anniversaire #7 - Festival Reims Scènes d'Europe

Production FRAC Champagne-Ardenne
Photography: Martin Argyroglo

WW3_Lilly_Marlène_07587 http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Festival_Reims_Scènes_d%27Europe cropped photo by Martin Argyroglo http://vimeo.com/119228044 Camera by Clément Chevelt / Edited by Branko Milisković … La Première Guerre mondiale fut aussi l’objet de plusieurs performances plus intimistes et personnelles comme The Song of a soldier on watch (ww3 Lili Marlene) une performance sensible de Branko Miliskovic sur l’attente et la souffrance des familles pendant et après le champ de bataille. Christophe Candoni for TLC – Toute la Culture 23.02.2015 — With The Song of a Soldier on Watch, the Serbian artist Branko Milisković mystified and enchanted the audience of Reims Scènes d’Europe in a performance about the wait and suffering of families during and after WWI, a war which is at the heart of the current edition of the festival with for example the shows of Luk Perceval or Bob Wilson. Accustomed to hours-long performances, Branko Milisković offers in Reims a more traditional format of 62 minutes. In the overcrowded Studio of La Comédie where the last arrived spectators could not enter, the Serbian performer awaits his audience, standing like a White Lady, half-hidden at the back of the stage. This time, he chose to incarnate a widow. With his blood red lipstick, smoky eyes and ultra thin eyebrows, he reminds us Marlene Dietrich, the one who made Lili Marleen go down in history. Between a couple of songs, she waits for a soldier that will never come back. The slightly shifted clock runs, trains go by, one last letter reaches her. And he sings, Lili Marleen. He is both the soldier who is about to die of asphyxiation, and his lover who is mourning him in the stunning final of the opera Erwartung by Schönberg. If the succession of scenes tends to dilute the strength of the statement, there is no doubt that the supernatural performer Branko Milisković owns the power to embody his characters and create images that will remain etched in the memory of his audience, like the surreal scene where he stands and sings while smoke is invading the stage and the whole room. Fanny Amblard http://www.scenesdeurope.eu/chronicles-the-song-of-a-soldier-on-watch-branko-miliskovic/

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Reims Scenes d’Europe @ La Comédie de Reims 

Sunday, 8 February 2015 @ 16:00 / Duration: 62 min 

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Branko Milisković a toujours été intéressé par le contact direct avec le public, jouant de sa présence charismatique pour tenter de « fusionner » avec lui. Afin d’entrer ainsi en relation avec son auditoire, que ce soit directement ou de manière plus subtile, il utilise son corps et son identité comme médium principal. Branko Milisković proposera à Reims une performance inédite, inspirée du célèbre opéra Erwartung d’Arnold Schönberg. Intitulée One Man Opera, il s’agit d’une variation sur la souffrance de milliers de familles pendant et après la première guerre mondiale, dans l’attente du retour de leurs proches partis au front.

In Reims, Branko Milisković proposes a novel performance, inspired by Arnold Schönberg’s famous opera Erwartung. Involved here is a variation on the suffering of thousands of families during and after the First World War, awaiting the return of their loved ones from the front. The origins of this performance lie, moreover, in a work created earlier by the artist, titled The Song of a Soldier on Watch, and inspired by one of the most popular German songs of recent decades, as well as one of the most controversial, Lili Marlene, regarded as one of the first songs encouraging fraternization between enemy soldiers.

Bio

Branko Milisković has always been interested in direct contact with the public, playing with his charismatic presence to try and blend with the audience and take it under his wing. In order to thus relate with people, be it directly or more subtly, he uses his body and his identity as his main medium. Playing characters who echo his own origins, he sees his work as “a progressing linear system of situations pinpointed and controlled, through which he evolves, trying to leave a trace by summoning his own norms.” In his recent works, he is concerned with “social and individual choreography”, and their relations within a specific political context. Lastly, his main intention is to make his body an independent territory, with its own rules and its own gravitation.

www.scenesdeurope.eu

Autorka: Milica Lapčević
Razgovor sa mnom: 11:05 – 32:10

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RAZGOVORI / Branko Milisković / ATTENTION ! HERE I AM

