as such, blur the real character of the person torn from her own intimate patriarchal world, who cannot cope with the new situation of social hypocrisy and desire for power.

Bereaved Family

Choreography: Isidora Stanisic;

Dancers: Andrea Simic, Katarina Bucic, Marija Vucenovic, Branko Mitrovic, Mila Stijak, Katarina Stojkovic, Maja Markovic, Tamara Pjevic, Vladimir Cubrilo, (alternations: Ana Obradovic, Boris Vidakovic and Nikolina Milosevic);

Music: Darja Janosevic;

Costume and scenography: Snezana Arnautovic Stjepanovic

Bereaved Family – for all time

In this part, the emphasis is on hidden greed in Bereaved Family. In Nusic’s time, greed was considered amoral and was well hidden by the hypocritical standards of the petty-bourgeois society. Due to the erosion of moral norms in the modern world, it has become an excuse for personal prosperity, because the end justifies the means. The central theme of the dance interpretation of this work is the inversion of the moral code, or how Rest in the piece became Rest in style.

The Excelsior Hotel

Choreography: Maciej Kuźmiński;

Dancers: Andrea Simic, Katarina Bucic, Marija Vucenovic, Branko Mitrovic, Mila Stijak, Tamara Pjevic (alternations: Ana Obradovic, Boris Vidakovic and Nikolina Milosevic);

Music: different authors;

Costume and scenography: Snezana Arnautovic Stjepanovic

Variation on a theme of Nusic’s The Deceased

What happens with and within a family when their head decides to die, ie. pretends to have died? The main character, Pavle, casts himself to exile after discovering that he has been cheated on by his wife. Hiding in the room of the Excelsior Hotel, he witnesses the transformation of a civil family from a seemingly moral into a group of predators, typical for countries in transition. Is this really happening or is it just his fantasmagoric dream? Will he remain forever hidden and watch from a distance the changes of society, sorrowing for the world that he thought he knew? Or the whole incident was just an excuse to divorce Rima?

Branislav Nusic (20 October 1864, Belgrade – 19 January 1938, Belgrade) was a Serbian writer, comediographer, novelist, playwright, essayist, founder of modern rhetoric in Serbia and an amateur photographer. He also worked as a journalist and a diplomat. The most popular of his plays are the comedies: The Cabinet Minister’s Wife, A Suspicious Person, A Member of the ParliamentBereaved Family, and The Deceased. Except being a playwright, he was also a dramaturgist or a head of theatres in Belgrade, Novi Sad, Skopje and Sarajevo. He was appointed a head of Yugoslav Playwrights Society and a member of Serbian Royal Academy. Nusic’s plays have been adapted in some fifty cinema and television films since 1950.

The aim of this project is a new interpretation of Nusic’s most important works in the language of contemporary dance and the first installation of Bereaved Family, The Cabinet Minister’s Wife and The Deceased in the contemporary dance theatre.

Isidora Stanisic was born on August 14, 1975 in Belgrade. She graduated from the Lujo Davico ballet school in Belgrade as a top student of her class and graduated from the Belgrade Dance Institute, Department of Choreography. During her studies she was participating in the classical ballet performances at the National Theatre. Upon completion of her studies, she chose to improve her contemporary dance expression as a postgraduate scholarship student at the National Choreographic Center of Montpellier, danceWeb in Vienna and Global Dance in Dusseldorf, as the Goethe Institute’s scholarship recipient. She has enriched her knowledge of contemporary dance by attending numerous workshops in Serbia and abroad. She currently works as a dancer, choreographer and pedagogue at Lujo Davico ballet school, the Belgrade Dance Institute and Bitef Dance Company. She is also one of the founders of the Station – service for contemporary dance.

Maciej Kuźmiński (born in 1985) debuted as a choreographer in 2009. In 2014, he received domestic and international recognition as a choreographer, after he had won the Audience Award for his choreography Room 40 at the prestigious Polish Dance Platform. The eminent Dance Tabs Magazine described Maciej Kuźmiński’s Room 40 as a perfect spanning of concept and beauty – with a note that it reflected the choreographer’s style well. His bold plays of a difficult and dynamic movement were presented over 50 times in Germany, Israel, Brazil, Austria, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Serbia, Hungary, England and Poland. He won several awards: the 1st prize and the Audience Award in Hannover and Stuttgart, Germany, Scapino Ballet production Award, and, most recently, the 1st prize at the IFMC in Vitebsk, Belarus. Kuźmiński graduated from the London Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Contemporary Dance. He is a current art director at Caro Dance Theatre in Siedlce, Poland.

Belgrade Dance Institute

The Belgrade Dance Institute, founded in 2014, is the first and the only accredited higher education institution for artistic dance in Serbia, including Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Choreography, Pedagogy and Scenic Folk Dance. The study programme at the Institute is based on the modern concept and conducted by prominent professors from Serbia, as well as professors from the London Trinity Laban Conservatoire. The Belgrade Dance Institute organizes graduate and postgraduate academic studies of artistic dance.

The Belgrade Dance Institute has realized numerous projects involving the students of the Institute as performers. They had both solo and group performances within the manifestations, festivals and institutions, in Serbia and abroad.

IUI Transition Dance Company is a new dance company created in 2017 within the Belgrade Dance Institute and Nusic Triptych is the Company’s debut performance. The dancers of Transitions also get the opportunity to complete Master studies of dance performance, and future students – dancers sign two-year contracts. The foreign lecturers give Transitions an international mark.

IUI Transition Dance Company

IUI Transition Dance Company was founded as a unit within the Belgrade Dance Institute in 2017.

IUI Transition Dance Company represents Master studies of dance performance, and future students – dancers sign two-year contracts.

Prof. Aleksandar Ilic, head of the Master programme of dance performance said: “With regard to the possibility to study in the field of dance performance, students have the opportunity to experience life in a dance company, they will work with innovative choreographers and artists to create new pieces, which will be on the repertoire on numerous tours in Serbia and the region. On the basis of experience and practice in performance, students will improve their abilities. That is a key aspect of their studies and that will give them support in the future – to become spokespeople of the art of dance.”