October 18, 2018 | Thursday
The EU Information and Cultural Centre in North Mitrovica organized a lecture titled The Actor in Socially Engaging Plays with Aleksandar Đinđić, a professor at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts at the University of Mitrovica and a PhD of Arts at the Department of Acting at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade.
The main focus of the lecture was how actors perform in socially engaging plays in order to create social or political change through collaboration with individuals, communities, and institutions in the creation of participatory art.
The lecturer highlighted some of his most prominent experiences regarding socially engaging plays, most notably in: The Workers Die Singing (Radnici umiru pevajući), Life Stands, Life goes on (Život stoji, život ide dalje) and A Triptych on Workers (Triptih o radnicima). The last play, written by Tijana Grumić, addresses the status of women working in factories where the owner’s only concern is profit and not the wellbeing of the workers and inhumane working environment. With that in mind, the lecturer pointed out: “I try to pass on my knowledge and experience to my students so that they can learn from it. It is important to hear a voice from the theater. The actors have the privilege of representing your voice – the voice of the common people and workers.“
The aim of the event was to promote social activism through culture and to engage community to participate more in such activities by offering them a straightforward examples of how social activism through art works.