MAJA PELEVIĆ & NIKOLA ZAVIŠIĆ (SER)
Maja Pelević graduated from the Faculty of Drama Arts in Belgrade, department of Dramaturgy, and finished her PhD studies (Theory of Arts and Media) at the University of Arts in Belgrade this year. In 2005, she participated at The Royal Court International Residency in London with the play Orange Peel, which premiered in Atelje 212 in Belgrade in 2006. The artist received the award for best dramatic text for it at the 55. Sterijino pozorje festival. Her plays have been translated into English, French, German, Norwegian, Slovakian, Ukrainian, Russian, Hungarian, Slovenian, Bulgarian and Polish, and published in Serbian, English and German publications. Some of her other plays are: LER, ESCape, Cyberchick vs. Real Life, Deca u formalinu, Beograd-Berlin, Budite lejdi na jedan dan, Možda smo mi Miki Maus.
Nikola Zavišić graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague with a degree in Theatre directing and Dramaturgy. In 2003, he also received his Master’s degree in Theatre directing there. He has worked in many important theatres in Serbia, the Netherlands, Czech Republic and Sweden. He formed the ComFactory theatre group in Prague, with which he participated in many festivals all over Europe. From 2002 – 2003, he worked as an assistant at the Acting department of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.
During their residency in Maribor, the artists were preparing their new script, and therefore spent time researching the life of Nikola Tesla (who lived in Maribor for a while). In addition, they also wrote the play MENTAL FREE-STYLE – a musical dramatization of the subconscious shift, which was written in the style of stand-up comedy, and staged during this year's Lent Festival (produced by StandUpFest – KUD BORZA).
Text: Maja Pardeilhan