CELEBRATION OF THE NATIONAL THEATRE’S DAY AND PRESENTATION OF AWARDS

Day of the National Theatre in Belgrade was celebrated on the Main Stage on Sunday, 22nd November, with presentation of awards to artists and recollection of results achieved during the previous year.
Mr. Dejan Savić, Acting General Manager of the National Theatre, welcomed everybody and said that as of recently an awful campaign concerning the National Theatre has been launched in the media and called it “a part of badly concealed political campaign, in which the National Theatre cannot and must not participate.”  
Mr. Savić reiterated that the National Theatre operates and functions very well, the Theatre has its own resources, positive balance and results, thus making a contrast to bad situation in Serbian culture.
“What these people should worry about is that there is no clear plan, no policy regarding culture or defined cultural development strategy… On the other hand, we have the Law on Culture which is implemented in the way everyone sees fit, problems with numerous institutions of culture, problems with artists’ associations, the culture crumbles and decays, and now the National Theatre, the institution which can serve as a model for success, owing to its work and audiences, is the object of their alleged concern”, said Mr. Savić.
He emphasised that it is his legal obligation to stay in the position of the General Management until the Government should appoint his successor, and added that his goal is to manage the Theatre to the best of his abilities and to keep it as far as possible from “political and scheming influences of various interest-based groups which would like to bring changes to the Theatre”.
Mr. Savić also added that there are two comprehensive tasks ahead – the first one concerns the Law on Public Services and the reduction of number of employees; the second one is the introduction of salary grade levels and cataloguing of jobs, while in the process trying to protect the employees and maintaining the artistic level of the National Theatre.
During the celebration of the National Theatre’s Day, actor Slobodan Beštić was presented with the "Raša Plaović" Award; the National Theatre presents the award to best actor in all of Belgrade theatres in season 2014/ 2015.
The Award for Best Production on the Repertory of the National Theatre in season 2014/ 2015 was given to The Patriots, written by J. S. Popović and directed by Andraš Urban.
Awards for Best Individual Premiere Performance within the National Theatre’s repertory in season 2014/ 2015 were given to Nela Mihailović for her interpretation of Mrs. Zelenić in The Patriots and to Dejan Kolarov for his role of Dorian Gray in The Picture of Dorian Gray ballet choreographed by Vladimir Logunov.  
The National Theatre’s Award for Best Artistic Achievement was given to principal singer of the Opera Company, Suzana Šuvaković Savić, while the Plaques, as per the NT Managing Board’s decision, for their contribution to National Theatre’s activities were given to Radmila Živković, principal actress of the Drama Company, and to the Serbian Army.
The Stamp, according to the General Manager’s decision, for special contribution to the Theatre’s activities was awarded to a principal dancer in the Ballet Company, Svetozar Adamović, while the Silver Coin, also based on the General Manager’s decision, was presented to Olga Savović, a soloist in the Opera Company, for her many years of contribution to the National Theatre.
Commendations for achieved results of extraordinary and special significance were also awarded and, according to the Managing Board’s decision, Golden Badges for 20 years of career in the
NT and the National Theatre’s Charters to the staff who retired to pension were also presented.
M.B.

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