152nd Season (2020/2021) of the National Theatre in Belgrade
1 July 2021
On the occasion of closing the 152nd season of the National Theatre in Belgrade, on Thursday, July 1, a press conference was held at which the results achieved in the previous ten months were presented.
The National Theatre General Manager Ivana Vujić Kominac, Drama Manager Molina Udovički Fotez, Opera Manager Jasmina Trumbetaš Petrović, Ballet Manager Konstantin Kostjukov and Museum Manager Dragan Stevović addressed numerous electronic and print media representatives.
Before the press conference, General Manager Ivana Vujić, asked all the people present for a moment of silence to pay their respect to Andreja Maričić, a long-serving actor of the National Theatre and one of the art managers of “Borislav Popović” Opera Studio, who died the previous day in Belgrade, age 62.
152nd Season 2020/2021
NATIONAL THEATRE IN BELGRADE
A season titled “Together Again” started on August 29, 2020 by a joint ambient presentation of history and artists of the National Theatre – “A Spectator’s View Changes Everything”. The programme was performed at the balconies and on the platform in front of the main entrance with the participation of Drama, Opera and Ballet ensemble members, and also with guest artists from New York.
PREMIERES, PREPARED PREMIERES AND WORK IN PROGRESS
There were seven premieres at the National Theatre this season by all three theatre ensembles, whereas the eighth was planned for September and the ninth and tenth in October.
- “Vasa Zeleznova and Others”, based on the works of Maxim Gorky and adapted and directed by Zlatko Sviben, premiered on September 9, 2020 on the Main Stage.
- “ILUZIJÆ”, based on Pierre Corneille’s “L'Illusion comique” and directed by Nikola Zavišić premiered on March 22, 2021 on “Raša Plaović” Stage.
- “Orlando”, based on Virginia Woolf’s novel, dramatization by Tanja Šljivar, additional text written by Goran Ferčec and directed by Bojan Đorđev, premiered on April 1 and 2, 2021 on “Raša Plaović” Stage
- “Wolves and Sheep” by A. Ostrovsky, directed by Egon Savin. Due to actor’s illness the premiere was postponed for September on the Main Stage.
- “Authority”, by Branislav Nušić, directed by Milan Nešković. Read-through rehearsals start on July 1, and the premiere was planned by the end of October 2021 on “Raša Plaović” Stage.
Due to its specificities and epidemiological situation in September and October 2020, Opera organised a large number of ambient concerts titled “Opera in Your Neighbourhood”, visiting various parts of Belgrade, while on its own stage during this season it hosted dozens of themed concerts and programmes complying with epidemiological measures. Opera Department had 35 different concert programmes that can be truly called premieres because they have never been performed before as such. The beginning of the season was marked by two major concerts with the entire ensemble, and throughout October concert performances were staged of the following operas – “Il Trovatore”, “La Traviata”, “The Love Potion (The Elixir of Love)” and “Manon Lescaut”. The orchestra also had solo performances with several programmes that premiered; Mozart’s sonata for wind octet, solo flute with orchestra, cello ensemble that performed solo as well as horn ensemble. A brass ensemble was formed and for the first time in Opera history an original programme was performed. The premiere concerts of our principal opera singers were staged – “The Hymn of Love” and “Dream”. We also had themed concerts featuring baroque, Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, two concerts of popular Neapolitan, Spanish and Russian songs, two major solo concerts of the Choir; the opera “La Traviata” was performed with 17 musicians; also, we had two concerts with scenes from several operas, and the Opera’s 100th anniversary was commemorated by organising a book promotion evening for the author Vladimir Jovanović. A large gala concert was also held in cooperation with the Austrian Forum “Va, pensiero…” conducted by Wolfgang Scheidt from Vienna who, during his ten-day visit to the National Theatre, also held a free master class for conductors. The choir also had two major concerts.
- Orpheus and Eurydice, an opera by Christoph Willibald Gluck, with the guest conductor from Bulgaria Dian Chobanov, directed by Aleksandar Nikolić and choreographed by Aleksandar Ilić, premiered on June 23, 2021.
