|Devised and performed by: Miloš Sofrenović
Musical concept and arrangement / dramatisation of text by Miloš Sofrenović
Musical composition and arrangement / sound engineering by Jan Vysocky
Text re-translated and spoken by Sheila Sofrenović
Costume and stage design by Miloš Sofrenović
Photographs by Ivan Ilic - Kisholjubac & Ana Adamović
Trailer devised by Chris Clow
Light design: Bojan Gagić
Duration of performance: 63 minutes
This production has been produced by ZAGREB DANCE CENTER / CROATIAN INSTITUTE FOR MOVEMENT AND DANCE (http://www.plesnicentar.info/)
Audio segment of this production has been produced by DELIKOS (www.delikos.rs)
MILOS SOFRENOVIC, performance artist, pedagogue, director. SECOND SEASON (2010/2011) "M. - Solo For Three Minds" (Dialogues with Marcel Proust) is a second full length piece from this author's choreographic tryptich "THREE SEASONS" . He devised & performed his FIRST SEASON (2009/2010) : "Solo For Three Visions" (Visions of Peter Hanke, Samuel Beckett & Virginia Woolf) to the highest critical acclaim, bringing him also a nomination for the most prestigious state award in choreography "DIMITRIJE PARLIC" at the National Theatre in Belgrade in 2010. THIRD SEASON (2011/2012)"Solo for Two Cities" (Imaginary dialogue between Milos Crnjanski's "A Novel About London" & Lawrence Durrell's "Alexandrian Quartet") will close this cycle of solo works exploring the relationship between movement & literature, again devised & performed by the artist himself.
This performance artist, choreographer, director and pedagogue has received his dance / choreographic education as a scholarship student of the distinguished Laban Centre (dance academy) in London.
He is also a recipient of several international scholarships from the Serbian Ministry of Culture, Soros Foundation (Belgrade), Dance Web Program (Vienna), Dance Omi Programe (United States of America), Odyssey Dance Theatre (Singapore).
Among others he has collaborated successfully with choreographers Ana Sanchez Colberg (London), Kitt Johnson (Copenhagen), Liz King (Vienna), Danny Tan (Singapore), Mikhail Honesseau (Berlin), Pina Bausch (London), Filippo Armati (Locarno), Sonja Vukicevic (Belgrade).
He has presented his works at festivals in Belgrade, Zagreb, Skopje, Zemun, Novi Sad, Edinburgh, London, Vienna, Istanbul, Singapore, Stockholm, Graz, etc.
Fragments from the reviews about the work that will be present at Dream Up Festival:
"Even though the performer’s denuded presence is in itself conceptual material, in M – SOLO FOR THREE
MINDS (Dialogues with Marcel Proust) this material is given substance by its literary model, the quintessence of
Proust’s wisdom. The dialogue with Proust unfolds on several levels, from the questions inspired by Proust’s
work, to which Sofrenovic tries to provide answers through movement, to illustrations of Proust’s thoughts and
words, which never descend into banality, but on the contrary faithfully revive their meaning and lived-through
What is encouraging about a form of artistic expression that is constantly in danger of becoming hermetic an
self-satisfied, is that the audience recognises these qualities in Sofrenovic’s work and rewards them by its
participation, resulting in what performance art and, indeed, modern theatre in general, sees as its highest aim:
to abolish the distance between performer and audience, in other words, to achieve a shared presence."
/ taken from an article " PRESENCE – MOVEMENT – PROUST"written by Tina Peric for the theatre magazine LUDUS /
"Through the frequent repetition of key movements, Sofrenovic faces his own transience, while the content of the textual background
touches on universal themes such as the relationship between body and spirit, and attitudes to pain and death. Apart from examining his
personal recollections, the author studies bits of consciousness which are often distorted and in which details are more important than the -
overall picture and he raises questions about dance as a medium which only exists at the moment of its execution, and which later passes
into memory, as well as the ultimate question of collective memory – values that should not be forgotten. Milos Sofrenovic is a perfectly
rounded choreographer, and we will certainly hear more of him in the future."
(taken from an article "In Search of Lost Values" , written by Jelena Mihelcic for DANCE SCENE, 27 February 2011 )
"His new piece is called “M. – Solo for Three Minds – Dialogues with Marcel Proust” and in it this young artist, who
lives and works abroad, showed the degree of seriousness with which he prepared his new solo performance and how far
he has honed his unquestionable talent on both the dance and emotional levels. His extraordinarily carefully conceived
and executed solo piece, whose construction must have demanded a considerable amount of time, and none of it lost,
testifies to the complete maturity of this artist and his powerful mastery of his specific dance technique, which is both
complex and intelligent."
(taken from an article "Remembrance of Things Past", written by Milica Zajcev )