WHERE MY IDENTITY IS?
BALKAN, BOSNIA, CZECHIA, EUROPE... MY IDENTITY FEELS A BIT SQUEEZED.
Because when you are born in a multiethnic country like Yugoslavia, where despite of many nationalities most of the inhabitants considered themselves Yugoslavians, you do the same. You celebrate all Orthodox, Catholic and Muslim holidays, you croon the song „Jugoslovenka“ and you root for Monica Seles. But then the war comes and you run away to Czech republic. Meanwhile, Yugoslavia falls apart, you are suddenly just Bosnian, but at that time, Czechs only knew „Yugoshka!“
Is national identity something we really need today? In today’s multicultural and multiethnic society, do we have to define ourselves in contrast to other nations? Or is it just an anachronism that confuses people? These and other questions are the topic of the Czech-Balkan one-man show that is inspired by life and driven by coffee.
Written and performed by: Zlatko Teskere
Dramaturgy and directed by: Barbora Johansson
Costumes: Eva Růžičková
The performance was co-produced by Studio ALTA and café Living Room.
Performed in Czech language.