Prva samostalna izložba Branka Miliskovića u Beogradu je održana u galeriji G12Hub od 18. novembra do 2. decembra. Pored postavke u galeriji Branko je izveo tri performansa tokom trajanja izložbe. Njegovi performansi su visoko estetizovani i često na granici teatra, opere i performansa. Za Branka je sve važno: kostim, šminka, kretanje, svetlo, interakcija sa publikom, sadržaj, izvedba i zato on za sebe kaže da nije samo performer, već da je “direktor celog koncepta i izvođenja”. Razgovaramo o performansima koje je izveo, o reakciji beogradske publike u odnosu na publiku iz Brisela, Hamburga i Marseja, o stanjima u koje performer dugotrajnih performansa ulazi i o novim planovima.

http://www.supervizuelna.com/razgovori-branko-miliskovic-attention-here-i-am-2/

Razgovor vodio i transkribovao Žolt Kovač

Camera by Tina Marić

THE SONG OF A SOLDIER ON WATCH ( WW3 LILI MARLENE )

In the piece “The Song of Soldier on Watch (WW3 Lili Marlene)” he seems to incarnate both, the figure of the mythical heroine from the song as well as the figure of the soldier who wrote it. In 1915 Hans Leip, a German poet and playwright called to join the army and fight on Eastern front during World War I, wrote lyrics for the song than entitled “The Girl Under the Lantern” which later on, especially during the World War II, became extremely popular by the name Lili Marlene. During the Nazi occupation of Yugoslavia in 1941, Radio Belgrade became Soldatensender Belgrad and broadcasted programs to entertain the German armed forces. This song was played frequently and was also very popular on both sides of the front line. “Lili Marlene’’ was presumably one of the first songs of which one thought it could lead to an individual and collective resistance of the soldiers on the front.

Part of a text written by Dobrila Denegri for an exhibition Theatre of Life, CSW/CoCA, Torun, Poland 2012. p. 89

Concept & performance by Branko Milisković
Performed on the 02nd of December 2014 , 19:00 – 21:00 / Duration: 2 hours
Song: “Lili Marlene”(Lili Marleen), written by Hans Leip (1915), set to the music by Norbert Schultze (1938), firstly recorded by Lale Andersen (1938)
Instrumental composed by Anton Karas.
Thanks to Radio Belgrade and Dejan Ivanović for rare audio materials.
Thanks to G12 HUB, Milica Pekić, Jelena Piljić, Ivan Bulbuk, thanks to Branislav Pećaranin
Special thanks to Anđela Grabež, Jelena Bokić, Helen Schröder and to my parents for various organizational as well as financial supports.

Past performances:
October 2011 at Bains Connective, Brussels, Belgium
November 2011 at Les Petit Bain, Paris, France
May 2012 at CSW/CoCA, Center for Contemporary Arts, Torun, Poland
June 2012 at Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany
July 2013 at Zeitraumexit, Mannheim, Germany
June 2014 at Gallery Metropolis, Paris, France

Upcoming performance:
8th February 2015, FRAC #6, Comedie de Reims-Centre dramatique national, Reims, France

www.g12hub.com

Camera by Senja Vild

Video edited by Branko Milisković

In this scene, Helen Schröder and Branko Miliskovic, representing two distinctive bodies of fictional persona HERR MILISKOVIC, are approaching each other with a bottle of champaign and two glasses, opening a bottle, purring champaign into champaign glasses and very gently asking each other a question Have You committed Genocide !? They are repeating the same question over and over again, getting faster and faster, producing a very bizarre ‘’singing dialogue’’, which by an intensive repetition and serialism at certain point, can become a surreal mantra. This repetitive dialogue is getting louder as time progresses, eventually reaching a culmination half an hour later. For Branko Miliskovic, this performance is one of the most significant performances in his carrier, since the simplicity of an image and yet hardcore work are getting together, questioning this incredibly notorious question for both nations, German and Serbs, problematizing the absurdity of an individual as well a collective responsibility and guilt.