The opera studio, as a part of the Opera Department important for the future of our opera stage, had three concerts prepared by its students together with our artists – members of the studio management: Jadranka Jovanović, Sanja Kerkez, Đorđe Pavlović, Ivana Dragutinović Maričić. Furthermore, the students also participated in the opera “Orpheus and Eurydice”.
During the season the Ballet Department staged 11 gala concerts, complying with epidemiological measures. The Ballet succeeded in presenting “Young Choreographers” platform through which young choreographers of the ballet ensemble were given an opportunity to try themselves in choreography. The project “Young Choreographers” platform created by the National Theatre had huge success and received the award “Creative Ambassador of Serbia” within “Serbia Creates” platform.
- Bait, choreography and libretto by Sanja Ninković, music by Maja Ćurčić and Marko Đukić, premiered on December 20, 2020 on the Main Stage.
- Seven Deadly Sins, choreography and libretto by Igor Pastor, music by Miroslav Bako, premiered on February 9, 2021 on the Main Stage.
- Michelangelo, choreographed and directed by a Slovakian author Mário Radačovský, premiered on May 20, 2021 on the Main Stage.
- Аlice, made and choreographed by Dejan Kolarov, premiere was planned for October on the Main Stage.
AMBIENT OUTDOOR STAGE “YARD – WORSKHOP”,
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The National Theatre opened its third stage – ambient outdoor stage Yard – Workshop. Due to Covid 19 restrictions and epidemiological measures performance of theatre programmes outside theatre halls proved to be a good idea for the performers and for the audience alike, so therefore, the National Theatre put in use its ambient stage and performed the following programmes:
- “CARMEN, A TRAGEDY”, an opera by Georges Bizet, conducted by Stefan Zekić, directed by Ana Grigorović, premiered on September 15, 2020.
- Premiere stage reading of Đorđe Kosić’s text “A LULLABY FOR ALEKSIJA RAJČIĆ”, directed by Ana Grigorović, premiered on September 23, 2020.
- “THE LOWER DEPTHS”, a play by Maxim Gorky, an examination performance of the 2nd year Theatre Directing students at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, premiered on October 2.
PARTICIPATION IN FESTIVALS:
Due to Covid 19 pandemic and epidemiological measures many festivals were cancelled and actually it was not until June that festivals could resume their activities.
- 22/10/2020 “The Night Writer”, a play by Jan Fabre - “Drop in” (Upad) Festival in Novi Sad
- 26/11/2020 “The Night Writer”, a play by Jan Fabre – International Regional Contemporary Theatre Festival “Desiré Central Station 2020 – Life“, Subotica
- 10/06/2021 “The Importance of Being Earnest” – Sombor Theatre Marathon
Planned guest performances at festivals:
- 04/07/2021 “The Night Writer”, a play by Jan Fabre – Monodrama and Pantomime Festival, Zemun
- 05/07/2021 “The Balkan Spy”, a play by Dušan Kovačević, “Petar Kočić” Theatre Fest in Banja Luka, Republic of Srpska
- 21 and 22 August, 2021 “The Balkan Spy”, a play by Dušan Kovačević, Theatre City Budva, Montenegro
- 24/08/2021 “The Balkan Spy”, a play by Dušan Kovačević, “Purgatory” Festival in Tivat, Montenegro
- 03/09/2021 “Dictionary of the Khazars”, based on the novel by Milorad Pavić, El Escorial Summer Festival, Spain
- 18/10/2021 “Vasa Zeleznova and Others”, by Maxim Gorky, Gorky Theatre Festival, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
GUEST PERFORMANCES IN THE COUNTRY:
The National Theatre created a programme “National Theatre in Serbia” within its agenda. This programme should help uniform genre programmes reach and be performed in various regions in Serbia, particularly in Kosovo and Metohia. Due to Covid 19 and epidemiological situation the guest performances did not take place until June.
