Sarajevo War Theatre SARTR
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The Sarajevo War Theatre (Sarajevski ratni teatar, SARTR) was founded on 17 May 1992 on the initiative of Dubravko Bibanović, Gradimir Gojer, Đorđe Mačkić and Safet Plakalo. Actors and associates of the three existing professional theatres in Sarajevo, which had ceased all activities at the beginning of the Bosnian war, gathered around SARTR and proceeded to give some 2000 performances during the four years of siege. In January 1993 SARTR was officially recognised by the Sarajevo City Assembly as a public institution of special significance for the defence of Sarajevo. Its spiritus movens and director, Safet Plakalo, has often spoken of SARTR as Sarajevo's spiritual weapon against the surrealism of war, summarising its charter in the catch-cry 'theatre against death'. Despite limited resources, SARTR is today a successful professional theatre company with a number of international co-productions, appearances and awards under its belt.
GLOB Theatre in Bordeaux was founded in 1993 and it gathers all the actors and associates in a peaceful and creative freedom in France. When you analyze you can see that the name of SARTR has nothing to do with the name of French writer and philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre. GLOB was named after the capital letters from the names of the founders and has nothing to do with Globe Theatre W. Shakespeare. Therefore is the origin of the five years long friendship between these two theatre that on 2003 results with coproduction of “Soba od vizije” (Room of vision) and which GLOB opened door of the just organized NOVART festival in Bordeaux.