anniversaire #7 - Festival Reims Scènes d'Europe

Production FRAC Champagne-Ardenne
Photography: Martin Argyroglo

WW3_Lilly_Marlène_07587ènes_d%27Europe cropped photo by Martin Argyroglo

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


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