During the season the following guest performances took place:
“The Liar and the Archiliar”, a comedy by Jovan Sterija Popović, Cultural Centre in Čačak
“Impure Blood”, a play by Borisav Stanković/Maja Todorović, Cultural Centre in Gornji Milanovac
“Dictionary of the Khazars – Dream Hunters”, a ballet based on the novel by Milorad Pavić, Madlenianum Opera and Theatre (Zemun)
- “Partners in Crime/Small Marital Crimes”, a duodrama by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, Cultural Centre in Gornji Milanovac
- “Caligula”, a play by Albert Camus, Cultural Centre in Čačak
- “Bastien and Bastienne”, an opera by W.A. Mozart, Cultural Centre in Gračanica
- “Impure Blood”, a play by Borisav Stanković/Maja Todorović, Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad
- “ILUZIJÆ”, a comedy by Pierre Corneille, Novi Sad Theatre in Novi Sad
IN THE SEASON 2020/2021 THE NATIONAL THEATRE ARTISTIC ENSEMBLES GAVE THE TOTAL OF 251 PERFORMANCES BOTH ON THEIR OWN STAGE AND ON GUEST TOURS AND HOSTED GUEST PERFORMANCES AND VARIOUS PERFORMANCE ACTIVITIES FOR ABOUT 50,000 VIEWERS
THE NATIONAL THEATRE AND EPIDEMIOLOGICAL MEASURES
During the season 2020/2021 the National Theatre fully adhered to all epidemiological measures prescribed by the law of the Republic of Serbia, such as reducing the number of available seats for the audience, wearing face masks in theatre halls, wearing face masks in all rooms, hand disinfection and taking temperature when entering the National Theatre premises. The National Theatre also formed its Crisis Team that supervises the situation with Covid 19 among the Theatre employees and freelancers on a daily basis. It has to be stressed that the audience’s behaviour has been exemplary as they adhered to all epidemiological measures set forth by the Government and the Republic of Serbia Crisis Team.
THE NATIONAL THEATRE AND DIGITALISATION
In the upcoming period we are planning on creating a digitalisation studio in order to preserve all the material, musical scores, affiches, cast information and dramatic texts to make them available to all for further study. During this period the National Theatre used streaming technology to cover the Theatre events, and it is planned to digitalise the materials containing the shows given by the Drama, Opera and Ballet Departments thus improving their quality and preserving them to be studied by the generations to come.
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMME FOR PROFESSIONALS AND THE AUDIENCE
The programme line of the National Theatre in Belgrade called the “Platform” deals with the education of professionals and the audience about theatre and with the audience development and related projects.
In the season 2020/2021 the second generation of Young Theatre Experts successfully completed this workshop programme. Over the entire year twenty young people had been meeting to participate in 18 workshops, analysing the shows they have seen live and also online during the state of emergency.
Within this programme the international project “Renaissance” was also implemented in cooperation with 22 European theatres during which the National Theatre presented its short film about the renaissance of European theatres to international cultural audience. Furthermore, during the season 2020/2021 nine work meetings were held with the representatives of the European Theatre Convention.
As a part of accompanying programmes to the play “Orlando”, in April, Biljana Dojčinović, a professor at the Faculty of Philology, gave a lecture titled “Virginia Woolf: Orlando and Its Interpretations” about the work of Virginia Woolf on “Raša Plaović” stage. The lecture was streamed online on the YouTube and Facebook pages of the National Theatre in Belgrade. The video footage of the lecture has over 700 views on YouTube.
Also, in May the first event took place within the programme “Interviews at the National Theatre” – interviews with the celebrated European director, Katie Mitchell, and the great Russian actor, Yevgeny Mironov. This event was also livestreamed on the Internet.
THE NATIONAL THEATRE ENCOURAGES THE WORK OF YOUNG ARTISTS:
Within the cooperation between the National Theatre and art faculties, during this season 22 student performances were given on “Raša Plaović” stage, and many young artists such as Iva Milanović, Bogdan Bogdanović, Nemanja Stamatović and Teodora Dragićević act in the National Theatre plays. Young composers Ana Krstajić and Jana Rančić and costume designer Suna Kažić were also engaged, and within “Francophonie and the National Theatre” programme public readings were held directed by the students of the Faculty of Dramatic Arts – Iva Olujić, Stefan Bundalo, Pavle Terzić and Ivona Riger. Tijana Grumić and Nemanja Novaković were featured as dramaturgs. A member of Opera Studio Jana Cvetković appeared in the role of Orpheus in “Orpheus and Eurydice”, and the play “The Caucasian Chalk Circle” prepared by the class of Marija Milenković was performed I February, March and April and presented the entire class of extraordinary young actors. “Platform” project brought together 45 young people from all over Serbia. High school students and senior years’ students of primary schools discussed and debated theatre issues online.
