Culture of Dissent, Art of Rebellion: The Psychiatric Hospital as a Theatre Stage in the Work of Zorica Jevremović

  • Milena Dragićević Šešić


Dragićević Šešić describes the theatrical activities of Zorica Jevremović, a theatre activist who went into “inner exile” during the Yugoslav wars, working with the most deprivileged and excluded: patients of a psychiatric hospital in Belgrade. Created within a culture of dissent, sharing a sense of shame and guilt, this project was supported by civil society and an intellectual community which could not find its place inside the official system (counterpublic). The psychiatric hospital as heterotopia, a chronotope of Serbia (isolated and despised), became a performative platform for patients, theatre artists, doctors, nurses and their children to discuss and express the traumas and dilemmas of a highly divided society. The chapter is based on interviews, performance analysis, narrative analysis and the author’s own notes as a spectator–participant.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Milena Dragićević Šešić
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Arts BelgradeBelgradeSerbia

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