This week’s performance of the Suspicious person, that seemed to be a decent play which was performed on Monday 8PM in Belgrade. Checked show, based on Branislav Nusic’s work, which means- a decent show for decent people. Sure thing. We wouldn’t like to spend Monday evening in a theatre which will disturb us, or make us think about some things. Some important things (or unimportant, depends on who we’re thinking of) that have influence on quality of life in the Republic of Serbia. We came here to laugh.

 

After the show, there was another event on the scene, another fun thing that would attract fans of theatre and culture. So, after the play, supporters of the “Group for media freedom” went to the stage with the moderator Milena Minja Bogavac, dramaturgist, and talk about Nusic’s actuality today, inevitable suspicious people and generally about problems which artists and journalists face in their work. Stevan Dojcinovic (KRIK), Ilir Gasi (Slavko Curuvija Foundation), Andjelika Jankovic (Bitef theatre), Vladan Jeremic (Visual artist) and Vojkan Arsic (Reflektor theater’s director) joined Minja on the stage.

According to these words, everything seemed to be a normal evening in a theatre that was supposed to be entertaining. Was it?

 

That night we realized that unity was necessary, that media and culture can only be in the dark together, or get out of it together. That our guests were on a list of suspicious persons, but kept working and fighting. That it’s not easy to be a suspicious person, but it’s soothing  when you fight for truth.

Vladan talked about media darkness and artist censorship in Serbia which he recently faced on Museum of Contemporary Arts opening event. Vladan wasn’t allowed to stage his performance in front of the museum. Vladan wasn’t allowed to speak and show his opinion. That’s why he gave us sandwiches in the theatre. Paper printed sandwiches. If we understood well, everyone has a right to express their opinion. Or…they think they have? We don’t know, we’re not sure, and also it’s better to keep our mouths shut. It’s better to shut up than be heard by  someone. We got our sandwich and we’re happy. What’s most important is that we got allies, support from our audience and motivation to get louder. We’ll see you on our performance of Suspicious person on 9th December in the Center for Cultural Decontamination. If it makes you laugh, it’s okay. We like to laugh at real jokes, but not at statements. It’s all as it used to be. Let’s change and change, to better.