The 1990's conflicts in the Republics that formerly made up Yugoslavia left the young artists of Serbia grappling with essential questions of war and peace that will permeate their work for many years to come. One of the best examples of the Serbian movement of post-civil war performance is the women-led DAH Theatre Research Centre, whose motto is, "In the contemporary world, destruction and violence can only be opposed by the creation of sense." "Seekers," a dance theater work by DAH Theatre Research Centre's Jadranka Andjelic Project, is inspired by the poetry of Sufi master Hafiz and recalls a sister and brother, brought up in the Sufi tradition, who were heroes of World War II. The piece is created by Jadranka Andjelic.
The intricately choreographed piece is largely based on the poetry of Hafiz, a Sufi poet from XIV century Persia, who wrote, "Any thought that you are better or less/Than another man/Quickly/Breaks the wine glass." Hafiz has influenced intellectuals and artists for centuries. The bravery of this poet is his intentional breaking of clichés of mind and convention, rare even today. Personal and direct, his poems remind us of our responsibility to create the world as we would like it to be. The performance uses translations of Hafiz' poetry by Daniel Ladinsky from his book, "The Gift."
About the Company: La Mama Experimental Theatre Club
La MaMa is a remarkable arts institution with a world-wide reputation for producing cutting-edge work in theater, dance, performance art, and music. Founded in 1961 by theater pioneer and legend, Ellen Stewart, La MaMa has produced and presented more than 3,000 theatrical productions to date and is a vital part of the fabric of cultural life in New York City and around the world.
La MaMa provides a supportive home for artists and takes risks on unknown work. Artists such as Sam Shepard, Lanford Wilson, Philip Glass, Robert Wilson, Harvey Fierstein, Blue Man Group, David and Amy Sedaris, -and others whose names you haven't heard of yet - began their careers at La MaMa. International artists introduced to America by La MaMa include Tadeusz Kantor, Andrei Serban, Kazuo Ohno and, more recently, the acclaimed Belarus Free Theatre.La MaMa has been honored with more than 30 OBIE Awards, dozens of Drama Desk and Bessie Awards, and, in 2006, Ellen Stewart was recognized with a special TONY Award for "Excellence in the Theatre."
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Theater: La Mama (first Floor Theater)
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