Performance by Branko Milisković
with Helen Schröder and Branko Milisković
Original scene from theatre production HERR MILISKOVIC ( Life of an Intruder )
coproduced by Kampnagel, Hamburg
Saturday 29th November 2014 , at 20:00
Duration / 30 minutes
G12 HUB, Belgrade, Serbia
Original costumes by Jules Hepp
Original stage design and props by Swen Erik Scheuerling
Adapted for G12 HUB by Branko Milisković

www.g12hub.com

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Photos by Tina Marić

 

 

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Galerija 12 HUB
Samostalna izložba umetnika Branka Miliskovića
ATTENTION ! HERE I AM
18. novembra – 02. decembra 2014
svakim danom osim nedelje od 12 do 20h
Otvaranje 18. novembra u 20h Karađorđeva 59, Beograd

Galerija12HUB sa ponosom najavljuje prvu samostalnu izložbu umetnika Branka Miliskovića u Beogradu. U okviru bogatog programa izložbe beogradska publika će biti u prilici da vidi uživo izvođenja tri performansa: Policijski čas, Da li ste počinili genocid!? i Pesma vojnika na straži, ali i neke od najznačajnijih radova autora nastalih u predhodnih par godina.

Branko Milisković jedan je od retkih domaćih autora mlađe generacije koji je svoj rad posvetio formi performansa. Kroz visoko stilizovanu i do detalja zanatski usavršenu formu izvođenja autor problematizuje niz aktuelnih društvenih i političkih tema od pitanja roda do odnosa pojedinca i struktura vlasti i moći. Kroz seriju radova umetnik gradi karakter performera koji se desubjektivizuje i postaje simbol, instrument koji izgledom, glasom i pokretom gledaoca suočava sa društveno-političkim ambijentom savremenog trenutka. Pojavno karakter bez roda, porekla, određenja, Miliskovićev performer posreduje slike, situacije i istorijske citate, suočavajući nas sa sopstvenim predrasudama i utvrđenim interpretacijama dominatnih društvenih narativa. Upravo hrabrost u izboru i obradi tema, veština u izvođenju i sposobnost transformacije značenja poznatih izvora iz prošlosti, izdvaja rad Branka Miliskovića kao umetnika sa jedinstvenim doprinosom u daljoj razradi forme i uloge performansa na umetničkoj sceni Srbije.

Program izložbe:

18. novembar u 20h – Performans Policijski čas. Okupljanje publike u galeriji 19:30-20:00, u 20:00 se zaključavaju vrata galerije i nije moguće ulaziti niti napuštati prostor galerije za vreme trajanja performansa. Performans predviđa učešće publike. Trajanje performansa aproksimativno 30 min.

20. novembra u 18h – Stručno vođenje kroz izložbu i razgovor sa umetnikom Brankom Miliskovićem

29. novembar u 20h – Performans ”HAVE YOU COMMITTED GENOCIDE !?”- uz Branka Miliskovića učestvuje specijalna gošća iz Hamburga, umetnica Helen Schröder.

02. decembar od 19 do 21h – Performans “The Song of a Soldier on Watch” (WW3 Lili Marlene) prvi put u Beogradu posle Brisela, Toruna, Pariza, Hamburga i Manhajma. Ovaj performans će ujedno zatvoriti izložbu.

BIOGRAFIJA

Branko Milisković rođen 1982. godine u Beogradu/Srbija. Nakon završetka Srednje arhitektonske škole, Milisković je studirao Višu politehničku školu, odsek za industrijski dizajn, kao i Fakultet likovnih umetnosti u Beogradu, klasa Mrđana Bajića. Krajem 2007. godine dobija stipendiju holandske Vlade i nastavlja studije na Kraljevskoj akademiji umetnosti u Hagu/Holandija na kojoj je 2009. godine diplomirao. Master studije je završio 2012. godine na Akademiji umetnosti HFBK u Hamburgu/Nemačka u klasi Jeanne Faust (Žan Faust). Branko Milisković trenutno živi i radi na relaciji Nemačka-Srbija-Francuska, reprezentovan od strane Les Halles (Brisel) i Kampnagel (Hamburg). Svoje performanse i izložbe realizovao je u Italiji, Nemačkoj, Belgiji, Francuskoj, Austriji, Srbiji, Izraelu, Rusiji, Poljskoj, Finskoj, Norveškoj, Holandiji, Indoneziji i Sjedinjenim Američkim Državama.

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