The Song from the Grave [Stabat Mater]
ONE MAN OPERA
Duration: 2 hours
Branko Miliskovic, Serbian performance artist, creates works that combine experience and forms of cabaret art, opera, theater, photography, architecture, film as well as virtual reality. Miliskovic uses historical quotations, often political ones, exploring both collective and universal memory. Through precisely profiled and constructed bodies, Milisković introduces us into the field of both known and forgotten emotions. The Song from the Grave [STABAT MATER], is a sharp and poignant, mono oratory that deals with anticipation and agony occurring as we wait for our beloved one to return, referring to Arnold Schoenberg’s half-hour opera ERWARTUNG.
Stabat Mater, a medieval spiritual hymn depicting Mary mourning Christ crucified on the cross, was taken in this performance as a starting concept that shapes a new, contemporary reality in which mother and father fugures merge into a highly stylized, androgenic construct, a body in the form of the holy view mourning the suffering of humanity.
Performance by Branko Milisković
Costume by Olivera Lekić
Make up by Brana Kostić
Hairdress by Danilo Mataruga
Sound by Branko Milisković
Branko Milisković (1982, Belgrade) studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade, graduated from the Royal Academy of Arts and Design in The Hague and received his MFA from the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg. His works have been performed and exhibited internationally, in Reims Scenes d’Europe, CSW / CoCA, Torun; G12 HUB, Balkan Cinema, 57. October Salon and Youth Center, Belgrade; Kampnagel, Hamburg; Les Halles, Brussels; TENT Rotterdam and Utrecht Film Festival; CIRCA Art Actuel, Montreal; LADA, London; YFV Seattle (WA), as well as on numerous stages in Europe, Israel, Russia, and the USA.