The Song of a Soldier on Watch

Upcoming performances :

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THE SONG OF A SOLDIER ON WATCH (WW3 Lili Marlene), performed on 12/02/2016, Workspacebrussels A.i.R, KAAI THEATRE living, Brussels, Belgium

DSC_0040DSC_0049 copy_FotorBranko Miliskovic was working on a novel performance, inspired by Arnold Schönberg’s famous opera Erwartung and concept of perpetual anticipations. Involved here is a variation on the suffering of thousands of families during and after the World Wars, 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.

Branko Miliskovic
The Song of a Soldier on Watch (WW3 Lili Marlene)
One Man Opera (1st reflex) Workspace Brussels, at Kaaitheater living. Dramaturge by Jasper Delbecke
February 12, 2016
Brussels, Belgium
Photo by Eve Bonneau

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THE SONG OF A SOLDIER ON WATCH (WW3 Lili Marlene), performed on 14/09/2015, MontagModus, CHB-Collegium Hungaricum, Berlin, Germany

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Das von Hans Leip geschriebene Liebeslied Lili Marlene (1915) und Arnold Schönbergs atonale Sopran-Oper Erwartung (1909) dienen als Ausgangspunkt für Branko Miliskovic’ Ein-Mann-Oper. In Miliskovic’ Adaptation wird die Frage aufgeworfen, wie ein Lied als Verbindungsglied zwischen Soldaten gleich welcher Nationalität oder Sprache feindliche Grenzen überschreitet.
In der Performance The Song of a Soldier on Watch (WW3 Lili Marlene) verkörpert der serbische Künstler gleichzeitig Lili Marlene und den Soldat/Schriftsteller. Auf diese Weise dekonstruiert er die Gender-Rollen in einem Kriegsszenario. Die zwitterartig anmutende Doppel-Figur ist mehr Hybrid als singulärer Körper: die WW3-Version von Lili Marlene.

The Song of a Soldier on Watch (WW3 Lili Marlene)
One Man Opera
Montag Modus, CHB – Collegium Hungaricum Berlin
14 September 2015
Duration: 50 min

Curated by Lena Szirmay-Kalos and Kata Krasznahorkai (CHB)
Photos by Hannes Jung

www.hungaricum.de

THE SONG OF A SOLDIER ON WATCH (WW3 Lili Marlene), performed on 08/02/2015, La Comedie de Reims, Production Frac Champagne-Ardenne

Video by Clement Chevelt

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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

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.

CHRONIQUE

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/

THE SONG OF A SOLDIER ON WATCH ( WW3 Lili Marlene), performed on 02/12/2014, G12 HUB, Belgrade, Serbia 

Video by Tina Marić

”Post Historical Cabaret of highest order.” Dr Nikola Šuica

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Photo by Jelena Bokić

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, 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

THE SONG OF A SOLDIER ON WATCH ( WW3 Lili Marlene), performed on 06/07/2013, Frisch Eingetroffen@ Zeitraumexit, Mannheim / Germany

Video still , Mannheim

Video still by Christina Stihler

photo by Peter Empl

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Photo by Peter Empl

Photo by Peter Empl

Photo by Peter Empl

Photo by Peter Empl

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Video still by Christina Stihler

Durch entwaffnende Präsenz überzeugt dagegen Branko Miliskovic. Sein Solo “The Song of a Soldier on Watch” kreiert zwischen zermürbendem Kriegsgetöse und Lale Andersons “Lili Marleen” eine zwiespältige Kunstfigur, die Dank minimaler Gestik und wohldosierter Mimik Bedeutsamkeit erlangt – und doch keine Botschaft zu senden versteht.

© Mannheimer Morgen, Dienstag, 09.07.2013

THE SONG OF A SOLDIER ON WATCH (WW3 Lili Marlene), performed on 09/06/2012,Live Art Festival @ Kampnagel,Hamburg / Germany

Photos by Anja Winterhalter

photo by Conny Winter

Photo by Conny Winter

THE SONG OF A SOLDIER ON WATCH (WW3 Lili Marlene), performed on 18,19/05/2012 @ CSW / CoCA, Torun / Poland 

Video by CSW/CoCA, Edited by Branko Miliskovic

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THE SONG OF A SOLDIER ON WATCH (WW3 Lili Marlene), performed on 15/10/2011 @ Bains Connective, Brussels / Belgium
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Photos by Dominika Sobolewska
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Between September 25 and October 15 2011 Branko Miliskovic was invited for a residency at Bains Connective. He worked on his new live performance entitled “The Song of a Soldier on Watch” and was inspired by one of the most controversial but extremely popular German love songs, “Lili Marlene”. The song was written in 1915 by the German soldier Hans Leip from Hamburg. It was set to music by Norbert Schultze in 1938 and recorded by Lale Andersen in 1939. During the Nazi occupation of Yugoslavia, Radio Belgrade became Soldatensender Belgrad in 1941, and broadcasted programs to entertain the German armed forces. This song was played frequently and was also very popular in other Mediterranean and European countries, 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.

Miliskovic was born in Belgrade and lives in Hamburg. In this performance he inhabits the body of both Lili Marlene and of the soldier/writer, aiming to achieve an extraordinary fusion of both genders and to create an androgenic type, or perhaps even more likely the WWIII-version of Lili Marlene. 

This work is in life time progression.

 

Concept & performance: Branko Miliskovic 
Duration: 3 hours 2o min
October 15, 2011. Brussels, Belgium
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 version composed by Anton Karas.
Thanks to Radio Belgrade and Dejan Ivanovic for audio footages.
Thanks to Dianne Weller for the voice coaching.
Special thanks to Dominika Sobolewska and Bains Connective crew.

www.bains.be

Branko Miliskovic ( born 1982 in Belgrade ). He originally studied in Belgrade and eventually graduated from the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague. Communicating with the audience, both in a direct and tinged with mystification manner , the artist uses body and identity as the main media. Creating subsequent characters , he faces with their national background.Branko Miliskovic’s performance ‘’ The Song of a Soldier on Watch’’ was inspired by the controversial but at the same time very popular German song Lili Marlene. It was written in 1915 by a soldier Hans Leip . During the Nazi occupation of Yugoslavia , Radio Belgrade was transformed into a radio station providing entertainment for German army. Lili Marlene was often played and gained popularity also in other countries on both sides of the front line. Someone even said that the song could lead to the revolt of the troops.
In his performance  Miliskovic ‘resides’ in the body of both Lili Marlene and the soldier – author of the song. He makes a junction of both sexes and creates a androgenic character.Description from Theatre of Life @ CSW / CoCA / Torun, Poland
Curated by Dobrila Denegri
May 18 – September 16, 2012

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THE SONG OF A SOLDIER ON WATCH (WW3 Lili Marlene), performed on 20/11/2011 @Dimanche Rouge #10, Les Petit Bain, Paris, France 

Photo by Melanie Boisvert

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Concept & performance: Branko Miliskovic
Duration: 30 min
November 20, 2011, Dimanche Rouge #10 @ Petit Bains,  Paris / France
Song: “Lili Marlene”( Lili Marleen), written by Hans Leip (1915), set to the music by Norbert Schultze (1938), instrumental version composed by Anton Karas.
Thanks to Matthieu Pilaud, DiDi Wang, Milena Jaksic & Dimanche Rouge crew.
Photos by Melanie Boisvert

www.dimancherouge.wordpress.com

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