THE NATIONAL THEATRE MUSEUM
In 2020 the National Theatre Museum celebrated a jubilee – its 10th anniversary and to commemorate this event a suitable publication was issued. The Museum reopened on April 28, 2021 adhering to all the epidemiological measures.
The following exhibitions were staged:
- “Radmila Smiljanić – Everything Was Music”, prepared by Dragica Gaćeša, 23/10/2020.
- “Lidija Pilipenko – Creativity in Two Acts “, prepared by Milena Jauković, 30/03/2021
- “Vela Nigrinova – a Star and an Inspiration”, prepared by Vanja Kosanić, 15/05/2021.
- “Magnificent Robes” exhibition is currently in preparation, dedicated to Božana Jovanović, the opening of which is planned for the middle of September
From May 12 to 18 the National Theatre Museum participated in “Museum for 10” event, the largest national museum initiative in Serbia and a unique one in Europe, which has been organised for the seventh time this year under the auspice of the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia. Several themed programmes were presented and the main event – the opening of “Vela Nigrinova – a Star and an Inspiration” exhibition, prepared by Vanja Kosanić, took place on May 15 in the Main Stage lobby.
SIGNED AGREEMENTS AND PROTOCOLS:
- 20/01/2021 Agreement signed for “Francophonie and the National Theatre” project related to the presentation and public reading of contemporary French authors’ plays that will take place on the National Theatre stage. The National Theatre actors and students of acting academies will do the readings which will be directed by young directors.
- 27/01/2021 The National Theatre signed and paid membership fee with the European Theatre Convention (ETC)
- 31/03/2021 Cooperation protocol signed between Stari Grad Municipality and the National Theatre in Belgrade – “Stari Grad Thinks of You”
- 12/04/2021 A long-term cooperation protocol signed between the National Theatre in Belgrade and “Joakim Vujić” Royal Serbian Theatre in Kragujevac
- 12/04/2021 A long-term cooperation protocol signed between the National Theatre in Belgrade and the Šabac Theatre
- 14/04/2021 Cooperation protocol signed between the National Theatre in Belgrade and the National Library of Serbia
- 12/05/2021 A long-term cooperation protocol signed between the National Theatre in Belgrade and the Montenegrin National Theatre in Podgorica
- 13/05/2021 A long-term cooperation protocol signed between the National Theatre in Belgrade and the National Theatre in Subotica
- 25/05/2021 A long-term cooperation protocol signed between the National Theatre in Belgrade and the National Theatre in Pirot
- 21/06/2021 A long-term cooperation protocol signed between the National Theatre in Belgrade and the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC Serbia)
OTHER EVENTS AND GUEST PERFORMANCES - selection
- Cooperation between the National Theatre in Belgrade and Jan Fabre’s company “Troubleyn”:
Early in the summer of 2020 Jan Fabre’s “Troubleyn” company from Antwerpen launched a project on its YouTube channel that involved public readings of “The Night Writer” with the participation of international actors with whom this versatile, world-renowned Belgium artist cooperated. The project titled “The Corona Readings” was created with the aim to make the audience feel, even virtually, the magic of theatre again as many of them all over the world were still closed at the time due to Covid pandemic. Several-minute video footages were released once a week, and the premier stage actor of the National Theatre in Belgrade, Slobodan Beštić, took part in this project.
- 29/08/2020 “A Spectator’s View Builds the Ultimate Character”, opening of the season on balconies and at the National Theatre main entrance with the participation of all three ensembles.
