Branko Milisković, Serbian performance artist, creates works that combine forms of cabaret, opera, theatre, photography, and film as well as experimenting in VR. Milisković pulls on pieces of history, often political and dealing with a sense of collective or universal memory. Through a meticulously constructed body, he delivers a space with familiar emotions. THE SONG FROM THE GRAVE (Stabat Mater), is a poignant work that deals with anticipation, and the tormenting wait for a beloved one to come back, referencing Arnold Schönberg’s famous opera Erwartung (Awaiting). Involved here is a variation on the suffering of thousands of families during and after the War, awaiting the return of their loved ones from the front. The origins of this performance lie, moreover, in a work created earlier by the artist, titled The Song of a Soldier on Watch, and inspired by one of the most popular German love songs of recent decades, as well as one of the most controversial, Lili Marlene, regarded as one of the first songs encouraging fraternisation between enemy soldiers.
Co-financed by The Ministry of Culture of Serbia