BITEF

 

 

Scene from the “Blue Dragon”, originally uploaded by bill kralovec.

Nadia and I attended the play, “The Blue Dragon” last week. It is one of the features in the BITEF (Belgrade International Theater Festival). The Festival is as old as I am in its 43rd year. This is quite amazing considering the political tumult Belgrade and Serbia has been through since the festival started.

We thought The Blue Dragon was brilliant. The play was done by Robert LaPage, who  is a Canadian playwright and director. We were enthralled with the sets and lighting. It was amazing the scene changes and how real everything looked and felt. They went from a snowy day outside to an airport terminal, inside of an apartment, to biking in the city, throughout the play. The scene above shows La Page demonstrating Chinese symbols and their meaning. 

The play was set in modern China and looked at Chinese culture and society, the effects of time on love, among other themes. It made me want to visit China to see it for myself. We were also impressed with the Yugolsav Drama Theater (below). 

 

Photo courtesy of the Yugolsav Theater Web Site
Photo courtesy of the Yugolsav Theater Web Site
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