- 09/09/2020 Prima Donna Milka Stojanović opened the National Theatre in Belgrade souvenir shop
- 11/09/2020 A solo concert of Sofija Knežević, one of our best young jazz vocalists now living and teaching in New York, USA, was held on the Main Stage
- 25/09/2020 A fundraising gala evening was held on the Main Stage with the famous ballet star Sergei Polunin
- 13-14 November 2020 “St. Petersburg Opera” the State Chamber Music Theatre gave a guest performance on the National Theatre Main Stage with Benjamin Britten’s opera “The Rape of Lucretia”.
- 23/11/2020 Due to exceptional circumstances caused by coronavirus pandemic, the National Theatre Day, instead of the traditional ceremony that was always held on November 22 at noon on the Main Stage, this time was celebrated by online streaming called “National Theatre Gala” in which all the activities carried out from November 22, 2019 to November 22, 2020 were presented. This video had 3,500 views.
- 18/12/2020 The National Theatre Manager, Ivana Vujić, participated in the online session of the European Theatre Convention dedicated to theatre and the pandemic.
- 20/01/2021 By performing the rite of blessing and cutting the patron saint’s cake which was done by archpriest staurophor Petar Lukić with the concelebration of the National Theatre Choir conducted by Đorđe Stanković, the National Theatre celebrated its patron saint’s day – St. John (Sveti Jovan) on the Main Stage, however, this time without any guests present due to epidemiological reasons.
- 21/01/2021 At the National Theatre premises and on the building façade the programme of ambient animations was displayed in the form of selected visual and verbal contents related to the essence of theatre art and, particularly, to the National Theatre history. The ground floor and first floor windows were turned into a sort of an exhibition and accolades for the outstanding Serbian actors and actresses who left their special mark on this theatre stage, and they are also intended for passers-by and theatre audience as a signpost and a role model for future generations of young artists.
- 02/02/2021 At the National Theatre in Belgrade vaccination was organised for all employees and external associates
- 07/02/2021 A public reading of the French contemporary play “All My Love” by Laurent Mauvignier was held on “Raša Plaović” stage
- 15/02/2021 The National Theatre artists supported NURDOR charity organisation staging a befitting artistic programme to commemorate the International Childhood Cancer Day. At Delta City shopping mall lobby, ballet dancers Sanja Ninković and Miloš Marijan performed the “Tango” scene from Voki Kostić’s ballet “Who's Singin' Over There”, choreography by Staša Zurovac and assistant choreographer Paša Musić. A cello player Irina Skorikova accompanied by a pianist, Uki Ovaskainen, played the composition for cello – “Meditation” by Jules Massenet.
- 03/03/2021 The National Theatre cooperates with young authors and directors: the first public reading of the play “HYPE”, Ivona Riger/Nemanja Novković
- 24/03/2021 “Young Choreographers” platform of the National Theatre in Belgrade was proclaimed a “Creative Ambassador of Serbia” within “Serbia Creates” national platform
- 25/03/2021 “Francophonie and the National Theatre: a public reading of “Identity”, a French contemporary drama by Gérard Watkins, “Raša Plaović” Stage
- 04/04/2021 Promotion of a book by Vladimir Jovanović – “100 Years of the National Theatre Opera in Belgrade” was held on the Main Stage
- 21/04/2021 A public reading of the play “HimeN” by Lucy Depot on “Raša Plaović” stage within “Francophonie and the National Theatre” project
- 19/05/2021 An opera gala concert “Va, pensiero…” staged in cooperation with the Austrian Cultural Forum with conductor Wolfgang Scheidt (Vienna) and Bulgarian mezzo soprano Daniela Diakova appearing as guest performers
- 27/05/2021 A public reading of “George Kaplan” play by Frederic Sonntag on “Raša Plaović” stage within “Francophonie and the National Theatre” project
- 27/05/2021 The National Theatre in Belgrade had the privilege to be one of the thirty chosen theatres from all over the world, as one of the protagonists of the event, which in 2021 provoked huge attention from the European music and opera audience, thanks to the engagement of Belgrade Opera prima donna, Jadranka Jovanović, who was the member of the jury of the unique international competition SOI Scuola dell’Opera Italiana Fiorenza Cedolins for opera singers.
