Skip to main content

As though someone calls softly for me in my sleepThe wind carried meMy hands moved meThis is my feeling: I feel that I’m born again but I want to be the sameThe same as I ever wasSame JelenaAnd my heart is in its right place too.(Jelena Stefanoska)

Szene aus Jelena Stefanoska & Saša Asentić: Жизела / Giselle
Szene aus Jelena Stefanoska & Saša Asentić: Жизела / Giselle Marija Erdelji

Жизела / Giselle explores the similarities and differences between the artist Jelena Stefanoska and the tragic ballet character Giselle. The piece questions a society that prevents individuals from living their lives with dignity and happiness through strict rules and – often unspoken – norms. 

Jelena Stefanoska expresses her own feelings and body conditions through various danced, written or narrated elements – while also reinterpreting the well-known role of Giselle. Personal values of the performer such as honesty, loyalty and forgiveness play a major role, as well as her joy of self-expression and the connection to nature. Thus, at its root, the piece tells of the need to love and be loved – and, above all, of the desire and feeling to live a life with dignity. 

Saša Asentić and Jelena Stefanoska have a long-lasting artistic collaboration. The piece Жизела / Giselle was created from Jelena Stefanoska's own stories, poems, drawings, clippings from magazines, her favorite pop music and parts of ballet music, as well as her powerful dance improvisations. In the joint work, it was especially important for the team to follow Jelena Stefanoska's wishes and needs, to offer suggestions and thus create conditions that supported the dance artist in realizing her ideas.
Additional information
Idea Jelena Stefanoska Selection of motifs from the libretto, music, and 1choreography from the ballet Giselle Jelena Stefanoska Story and poem Jelena Stefanoska Artistic direction Jelena Stefanoska, Saša Asentić Artistic collaboration Olivera Kovačević Crnjanski Choreography Jelena Stefanoska, Jelena Alempijević, Vesna Pašćanović, Olivera Kovačević Crnjanski Performance Jelena Stefanoska, Saša Asentić Light design Anja Sekulić Video animation Paulina Stanko Music improvisation (fourth part of the performance) Dunja Crnjanski Collaboration on vocal interpretation of folk songs Mirjana Raić Tepić Sound Rastko Ilić Camera Ana Lagator Accessibility and care work provided by Olivera Kovačević Crnjanski, Nataša Murge Savić, Saša Asentić Executive production Nataša Murge Savić, Saša Asentić

A Production by Per.Art. In collaboration with Milan Petrović School and Academy of Arts, Novi Sad. Supported by Europe Beyond Access - co-financed by the EU program Creative Europe, City of Novi Sad, Erste Bank. The guest performance in Berlin takes place in the context of the project "Pieces of Change", funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. The project "TanZugang" is supported by Fonds Soziokultur e.V. Media partner: taz, die tageszeitung.
Sophiensaele - Festsaal
Sophiensaele - Festsaal