As a part of the ''Future Epics'' EU project
Heartefact & National Theatre Niš
Pelargoniums Will Survive it All
Iva Brdar: Pelargoniums Will Survive It All
Director: Ana Tomović
Costume designer: Momirka Bailović
Selection of music: Ana Tomović
Co-produced by: Heartefact Fund and National Theatre Niš
The play speaks from the perspective of a generation that experiences consequences of the wars and turmoil in the Balkans - in which it did not take part. These consequences are reflected in constant dilemmas: whether it is all right to leave, to find something that truly belongs to me, something of mine, not imposed upon me; and in a sort of unspoken, implied guilt: I mustn’t leave, something is pulling me back, something unresolved, undefined, someone else’s debt. Through the floors of one building and characters that inhabit it, the author symbolically presents the layers of society, but also various obstacles that may really exist or may only be perceived as such in our minds. We come up with excuses so we wouldn’t have to climb to the last floor and look down.
The play is a bridge between somebody else’s conflicts and our persistent attempts to resolve them, as well as overcoming those attempts and finding something new.
Iva Brdar: ‘Pelargoniums Will Survive It All is an overview of the condition of society presented through a story of one family, through the floors of one building and their inhabitants and floral decorations in the hallway. Who are the people who leave, and who are those who stay? How do the lives of each look like? What does leaving, or staying, bring? How do we fight with our social environment and does avoiding confrontation lead to transformation? This is also a story about being stigmatised, about airplanes, love, about bad poetry, but poetry nevertheless.’
Biljana Srbljanović: ‘The text is a poetic, dark, cynical, melancholic, but also very humorous and sentimental drama about the stratification of society into ‘floors’, the disintegration of family, departures, goodbyes, inability to leave or to allow others to leave. The text is exceptionally skilfully written, mature and unpretentious, it is poetry made of ordinary words, insightful, funny, painful.’