Why do you do what you do?
Theatre attracts me as the common play between all the artists and viewers included in the process of creating and sharing it and as a potential of a different reality than the one we are living. This different reality creates a space in which we agitate problems, perform different levels of social participation and practice responsibility. In theater the matter lives vibrantly and asks for a constant redefinition of humanity. Furthermore, theater calls for the utopia of non-work, a loving game of non-effective genders and subjectivities.
How do you work? (What are your source of inspiration and how do you work on them? You have daily practices?)
From project to project I am usually searching for a clear set of tools. When I define those tools, I execute and practice them through the rehearsals and in the moment of performing. There is a large amount of freedom to go to the limits of those rules. The criteria would be: »What level of manipulation is needed to subvert common knowledge about how we should watch or communicate something.
For you, what role does the artist have in society today?
The further development of the space of contemporary theatre (or arts in general) lies in creating the space for a different potentiality in order to find common extreme points of similarity and/or rapture. It is searching for a liminal space where the transgression of the concept could re-appear or gain new knowledge.
Saša Božić is a Croatian theatre director and dramaturge present in the field of European contemporary dance. His interests lie mainly in the widening of the performing arts field – working on a thin line between theatre, dance and performance, examining the porosity of their frames, and the position of the performer within the disparate modes of performing.
Saša Božić worked as dramaturge with renowned European choreographers among which are Isabelle Schad (Germany), Simone Aughterlony (Germany), Francesco Scavetta (Norway), Martine Pisani (France), Dalija Aćin (Serbia), Iztok Kovac (Slovenia). His works were shown at variety of European festivals, such as : Theatre de Bastille-Paris, Recontre choreographiqe du Seine Saint-Denis – Paris, UOVO festival – Milano, Eurokaz festival-Zagreb, BITEF festival – Belgrade. He works as docent at Zagreb Drama Arts Academy and runs an independent theatre company de facto.
Recently his projects were produced by Croatian leading theater institutions, such as : theater itd Zagreb, Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, Gavella Theatre among others.
(Photo: Simone Aughterlony and Jorge Leon: Uni FORM, dramaturgy: Sasa Bozic)