зенитеум

Published:

10/01/2022
Opening Ceremony of the European Capital of Culture: Who awaits us at Zeniteum :: 2022?
10/01/2022

As the Zenith is the highest point that can be reached, so is the Zeniteum :: 2022 play, celebration and culmination of the double opening of the European Capital of Culture in Novi Sad and the culmination of the ‘Doček’ programme in which time and energy intersect to free up space of accumulated potential, a space of long anticipation, in which the power of diversity will spark Arc Voltage, creative lightning, which will illuminate the entire 2022 and all the programmes of the European Capital of Culture under the 4 New Bridges motto.

On 13 January, Novi Sad will officially open the title year of the European Capital of Culture with the Opening Ceremony play Zeniteum :: 2022. The opening ceremony will take place outside Banovina Palace. The programme starts at 8:22 p.m. (20:22).

Zeniteum :: 2022, the most complex production art project that has been implemented in Serbia in recent years, will be presented as a secular ceremony with selected content of the highest spiritual value of the Republic of Serbia. It will represent all its citizens with a special focus on the citizens of Novi Sad.

The title of the opening ceremony comes from the transnational art movement Zenitism, which was established by Ljubomir Micić (1895 – 1971), the artist and editor of the ‘Zenit’ magazine. He shaped modernist art between the two world wars in this international magazine, and the echoes of his work were felt in Belgrade, Zagreb, Paris, Berlin, Milan and Moscow.

Zeniteum :: 2022, whose author is one of the most significant figures of the Slovenian and regional art scene, renowned European director and post-gravity artist Dragan Živadinov, chose mathematicians Mileva Marić Einstein (1875 – 1948) and  Milutin Milanković as protagonists of the optimal projection (1879 – 1958). Mathematics is the central theme of the Zeniteum :: 2022 scenario, mathematics as a tool and language that allows a person to describe their spiritual achievement. At the ceremony, we will sing the glory of science and art in the name of culture!

The third, aesthetic protagonist will be Ljubomir Micić with his idea of ​​modernizing the Balkans, with 43 issues of the ‘Zenith’ magazine (László Moholy-Nagy, Tatlin, Gropius, Kandinsky, and Malevich) with special emphasis on the double Russian edition. The scenography (aesthetics) will be based on a post-gravitational reinterpretation of Constructivism and Suprematism.

The building is 180 meters long and 44 meters wide, in the shape of a two-story high elongated horseshoe, with a semicircular facade on the west and a high tower with a square crosssection on the east side. Banovina Palace, with its form as well as its position – being located along the boulevard that leads to the Danube bank – resembles a luxurious white boat that sails the Danube. At the
same time, its western tower resembles the towers of baroque churches, typical to Vojvodina regione. Dragiša Brašovan created Banovina Palace as an embodiment of mature modernism in the period from 1936-1939.

Two rare international awards speak volumes about the importance of Dragiša Brašovan’s opus. While he was elected an honorary member in of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in 1953, Phaidon, the premier global publisher in the field of art and architecture, ranked Banovina Palace
among the most important buildings of the twentieth century.

At the very beginning of the opening ceremony play, a well-known art duo Synspecies, made of Elías Merino and Tadej Droljc, will present us with their audio-visual performance Crevasse. This work presents a creation mythwhere the world is born out of a gap – a gap of existential nonsensethat we daily fill with our imagination and desires and call reality. Alongside them, a DJ duo consisting of Miloš Martinov Lag and Dejan Ilić will also be present on the stage.

Participants of the Opening Ceremony play of the European Capital of Culture Zeniteum :: 2022:

Director and Librettist:
Dragan Živadinov

Set and Costume Design:
Dunja Zupančič

Composer:
Dragana Jovanović

Dramaturg:
Svetislav Jovanov

Аssistant Director:
Maja Grgić

Digital Content Mapping:
Gregor Mesec

Digital Content Synchronization:
Miha Turšič

Kinteics:
Tadej Droljc i Elias Merino

Choreographer:
Ivan Peternelj

Executive Stage Design:
Željko Piškorić i Mladen Stojanović

Executive Costume Design:
Nataša Vranešević

Electronic Sound Production:
Miloš Martinov i Dejan Ilić

Graphic Design:
Ljiljana Kuzmanović i Mina Aleksić

Editor:
Saša Latinović

Sound Design:
Miloš Momirov

Lighting Design:
Žarko Lazić, Arsa Zlatković i Viktor Trifu

Television Director:
Darko Kamarit

Starring:

Mileva Marić Ajnštajn:
Anita Mančić

Milutin Milanković:
Boris Isaković

Host:
Lazar Jovanov

Solo Trumpets:
Laura Vukobratović i Nenad Marković

Actors (zenitists):
Tašana Đorđević
Vanja Halupa
Ana Milosavljević
Emilija Milosavljević
Jelena Đulvezan
Lea Jevtić
Marina Aratinović
Milica Šećerov
Nevena Kovačević
Neda Miljković
Slavica Vučetić
Marko Topalovački
Stefan Milivojević
Nikola Ivačkov
Đorđe Galić
Lazar Petrović
Peđa Marjanović
Vukašin Ranđelović
Avram Cvetković
Stefan Sabo
Branislav Ćalić
Miloš Lazić

Equilibrists:
Filip Kržišnik i Blaž Slanič

Dancers:
Anisja Gavrilović i Toma Križnar

Brass Orchestra

Trumpets:
Luka Kalezić
Dragan Tasić
Petar Popović
Petar Marković
Dejan Pandurović
Pavle Mihailović
Nenad Ninković
Jovan Savić
Zoran Kovačevski
Vladimir Mandić

Trombones:
Mladen Lukić
Nikola Petrović
Mihajlo Bogosavljević
Saška Veljović

Saxophones:
Dejan Trifunović
Duško Trnavac

Tenors:
Đorđe Antić
Dragan Milenković
Ivan Jovanović
Milovan Avramović
Nikola Živković
Filip Rakić

Tubas:
Dragan Lakićević
Irinej Radomirović

Tamboura:
Zoran Bugarski Brica

Vocal Studio Orfelin (Novi Sad):

Conductor:
Tamara Adamov Petijević

Producer:
Lado Leš

Singers:
Jasmina Mihajlović
Radmila Vladetić Ivanišević
Biljana Vasiljević
Marina Milošev
Katarina Kočiš
Dunja Deurić
Agneš Melegi
Ivana Govorčin
Višnja Dimitrijević
Aleksandar Tolimir
Bojan Zdravić
Marko Asurdžić
Jovan Pejić
Nikola Dorić
Milan Bugarin
Stevan Gez
Sava Ilija Brcanski
Aleksandar Novaković
Miloš Gašić
Milan Stančić
Anastasija Šemić

Organization and production management team

CEO:
Nemanja Milenković

Director of Program:
Sara Vuletić

Program Coordinator of Doček:
Dušan Vuković

Zeniteum :: 2022 Manager:
Srećko Milosavljević

Executive Producers:
Darko Flego i Jovan Marjanović

Logistics & Permits:
Biljana Tadić

Hosting Manager:
Milica Momić

Head of the Novi Sad Voluntary Service:
Vojislav Prkosovački

Head of Administration:
Jelena Stanković

Stage Managers:
Jelena Mijatović
Damir Mijatović
Srđan Stanković

SEE YOU OUTSIDE BANOVINA PALACE ON 13 JANUARY!

You can find the detailed programme you can expect on the eve of the European Capital of Culture Opening Ceremony on the following link.

Photo: Vlada Veličković

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