The programme for the 2022 Desiré Central Station festival will feature work by András Urbán and Nina Rajić Kranjac.
The international contemporary theatre festival which takes place at the Kosztolányi Dezső Theatre and other venues in Subotica, Serbia, will take place between 25-30 November 2022. The theme for the 2022 festival will be ‘No filter’.
The festival opens on 25th November with Katie of Heilbronn by Budapest’s Studio K Theatre, directed by Máté Hegymegi, and a concert from Hungarian musician Felix Lajko.
On 26th November, Studio K Theatre will present Nero, from Judit Garai’s text based on Dezső Kosztolányi’s novel The Bloody Poet: A Novel About Nero, also directed by Máté Hegymegi
On the 27th November, Montenegro’s drama Studio “Prazan prostor” and the Royal Theatre Zetski Dom will present Mirko Radonjić’s Anna Karenina – a performance which recently won the Grand Prix of the 62nd MESS festival in Sarajevo, the Golden Laurel Wreath for Best Performance – and there will be an opportunity to experience Nina Rajić Kranjac’s exhilarating four-hour show Solo, made in collaboration with Nataša Keser, Benjamin Krnetić and Marko Mandić and produced by Mladinsko Theatre and Maska Ljubljana)
On the 28th November, there will be a chance to see another Mladinsko Theatre and Maska Ljubljana co-production, Bad Company, a word-less solo show by Vito Weis. This will be followed by Oh, How Very Ordinary, by Slovenia’s Studio za raziskavo umetnosti igre.
On the 29th November, audiences will have an opportunity to see Ibi the Great, the Sombor National Theatre production of András Urbán’s take on Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi, which, according to our critic “vividly deploys grotesque as a means of social critique.”
The festival will conclude on Wednesday 30th November with a double-bill of Giuseppe Chico and Barbara Matijević Screenagers Vol 2 and the Sarajevo National Theatre production of A Hunger Artist, based on fragments from the life, works, letters and diaries of Kafka and directed by Alen Šimić.
The festival is organised by Kosztolányi Dezső Theatre and Desiré Association for Contemporary Art.
For tickets and more information on this year’s festival programme visit: Desirefestival.eu
Further reading: review of Nina Rajić Kranjac’s Solo
Further reading: review of Ibi the Great
Natasha Tripney is a writer, editor and critic based in London and Belgrade. She is the international editor for The Stage, the newspaper of the UK theatre industry. In 2011, she co-founded Exeunt, an online theatre magazine, which she edited until 2016. She is a contributor to the Guardian, Evening Standard, the BBC, Tortoise and Kosovo 2.0