- 12/06/2021 Working visit to Moscow - The National Theatre General Manager, Ivana Vujić, paid a working visit to the Bolshoi Theatre where she met with the Theatre General Director, Vladimir Urin, and continued the negotiations that they had started before the coronavirus outbreak regarding the visit of a ballet pedagogue. At the invitation of the celebrated Russian actor and president of the “Golden Knight” International Film Festival, Nikolai Burlyayev, Ivana Vujić attended the theatre show “12” directed by Nikita Mikhalkov in which Nikolai Burlyayev and Nikita Mikhalkov are also cast members. After the show Ivana Vujić met with Nikita Mikhalkov and Igor Popov, the Director of the Centre for Theatre and Film managed by Nikita Mikhalkov, and she arranged the guest performance of the play directed by Nikita Mikhalkov on the National Theatre stage. Nikita Mikhalkov expressed his delight over the opportunity to visit Belgrade and the National Theatre again both as an actor and as a director. A working visit to the “Theatre of Nations”, meetings and agreements with the director, Maria Reviakina.
- 21/06/2021 In celebration of the International Music Day the National Theatre chamber orchestra and tenor Dejan Maksimović staged a concert titled “Dream” at the plateau in front of the National Theatre
- 26/06/2021 “St. Petersburg Opera” the State Chamber Music Theatre gave a guest performance of Richard Strauss’ opera “Elektra” on the Main Stage
- 27/06/2021 “Odin Theater” from Denmark gave a guest performance of the play “Flowers For Torgeir” on “Raša Plaović” stage
- 30/06/2021 “Young at the Opera” for closing the 152nd season; scenes from operas performed by the students of “Borislav Popović” National Theatre Opera Studio
- “Wolves and Sheep”, a comedy by Alexander Nikolayevich Ostrovsky, adapted and directed by Egon Savin, to premiere on September 21 on the Main Stage of the National Theatre
Cast members are: Olga Odanović, Bojan Dimitrijević, Sonja Kolačarić, Anastasia Mandić, Sonja Knežević, Radoslav Milenković, Aleksandar Đurica, Nebojša Kundačina, Bojan Krivokapić and Dimitrije Ilić.
- “Authority”, a play by Branislav Nušić, directed by Milan Nešković, the premiere was planned by the end of October 2021 on “Raša Plaović” stage
Cast members are: Aleksandar Srećković, Bane Vidaković, Vanja Ejdus, Zorana Bećić Đorđević, Nikola Rakočević and Dimitrije Dinić
- Ballet “Alice”, choreographed by Dejan Kolarov, to premiere on 15/10/2021
- 04/08/2020 Opera director Ivana Dragutinović Maričić – “Golden Pin”
- 04/09/2020 Former director and Drama Manager of the National Theatre, Cisana Murusidze, - Extraordinary Golden Ring
- 04/09/2020 Retired principal ballet dancer Dušan Simić – Golden Ring
- 19/11/2020 Premier stage actor Igor Đorđević – “Raša Plaović” Award for the season 2019/2020
- 19/11/2020 Premier stage actress Nela Mihailović – “Ljubinka Bobić” biennial award of the Association of Drama Artists of Serbia
- 22/11/2020 Premier stage actress Ljiljana Blagojević-Kovačević, for the leading role in Maxim Gorky’s play “Vasa Zeleznova and Others” – the National Theatre Award for the Best Individual Premiere Artistic Achievement within the National Theatre Repertoire in the season 2019/2020
- 22/11/2020 Drama actor Nebojša Kundačina, for his role of Prohor Borisov Harapov in Maxim Gorky’s play “Vasa Zeleznova and Others” – the National Theatre Award for the Best Individual Premiere Artistic Achievement within the National Theatre Repertoire in the season 2019/2020
- 22/11/2020 Premier stage actor Slobodan Beštić, for his role in the play “The Night Writer” - the National Theatre Award for the Best Individual Premiere Artistic Achievement within the National Theatre Repertoire in the season 2019/2020
