Rehearsals of Stanković’s Impure Blood Begin, Stage Director Milan Nešković, Opening on the Main Stage in April

First reading rehearsal of play Impure Blood, after motifs from Borislav Stanković’s novel, adapted by Maja Todorović and stage directed by Milan Nešković, took place in the Theatre’s library on Monday, 28th January.

The premiere is going to take place on the Main Stage on 12th April. The cast: Jovana Stojiljković (Sofka), Nebojša Dugalić (Effendi Mita), Nataša Ninković (Todora, Sofka’s mother), Nenad Jezdić (Marko), Dušanka Stojanović Glid (Stana, Marko’s wife), Pavle Jerinić (Tomča, Marko’s son, Sofka’s husband), Zlatija Ivanović (Stoja, Todora’s sister), Ljiljana Blagojević (Magda, a maid), Radmila Živković (Simka), Tanasije Uzunović (Arsa, Marko’s servant) and Nikola Vujović (Vanko, mute servant).

The creative team consists of Molina Udovički Fotez (dramaturge), Dr Ljiljana Mrkić Popović (stage speech), Vesna Popović (set designer), Marina Vukasović Medenica (costume designer), Anja Đorđević (composer) and Biljana Grgur (assistant costume designer).

Milorad Jovanović is an executive producer, Jasmina Urošević is a producer in the Drama Company, Saša Tanasković is a stage manager and Gordana Perovski is a prompter.

Ivana Vujić, Acting General Manager of the National Theatre, and Tanja Šljivar, Acting Director of the Drama Company, were present during the first rehearsal.

In this adaptation by Maja Todorović, all characters keep the traits they have been given originally by Bora Stanković; however, they were also given a “modern touch” regarding their lines and situations they find themselves in.   

“Therefore, Sofka remains a woman aware of herself, her beauty and ancestry, Marko remains a rich man who can afford to buy a young wife for himself, Mita is a man who went bankrupt during transition… all characteristics exist even today, only in slightly different form when compared to the time when the plot of Stanković’s novel takes place. Nonetheless, in its essence, our tragedy is exactly in the fact that we have not progressed much since then. Even today we can hear ‘what will the people say’ and ‘why are there graves in a graveyard’, because it is a part of our mentality that obviously does not change regardless of all political, sociological, technological and other changes”, says the stage director Nešković.

This one will be the third staging of this famous story on stage of the National Theatre in Belgrade, where it had its world opening on 23rd February 1933, it was directed by Josip Kulundžić and the set was designed by Stanislav Beložanski.

The cast of the first premiere: Nadežda Riznić (Sofka), Dobrica Milutinović (Effendi Mita), Teodora Arsenović (Todora, Sofka’s mother), Dušan Radenković (Master Marko), Roksanda Beković (Stana, Marko’s wife), Vojislav Jovanović (Tomča, Marko’s son, Sofka’s husband), Ruža Tekić (Magda, a maid), Zora Zlatković (Simka), Srboljub Het Petrović (Arsa, Marko’s servant), Miloš Paunković (Vanko), etc.

The following premiere was held on 5th December 1975, it was directed by Gradimir Mirković. The premiere took place on the Main Stage. Miomir Denić designed the set, Božana Jovanović designed the costumes and Vojislav Voki Kostić composed the music. The cast: Vera Čukić (Sofka), Milan Puzić (Effendi Mita), Ksenija Jovanović (Todora, Sofka’s mother), Branislav Jerinić (Master Marko), Mira Bobić (Stana, Marko’s wife), Predrag Miki Manojlović (Tomča, Marko’s son, Sofka’s husband), Gorjana Janjić (Magda, a maid), Dara Vukotić Plaović (Simka), Boris Andrusević (Arsa, Marko’s servant), Mida Stevanović (Vanko), etc.

In the meantime, a ballet production of Impure Blood premiered on the Main Stage on 15th June 2008. Lidija Pilipenko choreographed and wrote the libretto for the ballet after several works of Borislav Stanković.
M.B.