TITO WAS NOT HERE – PERFORMING YUGOSLAVIA IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Center for Drama Arts (CDA) T-HOUSE / Skopje (Macedonia), the Gradsko Pozorište (city theater) Jazavac / Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and the Qendra Multimedia / Pristina (Kosovo) are pleased to announce a Call for Literary Submissions.
Deadline for submissions: July 15, 2012
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ABOUT THE PROJECT
Josip Broz – better known as Tito – reigned over Yugoslavia for 35 years. He was not only the revolutionary Partisan who defended his homeland against fascism and overpowered stalinism but also the statesman who praised brotherhood and unified his compatriots with his idea of a different South Eastern Europe: On the bases of an independent non-aligned communism, Tito and his fellows realized their version of a socialistic federation – the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. With the authority of a dictator and the charm of a great commander, with the power of oppression and the freedom to travel, Tito appealed to his people and the world in a highly controversial way. After he died in 1980, Yugoslavia gradually collapsed and finally broke down in 1991. But, nowadays, is the remembrance of Tito and Yugoslavia suffering from amnesia or facing a historical reality?

What came after the collapse – the recent past with its tremendous events and the current social reality in the states of former Yugoslavia – often leads to an image of Tito emerging in society as a heroic figure and a representation of the era of non-aligned communism, which conducts to a (yugo)nostalgic transfiguration of memories: Tito survived and still lives on in the minds – as a symbol for »the good old times«. But how does the young generation knowing Tito only from textbooks and the memories of their parents and grandparents respond to this balancing act between historical facts, mythical romanticization and amnesia? During their whole lives, TITO WAS NOT HERE. For the most time of their lives, Yugoslavia did not exist. How does this generation encounter that controversial figure and that glorified time whose de facto absence is actually an ongoing narrative presence?

The project TITO WAS NOT HERE deals with literary and performative interventions of a South Eastern European past and present beyond public discourses: Emerging young writers from all former Yugoslavian countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia) and Germany are kindly invited to explore this issue in literary texts and to submit these literary explorations to this open call. A jury of experts will select 8 texts that will be used for a performative intervention by a group of performing artists from all over Ex-YU. Finally all performances will be shown in September 2012 in Bosnia and Herzegovina (place tba).The selected writers will be invited to this performance weekend and introduced to the audience in a panel.

Both the texts and the performances are attempts at a different and a differing Performing of Yugoslavia in the 21st Century based on individual approaches by the young generation. The program aims to advance critical artistic approaches to a mutual past and to support artistic collaborations and networking between former Yugoslavian regions that rarely cooperate in terms of cultural exchange.
more in the call here: OPEN CALL TITO

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