- 22/11/2020 Premier stage actor Igor Đorđević, for the leading role in Albert Camus’ play “Caligula” - the National Theatre Award for the Best Individual Premiere Artistic Achievement within the National Theatre Repertoire in the season 2019/2020
- 22/11/2020 Opera Manager, principal opera artist Jasmina Trumbetaš Petrović, for the leading role in Giacomo Puccini’s opera “Manon Lescaut” - the National Theatre Award for the Best Individual Premiere Artistic Achievement within the National Theatre Repertoire in the season 2019/2020
- 22/11/2020 Principal opera artist Janko Sinadinović, for his role of Des Grieux in Giacomo Puccini’s opera “Manon Lescaut” - the National Theatre Award for the Best Individual Premiere Artistic Achievement within the National Theatre Repertoire in the season 2019/2020
- 22/11/2020 Principal opera artist Jadranka Jovanović - the National Theatre Award for Extraordinary Remarkable and Utmost Artistic Contribution to Cultural Development
- 22/11/2020 Former premier stage actor of the National Theatre Petar Božović – The National Theatre Plaque Award by the decision of the National Theatre Board of Directors for his important role in the life and work of the National Theatre
- 15/02/2021 Principal opera artist Jadranka Jovanović – Order of Karađorđe’s Star
- 15/02/2021 Former National Theatre General Manager Aleksandar Berček – Sretenje Order of the Second Degree
- 25/02/2021 The National Theatre actress Vjera Mujović – Vuk’s Award
- 27/02/2021 Former premier stage actor of the National Theatre Petar Božović – Dobrica’s Ring Award
- 24/03/2021 “Young Choreographers” platform proclaimed a “Creative Ambassador of Serbia” by “Serbia Creates” national platform
- 08/04/2021 The National Theatre ballet soloist Olga Olćan – “Terpishora” Award
- 17/04/2021 Principal opera artist Jadranka Jovanović – “Despot Stefan Lazarević” Award
- 01/06/2021 The National Theatre actor Dimitrije Ilić – “Golden Ring” Award
- 01/06/2021 The National Theatre director Jug Radivojević - “Golden Ring” Award
- 01/06/2021 The National Theatre principal ballet dancer Dalija Imanić Savić - “Golden Ring” Award
- 01/06/2021 The National Theatre principal opera artist Sanja Kerkez - “Golden Ring” Award
- 29/06/2021 Former principal opera artist Breda Kalef Simonović – Gold Medal for Merit
- 29/06/2021 Former Ballet Art Director and choreographer Vladimir Logunov - Gold Medal for Merit
- 29/06/2021 Former costume designer at the National Theatre Božana Jovanović - Gold Medal for Merit, posthumously
The Balkan Spy – 50th performance on April 14, 2021
WORKS EXECUTED IN THE NATIONAL THEATRE BUILDING
- Two large Main Stage dressing rooms renovated
- The floor and the walls on “Raša Plaović” stage painted
- 8 restrooms completely renovated
- The floor in the orchestra room painted and fixed
- Over 500 sq m of work space painted
- Rope on the rotation mechanism replaced
- Crude oil pump bought and replaced on the boiler
- Pump for HVAC system bought and replaced
- After 20 years the works began on the electric power compensation system in the power substation by which power consumption will be reduced by 30%-50%
- By buying new spotlights electric power consumption will be reduced 7 times per replaced spotlight
DEVELOPMENT OF TECHNICAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT
Equipment purchased for Technical Services Department in 2020/2021:
• Audio mixer Yamaha TF3 1 piece
• NEXO PS15 speakers 6 pieces
- Yamaha T1016-8D stage box 3 pieces
- Yamaha SWP 18 audio Switch 2 pieces
- Yamaha R08-D stage box 2 pieces
- Yamaha Q1 audio mixer 1 piece
- Yamaha Q5 audio mixer 1 piece
- Mobile spotlight сpot profil, 560w LED 6000k 6 pieces
- Spotlight LED profile with lense 24 pieces
- Spotlight LED PAR with battery 2 pieces
- Back front and black curtains for the Main Stage.
Women’s Tailor Room:
- Sewing machines 3 pieces
- Bench drill 1 piece
- Sawdust vacuum cleaner 1 piece
- The procurement of cameras and equipment for video unit is underway.