Tnanzelarija, organisation for promotion and development of contemporary dance in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Show me your city, I'll show you how to perform it. Or better - let's perform the city together.
Europe should not only revolve around the main cultural and political capitals, such as London, Berlin, Paris. Where are the Balkan countries on the memory map of Europe? Susan Sontag said that Sarajevo is the symbol of the 20th century in Europe. What does this heritage mean in the 21st century, for European individuals living in the city? It seems that after the horror of its last war (1992-1995), Sarajevo functions as a shameful memory. The picture of Bosnia as a blank spot on the map implies the image of a forgotten land, “the white space” on the European memory map. We wish to fill that gap. We plan to start the same project at other locations in Europe, with the same idea – letting unheard personal stories give those underrepresented places a strong voice in Europe.
Project outcomes are: dance-video performance, documentary, exhibition, dance/theatre and film workshops, performative actions in the urban space of Sarajevo, out of which an alternative Sarajevo tourist guide/map will be made in the form of a custom-made software product, based on locations chosen by participants of the project (generally available online). With these we would like to encourage citizens to actively participate in their city's life, and change the international perspective on Sarajevo and its heritage. By letting the people of Sarajevo and those who feel connected with it introduce it to Europe-using urban space as a container of its society’s history and culture- we wish to contribute to the remembrance of Sarajevo and the position it deserves in European citizens' minds.
Call for personal stories will be published through social and other electronic media. Material for documentary will be gathered through interviews with people of different age groups. International artists will lead dance, theatre, film and music workshops. Final presentations of community projects will be in form of actions in urban space, installations and exhibitions of photos and drawings (July). The dance-video installation performance will be based on documentary and workshop results (August/September). With all materials collected during the project, an alternative map of Sarajevo will be done in collaboration with GIS (geographical information systems) specialist and a software CD will be produced. The project will later be presented in partner organisations (Poland and Germany).
Funding requested from Advocate Europe