18 May CREATION AND ABOLISHMENT OF MYTHS
By Ana Tasić
In terms of idea, the performance directed by Anja Suša, is based on the contradictions and conflict between myth and reality, between an idealized and a realistic reflexion of the world, between nostalgic and sentimental heritage, and the painful reality of family violence, homophobia, privatization, the dilemma of weather to join the EU, electoral frauds, etc. The picture books about Maja are metaphoric case studies, pop-cultural phenomena dating back to the Yugoslav times, and represent the starting point for delving into personal and collective past, for dealing with post-Yugoslav heritage, for critical study of the revived Yugo-nostalgia which seems plain and imaginary, which looks like a part of psychological mechanisms that idealize past, fog up its other side, suppress its dark and yet very real layers. Anja Suša’s performance struggles to keep the memories of that other side alive, of an eternal exposure of the hidden, of facing illusion and mistakes, which is the first step towards overcoming and correcting them.